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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Breadnut seeds vs. jackfruit seeds
« on: April 20, 2014, 11:17:32 PM »
I prefer to eat Breadnut seeds, but if space is limited a Jackfruit might be better, I don't think Breadnut pulp is edible while the Jackfruit is , but the seeds boiled in salt is really tasty.

Breadfruit has a large root network, and sometimes new plants spring up where the roots meet the surface I wouldn't recommend planting them too close to any structures.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Figs in the tropics?
« on: January 17, 2014, 01:36:13 PM »
I live in an ultra tropical climate in the Caribbean. There is a variety that grows very well here and fruits well. I have tasted it and it takes a while to acquire the taste for it,  can't comment on whether or not it is a good tasting variety as I've never had any other fig for comparison, i'll post pics when I can. 

ps. I also have a small cutting that is growing very well.

This DVD is inspiring, in a way that lets you see a greater purpose for fruit collecting. Now I feel like I want to open a botanical garden something that can bring that unique experience to everyone and at the same time changing the norm and preserving rare fruits that may be greatly depleted as countries tend to diversify and replace fruits with more commercial single type crops. I think I'm motivated to go bigger if i can.
Great vid it's always refreshing to see people speak with the same passion you feel for something

Thanks Mike I have over 20 Grumichama plants and the plant looks nothing like either of them, let me post some more comparisons and the pics you sent are consistent to my Grumichama plants in looks
a comparison

2. growth pattern is different

mystery plant

3. leaves are darker with a gloss on it and I picked the largest leaf and compared it to the Grumichama and the rio grande
from left to right mystery, rio and grum.

after doing the smell test the Grumichama has an almost spice like odour and the rio grande is more pungent the mystery plant is not as aromatic as the grum but not as strong as the rio.

ASaffron thanks a million, I really appreciate it, I know I had grouped the seeds so it knocked the wind out of me when I saw the oval leaves and it didn't resemble any of the others.
interesting how nature can be so diverse even with the same species.

That must have been quite an ordeal looking at those skid marks, I mistook the title for people hitting tropical fruit trees don't know why, it's more somber reading it's someone from the forum, glad you're ok man.

Yes!  you can see the yaw marks(looks like a double x)!  I was rotating counterclockwise and sliding faster than 50mph backwards!

if u look close at the first picture you can also see the 25 gal rollinia, and the 7 gal paulista (which got tangled up along side the driver side of the car) the paulista is standing straight up...pinned against the bed of the truck...tangled in cloth.
Yes I've been trying to unravel the trees you spoke above from that mangled cloth, I guess that ford pick up is pretty heavy so it didn't flip, the skid marks almost look like they were made by two separate vehicles lol. 

It might just be as a result of seedling stress or wind damage while the leaves are young, I had some deform leaves on some of my seedlings and they grew out of it, I wouldn't worry too much.

That must have been quite an ordeal looking at those skid marks, I mistook the title for people hitting tropical fruit trees don't know why, it's more somber reading it's someone from the forum, glad you're ok man.

I had bought several  Cherry of the Rio Grande seeds, they all germinated looking the same. A few months later one of the seedlings appeared significantly different to the others.
I have (Eugenia brasiliensis  Grumichama),(Eugenia victoriana, Sundrop), (Eugenia uniflora - Surinam) Cherry and an unidentified variety or may be it's just my lack of experience with Rio Grande because it looks like not of the others.

Below are pics showing one of each including the unidentified plant

and these are some close ups sorry about the pic quality

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: West Indian ultra tropical avocado's
« on: January 11, 2014, 01:26:02 PM »
There are lots of tasty varieties here in Grenada and the rest of the Caribbean, the question is how do you obtain them. I don't think they come true to seed.
I'm guessing we have similar climates growing most of them shouldn't be a problem. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Using beach sand for loamy soil
« on: January 11, 2014, 08:34:28 AM »
River sand might be a better choice or sand from gravel and crush rock screening, but if you meant to create a loamy  lots of organic matter does help aerate soil and make it more porous.
I have used sea sand on citrus in planted in the ground and it didn't seem to bother them, I'm not so sure about using it in pots.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: A park revisited
« on: January 10, 2014, 04:08:06 PM »
Has the nutmeg bore fruit and how old is it, Nutmeg is one or our national fruits here in Grenada.

I have various apple root stalks, I am located in the Caribbean and I've been growing apples from seeds for about 2 years.  But I would really like to get my hands on seeds of any low chill apples since getting scion wood is not an option as I don't know if they can be shipped that long and my grafting skills might not be very good.

