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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sex and the Salaks . . .
« on: October 13, 2018, 03:05:24 AM »
Ok.  You have not mentioned which cultivar you are growing?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sex and the Salaks . . .
« on: October 12, 2018, 01:09:18 AM »
Thanks for the explanation, Peter.  I was thinking of one male to five females.  BTW, which cultivar are you growing? 

I guess this video demonstrate your method of pollination.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WuKVfJPDgY

Do you have any video on how to separate the pups/suckers from the main plant? 


Could be, but with many diocious crops one male to ten females will work out alright.  Salak is different and to achieve maximum pollination of diocious salak you need lots of males. Iíve  been growing salak commercially for almost 30 years.  we remove the sheath from around the female cone, then when the female flower is receptive we handpollinate to get maximum set..itís not unusual that you canít find a male flower on a single male tree that has good pollen at that moment.  With more males you will do better.  There is a neighbor who comes over sometimes to get male flowers!  You donít want to be in that situation.
Peter

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sex and the Salaks . . .
« on: October 11, 2018, 12:49:39 PM »
Of course.  No one would want only males or females.  But, more females is better.

Keep in mind that you donít want all females, you need males.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sex and the Salaks . . .
« on: October 10, 2018, 02:51:09 PM »
Mike, you frequently mention about the locules for sex determination.  I just have a small doubt.  Supposing a fruit has 3 locule, but only 2 have seeds and the third is an immature one.  Would the remaining 2 seeds be females?

Sucker division is usual for all wallichiana and zalaccas. They are cut through and left in place and removed later.Dont plant Thai sala seeds from fruit that are one or two loculed as they nearly always turn out male.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Marula seeds?
« on: October 05, 2018, 09:00:54 AM »
What was your germination percentage and how old are your plants now?

Yep, those look just like my marula seeds, and yes, the size varies greatly. 


Carolyn

The seller mentioned that the seeds were from May 2018.  So, it's about 4-5 months old now.  I am thinking of waiting for another 2 months before planting them to help break dormancy and for better germination.  Or should I just plant them now?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Marula seeds?
« on: October 04, 2018, 08:40:32 AM »
Just received some seeds supposedly of marula.  From what I have seen online, I thought the seeds would be much bigger than what I have just received.  So, I just want to confirm these are actually marula seeds. 



The seeds are also not similar with some being almost half of the others.  The measurement in the scale is in centimeters. 




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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Saba senegalensis?
« on: September 21, 2018, 02:35:05 AM »
The primary leaves have started turning brown, but the newer leaves remain fresh. Is this symptoms of over-watering? Should I be worried?




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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Soursop - lots of flowers, but no fruit.
« on: September 18, 2018, 02:16:05 PM »
No.  It's seasonal.  From mid-October to mid-December.  Occasional and infrequent rain in August and September.

what I am saying that Chennai may not have the climate to support Sour Sop fruit. Its very difficult to grow in California and we grow Cherimoya just fine, Florida cant grow cherimoya but grow soursop and atemoya just fine. Do you get rain showers throughout the year like tropical areas?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Soursop - lots of flowers, but no fruit.
« on: September 18, 2018, 12:21:31 PM »
Chennai does not have tropical weather like Florida and rest of the tropics. Chennai gets rain like rest of india in early summer to end of summer. Soursop thrives in tropical weather. Its probably the same reason Florida cannot fruit Cherimoya? could be.

behlgarden, I'm confused.  Are you saying it will fruit or not fruit in Chennai?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Soursop - lots of flowers, but no fruit.
« on: September 17, 2018, 07:48:41 PM »
Those may be two fruit sets to the left of the flower--- it is too soon to tell.

Even after proper pollination, the tree must steadily have enough water and it must be well mineralized: if it is slightly deficient in Boron and Zinc, most or all young fruit sets will abort, even while the leaves have enough to look perfectly healthy.

Could you please give some natural sources of these two - boron and zinc?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Soursop - lots of flowers, but no fruit.
« on: September 17, 2018, 06:30:25 AM »
Those may be two fruit sets to the left of the flower--- it is too soon to tell.

