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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: For the Aussies !
« on: April 06, 2015, 09:46:21 PM »
Everything is allowed in.  ;)

It's hard to come up with a name that sticks!


A friends tree produces almost hot pink fruit. Another friends tree, from the same original batch I nelieve, produces quite dark green skinned fruit. Seems to be some diversity.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jabuticaba Fruit Attack
« on: April 01, 2015, 11:17:15 PM »
I make my ratting dog sleep in the yard when the crop is near ripe. Flying foxes can take out an entire crop in a night, but the wont come below 7ft if a shipperke is stalking them.  ;)

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: broadleaf Papaya Update
« on: April 01, 2015, 12:11:45 AM »
Bruce the fruit of that girl will be yellow fleshed and not as sweet as the bisex ones.The plant does look impressive and has the typical dark petioles and reddish veins.I think with reaction people have when they see it in the flesh and the abundance  of seeds the next generation will produce that BK papaya will soon be everywhere.It has taken so  little time for this papaya to expand its horizons from an apparently limited base.

For me this papaya has been total disappointment. Two plants flowering non stop for six months (started to flower 8 months from seed), petioles never get dark red, never sets fruit. Does that mean those are male plants? One and final plant much slower growing started to flower, and petioles have been dark red from beginning. I guess I should expect fruit from this plant only?

Mine took probably 18 months to start setting fruit. It flowered profusely with small fruit aborting from about 4 months old. If you look at the pic of the fruit (or the pics on the last page of the thread), you can see how many flowers there are compared to fruit. I gave it plenty of potash and organibor (boron) to improve the setting. But even then you can see its not heavy in bearing - though much heavier flowering than regular papaya, so I imagine there would be lots of fruit if you get the conditions and or nutrients right. Its a much nicer plant than the other papayas though and I'm happy to have it growing.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: ID please
« on: April 01, 2015, 12:05:34 AM »
Aren't all Garcinia and Rheedia opposite? Most Guttiferae are opposite.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: ID please
« on: March 31, 2015, 05:21:53 AM »
My first thought was annonaceae, from the veins. Something about it reminded me of Melodorum, but not quite.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: broadleaf Papaya Update
« on: March 31, 2015, 05:13:59 AM »
Here is an update of my broadleaf papaya. As you can see, the leaves are pretty broad. It's a beast and I have to removed side branches constantly. The tree has many admirers in the neighborhood who all stop to ask for seeds once the fruit ripens.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Can you spot them ?
« on: March 29, 2015, 07:58:16 PM »
This isn't one of those pictures you get sent on social media where a demon or willy pops out, is it?  ;)

They sell scads of stuff, all of it as fake as a Burberry purse on the streets of Venice.
Their rainbow roses, indigo strawberries  and blue tomatoes are terrible photoshop jobs. Yet people keep buying from them.
Ebay feedback windows are only open for a short amount of time, so by the time something is actually harvested/flowered/fruited, the feedback window has closed.
The seller I believe lives only about 5 minutes away from me and no, I've never seen any blue Himalayan ice bananas or rainbow roses on my many travels around the hills.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Banana trees "fixing" the soil.
« on: March 28, 2015, 05:01:10 AM »
As far as I know they mostly 'fix' the sunlight...

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Persimmon in Tropics (D. kaki)
« on: March 26, 2015, 03:34:28 AM »
The non astringent types are supposed to require less chill than the astringent types. That seems true for me, where dwarf Jiro crops well, but Nightingale is irregular at best. However, a friend in a lower chill area gets plenty on a Flat Seedless tree.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How to protect melons?
« on: March 25, 2015, 10:56:27 PM »
A nice big python would help...

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Most Invasive and Destructive Roots
« on: March 25, 2015, 05:22:34 PM »
White sapote  is very invasive.

