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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: A walk in the park
« on: November 09, 2019, 12:54:36 PM »
think I want to live in Cairns if you found that walking home.

Some urban foraging on the way home

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit Id help
« on: November 07, 2019, 12:15:00 PM »
no doubts Syzyygium jambos

said this variety thornless, I would not plant it, might be impossible to get rid of later, too many scarred fingers from dealing with the thorned kind.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit Id help
« on: November 06, 2019, 10:47:54 PM »
the leaves look like Syzyygium jambos, which differ from other roseapples in that they are very slender, and will flush a beautiful dark purple.

Very fast growers, I have several in beautiful 30 gallon pots and they look very nice, on the other hand same seeds planted at a friends are over 30 foot tall in <3 years.

Might want to separate now before roots get too tangled if you are planning to keep more than one.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Adding sulfur via soil plugging
« on: November 06, 2019, 10:42:37 PM »
plugging is very smart, I have my gardener hammer in 2-3 holes with a sledgehammer and a steel pipe to delivery 12-12-12.  About 12" deep.

Since so easy, and another person mentioned spreading it out, just do with steel pipe but instead do 3-4 holes around perimeter of tree.

My place in Thailand in 8 degrees N, we have a monsoon season, the sky and be predominantly blocked out for a month at a time, the clouds hovering even if not raining.  Most plants are dormant at this period, including grass.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Rusty's market for lunch
« on: November 02, 2019, 02:19:11 PM »
I really like the R2E2, but heard even superior varieties are available already.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 20 year old mango tree removal
« on: November 02, 2019, 02:14:37 PM »
I dug up a 3 year mango seedling by excavator that was in a new ditch line, dug a small hole with excavator in new spot, put it in, covered with mulch, not only survived, but looked like it enjoyed the move.  It was 10 feet tall, and lost all leaves before recovering.

20 year old.. I thought you were asking on advice on how to cut down with a chainsaw :)  good luck


the link you talking about latexless jackfruit, is this also the same as seedless jackfruit?  Was checking out some Thai listings, seems they are advertised as the same tree, "seedless & latexless"

Or is there a latexless but seeded jackfruit? 

very normal in my experience, the same can be said about soursop and durian, they like to fruit on large branches, the bole of the tree is a large branch.

Other fruits need strong sun to flower, causing fruits to flower on the apex of the leaders, like star gooseberry and bilimbi.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Seedless Jackfruit from Thailand
« on: October 21, 2019, 02:41:27 PM »
not Thai, believe that is Vietnamese (the language in video)

cool Jackfruit, when the reviews come from the sellers, hard to know if the investment is worth it.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Banana ID?
« on: October 21, 2019, 02:38:05 PM »
helps to see tree, but can kind of guess it is not too tall, maybe at most 10 foot some of them?  Looks like a Gros Michel or similar newer variety, big spacing between bunches and skinny slender fruits, pointy flowers, only a few medium sized leaves.

Would expect cavendish to be much tighter spaced and a bit fatter.

Good way to tell is the Gros Michel ripens much better color naturally, while the cavendish need to be chilled in their own gas to get that store bought yellow.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mahoi Fruiting
« on: October 18, 2019, 02:51:54 PM »
so awesome!   Mahoi corms size of baseballs set me $20/pc in Thailand, but rotted out I think from flooding.

Let us know about flavor, for now my favorite variety is a Pink Namwa strain I have, I think it may be the Namwa Dam people sell.

Top left in pic

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Kratom tree cuttings sale/trade
« on: October 18, 2019, 12:58:11 AM »
still have?  you have red vein?  How do you root the cuttings?  I had no luck rooting my own cuttings, but they were from a dying mother plant. Need phytosanitary cert to ship to hawaii right?  send me a pm, thanks.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Wanted: Szechuan pepper
« on: October 18, 2019, 12:55:41 AM »
planted several, lost all due to monsoon rains, even though growth was very good in dry season.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Canistel pruning
« on: October 18, 2019, 12:48:31 AM »
lucky mine, never pruned

I've seen a few soursop trees at sea level currently fruiting now.  In the mountains may be different since starting to get more cloud cover and rain.

