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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Melicoccus bijugatus (Spanish Lime)
« on: July 19, 2019, 02:17:20 PM »
Theyíre slow growers.  You wonít be able to determine sex until they flower.  Excalibur offers a grafted Spanish lime.  Grafted varieties arenít always hermaphrodite, better check on that.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Costa Rica mango cultivar question
« on: July 13, 2019, 07:14:47 AM »
Costa Ricans will commonly say 'manga' for select mangoes.  Gary Zill has a mango nursery in Orotina where many high quality mangoes are offered.
Iím not personally familiar with the area you are talking about.  Again, soil quality and water availability. The climate should be alright there.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Costa Rica mango cultivar question
« on: July 12, 2019, 08:16:45 PM »
I would say that Orotina to Alajuela would be good. Also from orotina north into guanacaste. You donít have to be at a low elevation. You could probably be up to 3000í.
 Check soil quality and water availability. Mango season goes from about late February into June or so in CR.

We get the skins off after boiling them and process into hummus with olive oil and garlic.

Yes, I understand that the tree ripened Chanee is a terrific fruit.  Interesting how you are able to find superior fruit, and I guess at a very good price too.  Congrats!

A newer durian, black thorn D-200, is now worth much more than musang king on the Malaysian retail market.  Black thorn is a Penang variety that is now being grown for export as well. 
Since Malaysians let the durians fall instead of cutting the stem their durians have been too ripe to freeze conventionally for export.  Now with liquid nitrogen freezing they are entering the export market with quality that should surpass the ethylene ripened Thai durians.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Poll: Meliponiculture
« on: July 04, 2019, 11:59:31 AM »
Costa Rica has different regions with different conditions.  Where I am located, in Limon, we donít really have the extended dry season that the Central Valley and Pacific coast experience.  Our melipona seem to be active all the time and Iíve never heard, when speaking with local experts, that there is a season when bees simply wont colonize a new box.
We have been successful in attracting melipona while others manage a division of the hives, extracting the queen and putting it in the new hive.  Apparently the hive that lost the queen can produce another.
There are many people in this area interested in melipona management.  Where I have seen a resurgence of interest is in YucatŠn. There they have some very large programs.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pineapple from seed?
« on: June 29, 2019, 07:32:42 AM »
I havenít done it but I e seen it done. The fruit should be good. Itís the way to get new varieties.

No, I donít think itís normal.  But overall your trees look pretty good.  Iím surprised you have them in such small pots.  Looks like they ought to be in 5 gal buckets to me.
Like most things with mangosteen those cracks must have opened slowly, but the trees seem to be dealing with it.

Sure, salak is a commercial fruit for us.  There is a little these days but by late July I should have a more regular supply.  I also have salak plants for sale, ready for planting.  C2000

Thereís also s. affinis seen here on a palm and the fruits mixed in with s. salacca.  Good red salak is juicier and can be quite sweet.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Thanks for advice on Acerola
« on: May 29, 2019, 02:17:36 PM »
Iím interested in knowing what amendments were applied.
I e eaten lots of acerola and itís never been bitter. Generally itís sweet and good. I think that we have applied lime, seaweed, and rock phosphate at some point or another.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mangoes seeds that breed true.
« on: May 26, 2019, 01:30:54 PM »
Do you have a reliable way to know which seedlings are clones?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: No pollen in male Salak flowers
« on: May 24, 2019, 10:39:31 PM »
Hard to say.  I have a friend here who gets some salak hybrids apparently but he doesnít know what they are.  I think they are from seeds he received in the mail.  Try and see.
I have s. affinis, Bali salak, and Java salak, s. wallichiana.  I may try to hybridized at some point, lot of work, takes time...

