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Tropical Fruit Online Library / Baccaurea / Malesian Euphorbiaceae
« on: February 23, 2013, 01:10:48 PM »
While doing a search on one of the less common Baccaurea species, I came across this page.  I searched this site before & never found this -- I wonder what else is hidden there but not easy to find ...

http://www.nationaalherbarium.nl/euphorbs/Search/UseFruits.htm

John

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Tropical Fruit Online Library / Re: Flora Malesiana free PDF
« on: February 23, 2013, 01:07:24 PM »
RD, I looked around on the site but only saw this issue there.  How do you access the other issues?

Thanks,
John

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mobolo thin flesh and great taste
« on: February 22, 2013, 07:03:28 PM »
I had looked at this fruit before but written it off when one writer compared the scent to cat feces.  Sounds like that is not the typical fruit from your postings.  I guess I will need to check further to see who has "good" varieties.

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Not growing it but looking for it for a while.  It sounds like a really interesting fruit and sounds like it might be good for erosion control (I was thinking of planting some in the pali (steep slope).

Where did you find seeds?  I had been looking for it as Chrysophyllum soboliferum.  Maybe I would have more luck using the Prodosia species name. 

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Putting Orchids on your Fruit Trees
« on: February 18, 2013, 10:54:22 PM »
Orchids should do fine in your trees.  Just bear in mind that they will not look like greenhouse orchids -- you will get pests and may have a slug or something munch on a blossom on occasion -- they will look like real orchids in the wild, they will be beautiful but may have a few "warts" due to pests.  Try to site them so that they will get the sun appropriate for the plant (but as someone pointed out, this may change as the tree grows).  We have put quite a few in the trees in the Panaewa zoo here in Hilo.  There are some Brassias in full sun on palm tree trunks that look at bit stressed but are blooming just about nonstop.  If you try phalaenopsis, be sure to mount them as they grow in nature, with the crown of the plant facing downward (at least less than horizontal) so that water can drain out of the crown to avoid crown rot.

John

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Annona hybrids
« on: February 16, 2013, 08:54:48 PM »
Hi Thera,

The place I am talking about locally is in Hilo & I am not sure if they ship.  It is Birds & Buds (808) 959-5750; I think the owner is David if I recall correctly.  I don't recall him telling me the clonal name was Maroochy Gold but it is probably unlikely that there is more than one atemoya x squamosa clone readily available. 

John

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Annona hybrids
« on: February 16, 2013, 04:03:42 PM »
Thanks, guys.  I suspect 'Maroochy Gold' might be the cultivar I can get locally.   How would you rate fruit flavor / quality?

I'll have to drop Gaunabanas a note on this subject.

John

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Annona hybrids
« on: February 16, 2013, 02:52:50 PM »
I recall reading in the past about work on interspecific hybrids in Annona (or even intergeneric with Rollinia or Duguetia).  I believe that work was being done in the US, Australia, South Africa, & Israel however, all I ever saw was vague references to work being done.  Does anyone know any good resources on this or can anyone shed any light on things that may have been introduced as a result?  One of our local nurseries will graft trees with a atemoya backcrossed onto squamosa.  I plan on picking up a tree or two of that be I am wondering if there is anything else out there...

John

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Dioecious trees
« on: February 15, 2013, 12:38:03 PM »
I have something I am hoping to do as I get my orchard established and it just want to bounce the idea off of the group to see if there are any potential problems I am missing.  On dioecious trees, I am thinking of top working male trees (if I have more than I need) and grafting female scions onto them; I may even leave a few male branches.  Anyone see anything I might be missing here why that may not work?  The trees that come to mind are mainly Baccaurea and Garcinia but there could be others as things progress.

John

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Tip of the Day
« on: February 15, 2013, 12:31:34 PM »
I noticed a string on kepel (Stelechocarpus burahol) a while back but it was WAY late to comment on that.  If anyone is starting kepel, be sure to give them PLENTY of time to sprout.  I got my seed from Oscar at Fruitlovers so it was fresh.  It took 10 months for the first couple to break the surface.  Then nothing for 2 months.  Then 2 more.  Then, again, another lag and then by about 15 months the rest germinated.  I think I ordered 25 seed and about 1/2 germinated.  So, don't pitch those ungerminated kepel seeds too quickly.

John

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Prainea limpato Seedlings
« on: February 13, 2013, 01:19:40 PM »
Maybe a fungal problem like "damping off"?  You might try a fungicide or just try to grow them as dry as possible to inhibit fungus (that can be tricky -- too dry for fungus but wet enough for the seedlings). 

I am going through the same thing with some ndea seedlings now.  One day, they look fine.  The next day, they are just gone -- not even a wilted, dead seedling is apparent.  I think I might be finally getting an upper hand with my seedlings.

Good luck with your Prainea seedlings.  I have been looking for seed for years and Red Durian just sold his last lot of seed when I was about to order.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Apocynaceae
« on: February 11, 2013, 05:03:47 PM »
Hi Oscar,

What specie(s) do you have?  Have you tried these before?  I know that the sour aspect varies a lot from species to species and even within some species so that some are quite good and others are almost inedible. 

John

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Apocynaceae
« on: February 11, 2013, 02:32:14 PM »
Just wondering if anyone has any suggestions of where seeds for Apocynaceae may be available?  I am especially interested in Willughbeia (I know Red Durian has these - looking for other species as well).  I am also interested in some of the African genera like Landolphia, Saba, Ancylobotrys, and Clitandra.  I know that Roy Danforth did distribute some seeds of some of the Africans, including the eta that does not "turn sour".  (Unfortunately, it sounds like Roy is no longer in that part of the Congo.)  I would be interested in any of the Africans that have good flavor.  I appreciate any leads that members can give me.

Thanks,
John

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself
« on: February 11, 2013, 01:59:03 PM »
I joined the group recently but it has just occurred to me that I never did an intro posting.  My name is John Jusczak and my wife and I live in Paukaa, HI at about 600-700 feet elevation  (we are about 5 miles outside of Hilo on the big island of Hawaii).  We bought our land about 10 years ago but have only been on island about 2 1/2 years or so.  We have just recently completed our house and will hopefully begin planting our 20 acres in earnest soon.  I have been starting a variety of seed for about 2 years now so I have an assortment of things to plant out.  If I think of it, I will take an inventory of what sort of stuff I have coming along (although most many years from fruiting).

I am hoping that the forum will help me to find some more unusual fruits to try.  Unfortunately, I joined right as Red Durian was nearing the end of the big fruit season (VERY interested in fruits from Borneo) so missed most of that.

John

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Bali Salak Salacca zalacca amboina
« on: February 10, 2013, 07:48:49 PM »
It has been quite a few years since I have tried salak but I was in Bali at the time so it seems reasonable to assume it was Balinese salak.  I cannot recall the flavor but do recall I thought it was quite nice.  I have started out some zalacca from Bali and affinis (both from Jim West) and should be planting them out later this year.  From the postings, it sounds like the typical wallichiana is probably best passed up.  What is the opinion of the miri zalacca?  Any sources to suggest for salak seed of good varieties?

Thanks,
John

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