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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Various seedlings for sale
« on: November 27, 2019, 09:42:54 PM »
I've gotten a couple of shipments from Lance lately and both have been very well packed to prevent damage from (mis)handling during shipment.  Recommended!

John

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Introduction
« on: November 20, 2019, 09:03:35 PM »
Welcome Jabril,

We don't have many members from Africa and I suspect you are the only active member from Ghana.  African fruits & nuts are often not well known elsewhere so I think you will have good interest in any seed offerings.  I look forward to see what you may have available.

John
Hilo, HI USA

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How big does Jackfruit need to be...?
« on: November 13, 2019, 01:53:34 PM »
I've got a couple of berry jack seedlings thanks to Mike T's generosity some years back.  To give you an idea, the first started blooming profusely at about 7-8' tall, if I recall correctly.  That berry jack seedling has been very vigorous and seems to want to put on a lot of vertical growth (despite pruning to discourage it).  The other berry jack is much less vigorous and is probably only about that height (7-8') now & I have not yet noted any blossoming.  I've also got a Ziman Pink grafted tree that has probably not held any fruit until about 10' tall.  This tree seems to be less vigorous & also seems more amenable to being trained to more spreading growth than the vigorous berry seedling.

So, I am guessing that you could find a clone that could bear fruit in your sunroom but, depending on variety, it might take a lot of work to keep it under control.  Some research is probably in order to find the variety that may work best for you.  By the way, these trees I mention are in the ground, in HI.

John

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Please note the very first post at the top of this section with the forum rules that states PRICES MUST BE IN EVERY SALES POST.  Its the first one and all in caps (not my emphasis) so this is an important rule.

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I have heard good things about 'Southern Home'.  This is a complex muscadine hybrid that also has a vinifera table grape in its lineage.  Quality sounds pretty good from what I have heard but berry size is too small for it to have caught on commercially.  I think it is also a seeded grape so this is also a negative for commercial growing these days.  Years ago, I saw it at Walmart, not sure if they still sell it.

John

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Opinions on Star Fruit Trees
« on: November 07, 2019, 01:09:49 PM »
The concern is real.  There has been some writing about how you can decrease the levels if you cut off the tips of the "stars" (the ribs).  However, from what I have heard, this has not been substantiated & is probably just one of those urban legends that becomes "fact" on the internet.  Best to eat in moderation, perhaps not at all if you have impaired function.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Almirajo wanted
« on: October 31, 2019, 09:44:18 PM »
Try Jim West.  He had it listed.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Anyone have "Nana" Coffee seeds?
« on: October 12, 2019, 10:25:08 PM »
Check out the library section for a link on how to start coffee from fresh green beans.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: CUT NUT TREE (Barringtonia edulis)
« on: October 10, 2019, 02:42:30 PM »
Mike Or Oscar, do you know if this tree needs to be on drip irrigation?  i am about to plant a couple of these at my house in Kona.   i get a dry spell for about 3 months every winter and wasn't sure if this tree can tolerate some dry weather or if it constantly needs watering.   Also if it can take full sun?  the leaves seem kind of delicate.
I've planted mine on a slope going down to a gully where we buried trees when we clearing the lot.  Those in the lower spots have grown more vigorously, I don't know if that is that it is moister (being a low spot) or more nutrition from the trees buried there.  (I'm just outside of Hilo so we get plenty of rain.)  They are in full sun but were briefly in shade barrels to transition them.  I think the tallest ones are ~8' now so should be bearing any time.

The main reason for my post is your mention of "delicate".  The leaves look delicate but almost leathery & are quite tough.  However, the trees have an unusual growth habit where it grows straight up and at about 5-6' it puts out about 8 growths from the apex.  I think that these trees are in a fairly sheltered location but it is not unusual to lose 1 or 2 of the growths, where they just seem to rip out from the crotch where they are attached.  The trees seem to take it in stride, sometimes causing a dormant bud to send out another shoot.  The bottom line is, they are probably best in an area where there is a decent windbreak.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sea Grape
« on: September 26, 2019, 11:17:45 PM »
If you only have one, it sounds unlikely since they are supposed to be dioecious.  However, whenever the topic of dioecy comes up here, someone always comments about a lone tree fruiting somewhere.  The bottom line is, I would not count on it.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: SELLING RARE COLA LEPIDOTA SEEDS
« on: September 20, 2019, 03:07:21 PM »
I don't believe that they are supposed to be be "very sweet".  I believe that they are somewhat sweet and are usually compared to carrots or sweet peas in flavor (don't ask me about that -- I don't think carrots taste like peas) -- so not a typical fruit flavor.  There is a link in the library section for monkey colas that will provide more info.

John

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mulberries in Hawaii
« on: September 17, 2019, 04:16:12 PM »
I recall visiting a guy further up Hamakua coast towards Honoka'a who had a large mulberry tree with a ton of nice large flavorful dark berries.  I have no idea of the cultivar but he said it fruited heavily & reliably.  The birds loved the fruit but he said he got enough to share with them. 

Your tree from Thailand would be a good candidate but, as Oscar points out, it might be prudent to try others as well.  Even if they all work out, the seasons might be slightly different to give you a longer season of fruit.  I recall that there are at least a couple of cultivars from Florida so these might be worth giving a try.  If I recall correctly, I think Shangrila was one of these.

