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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cherimoya pruning
« on: July 30, 2020, 10:30:44 PM »
I use what we call a standard ' fruit potting mix' which consists of manure,compost, wood material and added trace elements. I tthen add about 10% perlite (not weight but sight) for drainage.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Cherimoya pruning
« on: July 30, 2020, 10:06:52 PM »
Hi all,

Hope all my friends are staying safe during these times.

I'm after some advice on how to best prune this Cherimoya, which I'll then do similar on my other annonas. It's coming into the last month of winter in Australia and I believe the next few weeks would be a good time to prune. I'm looking at keeping the tree fairly compact and will plant in the ground at about 10-11 ft centres.


Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: American variety mango seeds
« on: May 11, 2020, 04:24:37 AM »
Hi Joe
I have 6 sweet tart mangoes on the tree now along with malika and NDM both
have mangos.
I would trade you for scions of the pink annona you recently offered seeds from.
I would want the scions next Spring which is around February-March here?
I would need the scions sent fast for better chance grafting.


Thabks Mike appreciate it. I've sent you a pm

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / American variety mango seeds
« on: May 10, 2020, 11:22:50 PM »
Hello all,

I want to see what all the debate is about regarding some of the well known American varieties of mangoes against some that are commonly grown here in Australia. Over here in Australia, the Kensignton Pride reigns king as probably the best if not one the best mango with others such as Kwan or sam rue do being up there, but I've read through many threads claiming other varieties easily trump the KP.

What I'm looking for is someone that could send me some mango seeds in the coming season of some of the best poly-embryonic mangoes. I believe varieties such as Lemon zest, Orange Sherbet, Sweet Tart are poly but I'm also open to suggestions.

I know it'll be years before I can compare but perhaps my current mangoes will be grafted over if these varieties are as good as what some claim. I'm happy to pay for the seeds.


Not sure were you can  get them as I'm in Aus but Arusha fruit well on their own and have a distinct pineapple flavour and are what I'd call on the sweeter side for guanabana.

Good luck!

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Red annona seeds
« on: May 02, 2020, 07:11:12 PM »
Sold out for now. Will let you know it more seeds become available

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Red annona seeds
« on: May 01, 2020, 01:34:30 AM »
Does the source for the fruit have a cultivar name? Seems desirable.

I wasn't given any name. These were sent to me from a wholesaler. They do have desirable characteristics and I'll be planting out a few to see how they come

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Red annona seeds
« on: May 01, 2020, 12:49:44 AM »

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Red annona seeds
« on: May 01, 2020, 12:49:08 AM »
More photos

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Red annona seeds
« on: May 01, 2020, 12:48:21 AM »
I have for sale seeds from an annona which I've been told is a possible atemoya x reticulata. The flesh is firm right to the edges with no grittiness towards the skin. Seed count is very low, with about 15 seeds in a fruit that weighed 750 grams. The annona is sweet with the berry undertones that are found in good atemoyas. The seeds may not come true to type.

Please note- shipping out of Australia is expensive at the moment as only registered post can be utilised in this time. I can  quote though.

Seeds $2.50 each plus shipping. Minimum 5.
Have limited amounts as fruits didn't have much seed

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mangifera caesia
« on: April 28, 2020, 06:28:42 AM »
Hi all,

Has anyone tried growing these and have any information on their cold tolerance?

I believe these may be the maroochy red or another red atemoya ehich has become available commercially in Aus

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Seedling amber jackfruit: first fruit
« on: April 02, 2020, 10:28:28 PM »
Great report on the amber. I have an amber seedling also which has grown rapidly this season! Was wondering how cold sensitive you find the amber compared to the other jackfruits. I'm in Sydney so we do get cold here but only some rare light frosts.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Loquat Cultivars/Varieties
« on: April 02, 2020, 03:19:01 AM »
has anyone tasted nagasakiwase loquat? a have read pretty good descriptions