I tried searching and found some info but can anyone comment on the peak time for the tastiest soursops? What months does the overall soursop season span? Is there a best island to be on?

Iím planning a trip to Hawaii and really love soursop... altho I love all tropical fruits. Are there good tasting events or best is to just go to farmers markets?

Trying to also research best time to be for best mango varieties, lychee, longan, papaya, guava and have never tried ice cream bean, jaboticaba...

Sounds like anytime is a good time to visit Hawaii for fruit just depends what you want. Tryin to plan a trip, I know this has been asked a bunch, but wondering if there is updated info esp for soursop!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Can these bananas be identified?
« on: October 17, 2019, 01:48:38 PM »
Like taro, the amount of suckers is a good indicator of the variety.  Weaker commercial varieties (but usually more delicious) like Gros Michel have very few suckers, 1-2, while others will produce as many as space permits.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Canistel pruning
« on: October 17, 2019, 01:45:46 PM »
Mine hasn't needed any pruning, in 3rd year and is very bushy and short, grown from seed., no noticeable leaders.  Perhaps just wait on the one in the ground, the one in nursery go plant already!  Stake it and see if full sun fixes it.  I have found canistel leaves to be long lived, and branches slow growing, so I wouldn't prune it unless necessary.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Can these bananas be identified?
« on: October 16, 2019, 04:13:29 PM »
all good indicators, but waiting for them to ripen and see flesh is going to really tell us what they are. what can see now is that:

1. few suckers
2. sharp triangular sides of fruit, indicator thick skin
3. mid size for length of bananas
4. healthy fast growing corms, top tier on height
5. leaves near top tier in length (not counting wild bananas)
6. green stem, green leaves, green unripe fruit
7. flower good edible size, more short then long

By the size of the tree I would say the fruits are going to be very fat, thick skinned, nearly black before ripe, starchy.  Trim the flower now, and pull off any bottom bunches now if they look smaller than than upper ones.

Do you remember now what kind? or did somebody else plant.

Any help would be great!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Should I top off my Cherimoya tree?
« on: October 09, 2019, 02:06:43 PM »
all my annonas start off thin and long branches, leading to dieback during drought, not always the leader some of the side branches can be longer than the leader.

Hi, I planted this El Bumpo Cherimoya tree about 4 months ago from a 5 gallon pot. It's about 7-8ft tall now.I do not have much space, and it will be difficult to get fruit from a 10ft+ tree.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Samoan Dwarfs
« on: September 27, 2019, 05:37:41 PM »
awesome, this can go super dwarf, dig a huge pit with extra sand backfilled for drainage, and plant existing stem, the pit will sink and can be backfilled more in a year to make it seem even more dwarf.

One advantage of growing coconuts in pots if you can keep them alive

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Starfruit won't set fruit
« on: September 27, 2019, 05:34:14 PM »
my starfruit tree has been so slow I thought it was stunted, even when heavily flowering sets very little fruit, just enough fruit for the fruit flies, nothing left over.  5 traps on one small 8 foot tree and still worms in every fruit.

Makes me wonder how much chemicals are on commercial starfruit.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Thai Dwarf Mulberries
« on: September 20, 2019, 05:39:41 PM »
pics?  I don't know what FE is.

If Thai kind.. nah, never seen leaf drop or dormancy, everbearing, never stop growing.

I did have 1 mulberry tree, perhaps this Thai dwarf you have.  It never got taller than 5' after 2 years, and fruits were small and and sour from getting too much sun.  I figured it was just stunted.  Hardy as hell, dug it out and left it, and it just ignored that.   Gave it to a friend to plant in a pot.  This tree only fruited 2-3 times per year. 

From my mother tree that I liked too cuttings and planted everywhere.  All cuttings showed the same vigorous growth, 20' tall within 2 years.

If the berries were small, probably not Thai Dwarf. This plant has larger berries, double or triple size of FE.

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