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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Xmas wishes
« on: December 24, 2019, 08:05:54 AM »
Merry Xmas to you all and your families. Hope all is well in your world.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mango identification
« on: September 26, 2019, 12:45:01 AM »
 Can anyone id this mango? There are no ripe fruit on the tree yet so i am not sure of ripe fruit colour. Strange looking raised up nipple where the stork joins the fruit.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / mangosteen germination
« on: August 22, 2017, 12:33:26 PM »

 I am lucky enough to work in an area that has plenty of Purple Mangosteen fruit available. Supporting the local people in their small market I have in the past ordered 20kg of mangosteen and eaten them all in a matter of a week or so. I was collecting the seeds to take back to Oz to plant in our garden. This I have done with no issues from customs at the airport as long as they are declared and clean I haven't had any problems. The only issue is that they are normally sprouted quite long by the time I get home and I think this might weaken the seedling but I am not 100% sure about this. Anyhow back to the story, last trip in to work I purchased 6kgs of fruit in Vientiane and ate them upon arrival to site 5 hrs later. I put the seeds in some 2nd hand vermiculite that I had in the cupboard from where I had brought some Z4 abiu seed over for the lads here at work who are mostly slash and burn type rice farmers. I put the seeds back into the cupboard and completely forgot about them. I worked for my roster of 4 weeks and then went on break for 2 weeks back to Oz. When I got back to site next time I found the seeds in the cupboard and they were still alive. See attached pics. The shoots were very long but they were still very much alive. Tough these little buggers!

 I have found that I don't have any issues with mould because we clean the seeds properly as we are eating the fruit. Because we have had so many fruit I have been very rough with the seeds and found that sort of chewing the skin off the seed once the fruit has been eaten off it works the best and you can get quite rough. Sometimes the seed will crack in half but if the complete skin is not removed we have trouble with mould. Take all the brown skin off if possible and just leave the creamy colour seed, put it in a clip lock bag with just a touch of moisture in there and away you go. With this method we have been getting around 90% and more germination of the seeds with no mould issues.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / longan
« on: August 22, 2017, 12:09:27 PM »
Our Longan has finally flowered. Its is a grafted variety but I am not sure what variety. It has been in the ground for about 5 years and we were giving up hope thinking that Darwin just doesn't get the chill that is required to get them to flower. I spoke to a gardening friend     (Chris N for those in the know) and he put me onto the bleach theory. So about 4 months ago I poured about 4 bottles of woollies finest bleach just out past the drip line (I think they are 2 litre bottles). Was very pleasantly surprised to see these flowers bloom. Possibly just a fluke and it was going to flower anyhow.................. who knows.

 Couple of very very nice looking Rollinia fruit coming on as well. 2 different trees from the same batch of seeds and the fruit on one tree are nice and smooth, the other just a touch of the spiky appearance. The fella who gave me the seeds (from QLD) will know who he is and a big thank you is going out to him for these cracking fruit. Hope they taste as good as they look.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Hass avocado - How hot is to hot?
« on: February 25, 2017, 04:36:58 PM »
 We have a couple of Hass Avocado trees growing for 4 years which have never flowered or fruited. We live in the Top End of the Northern Territory Australia which is fairly warm for most of the year. Does anyone know if Hass will fruit in the warmer regions? The trees are very healthy looking and are growing well.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / abui air layering
« on: December 19, 2016, 09:44:20 AM »

 Anyone have any info on Abui air layering or growing from cuttings?


Tropical Fruit Discussion / sharwil avocado seed wanted
« on: March 27, 2016, 08:57:00 PM »
I am chasing 50 or so Sharwil Avocado seeds to be sent to Darwin. Would any of the Australian people on here be able to help me in locating a source for these seeds?


Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / sharwil avocado seed wanted
« on: March 27, 2016, 08:46:18 PM »

 I am looking for 50 or so Sharwil avocado seeds to be sent to Darwin. Does anyone in Australia know where I could source these?

Gary P

Tropical Fruit Discussion / lychee root stock for Avo's
« on: March 15, 2016, 03:54:14 AM »
I have heard through a friend that Lychee is good root stock for Avocados. Has anyone ever tried this? He tells me that the Lychee root system is very strong and avos do well when grafted onto them. I have some Lychee seedlings in my shade house that will be good size for grafting soon so I am going to give it a try. I have a Hass avo growing here and will soon have 2 others to try as well. Thoughts anyone?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Wanted: Soursop seed
« on: March 10, 2016, 01:30:33 AM »
 Gday All,

 I am chasing some soursop seed if anyone has some from a good fibreless type. Please let me know if you have any for sale.


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