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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Broadleaf papaya bisex plant produces fruit
« on: September 19, 2020, 11:29:51 PM »

The original broadleafed Papaya female with red veined leaves and deep purple petioles gave rise to some bisex offspring with large red fleshed fruit, red veined leaves and the purple petioles. The less flavoursome yellow fleshed fruit of the female really had to bow to the superior bisex offspring. Outcrossing produces greener stems and green veins. Interestingly no males seem to have been produced. My big bisex tree blew over in a storm and the first fruit from a side shoot was just plucked. A modest 6lbs. This is still very close to the original lineage.

I still think they are the most ornamental and striking papayas

Tropical Fruit Discussion / 10 minutes in the market Rusty's
« on: September 18, 2020, 11:20:56 PM »
Glad to see early mangoes,starapple,jacks,guavas,dragonfrui, atemoya and so much more. I was glad to the market buzzing with activity and crowds of people and only took a couple of pix. There was a maskless, unspaced post-covid vibe.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / A bunch of Jaboticaba flowers
« on: September 18, 2020, 11:12:41 PM »
Red, Hybrid, Eascarlette, Grimal, Sabara, Phytranthra x Aureana are all going beserk flowering at once and all flower multiple times a year at home.

My sabara was abuzz with insects, festooned with flowers and perfuming the air this morning. They are one of the best. My two other big sabaras are only days behind with lots of buds.

My grimal is like a machine and in bud again. They have big small seeded fruit of great flavour. This type should be everywhere like sabara.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Going Big but not at home
« on: September 18, 2020, 11:04:06 PM »
Well chums this morning I had a look around town and saw some trees people may be interested in knowing they get big. I saw whopping mangoes, maprangs, malay apples, breadnuts, jacks and a lot more. I took a couple of snaps of a few trees that are pretty big and its hard to capture it on film.


G.dulcis and fruit

Ambarellas regrowing leaves and flower buds in spring last week

Matisia last week

Big Jaboticaba sabara

Santol tree is very tall and pole like for first 40 feet

Tropical Fruit Discussion / A Star is borne
« on: September 08, 2020, 06:13:37 PM »
A labelling incident some years ago made me mix up my alva, orange dwarf Taiwan starapple and philipinne gold seedlings. I have a friend the esteemed Taiwanese dwarf which he has espaliered over his garage and it is a handsome tree. He just dropped by 5 minutes ago on the way to work to interrogate me on the fruit his tree produced. While it may be the premier starfruit and the cream of the crop he really wanted the Taiwanese one. My geese up-ended pots and pulled out labels and in the rescue mission some were clearly mislabelled. It can take years before such errors can be found out.
I will post a pic when I take one in a few minutes.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Dwarf Guaya from Raul (M.oliviformis)
« on: September 08, 2020, 05:03:01 PM »

Got some dwarf guaya seeds (Meliccocu oliviformis I tink) a few years ago and that is his picture above. I planted 3 and one was a casualty that never recovered from a goose incident, one is now 10 feet high and the other is 15 feet. I gave a runt to a friend who grew it in a pot and it is around 4 ft high now. My large flourishing trees are yet to flower but the small pottd one my friend ha is busting out in bloom.

Citrus General Discussion / Red Champagne obituary
« on: September 05, 2020, 09:59:52 PM »

After 5 productive years of producing dazzling red fruit of great flavour my red champagne suddenly died. It was vigorous healthy and pumping out fruit a couple of months ago. It died so fast that it didn't have time to drop its leaves and they just withered brown still attached. I am dumbfounded as to why. Nothing different happened with weather,water or fertiliser.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Outa Season Monthong Durian
« on: September 05, 2020, 09:12:05 PM »

I look at my durians and there are barely any buds yet and I expect flowers in October/November December. Yesterday I stumbled across a monthong tree I believe in a public park with fruit already set and loads of big ones up high. It has been setting fruit during winter and this is the first week of spring.It seems to be 5 months different in seasonality from the norm. There were around 10 other trees with it and none had a flower bud. This odd tree also had developing flower buds and was a vigorous healthy tree.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Dwarf Jackfruit
« on: September 05, 2020, 02:25:58 AM »

Today I had a look at a couple of dwarf jackfruit trees.They are quite gracile with small flowers, small leaves and thin trunks. It is good to see thay have been fruiting right through winter, with this being the first week of Spring.

Although much smaller than regular jacks they can still be around 4 or 5m tall and are upright rather than spreading.

This fruit fell off during a robust inspection so was rescued. They are not always small fruit and are soft fleshed yellows with a pleasant flavour.

It is a big research report but looks at genetics, grafting, marketing etc. Dig deep and you may hit a few rich veins of info you can follow back to the motherlode. If you like grafting options you will hit paydirt here. Anyway have a look as these sort of research reports are worthwhile. I have dished up Annona and Durio ones before and they were well received.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Has Erdon Lee landed in US yet?
« on: August 22, 2020, 11:50:56 PM »
Some time ago I joked about the US not being ready for Erdon Lee and that it had not gone through it's Fai zee sui phase yet. An out of sequence fruit may disrupt the 'continuum'. I am wondering if it has actually been secured in Florida, California or Hawaii yet? I am getting a grafted Erdon Lee and Seedless soon and they are being marcotted as we speak. Here are a few fruit of Erdon Lee from 2 seasons ago as a reminder.

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