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: No pollen in male Salak flowers
« on: May 24, 2019, 10:21:54 AM »
Maybe.  I am located 9N, so more tropical than you I think.
The male salak trees have always produced lots of pollen, even at times when the females were not flowering.  Research and experimenting proved that by always cleaning the females of all dead material, cutting away completely un pollinated flowers, old fruit stems, lower leaves, etc. The females started to fruit over a longer period.
 Salak has certain peaks of production but I can almost always find some ripe fruit any day of the year here.  My weather is very similar to parts of Malaysia and Indonesia.  We have two seasons of mangosteen and durian for instance.  That is not so everywhere in Costa Rica but on the Caribbean coast it works.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: No pollen in male Salak flowers
« on: May 23, 2019, 11:13:57 AM »
I have more than 150 salak.  I have never had this problem and have no idea.  The only thing I can think of is that you are not looking at the flowers every day and are missing the relatively short period of pollen.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: New guanabana disease?
« on: May 19, 2019, 11:38:04 AM »
Itís probably insect introduced.  Bag the fruits like you do the guava and see how that goes.
We see this in CR, especially when there are lots of guanabana trees together.

If itís another option, I like air layered for miracle.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Durian/mangosteen harvest upcoming
« on: April 26, 2019, 09:48:54 PM »
So, Iíve just come in from walking around the farm.  Weíve been talking about durians but this season is going to have a lot of top tier fruits at the same relative time that would be very hard to find fresh and good quality in North America and Europe.
Early on, weíre talking early August, along with mangosteen and durian, will be a lot of Matisia, chupa chupa.  Thereís going to be marang.  Baccaurea dulcis, then Langsat, champedek is flowering now.  Weíll have pulusan.  Thereís some poshte coming along, rollinia is flowering now.  Great rambutan.  Cherapu!
Thereís more, itís exciting.
Thereís another farm with a good fruit collection on the beach, Punta Mona.  The owner, Stephen Brooks, tells me he will be planning some fruit consuming events at the same time.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Durian/mangosteen harvest upcoming
« on: April 24, 2019, 06:13:45 PM »
Yes, we grow graveleons, and several other durio sp.  theyíre coming along but none are in production on my farm.  I have graveleons in my nursery from a tree in production in CR.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Durian/mangosteen harvest upcoming
« on: April 24, 2019, 04:00:00 PM »
Right now we have 3 durian trees loading up for the upcoming season.  Two of the trees are a Thai selection brought to CR by Bill Whitman called Gradum thong. Our other durian is a 30 year old very good kampung we call 'Isla' named after our farm.
In the area are some other well seasoned seedlings that were planted in the eighties and, for the first time, some selections brought by Gary Zill are going to produce.  I think these include Mongthong and nukrachip.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Durian/mangosteen harvest upcoming
« on: April 23, 2019, 10:41:51 PM »
Weíve got flowering and fruit set on the king and queen of fruits in epic proportions right now.  The harvest could start in late July but I am expecting August, especially, to have large quantities of these and other fruits.  Itís not Asia but itís close for fruit people from North America to get their fill of these and other freshly harvested, high quality, ecuatorial tropical fruits.
There are other farms in this area and other parts of CR that will have a good fruit season this year.  To top it off there are several very good tree to bar chocolate producers to be found.
Iíll be giving further updates as the season approaches and hope to share fruit with more forum members this year.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Terra preta or what i do with branches
« on: April 18, 2019, 09:18:14 PM »
Very nice, biochar is the way to go and there are many approaches, especially depending on the material you are working with.  Itís great for soaking up microorganisms, emulsions, teas of humic  acid, lombricompost, etc.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Terra preta or what i do with branches
« on: April 18, 2019, 05:28:18 PM »
But does that pit, when it smolders, make a lot of smoke.  It sounds like it would.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Terra preta or what i do with branches
« on: April 18, 2019, 03:18:22 PM »
Some people make biochar here in a pit and extinguish it with water like you are talking about.  We use an adapted steel drum with a chimney and the fire gets to about 850c thus burning off all the volatiles so no smoke.
We spread on the surface after soaking in microorganisms, about 1kg per square meter.

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