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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What is the best lychee?
« on: February 13, 2012, 08:30:36 PM »
Have a quick look at the picture in this thread of a supposedly new variety grown in central Queensland. 100gm lychees?
http://www.daleysfruit.com.au/forum/new-lychee-variety/

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Anyone growing Eugenia reinwardtiana??
« on: February 09, 2012, 07:00:34 PM »






Not in sub tropical US or Hawai'i but here is mine. It is a fantastic fruit. there is a lot of variation between trees and some can taste as bad as pitanga. mine is as good as any Eugenia in my yard - blows the Grumimchama out of the water. Taste is like a soft peachy apricotty flavor. The major downside here is that we've just had myrtle rust introduced and this plant has zero resistance. It eats the fruits and really knocks the plant around, so this is one plant that may not survive in my garden. pity.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Australian Finger Lime
« on: February 09, 2012, 06:11:45 AM »
This plant was in near full sun, but is a cultivar selected for being super tough. In general they appreciate some shade when younger. Also, pretection from wind is best for fruiting as they get hammered by wind rub. Fert= organics lightly 4x per year and seaweed and fish emulsion every 2nd month.

Here are pics of the ones i'm now growing, from a mate's tree.









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Thats around 26 degrees North?
Our biggest commercial plantation is at 28 degrees South, with many more individual trees further south.
So not further north, but further from the tropics in the opposite direction.

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I think your both saying the same thing.

Anyway, IIRC the B-3/ Kwai Mai Pink issue arose because the original labels on the plants imported from China were blown off in a cyclone? and so recieved the local name B-3. I think the Kwai Mai Red? (Kwai Mi) was also for a time called Bosworth 10.

The other fruit here that is in a similar situation is the Achachairu - though its not even a cultuivar. They are grown at one huge scale farm from seed, yet have recieved PBR status, which is supposed to be for special registered cultivars. Anyway, they have been re-branded 'Achacha' due to Australians' tendancy to drop syllables at the end of words, and have an exclusive license on commercial propogation of the plant. The up side is that we have one decent fruit in the supermarket now.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What is best Longan?
« on: February 06, 2012, 07:06:38 AM »
Biew kiew, but Kohala bears better. I've heard Haew is a smaller tree that can grow well in a pot, not sure if anyone has tried this in a pot?
http://www.fao.org/docrep/003/x6908e/x6908e0l.htm

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Australian Finger Lime
« on: February 04, 2012, 05:17:20 PM »
Fruitguy, this online nursery is the easiest way to order decent varieties for your friends in NSW. Collette and Ricks Red are two I would recommend.
http://www.daleysfruit.com.au/bushfood/fingerlime.htm

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What is the best lychee?
« on: February 04, 2012, 07:28:45 AM »
No Mai Chi is the other one that I'll pay the extra $2 per kilo for. Similar to Salathiel, maybe a bit better.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Australian Finger Lime
« on: February 04, 2012, 05:55:53 AM »
Thanks jasmine nights, I'm in Brisbane, so I assume similar climate to somewhere in south Florida. Humid sub-tropics.
mine seemed to like infrequent, deep watering, which mirrors the storms we get here. Feeding was organic and the schedule was the same as with my other citrus, just lighter.
Some trees suffer from branch die-back when it is too wet, but otherwise it is usually pretty tough. There seem to be a number of different growth habits - mine grew very long branches that grew quickly and drooped, requiring tying together and staking to keep the barbs out of the way. Many are much slower and more dense. Position was full sun on a northern slope. There is a weedy golden penda in the photo that grew over the plant at times, but didnt block much sun. Again, some plants like full sun, others like deep shade.
Sorry I cant be of too much help, but I hope to visit a finger lime farm in a few weeks and can pass on a few tips.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: What is the best lychee?
« on: February 04, 2012, 05:25:28 AM »
Salathiel. Great taste and 100% chicken tongue seeds. After that maybe a fully ripened Tai So - they take so long they rarely get to that stage. My favourite to grow is the B-3, hands down most reliable and prolific here.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Australian Finger Lime
« on: February 02, 2012, 09:14:54 PM »





This is one I used to grow. Grafted tree in ground 2-3years. It was a 'green' and full of oil. I now have two far superior varieties plus a few hybrids. It is native to forests around this area and can grow into quite a decent little upright tree.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Australian Finger Lime
« on: February 02, 2012, 01:21:26 AM »
Try to get seeds of the var. sanguinea. They are usually better fruit, less musky and often edible out of hand, skin included. They are red fleshed, so much more striking also.

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