John

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Eugenia etna fire seeds
« on: September 15, 2019, 05:13:01 PM »
It sounds like a very ornamental shrub.  How is the fruit quality -- or is it better left to the birds?  Is it very sweet?  Does it have much of that resinous character?

Thanks,
John

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Baccaurea dulcis
« on: September 03, 2019, 11:13:27 PM »
Peter, how long did it take your trees to start producing (how old)?

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I got my giant araza seeds yesterday, promptly shipped & nicely packed.  Thanks!

John

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: anaphylactic shock from yellowjackets
« on: August 21, 2019, 01:38:39 AM »
Thank God you were able to get help in time.  If your yellowjackets are similar to ours, they have a very nasty disposition & are much more aggressive than bees & hornets.  I believe that they can nest in a variety of places, including just a hole in the ground so perhaps you were approaching their nest while weeding.   I had a similar experience with yellowjackets when clearing weeds & brush at my place -- but with a less serious reaction than you.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Handy pole pruner
« on: August 20, 2019, 07:29:22 PM »
Yeah, I forgot to mention that the rope is contained inside the pole so it is not getting in the way like on the old style pruners.  However, it is still a rope, not cable on this model.  (I am not sure if cable would be flexible enough to be able to follow the relatively sharp bends.)  It is a handy size if you are trying to train trees to stay relatively compact.

I didn't think the swivel action would be of any benefit, only a liability for something else to fail.  It did seem to come in handy when I was trying to trim some branches at odd angles, though.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Handy pole pruner
« on: August 20, 2019, 04:17:46 PM »
I picked up a pole pruner from Amazon.  I have been using this for a few days and I am pretty happy with it.  According to the package, it is rated for up to 1 1/4" branches.  I was able to exceed this on some things (like breadfruit, which have a pretty soft new growth -- probably cut 1 1/2" branches on that).  On hard branches, you might want to limit it to somewhat less.  I has a swivel ball joint that allows you to set even compound angles to better access the branch but the nut doesn't lock it in tight enough if you are trying to pull the branch towards you to make the cut.  There are no significant instructions.  At first, it was seeming just a tad too short to reach some branches but then I noticed that the d-ring on the bottom was connected to the rope so you could really extend it out with one hand and pull the d-ring to make the cut.  (It is light enough to be comfortable to do that.)  Much better!  I've used it to prune my mangoes (& sp. mangoes), various artocarpus, various pouteria, etc. and it worked great.  It was also really slick for controlling my Brazilian red cloak.  This is on a steep bank is always a pain to prune back.  With this, you can just reach into the plant and cut the bases or reach far in and trim branches.

The pruner is a Corona SwivelCut TP3206.  Here is the Amazon link for it:https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B002Q16D2A/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=at 1

So far, I am pretty pleased with it.

John


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: New Nursery on Maui
« on: August 18, 2019, 09:59:17 PM »
Thanks for shedding some more light on this, Steph.  I'll be looking forward to see what he adds in the future.  You should encourage him to join this group so he can tell us more about his plans.

John

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: New Nursery on Maui
« on: August 13, 2019, 09:31:59 PM »
Thanks for posting about these guys.  Let us know what you find out, Lance.  Always good to have another source. 

John

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Golden pulusan
« on: August 08, 2019, 11:58:42 PM »
That's a really interesting pulasan.  I've seen green as you mention but had not seen yellow before -- good luck propagating it.  Are the fruit freestone or does the flesh tend to stick to the seed on these?

John

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Thanks for posting, Oscar.  This one certainly even looks more enticing than xanthoxylon.  Do you know if the grower has more than one tree?  I had talked to a couple of people here with xanthoxylon who have single trees that have never borne so it was raising the question of dioecy or the need to cross pollinate.

If you are trying to start any from seeds, I recall that xanthoxylon is extremely prone to damping off so you should be prepared to treat for this quickly if it shows up in its cousin.

John

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: First safou harvest
« on: August 03, 2019, 12:58:28 PM »
Safou has been one of the most difficult things to get information on.  Itís from Africa and much of Africa is dry, like California but it seems to come from a more tropical, wet area.  But this seems to span Cameroon, to the Congo.  There are highlands there.  Maybe one of our members from central Africa might know more.  Itís a very attractive tree with a good, avocado like fruit.
Peter
Congrats on fruiting this Peter, you'll have to be sure to post more info as you learn more about the trees by growing them.

There's not a lot of info on these online but there is a lot more than many other African fruits.  The Lost Crops of Africa book devotes an entire chapter to this one.  At lot of the info in the chapter is marginally useful fluff (sounds like it is geared towards UN bureaucrats) but there is also some good solid info in there as well.  If you do not have the book, it used to be possible to find a free pdf copy online.  There are also various articles on it and, of course, the Roy Danforth / Paul Noren book on Congo fruits.

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Thanks, Ed.  I'll have to give it a try.  I sometimes feel like I need 3 hands when trying to secure a rubber band on a graft, this method should make it easier & secure the graft in place much better.

John

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This looks pretty interesting.  Is the graft itself a cleft?  It seems like the tie wrap would present some problems if left on too long, how long do you typically leave it on? 

Thanks,
John

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