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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Most worthwhile subtropical fruits to grow?
« on: November 27, 2020, 03:48:02 PM »
Add sapodilla, canistel, atemoya, bananas, dragonfruit, jaboticaba, all guavas and even star apples depending on what *some degree of frost* means.

I get Minor frost most years here and those all do well. I have jackfruit too and they are mostly ok after the first 2 years.

I protected a lot of it for the first year.I did have some losses of small trees one bad year when I didnít (coldest recorded temp ever here).

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Blue bananas
« on: October 31, 2020, 05:57:36 PM »
Never had cores in mine like Brad has, thatís a bummer Brad :( . I rate them as a backyard banana.

I see it a lot but I wonder if a lot of the disappointment is due to the hype and other name of ice cream banana. They are fine to good tasting here and productive. My only gripe is having to stake the plant.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Great Custard Apple and Bernie's Tamarind
« on: October 24, 2020, 12:26:35 AM »
Thanks Mike. Have you had Diploglottis australis? Have one as a street tree but never eaten one.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: backyard composting
« on: October 09, 2020, 04:25:24 PM »
I use chickens and worms (big wheeled garbage bins for the worms).

I used to use a big cage for composting but I was lazy turning it so it took too long and fed the rodents.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Feijoa: Chilling hours required to fruit?
« on: September 27, 2020, 02:26:09 AM »
Double post sorry.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Feijoa: Chilling hours required to fruit?
« on: September 27, 2020, 02:25:04 AM »
My brother has an old tree in what would be the equivalent of 10b or 11a. It fruits, but the fruits are not super great. I donít know if thatís a product of low chill or just a poor cultivar/seedling.

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Acerola is another one that can go way lower (at least -2C here unscathed)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Tahitian Black Sapote Road Test
« on: September 25, 2020, 06:22:06 AM »
Good to hear Mike and thanks for sharing.

This is by far the most common cultivar is see in nurseries now but Iíve never had one. I grow Maher here.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Campomanesia ID
« on: September 23, 2020, 01:38:50 AM »
I donít know the differences between the species but a friend just gave me these which he called Campomanesia lineatifolia. Just trying to find out more about it and the leaves do look similar. How are the fruit?



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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dwarf Mango Project
« on: September 12, 2020, 09:28:21 AM »

Issue with Pickering mango seed is at it monoembryonic seed so there never be stable you need find a polyembryonic seed a stable rootstock

That is the idea though. You need variation to find something new. Once you find it grafting gives you the ability to propagate, no need for Ďstabilityí.

Good luck :) I donít know how many seeds youíll need to plant to find something worthwhile but interesting project.
If you're planning to use this rootstock you need to be stable
If not stable you can never guarantee it's going to be a dwarf

Future is talking about a dwarf cultivar not rootstock. Scion can provide the dwarfing characteristic, you donít need a dwarf rootstock.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dwarf Mango Project
« on: September 11, 2020, 07:33:37 AM »

Issue with Pickering mango seed is at it monoembryonic seed so there never be stable you need find a polyembryonic seed a stable rootstock

That is the idea though. You need variation to find something new. Once you find it grafting gives you the ability to propagate, no need for Ďstabilityí.

Good luck :) I donít know how many seeds youíll need to plant to find something worthwhile but interesting project.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Black sapote problems
« on: August 28, 2020, 07:08:20 PM »
Is humidity a factor in pollination? It is with some other trees.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Land size
« on: August 25, 2020, 04:43:53 PM »
You have heaps of room. You can fit a lot in a small space. I have a bit over half an acre and it keeps me plenty busy. I would love 40 acres but that is for other stuff, the veggie garden and orchard wouldnít be too much larger.

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Good to hear you are back Mike mk2! Or is it mk3 now?! :)

Mine is still here and healthy but seemingly grows slower than its neighbours (at least while small). Could be the spot, time will tell! If it doesnít speed up this could be a very manageable cultivar (similar to my wai chi).

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Biiigggg Hasya sapodilla (picture)
« on: May 29, 2020, 10:14:58 PM »
No... I don't have midget hands. This is a giant. Not sure if I buried radioactive waste near the tree.




What a whopper! Mamey like haha

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best soft jackfruit varieties?
« on: May 23, 2020, 05:00:28 PM »
I havenít tried many but I donít mind black gold.

