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Tropical Fruit Discussion / How long do scions remain viable for?
« on: October 18, 2020, 08:43:26 AM »
Hi there

I live in Uganda and after this crazy season of COVID I was wondering when I visit the US if it would be viable to bring back some scions of named fruit varieties to graft on to my own trees.

The fruit I was thinking of were:
1. Mango
2. Annona
3. Star fruit
4. Loquat

So I was wondering. How long would they be viable for as it is a long journey and I live far from the international airport. They would need to remain viable for three weeks or more.

Secondly, given that I dont have experience grafting are these fruit fairly easy for a newbie to graft?

Thanks for your help!


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Basic Jaboticaba Question
« on: April 01, 2020, 07:58:47 AM »
Having got the Jaboticaba bug from someone recently I have been looking at all the information on-line. Most of it is either too basic or I get lost in the myriad of different varieties.

I was just wondering how the following compare in terms of flavour, fruit size, fruit quality and speed of growth from seed general ease of cultivation and flood and drought resistance.

1. Red hybrid Jaboticaba, Plinia cauliflora
2. Blue Jaboticaba, Myrciarria vexato
3. Escarlette Jabaoticaba (Plinia cauliflora x aureana) x aureana Is that correct?
4. Grimal Myrciaria spirito-santensis
5. White Jaboticaba Myrciaria aureana
6. Sabara, Myrciaria cauliflora variety

Any help would be appreciated!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Annona reticulata die back.
« on: February 19, 2020, 12:51:11 PM »

Anyone know what would be causing died back of the young shoots of my Annona reticulata? Do I need to be worried about it?


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Anyone growing Rubus glaucous?
« on: December 25, 2019, 06:10:11 AM »
Hello and Merry Christmas everyone!

Anyone have experience germinating and growing Andean Raspberry, Rubus glaucous. How are the fruit? The Ferns website suggest that it tastes very good and give it four rating. Does it do well in frost free areas? We are about 3,000 feet up here in northern Uganda.

Any information much appreciated as I have just received some seeds.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Best tropical berries to grow?
« on: November 16, 2019, 03:14:09 AM »
Hi everyone,

We all love blackberries, raspberrues and strawberries, but what are the best berries to grow in the subtopics and tropics. Here in northern Uganda we don't get significant cold seasons it rarely drops below 60'C or 15 F.

Currently I grow Mysore Raspberry, mulberries. Then there are berry like fruit such as Suriname Cherry and Barbados Cherry, Malpighia. Also Muntingia. But I find Muntingia disappointing as they are small with a relatively thick skin. I also find Malpighia disappointing, with little flesh and the birds eat most of them. Strawberries that I grow also have low yeilds and spoil get eaten.

Any suggestions welcome!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Trouble with fruit bats
« on: November 12, 2019, 01:33:46 AM »
My seed grown Annona reticulata is fruiting for the third year and had 7 fruit. One got stollen by a neighbour kid. Now the topmost one was eaten over night by a fruit bat.

How can I stop it eating all the rest?? Any ideas appreciated.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mamey Sapote seed viability
« on: October 12, 2019, 01:17:44 PM »
Just wondering how long Mamey Sapote seeds remain viable for as all my efforts to get viable seeds, here in Uganda, have not worked out.

Are they better shipped moist?

Any suggestions appreciated!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Annona cherimoya flowering question
« on: September 11, 2019, 01:39:26 PM »

I live in Northern Uganda, about 3 degrees north of the equator and about 3,000 feet above sea level.

My four year old seed grown cherimoya flowered this year. But it did not set fruit. As I am in a warm climate with temperatures rarely/never dropping below the 60s I was doubting if it would set fruit.

If it has flowered does that mean that it will set fruit? Or maybe the weather is too warm? Will I have to pollinate it, or will it self fertilize? I only have one tree unfortunately.

Thank you for any advise.

I was wondering if I ordered some Annona scions would they be prerooted? How long would they last in transit? Just wondering if I could order some to fly with from USA to Uganda next year. Maybe on hand luggage?

I would be interested to hear if others have done this.

I have Saba comorensis seeds available for sale or exchange. Lots of flesh in the fruit with pleasently sour flesh.

$1 each seed plus shipping or will exchange. From Uganda.

Hello everyone

In a recent trip to Central Africa Republic I found Myrianthus arbóreas for sale in a local market. Also known as the Giant Yellow Mulberry more for its looks as the fruit are not like the mulberry. Instead it the fruit break up more like a jack fruit but with less edible flesh. The leaves are also edible and harvested locally.

The other two fruit species are from Nuba Mountains in Sudan.

Baobab, Adansonia digitada
This is the northern variety of the Baobab which is isolated from its East African relatives known for its higher flesh to seed ratio (see this link ) . The dry flesh can be disolved in water and makes a delicious and medicinal, slightly sour, drink.

Hyphaene thebaica. Known as Doum or the Gingerbread palm
This palm fruit has very fiberous flesh the taste is like gingerbread. It is sold in the markets locally as it is popular to chew on. The seed is quite large.

