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I'd put a flux capacitor in it, go back to 1957 and give Tony Abbott's mum the pill.
Or cut the bottoms out of them and make a couple of mean raised beds for the lychees. You could probably get 3-4 out of it, rather than just 2.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What is your favorite Atemoya?
« on: March 01, 2015, 07:55:47 PM »
Picked up a PP for $5 last week. The tree was snapped in half, three nodes above the graft. Should come back. Hard to pass up a $45 discount...

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Update on Russells Sweet Garcinia
« on: February 28, 2015, 08:38:51 PM »
It doesn't seem to be any less hardy than the other yellow garcinias. I did manage to kill one though, but that was to do with clay soil in its original pot and the soil sticking to the pot and he roots basically tearing apart as it came out of the pot. Tragic.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Update on Russells Sweet Garcinia
« on: February 26, 2015, 06:18:31 PM »
Everything about it looks different to the dulcis. The flesh texture looks almost like a melting loquat flesh more than the dulcis flesh.
The leaves also look very different, with pronounced vein channels.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Litsea Garcea dioecious ?
« on: February 25, 2015, 12:47:27 AM »
I had always been told you needed both sexes. I also seem to recall grafted male and female plants being sold in NQ about ten years back. A friend had some here and the male died, while the female looked like a telephone pole but never fruited... I haven't slept for a while though and my brain could have gone to mush...

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Growing non-tropics in Florida
« on: February 25, 2015, 12:44:25 AM »
There are low-chill chestnuts, but I doubt Czech ones are bred for producing with little chill. Even low-chill ones would probably struggle to produce in the keys though?
Since they are your trees and you'll want to at least try for personal reasons, then this experiment can be your gift to the horticultural world  ;D

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Achachairu flowering!
« on: February 23, 2015, 07:45:34 PM »

Durian Lover, your leaves don't look like Achachas, they are alternate like most Annonas, can you post a pic of the tip of the branch? It has to be like Mangosteen tipe

Raul, my understanding there are few strains of achachairu, just like leaves on mangoes different with each variety. I think this is from commercial variety grown in Australia. It was send to me by Australian lady not active on forum anymore.

That is definitely a black sapote. Garcinia have opposite leaves, not alternate like this.

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Variegated Minneola
« on: February 23, 2015, 04:55:16 AM »
Wow, gorgeous fruit!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: No wood chipper? No problem!
« on: February 23, 2015, 04:53:06 AM »
Can't you just pick up a decent second hand 3-7 hp chipper for under $100? I don't have enough fingers to got buggering about with circular saws and odd bits of tree trimmings...

Lots of Syzygium spp handle it well. Some Garcinia spp also do very well in flooded land for weeks without problem. Bananas and coconuts would go bananas and coconuts, respectively.

I thought squirrels were smarter than possums? If so, not even fly gauze bags with drawstring ties will stop them if they want in. It does make it harder for them and if there are other alternatives, they will usually go for the easier option.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Planting Rollinia seeds
« on: February 11, 2015, 09:17:12 PM »
I  harvest fruit in late summer, about a fortnight from now. If I put them in pots I can have them up in about 15 minutes. They are fast! Okay, maybe 1-2 weeks. They take a lot longer in winter though.

Sounds like you need a windbreak more than shade protection. Paint your tree trunks to protect from sunburn and even if you get savage heat and sun, the tree will usually come back from the protected painted parts.

If you really want a nice tree that gives light shade and is drop dead amazing, go with the Delonix floribunda. Its better than D regina as Poinciana is shorter and stouter, while floribunda is very tall and will live well above your fruit trees. Plus the yellow flowers light up the sky like nothing else...

Ice Cream Bean is a good tree, but they drop tonnes of leaves and pods, so not the best for someone who doesn't like 'mess', though most gardeners would call it 'mulch'.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Annona scleroderma (cawesh, posh-te)
« on: February 10, 2015, 06:18:42 PM »
Can anyone take a photo of their poshte leaves?
I want to make sure mine is legit before I put it in the ground.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: My first caimito
« on: February 09, 2015, 06:37:27 PM »
Gary, I think its maybe the size of the tree, which is often huge, particularly if seed grown, that puts many people off.
The trees are fairly easy to grow and crop heavily, and the fruits are a top tier tropical fruit. Plus, if you put them in the right spot, the trees themselves are a beautiful feature.
The pink species seems to be a much smaller tree though and has even sweeter fruit (though about half the size) than the regular ones, so it has great potential.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: My first caimito
« on: February 09, 2015, 06:53:15 AM »
How do the caimito's taste then?

I read the purple ones have a thick peel from 6-13 mm thick and taste lightly sweet.

Green ones taste more sour and more aromatic.  (dutch language).

Is that info right?

They are gelatinous and very sweet. Even the ordinary ones like Haitian are a good fruit. Not aromatic.

Just started picking from my Panama Sweet Gold vine. Its apparently a cross with a 'super sweet' type. Fruit are sweeter than PG and delicious. Almost like they took out the tang and put in some bubblegum or something. My wife was even very impressed, and she is not a passionfruit fan.

Hi Maryoto,
The seeds arrived in good shape and out of 5 I managed to get two plants growing very quickly. The other three looked like they were germinating, but some sort of fungus got into them. All fault on my end, but in the future I hope people can refer to this post and take some action with some sort of anti fungal treatment when they plant the seeds for better germination rate.

Thanks again Maryoto for the seeds! Excellent products and service and a nice guy to boot.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Willughbeia sp ? banana
« on: February 05, 2015, 03:49:30 AM »
Is it on a big vine?
There are lots of jungle Annona and this clustering nature, seed and arrangement of seed all look like annona. It's great to hear you've found a tasty one, as many vining Annona are okay, but not great.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Willughbeia sp ? banana
« on: February 04, 2015, 07:56:36 PM »
Do you have a picture of the seeds? That might help ID them to at least a family level. They look annonaceous, and the taste description is in line with that...

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Achachairu and Wampi
« on: February 03, 2015, 07:15:11 PM »
JMC, are they the only ones you grow? If grown in isolation they are often seedless or have aborted seed husks.
They look good and quite like my Yeem Pay the first few times it fruited. They were very angular like yours, but more recently the fruit has been much larger and round.

Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Spicezee
« on: February 03, 2015, 07:12:05 PM »
I notice DWN has listed n/a under chill hour requirements for SpiceZee. Does anyone know what that means?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rollinia deliciosa picked today
« on: February 02, 2015, 07:57:42 PM »
Nice one Adam. My tree is loaded with 3/4 size fruit now, so your photos are making me rather impatient!

BMC,  never heard of this with thorns on sucker but not parent.  Grafted?  Very strange.  Tip root them, you should be the exact same as the mother plant.

Its very strange. Very thorny plants pop up a foot or so from the base of the plant, well away from the parts of the plant that are fruiting. They seem to be coming from quite deep down and don't seem to have roots of their own, so I assume they are growing off the roots of the thornless plant. I could be mistaken. Tip rooting and layering produce thornless plants, just some of the root suckers seem to be producing thorny growths. I have also assumed they are suckers as they come out of the ground like a volcano and grow so rapidly in comparison to the slow and slender growth of the seedlings and tip and ground layered ones. The plant isn't grafted.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Diploglottis
« on: February 02, 2015, 07:56:32 AM »
Another pic of the peeled fruit awaiting pulping with a bunya come the size of a basketball in the background.

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