If there is anyway that I can get some seeds I'd be grateful even if it's not true to quality fruit just a low chill fruit.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fairchild Fest (More fruits)
« on: January 09, 2014, 02:35:08 PM »
Nice looking papaya

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself
« on: January 05, 2014, 11:03:41 AM »
Wellcome Camillo. Your list of the trees is amazing! Do you have a big orchand?

You might be disappointed, lol as I don't have many plants in my home garden mostly my home nursery until the plants are ready to be planted out I also practice grafting and stuff here   

but of course in the near future, I would be willing to have anyone who is able to visit.
Feedback and advice is what would make the difference is a good and great project and just bask in the common ground we all share being passionate about tropical fruits.
 It is a beautiful Island too it is a bit on the quiet side but it's ranked in natural beauty. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself
« on: January 05, 2014, 10:47:42 AM »
Wellcome Camillo. Your list of the trees is amazing! Do you have a big orchand?
I have but it's mainly nutmeg and cocoa 10 acres and I'm trying to turn it into a fruit garden but it is a lot of work. I have a lot of plants in pots as I intend to plant them in a planned and organized way. I'm hoping I can get some advice and guidance from anyone who has done an organized orchard.
Grenada generally has a lot of fruits that you get when you purchase lands but they are sparadic all over the place, Spanish lime, citrus, lots of varieties of mangoes, hog plums, Sugar Apples, Soursop, star fruits, Malay Apples, star apples and it's smaller relative.

Here we don't employ a lot of pruning and most of our trees are propagated by seeds resulting in trees that are over grown and  lacking  proper light.
Grenada has rich volcanic soil almost all of our fruits are laden with flavor, but because we don't allow importation of plants not very many people would plant exotics as they would have to smuggle seeds.

Still there are persons who have Rambutans, Jackfruits, Mangosteens (all of which fruited in 6 years from seeds), Velvet Apples, Atemoya, Dragon fruits and one person has Durian.

I want to remove everything except the nutmeg and cocoa as they are our main export crops, plant lawn grass keep the fruit trees reasonable heights those that can be, and plant palms create a pond etc.  I'm the largest collector that I know of on the island.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lychee Thread
« on: January 04, 2014, 09:17:31 PM »
Hi I have a few lychee seedlings, It's interesting to have read that they do not necessarily need chilling hours to bear, unfortunately I don't know what variety my seedlings are,
I'll post pics

The plants are 5 months old I had them out side and they were badly damaged by the wind I have since brought them inside and given them some rabbit manure and they have started putting out new flushes of leaves.

you can see the new leaves now in one plant

another plant they all basically look like this with the brown tips at the end of the leaves I know some of it is wind damage but there may be some nutrient deficiency as well. I don't know I haven't grown lychees before.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself
« on: January 04, 2014, 07:57:41 PM »
My name is Camillo
I'm from a small tropical island in the West Indies called Grenada.
I have been growing exotic tropical and subtropical fruits for the past two years, Im not optimistic that the subtropical fruits would bear here as we are very close to the equator, but even if merely for ornamental reasons I'm still ok with that.
I'm going to list the fruits that I grow and if anyone lives in a similar climate as I. I would be grateful to know what have grown and produce for you, and any other tips on growing exotic tropical fruits. I grow a variety of tropical fruits and some sub tropical and temperate for experiment. our zones range from 11 to 13 b because of the high altitudes certain places.
I grow:

purple and yellow mobin
Mangoes many varities
Citrus many varities
Sugar apple
Sour sup
pond apples
Custard apples
Longan (subtropical)
Spanish lime
Lychee (subtropical)
Brazilian cherry
Suriname cherry
Cherry de rio grande (subtropical)
Rainforest plum
pine apple Guava (subtropical)
pear guava
large Bangkok guava
red strawberry guava
large red guava
local unnamed varieties
Indian jujubee
jack fruit
caimito and the small similar variety
star fruit
sweet tamarind
Otaheite gooseberry
Cashew nut
malay apple
water apple
lemon drop mangosteen
unnamed mangosteen with very large seed.
velvet apple
mamey apple
mamey sapote
grape asian variety
Paw Paw (suptropical)
jabuticaba large leaf and small leaf variety
and a few temperate for experiments
apples (note that some one actually got one to fruit here).
Red Globe grape

I'm looking forward to learning as much as I can as well as contributing in whatever capacity I can.
PS. I'm still collecting any recommendations are welcomed

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 10-30 Ruby Supreme Guava.
« on: June 16, 2013, 08:24:57 PM »
Where Can I find  Ruby Supreme Guava seeds to buy?

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