Myrianthus $2/seed
Baobab $1.5/seed
Doum Palm $2/seed
Plus postage

I would be willing to trade and am interested in Jaboticata vatrieties, Mamy Sapote and many other fruit!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Which species of Salacca is this?
« on: October 20, 2018, 05:51:23 AM »
In a recent Thailand I bought these Salacca fruit in a Bangkok market. Now al the seeds are germinating here in Uganda. Can anyone identify which species they are from this photo? Thank you.

Tropical Vegetables and Other Edibles / ID for spice for colouring rice.
« on: August 29, 2018, 12:47:47 AM »
Can anyone help me I'd this bulb used for giving rice a red colour? Thanks.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Best way to clean and ship Annona seeds
« on: August 18, 2018, 09:41:25 AM »
Hello everyone,

Am selling Annona seeds on the other noticed board. The seeds are quite sticky and dont clean easily. What is the best way to clean them (if necessary) and then to ship them. Should I ship them moist?

As I live in Uganda I dont have access to many chemicals/packaging materials.

Thank you for your help.


Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Annona senegelensis seeds for trade
« on: August 17, 2018, 10:38:56 AM »
Hello everyone.

I have Annona Sengelensis seeds for trade from here in Uganda.

I am interested in any jaboticaba seeds, Mamy Sapote, Canistel or anything I dont already have!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / I'D request for this Congolese fruit.
« on: June 24, 2018, 06:02:29 AM »
I just got back from a short visit to Isiro in Congo. There I came across this fruit which is apparently edible but the season was over so the fruit was old. I think it is a Myrianthus sp of some kind. Any clarification on the exact species and tips on germinating these seeds would be appreciated.

I should be about to receive White Wani Mango seeds in the mail from Malaysia. However I can find very little on the web about how to germinate and grow them.

I have the following questions:

I read somewhere on this forum that the seeds of Wani Mangoes should not be planted the wrong way up. But the post did not say which way it should be planted. Anyone with experience of the conditions necessary for germinating them?

Here in northern Uganda we have about 3-4 months dry season. Will the Wani Mangoes cope with this? We have a small stream flowing through our property would the mangoe like to be planted in waterlogged soil or soil that occasionally floods? Can it tolerate flooding? If I planted them in the shade of larger trees should they do better given that they are in a climate that has 3 months dry season with very dry air.? We are about 1200m above sea level and 3 degrees north of the equator.

We grow Avacado and jackfruit easiliy here as well as the normal Mango.

Thank you for any advise!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / What Seeds to bring back from the Philippines
« on: February 26, 2018, 09:57:26 AM »
Hello everyone.

I have a friend of mine traveling form the Philippines here to Uganda in May. She is ready to bring seeds back for me. What seeds would be reasonably easy for her to find and that I should  should I ask her for?

Anyone know what is normally grown in the Philipeans?

Thank you for your suggestions!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Annona reticulata first fruit and grafting
« on: January 26, 2018, 01:04:05 PM »

I planted ten seeds on Annona reticulata from trade wind fruits. Only one germinated. After a eight and a half year wait, this morning we were rewarded with our first fruit. As you can see it is delicious and reddish colour. It is sweet and has berry overtones. I’m very happy!

I obviously want to propagate this tree! Someone told me that if I graft or bud the seedlings I would get much faster fruiting (eight years is a rather long wait!). Is this so? Which is the best and simplest way to do this budding or grafting. I have never done this before and have no access to propriety tape that people seem to use to bind the bud to the root stock here in Uganda.

Also what is the best website/YouTube clip that I should follow to do this.

Many thanks!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Spondias germination
« on: November 26, 2017, 06:57:58 AM »
I have recently acquired these (what I think are ) Spondias fruit from Congo. The ‘seeds’ are very distinctive.

However when researching on germination it seems that there is a hard corky covering. That needs to be broken. So I cut open two of the ‘seeds’ but did not see any sign of an endocarp. See below:

What is the best way forwards. Has anyone had any experience in germinating Spondias? How big are the seeds? Any help appreciated!

Hi folks

I have been away for the last six months and I came back to find my Granadilla was fruiting for the first time. ;D

My questions are two.

When do I harvest it.

What is the best way to eat it?

Thank you everyone!

Hi everyone.

I was wondering if it is worth my money to orgder mangosteen seeds on line. The seeds will take 2-3 weeks to arrive from the US to Uganda. Will they still be viable? They are quiet expensive so I dont what to spend money on unviable seeds.

Any thoughts welcome!


Tropical Fruit Discussion / What are the best Pouteria to grow.
« on: October 25, 2017, 11:21:31 PM »
Hi there

I am looking at ordering some Pouteria seeds. I am wondering what you all would recommend me to start growing. What are the tastiest varieties. I live in Uganda and we have a pronounced dry season for 4 months in the year.

Also where is the best place to get viable seeds as I have never seen these fruit in Uganda.


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