Citrus General Discussion / Finger Lime - Rambo
« on: March 24, 2015, 09:27:43 PM »
The company responsible for the bulk of recent fingerlime releases is due to release a new cv called Rambo this year. This one is noted as the toughest and among the most prolific types ever trialled, let alone released, and comes with a 'you kill it, we'll replace it free' guarantee!

Unfortunately, as its major quality as so far advertised is its unkillability, it will likely be a high oil, low quality type, very similar to the Rainforest Pearl, which is a beast of a tree but the fruit is just unusable.

Two other new cvs are due for release too: Aromarama and Lontong, and I'll likely give these a trial in pots to see if they are any good. I'm not really fond of the overly aromatic types, so Aromarama may not be up my aisle and I have no real info on Lontong yet, but it is also the word for compressed rice, so its probably a white variety with neutral oil and flavour, but that's just a guess.

I'm not sure how well Brazilian Pepper trees would support the vine, as they are very large rainforest vines.
Have the people you have talked to about the taste actually eaten them?  :o

Nice job Carlos on the tree and video, and congrats!  Man, what a load of fruit.  Like I said over the phone Pinkerton has Rincon as a parent (a variety I tried to graft but failed) which likes heat and is a small tree.  It's a seedling of Hass X Rincon.   In 2007, Colin Campbell, an avocado expert from Australia spoke highly of Pinkerton, one point he made was: "The best selection for the subtropics and warm temperate zones would be Pinkerton, Rincon, and Wurtz.

Can't wait to hear a taste test. 


Aren't Rincon and Hass both A types?

It's great. Seems to like flatter and wetter positions than others and is even productive in a fair bit of shade.

I thought the main reason it isn't a commercial success is that it doesn't ripen evenly, but bottom to top over a few days?

Good to see the kauki being grown. Good ones can be very good. They are a beautiful tree and I have a nice compact one in at the moment.

Now I've heard it needs a second plant for pollination I'm not so sad I lost it. Its common name of 'banana of the weeds' or something similar encouraged me to put it in a place where it wasn't as loved as it probably should have been.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Earliest / Latest season Loquats
« on: March 17, 2015, 10:48:44 PM »
Most selections here are made for early spring fruiting (even late winter) to avoid peak fruit fly season. But in recent years they just seem to crop whenever they want. 2-3 times a year is not unusual. Is that the case in Florida too?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Conserving graywater for fruit trees
« on: March 17, 2015, 10:39:23 PM »
In the dry season we have baths and I just bucket the water into the garden. only certain plants like it though as even good soaps can make the water pretty salty or alkaline. Jabs and bananas have reacted pretty badly to it in the past, but most of the sapotes, non-fussy eugenias etc dont mind it at all.Just check the contents of your soaps, shampoos and other products before choosing an appropriate place to put them.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Too much fruit. What does one do?
« on: March 16, 2015, 06:08:47 AM »
Chutney. Made small leaf tamarind and finger lime chutney a few months back and it is the business. Just about finished the last of it already. Otherwise dehydrating is good, and sending relatives away with bags of star fruit and mangoes.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What kind of finger limes are these??
« on: March 08, 2015, 07:00:50 AM »
That's one ugly hybrid. It's pithy and lacks the caviar, so it's hardly a fingerlime anymore. The egg shape is common for hybrids. The recent blood hybrid looked quite similar, but red and was a hybrid with sour mandarin. Looks like it crossed with a wild lime or maybe even rough orange by the pith.

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.

I don't think we'd need to go that far. I could just send it on a truck to lnp and they'd go back and unmake him party leader if impressions are anything to go by.

How much height do you reckon I'd need per raised bed? 40 cm or so?

Should hear from correy about that avocado today at some point too btw.

If you made 4 you'd get about 45cm which should be a good amount. I have my best performing figs in raised beds around that size. It just depends where you are looking at placing them as well, as on a slope they will need to be buried and you'll need a higher planter. I sometimes pile up cheap aged chippies mulch around mine to keep the sides a bit cooler.

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