I have, here in Australia it's actually a pretty easy one to obtain. The fruits are sweet and have great flavor and generally can give 2 lots of fruit at different times of the year, usually being late autumn and spring.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Room For Three More Mangos
« on: March 25, 2020, 12:56:01 AM »
I would definitely go for a Maha Chanok. They're pretty easy to keep to a manageable size and I don't find them to have much issue with diseases and on top of that they are an awesome tasting mango !
I know you said you don't like Indian mangos, but have you tried an Alphonso? I tried my first one this year and it's definitely one of my favorites. It's a very rich mango with strong taste!
Another one to keep in mind with me bring from Australia, it's pretty hard to go past a Kensington Pride. These mango trees are all over the suburbs here and for good reason. They do become large trees, so diligent pruning would be needed but may come at the expense of fruit some years.

Hope that helps!

I have a few popping up right now.

I treated them with 500ppm of Ga3 acid ( you should be able to source this online) for 10 hours.

from there I placed them in vermiculite and in a bag and by my window which kept them warm. Within about 10 days most starting cracking open and sending a root out. I put them into small pots and outside and now they are breaking the surface of the dirt.

hope that helps.


I have a starfruit which has grown great over the last year or so in a pot. I just used a 'premium potting mix' which is made by a local company here and has a mix of some compost and manure through it's blend with composted bark. I added some perlite to keep the mix free draining and to reduce the soil compacting in the pot.

I've found that they really love water so if you can keep them nice and moist and have a decent potting mix you should do just fine.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Achachairu seeds
« on: March 07, 2020, 06:36:01 PM »

Some more large achachairu!

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Achachairu seeds
« on: February 20, 2020, 06:34:59 PM »
Seeds sold out for now.

Will have more most likely by tomorrow.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: annona tomentosa seeds
« on: February 17, 2020, 08:25:11 PM » sells them. they're out of stock at the moment. But if you're not in too much of a rush you can keep your eye out for when they're back in.

I've ordered form them before. They aren't the cheapest place to source seeds from but I received everything in good order and have had some rare annona germinate already and seem that some dugetia might also pop up.

Thank you for the recommendation!

does have some interesting seeds, I'll have a look over it.



Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Achachairu seeds
« on: February 14, 2020, 09:56:07 PM »
 Supposedly garcinia humilus but many seem to disagree on that. Have posted photos of fruit to show where the seeds came from.

Seeds $1.50USD each. Minimum 10
Postage extra. Please note seeds are heavy so will give quotes for shipping prior to concluding a purchase.
Also I can't be held liable for customs seizing seeds. All payments to go through paypal so purchaser has recourse if seeds are taken.

I don't know the exact reasoning behind it but I had a garcinia that was sent to me from an area which had a more tropical climate than mine and the first few flushes of new growth the exact same thing happened to the leaves. It has no normalised and the leaves are coming out in perfect shape.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rusty's market for lunch
« on: January 17, 2020, 06:21:33 AM »
Went again at lunchtime.Achachairus, some erdon Lee's like baseballs and is 40c/lb US cheap for mangoes?

Mike would you know if the achachariu have been sent down Sydney way yet? Might go have a look around tomorrow.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rare annona question
« on: January 16, 2020, 08:07:26 PM »
A. muricata is hardly used here for rootstock.
Can't say whether its due to incompatibility with popular Atta type species or if its due to not liking cold.
I had A. diversifolia grafted onto it but it looked sad and never really got going.

It does grow very well, but it seems fruiting is hit or miss.

I saw Har mention in other threads that A. montana might be a good choice for rootstock, I think it more cold tolerant than muricata

Thanks for your response. it isn't very commonly used here either but the guy that can sell them to me lives in a more suitable climate so I guess it doesn't matter if he uses muricata as a rootstock.

I've also heard montana can take some serious cold so would most be more ideal. Only thing that might need to be considered is that montana are huge trees! wonder if the rootstock might eventually outgrow the scion.

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