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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mangosteen advice
« on: August 03, 2020, 06:41:41 PM »
Gday Mate,
 We get ours in the ground as soon as possible. Some 30 or 50% shade cloth is needed until they get head height. Plant them where they get protection from afternoon sun and the strong dry season winds. Get them in the ground early so the tap root has a chance to do what it wants to do and not curled around the bottom if a pot.

My top 5 fruit would be as follows,
Durian, Durian, Durian, Durian and mangosteen.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Xmas wishes
« on: December 24, 2019, 08:05:54 AM »
Merry Xmas to you all and your families. Hope all is well in your world.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mango identification
« on: September 26, 2019, 12:45:01 AM »
 Can anyone id this mango? There are no ripe fruit on the tree yet so i am not sure of ripe fruit colour. Strange looking raised up nipple where the stork joins the fruit.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rosewoods( Dalbergia)
« on: April 25, 2019, 11:07:20 AM »
I have 2 different types of Dalbergia growing at my place. Seed sourced from Laos.

 Dalbergia cochinchinensis is Mai ka noong
Dalbergia oliveri is mai kam pii

We also have petrocarpus macrocarpas. Mai doo

1 x cochinchinensis species has produced seed. Next year in march or Feb i sould have some seed available.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Bush Tucker Man-Les Hiddins
« on: April 20, 2019, 08:40:26 AM »
I couldnt open the link but i remember the series on the telly. Great to watch. Good easy goin attituide.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: To Mulch or Not to Mulch (Fruit Trees)
« on: April 16, 2019, 06:48:36 PM »
The only issue i have had with mulching is once you start its hard to stop. The tree roots grow up into the mulch and when the mulch is gone the roots are exposed. Black sapote trees that we have here suffered from this badly.

Hello. I will take 3 seeds please.

PM sent.

Gday Maryoto.
 My Mesta seeds have arrived and all in great condition. Seeds are large size which is great. Do Mesta fruit have larger seeds than purple mangosteen? I am very very happy with your efforts to find these seeds for me. Excellent work. Well done.

Gday Mate. I am in Darwin and have 6 varieties.
Ricks Late
 I am at work currently but will be home in the next week or so. Give me a cooee early next week for a yarn if ya keen on em. Post to Melbourne might take to long tho eh?

Wow is there any shade? If you cover the poor bugger up a tad and get the sun off it will love you lots more.

The season is just starting in Thailand and Laos. Maybe someone from there can get you some seed.

PM sent Mr Maryoto.

That's pretty exciting stuff. Be very keen to try a fruit or two.

Chris at tropiculture in Berry Springs has it but i am not sure if he will post it. If he wont let me know and i will get some from him and post it to you.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: longan
« on: August 28, 2017, 11:21:35 PM »
The temp here rarely gets below 17degrees C. Days are mostly around 32 to 37 degrees C. Its the dry hot mongrel wind we get at this time of the year that tends to knock a lot of the trees etc around. Our Mangosteens do it tough this time of year, we put extra water on them to get them through. We planted some mangosteen trees under black sapote trees because the sapotes grow quickly and produce good shade, this was a mistake because the sapote root system is so much stronger than the mangosteen root system, the mangosteen struggles to get enough water. Nutrients aren't a problem as we feed the mangosteens through their leaves. We are now using banana plants for the shade for our mangosteen trees.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: longan
« on: August 25, 2017, 10:10:55 AM »
Gday Thera,

 My wife took the 1st pic when I was at work so I cant be 100% sure but there are only 2 fruit on the tree. She told me it was the same fruit that she took the pic of. They both look pretty much the same to me.

 As for taste I don't know as yet as these are the 1st fruit to come from the 2 trees that we have. My brother has another one of the trees at his place which apparently has fruit on it as well that are smooth skin. I will be heading out to his place in the next week or so and will grab some pics when I am there. Will see about some PM pics as well if there are fruit on his trees.


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: longan
« on: August 24, 2017, 10:45:35 PM »

Smooth type rollinia. See the flowers in the pic. This is the same fruit that was in question. There are only 2 fruit on the tree and both of them are smooth skin the same.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: mangosteen germination
« on: August 24, 2017, 06:12:36 AM »
I am no expert on this but we get well over 90% germination by leaving the seeds in a plastic bag to germinate them plant them out into pots.

 Peter the mould is normally only an issue when the seeds are in postage / transit. If they are not cleaned correctly the seeds turn into a ball of mould after being 2 or 3 weeks in a damp dark environment.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: longan
« on: August 24, 2017, 06:04:28 AM »
The fellow that put me on to the bleach method had some chlorate in the past but has  not been able to source it any more because it is used to make explosives. I cant remember the leaves dropping after i applied the bleach so i might not have put enough on??
Is there any chemical method to get hass avo's to flower in a region that doesnt get cool enough for them to flower?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: longan
« on: August 23, 2017, 01:58:52 PM »
Gday Oscar,
 I am not at home at the moment so i can not send you a pic of the flowers off each of the trees. Give me 3 or 4 days and i will pm the pic of each flower to you then you tell me if if is a rollinia or not.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / mangosteen germination
« on: August 22, 2017, 12:33:26 PM »

 I am lucky enough to work in an area that has plenty of Purple Mangosteen fruit available. Supporting the local people in their small market I have in the past ordered 20kg of mangosteen and eaten them all in a matter of a week or so. I was collecting the seeds to take back to Oz to plant in our garden. This I have done with no issues from customs at the airport as long as they are declared and clean I haven't had any problems. The only issue is that they are normally sprouted quite long by the time I get home and I think this might weaken the seedling but I am not 100% sure about this. Anyhow back to the story, last trip in to work I purchased 6kgs of fruit in Vientiane and ate them upon arrival to site 5 hrs later. I put the seeds in some 2nd hand vermiculite that I had in the cupboard from where I had brought some Z4 abiu seed over for the lads here at work who are mostly slash and burn type rice farmers. I put the seeds back into the cupboard and completely forgot about them. I worked for my roster of 4 weeks and then went on break for 2 weeks back to Oz. When I got back to site next time I found the seeds in the cupboard and they were still alive. See attached pics. The shoots were very long but they were still very much alive. Tough these little buggers!

 I have found that I don't have any issues with mould because we clean the seeds properly as we are eating the fruit. Because we have had so many fruit I have been very rough with the seeds and found that sort of chewing the skin off the seed once the fruit has been eaten off it works the best and you can get quite rough. Sometimes the seed will crack in half but if the complete skin is not removed we have trouble with mould. Take all the brown skin off if possible and just leave the creamy colour seed, put it in a clip lock bag with just a touch of moisture in there and away you go. With this method we have been getting around 90% and more germination of the seeds with no mould issues.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / longan
« on: August 22, 2017, 12:09:27 PM »
Our Longan has finally flowered. Its is a grafted variety but I am not sure what variety. It has been in the ground for about 5 years and we were giving up hope thinking that Darwin just doesn't get the chill that is required to get them to flower. I spoke to a gardening friend     (Chris N for those in the know) and he put me onto the bleach theory. So about 4 months ago I poured about 4 bottles of woollies finest bleach just out past the drip line (I think they are 2 litre bottles). Was very pleasantly surprised to see these flowers bloom. Possibly just a fluke and it was going to flower anyhow.................. who knows.

 Couple of very very nice looking Rollinia fruit coming on as well. 2 different trees from the same batch of seeds and the fruit on one tree are nice and smooth, the other just a touch of the spiky appearance. The fella who gave me the seeds (from QLD) will know who he is and a big thank you is going out to him for these cracking fruit. Hope they taste as good as they look.

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