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A chum has them pumping out fruit for a few years now

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pineapple thread
« on: Today at 03:50:59 AM »

A couple of weeks ago I noticed they still take the tops off the good types when they are lined up and the tops stay on the regular types.


Look how young and spindly it is and  storm last night brought down a papaya in the background.


Welcome to the club and you inspired me to walk outside and take a snap. They fruit so fast from seeds or cuttings. From a few seeds I received from Jim West a few years ago there are plenty around the ridges fruiting away now.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Air Layering Balls
« on: November 26, 2020, 03:55:06 PM »
Plastic bottles huh. That could work if you had the right ones with pliable thinner plastic.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Keepin my “Ultra Tropicals” safe!
« on: November 26, 2020, 03:50:36 PM »
Marang and Kepel are equatorial  which I believe is more clearly defined than utra tropical which I guess may be 10 latitude or so to the equator. Warm temperate and sub tropical area bit hazy as well. Most ohers listed are tropical/sub tropical.
Kepel handle wind better than marangs wish almost shatter is strong wind with their sail like leaves.Both can bounce back from much higher wind speeds than that all the same. The rest just need a bit of controlled pruning and flexible trees actually do ok as well.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: White pitanga
« on: November 26, 2020, 04:39:31 AM »
I have a Eugenia mansoi from a generous forum inhabitant that I noticed had flower buds today so there is action in the realm of Eugenias atm.

Daintree the Daintree is one of the few places cassowaries and lace monitors live together. Mostly cassowaries don't mess with people but are capable of killing a person. Your instinct is to stay away from them especially really big females over say 150lbs.I think lace monitors are not as friendly as Nile monitors but that could just be wild ones. Their claws and teeth are pretty full on.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: White pitanga
« on: November 25, 2020, 07:11:13 PM »
I also was looking at it with a critical eye wondering if it is a different species.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: White pitanga
« on: November 25, 2020, 04:18:05 PM »
It looks good and Vitor was collecting all sorts of interesting stuff a few years ago..It would be good to propogate.

Java. Don't know how cool they can be pushed but are likely to have similar tolerances to rambutans.


I am still having issues with this issues with this reptile in my garden terrorising ducks and ruining papaya trees. Friends at Mission Beach have 6ft tall garden visitors who consume large amounts of fruit in a sitting. You don't want to mess with these overgrown turkeys or shoo them away from fruit trees. Here is a pic I took a few years ago.

Simon to describe and elementwise the flavours like rose water, must etc and then rate would be hard. A seasoned campaigner will know to pull the stem at an angle to allow clean skin removal without membrane remaining or juice from ruptured flesh. The challenge then is to quickly lift a lip of flesh and tear down or unfurl without losing juice alternatively just eat the whole peeled fruit.
The link was just to the Atherton Tableland evaluations at one facility on basaltic krasnozem soil. Might turn out differently in other places but not radically I think. Most varieties have a few selection so that can account for a bit of the variation but not too much.


Found a carpet a few weeks ago and I am showing it to someone here. They were amethystine and common tree snakes. Of all the local snakes I would only see maybe only 10 species around the yard.

My week has been filled with reptile in the yard issues so bnb it's happening all over.

And one thing more. Optimism is high for another round of heavyweight contenders in the lychee realm with Taiwanese/Australian cooperation  in trialling new types.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: No ordinary Garcinia dulcis
« on: November 23, 2020, 04:39:20 AM »
You're a smooth operator Rob and I haven't forgotten the passionfruit.

One more thing. Most lychee areas (1000 miles north to south) had comparative evaluations of types here such as the one for warmer types for the Atherton Tablelands in the link and I would imagine similar evaluation would be around in Florida, southern Queensland and California even if old and dated. New glamorous types are omitted sure but getting varieties identified correctly is important. Popular types like haak yip and tai so have not been one standard thing for over 50 years.

I will tell you what is wrong with chacapat or chakrapad as I would spell it. They may be whoppers averaging a hefty 35g but they are too sour and are rated poor by most evaluations.By contrast haak yip is clearly superior in taste and flash yield but averages under 25g. Ohia is haak yip and to add to the confusion many of the similar souey tung are incorrectly labelled as haak yip.42 varieties were evaluated at a state government facility in my area at Mareeba in the 1970s and 80s and very few passed their final exams.
Test a few lychees on the scale and see what a monster 40g is and haak yip should be no where near that. I believe the Brewster being shan chi error has not landed with Brewster being correctly identified still.
I think it has been lychee overload for some and you're getting sick of me rambling.

They are very popular here and I see trees hanging over fences when walking down my road. Being a plucker I sample a few here and there and they are a respectable fruit on some trees.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Eugenias
« on: November 20, 2020, 11:56:07 PM »
When it comes to Eugenias believe only half of what you see and very little of what you read. If you have large black unifloras covered hen pyriformis x luescens and pitomba as well as itaguensis should be on he hit list and oh yeah lutescens also.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: No ordinary Garcinia dulcis
« on: November 20, 2020, 11:40:02 PM »
I know where it is now so will return to he scene of the crime. What struck me is how handsome the tree and its surrounding off spring of fruiting age were. The conical form and hanging foliage with a purplish bar on young petioles was a bit different from standard dulcis I looked at earlier today.

Sorry,  sum yee hong.

LL the pic from the link has tubercles correct but is the wrong red colour and not exactly the right shape with some fruit not being conical enough. Maybe look at n old thread where I posted pics of large 50g FZS which were redder than the standard form. They are distinctive. Haak yip looks wrong in some pics I have seen posted also. Besides FZS, erdom lee and sansuelin there is only really one other big lychee (routinely over say 40g) and that is Yook ho pow which is also called

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: No ordinary Garcinia dulcis
« on: November 20, 2020, 11:19:45 PM »
Russell sweet is dioecious and dulcis is mono. Unlike say xanthochymus whuich are pretty standard dulcis comes in a variety of forms most noticeable by differing foliage and there is also a spectrum of fruit taste from sour to sweet. Proper sweet ones are much less common that sweet/sour. I only got a few fruit so don't have many seeds. I can get loads of seeds of the sweet/sour types.

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