Even after proper pollination, the tree must steadily have enough water and it must be well mineralized: if it is slightly deficient in Boron and Zinc, most or all young fruit sets will abort, even while the leaves have enough to look perfectly healthy.

When you mentioned about aborting, is it after some kind of fruit sets or even before that?  After that first fruit aborted, I have never seen a single fruit set on this tree.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Soursop - lots of flowers, but no fruit.
« on: September 17, 2018, 03:54:24 AM »
My soursop tree has only fruited once before.  And the fruit was very small and fell off even before ripening.  At any given time, this tree has at least 5-6 flowers.  Right now, there are more than 10 flowers.  I even tried to hand pollinate once, but it was a failure.  None of them form fruits. 

As it had already set fruit once, could I safely assume that there is no issue with pollination?  Please help. 



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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Wildlife in your fruit trees ?
« on: September 16, 2018, 07:59:47 AM »
Common tailorbird (Orthotomus sutorius) nest in one of my soursop trees, built using just 3 leaves

Day 1




Day 2


Day 3


Day 4


Day 7, nest is no more   :'( :'( :'(

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Edible fruit, ID please?
« on: September 13, 2018, 02:11:36 AM »
Unripe fruits



Flower



Leaves


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: To prune or not?
« on: September 09, 2018, 09:20:37 AM »
Ok.  Thank you, sir.

Prune it to keep it about 8' tall.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / To prune or not?
« on: September 09, 2018, 04:02:04 AM »
Syzygium specie.  Water apple.  Should I prune this plant or allow it to keep growing?


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Hylocereus megalanthus seedlings - growth rate?
« on: September 03, 2018, 07:59:48 PM »
I had given some seeds to a cousin.  His seedlings are short and stout whereas mine are tall and slender.  Mine have been getting direct sunlight for about 6-7 hours daily.  So, it's definitely not due to the light. Should I be concerned about the tall growth?

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Jen, water the soil or seedlings with soda?  Did you try it?  How old are your seedlings now?

I bought some seeds from Dragonfruit101 on this forum a couple of months ago.  He suggested I water them (once sprouted) with club soda, as it helps to aerate the soil and provide the seedlings with minerals.  I can't really tell one way or another, but I thought I'd mention it to you all.  - Jen

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I had given some seeds to a cousin.  His seedlings are short and stout whereas mine are tall and slender.  Mine have been getting direct sunlight for about 6-7 hours daily.  So, it's definitely not due to the light. Should I be concerned about the tall growth?

Direct sunlight for the seedlings.  If they are indoors, don't let them brush up against the window as they grow taller or the sun will burn them.  If they haven't been exposed to direct sunlight, I'd slowly aclimatize them to it.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Millipede in Jabo
« on: August 29, 2018, 03:36:49 PM »
I may be wrong, but they don't look like millipede to me.  Look like larvae of some bug.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit ID please?
« on: August 29, 2018, 03:27:50 PM »
Thanks for the ID Moh'd.  I just cracked open 3 stones and got 2 whole seeds.  I hope they are not damaged.  I have placed them on top of the soil as Useful Tropical Plants say it needs light to germinate.  If they germinate successfully, I might try to exchange them with other members, instead of trying to send whole stone  ;D



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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Saba senegalensis?
« on: August 29, 2018, 03:15:03 PM »
Update



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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Fruit ID please?
« on: August 29, 2018, 02:46:47 PM »
People here are calling this fruit elantha pazham.  This refers to the Indian jujube which is much smaller and reddish brown in color.  I have placed them in a dinner plate so that you can get a perspective of it's size.

The fruits


The stones/pits

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mabungo - Saba comorensis
« on: August 29, 2018, 01:51:59 PM »
The seeds are smaller than that of the Saba senegalensis which I got last month.  In comparison, these are about half to three quarter of the size of s. senegalensis.



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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Pereskia - ID please?
« on: August 28, 2018, 06:12:04 AM »
Is it p. grandifolia?  It might be either p. grandifolia or p. aculeata.



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