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As Mike said, though there will be some pretty good atemoya around at that time.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Banana identification?!
« on: May 02, 2020, 01:33:22 AM »
Haha of course what is called blue java there and here could be different. My blue java fruit at approx 10ft and have a thinner pseudostem that almost always requires propping. They are a pain compared to namwah etc. for this reason. Fruit also looks a very different shape.

Just had a search and apparently they grow elsewhere much taller than they do here so maybe I spoke too soon? Mine are tissue cultured blue java from the largest supplier here, very confident they are blue java.

Hereís my fruit.


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Banana identification?!
« on: May 01, 2020, 06:38:15 PM »
Definitely not blue java. Donít know sorry but that is a tall banana!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Wich garden shredder its better?
« on: April 23, 2020, 08:18:18 AM »
Keen to see it too. Iím would love to make one similar to this with an old motor I have here.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=FAHsxNwDLek
You can do that but i advise you not to build it because it will be more expensive if you buy this one i bought.
I also considered to do what you think and i have big electric motors at home and i also have 3 phase current at home ,380V not just 220 v .
The motor on Mac Allister has 2800 watts( 3 hp) and its really good with branches quite thick.
It pulls the branches by itself,you dont have to push them and you make economy of electric power because while it draws the branches by himself ,you can select otther branches to feed to the machine.
It has over current protection so it will stop after 10 seconds its been jammed but i couldnt jam it with any branches of hard wood,dry or wet dhat enters that hole.
150 dollars well worth and verry cheap for what it can do.
Pays for itself in just a day.

If you buy bearings,the electric power used to weld it and the electrodes,the time,the belts ,they payment for the lathe work ( in case you dont have a lathe at home) => you will make a machine that will cost more than the Mac Allister.

In Australia you have Ozito brand wich was bought by Einhell  and they make these wood shredders too but slightly more expensive than Mac Allister thogh less than half the price of Bosch.I would buy Einhell/ Ozito in case i wouldnt find Mac Allister.

What size branches does a 3hp electric machine handle? Would certainly be simpler!

I do have a lathe and most materials so cost isn't really an issue but time certainly is.

I will have to look at what electric stuff is available now days, it has been a while and I am sure/hope things have improved. Definitely keen to see yours in action :)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Wich garden shredder its better?
« on: April 23, 2020, 04:30:33 AM »
Keen to see it too. Iím would love to make one similar to this with an old motor I have here.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=FAHsxNwDLek

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Canít speak for performance there sorry and definitely not an expert but yes they are one to hand pollinate.

This may interest you (edit: added link to all sections. Cultivar and rootstock info is in the *key issues* section) - http://era.daf.qld.gov.au/id/eprint/1653/

Itís old but compares PM to Geffner very favourably (look at the flavor table after cultivars) but does talk about fruit set issues and the need for hand pollination. Also says that Geffner performs better in warmer climates, but I donít know if your area is significantly warmer than here. Looked up averages and looks a bit warmer.


One of the links mentions Maroochy Red. I've previously read about Maroochy Gold, but never Maroochy Red.

Do you have more information about this cultivar?


It's a new annona hybrid from an Australian breeding program. I don't even know if it's released yet.
Look up "Australian red custard apple" and you should find some articles.
Not much into on the specific variety but they do have pictures.

Note: Australians say custard apple in the US we say atemoya.


Those new selections will hopefully be available in the future but no maroochy red and gold are older. That info pack is from 1998 and obviously doesnít include any of the newer stuff.

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Isn't KJ Pinks, or Paxton's Prolific, which came from Pinks Mammoth, the variety that doesn't require hand pollination?

Itís one of them yes. I had to thin my young one this year because it overproduced without pollination.

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Canít speak for performance there sorry and definitely not an expert but yes they are one to hand pollinate.

This may interest you (edit: added link to all sections. Cultivar and rootstock info is in the *key issues* section) - http://era.daf.qld.gov.au/id/eprint/1653/

Itís old but compares PM to Geffner very favourably (look at the flavor table after cultivars) but does talk about fruit set issues and the need for hand pollination. Also says that Geffner performs better in warmer climates, but I donít know if your area is significantly warmer than here. Looked up averages and looks a bit warmer.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best Atemoya for South Fl ?
« on: April 12, 2020, 04:44:59 AM »
what one did you plant Oolie? Obviously donít know what the fruit there are like but I would be surprised if you donít like them, looking forward to your results :) Could be KP mangoes all over again haha.

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