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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Persea americana or schiedeana
« on: November 13, 2019, 10:36:23 AM »
I think weíve had some reports on it before and Scheidanea seems to come from high parts of Mexico that are semi-arid.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Persea americana or schiedeana
« on: November 12, 2019, 08:24:56 PM »
Iíve never heard of schiedeana in commercial production, especially export scale.  Dominican Republic has a significant production of West Indian avocados. We see them show up here in CR sometimes.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Black sapote
« on: November 11, 2019, 10:35:31 AM »
Professor, Iíve never seen black sapote at a market in Costa Rica.  That doesnít mean it doesnít occurr.  But itís mostly unknown here I think.  Iíd be interested to hear if it shows up in Guanacaste somewhere.  Iíve never seen it in Orotina where it would produce well.  Oaxaca is the place for black sapote.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit Id help
« on: November 07, 2019, 12:38:14 PM »
Thanks for your help

I was fortunate to meet both Josh and Ben at my project this year. Yes, we grow a lot of SE Asian fruits as the climate in our region of CR really favors them.
We do grow many native fruits as well. Some are well known like sapodilla and mamey. Others are barely known in Costa Rica like olosapo.
Thanks for the visits and reports.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit Id help
« on: November 07, 2019, 10:34:51 AM »

Hereís a couple more photos. I hope this helps for anyone and/or can confirm better some previous ideas.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Fruit Id help
« on: November 05, 2019, 12:43:45 PM »

I collected the seed of this plant at the fruit park on Penang. It was collected from underneath a Fijian longan. Obviously itís not that. To me it looks most like rose apple. Can it be anything else?
Thanks, Peter

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Some Mangosteens cant take the heat
« on: November 03, 2019, 08:05:11 PM »
In the photo the ground looks pretty dry.  You say despite humidity, but what is the humidity?  Whatís been the rainfall in the last weeks, how do you irrigate?  I remember reading a description of mangosteen leaves being like crisps,(potato chips), during a dry period in Cape Tribulation.  Iíve never seen that in my growing region.

There are many complications to consider. I live at 9N and have a climate very similar to Perak, Malaysia. Also at a similar latitude to me on the other side of CR they have at least six months of dry accompanied by strong winds. We arenít growing the same things. The daylight is the same but itís hotter over there. We get more clouds and a good distribution of rainfall.
I never say Ďultraí but equatorial wet and, depending, that zone easily passes 10 degrees.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Durian seedling flowers?
« on: October 30, 2019, 08:06:25 PM »
Still, the photo is poor. The leaves look like durian somewhat but you canít see that well. Considering how weird the flower bud looks for durian youíd want to see a photo looking at the whole plant from above at least.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Durian seedling flowers?
« on: October 27, 2019, 06:01:51 PM »
Yeah, it doesnít really look right.  Youíre sure itís durian? I canít tell much from the photo.

We have durian in production in Costa Rica. The season depends on the region and weather fluctuations.  At this point I am hoping for fresh durian drop starting in late February at the earliest.. We donít have fruit set yet but that is our hope.  By mid December we will have a better idea.
Iíd be interested to hear if anyone else in Latin America will be having any durian in the next 6 months.
Last year we had two seasons, March/April, then July/August. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Garcinia lateriflora flowering
« on: October 26, 2019, 03:35:53 PM »

So weíre getting more fruits from this tree and theyíre better every time. Yesterday I shared some with a visiting family with small children. Everyone liked lateriflora. The complexity of the flavor is impressive. In looking over the thread I noticed that someone commented that a previous photo gave the impression of it being Ďseedyí. Thatís not really the case. The seeds are similar to mangosteen.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: First safou harvest
« on: October 24, 2019, 07:36:34 PM »
The tree that has produced is easily the best shaped tree. I had been led to believe that the fruits are collected from the ground. Now I think, at least here, itís best to harvest the fruits before something eats it. They ripened nicely at the house and then the ripe fruits kept pretty well in the fridge.
So, I think it is best to shape safou trees for ease of picking and, yes, full sun. We recently removed a large native spondias tree that has been casting a lot of shade on those guys.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Nutmeg - Looking for sources
« on: October 20, 2019, 02:29:14 PM »
Nutmeg is diocious, you better get more than two.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Garcinia lateriflora flowering
« on: October 07, 2019, 06:13:45 AM »
The one female tree I have sets a fair amount of fruit, maybe there were 30-40 fruits. There has been multiple flowering this season and I saw a few green fruits last week. Iíll post some photos soon. Iím not at the farm right now but will check again later this week.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Garcinia lateriflora flowering
« on: October 06, 2019, 07:07:51 PM »
My lateriflora has fruited twice now. The first harvest disappointed me as the fruits were too sour to appreciate. Now it has fruited again and the fruits are better. Still a little sour but with a very interesting complex flavor that runs a range of sensations while eating it. It has a little of the apple hint that you get so much with forbesii. Several people have tried it with me and people who are really into strange fruits are quite taken with it. The fruit needs to be ripe. The presentation is terrific.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Maprang/marian plum, worth growing for fruit
« on: September 29, 2019, 11:22:09 AM »
The few people who have maprang here feel that the root stock is not very vigorous.  I might try grafting it onto mango. The fruit is good.

I germinate olosapo seeds in my soil potting mix, on their sides pushed half way into the medium.  I keep them moist.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Baccaurea dulcis
« on: September 06, 2019, 10:25:52 AM »
The skin on that baccaurea is quite thin.  They look a little like b. motyliana.  Thereís so many!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Organic fruit tree fertilizer for containers
« on: September 04, 2019, 02:25:57 PM »
Worm compost.
Aged chicken manure, best what comes from laying hens rather than meat birds.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Baccaurea dulcis
« on: September 04, 2019, 10:45:25 AM »
Yes, this specie is diocious. It took five years to begin production.
Iím planning on offering it at the farmers market this Saturday.  Iím sure it will take lots of sampling but Iím used to that.  Itís interesting to see the responses of people while trying fruits they e never seen before.  Iíve got lots of other baccaureas and garcinias in the pipeline that nobody has had here before. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Baccaurea dulcis
« on: September 03, 2019, 10:03:07 PM »
So this is a fruit that I originally got my material from Jim West several years ago when he stayed on my farm for a few days. I admit I wasnít very convinced by this fruit the first time it produced but now it seems pretty good. It reminds me of some tampoi I had in Malaysia. As you can see itís an abundant producer. Now that the mangosteens are done Iím going to promote this fruit at the farmers market. Itís not mangosteen but not bad either!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pachira Patinoi
« on: September 01, 2019, 11:50:25 AM »
It could work, but I have heard of problems.  If itís pollinated by glabra you could get hybrid seeds!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What's ripening in Costa Rica right now?
« on: September 01, 2019, 11:48:46 AM »
Itís been a great season.  Those are some fruits that I took to the market yesterday.  But thereís lots more.  Champedek, rollinia, sapodilla, Mamey, cas, araza, dwarf mulchi, wax Jambu, baccaurea dulcis, cherapu, lansium, kepel coming up again soon...
Thank You Ben Mango for the visit, itís always nice to get a visit from someone from the forum that knows something about these fruits.  My son and I shared our last durian of the season with Ben.

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