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Cecropia peltata
« on: June 21, 2012, 01:03:00 AM »
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Re: Cecropia peltata
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2012, 01:39:21 AM »
I remember Julian Lara mentioning that cecropia was edible in that video someone posted of Miami TV show...you know... the one with all the scantily clad ladies?  ::) That was the first i'd heard about eating cecropia. Quite interesting because cecropia grows wild all over the place here and is just considered a nuisance tree. I've yet to try the fruits.
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Re: Cecropia peltata
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2012, 09:16:27 AM »
These would be particulary good for Halloween as one of the common names I have heard is "Dead Man's Hands".  They can be propagated by large cuttings.  I had a 50% success rate with branches 2" thick simply stuck in potting mix.  The ones that I have tried have a licorice-like taste to them. 

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Re: Cecropia peltata
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2012, 10:13:28 AM »
I've seen air layers of large branches done too.

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Re: Cecropia peltata
« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2012, 10:19:27 AM »
As murahilin said, I have seen them air layered.  Adam - one thing to know is that the trees get very large/tall with a beautiful umbrella type canopy.
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Re: Cecropia peltata
« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2012, 10:30:58 AM »
ALIEN!!!! wow those are some weird looking fruits!

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Re: Cecropia peltata
« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2012, 10:56:29 AM »
These would be particulary good for Halloween as one of the common names I have heard is "Dead Man's Hands".  They can be propagated by large cuttings.  I had a 50% success rate with branches 2" thick simply stuck in potting mix.  The ones that I have tried have a licorice-like taste to them.

interesting!

the one I ate had no trace of anise (licorise)

it was more just plain sweet and milky...and gummy.

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Re: Cecropia peltata
« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2012, 11:00:39 AM »
As murahilin said, I have seen them air layered.  Adam - one thing to know is that the trees get very large/tall with a beautiful umbrella type canopy.

Rob,
thanks for the info...I was told by the owner of this tree, although they typically get large, it was quite easy to keep small and fruit in a pot...much shorter than most papayas.

I don't think these fruits are for most people...bit they are very medicinal, and the tree has 101 uses.

Aztec ants have a very tight relationship with this tree, and it's design is one that has been formed by ants over many years.

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Re: Cecropia peltata
« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2012, 11:04:24 AM »
Do any of you fine souls have some seeds I could trade you for?

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Re: Cecropia peltata
« Reply #9 on: June 21, 2012, 11:06:28 AM »
As murahilin said, I have seen them air layered.  Adam - one thing to know is that the trees get very large/tall with a beautiful umbrella type canopy.

Rob,
thanks for the info...I was told by the owner of this tree, although they typically get large, it was quite easy to keep small and fruit in a pot...much shorter than most papayas.

I don't think these fruits are for most people...bit they are very medicinal, and the tree has 101 uses.

Aztec ants have a very tight relationship with this tree, and it's design is one that has been formed by ants over many years.
I understand about the fruit aspect.  Excalibur has many fo these growing in pots, from 1 gallon to 200 gallon.  While I could see it fruiting as a small tree (since an air layer would come from a mature tree) but based on its growth habit (and what I have seen), I am not sure how these would be kept "small", espeially smaller than a papaya.
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Re: Cecropia peltata
« Reply #10 on: June 21, 2012, 11:08:08 AM »
Do any of you fine souls have some seeds I could trade you for?

-Carraig
I can tell you where you can buy a small tree.  Where are you located ?
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Re: Cecropia peltata
« Reply #11 on: June 21, 2012, 11:33:16 AM »
Take a peek at my photo...I don't know how the chap has kept his plant so short...but he's had it for years...seeing is believe I guess.

I think it maybe a cutting...and this could help keep small..but I didn't ask how it was propagated.

Have u tasted fruits from trees at excalibur?

(hey! that reminds me!  I need a darn Red Genova..Illama...let me know whats up!  they said none available last time..still bagged up...are they ready...???? )

Thanks!

As murahilin said, I have seen them air layered.  Adam - one thing to know is that the trees get very large/tall with a beautiful umbrella type canopy.

Rob,
thanks for the info...I was told by the owner of this tree, although they typically get large, it was quite easy to keep small and fruit in a pot...much shorter than most papayas.

I don't think these fruits are for most people...bit they are very medicinal, and the tree has 101 uses.

Aztec ants have a very tight relationship with this tree, and it's design is one that has been formed by ants over many years.
I understand about the fruit aspect.  Excalibur has many fo these growing in pots, from 1 gallon to 200 gallon.  While I could see it fruiting as a small tree (since an air layer would come from a mature tree) but based on its growth habit (and what I have seen), I am not sure how these would be kept "small", espeially smaller than a papaya.

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Re: Cecropia peltata
« Reply #12 on: June 22, 2012, 10:41:08 AM »
Do any of you fine souls have some seeds I could trade you for?

-Carraig
I can tell you where you can buy a small tree.  Where are you located ?

Hi Rob,

I am in TX just north of Corpus Christi.

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Re: Cecropia peltata
« Reply #13 on: June 22, 2012, 08:24:08 PM »
This is the fruit of the female Cecropia peltata--- absolutely syrrupy delicious in dry weather, quickly fermented in wet.

The seeds are no good, unless someone has been fool enough to introduce a male tree, in which case we will soon have a new exotic pest plant on our hands.

Vegetative propagation only.

As far as I know, none of the many other Cecropia species produces edible fruit.
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Re: Cecropia peltata
« Reply #14 on: June 22, 2012, 08:28:38 PM »
I first tasted ripe C.peltata fruit in Homestead and found it was pretty decent. Tasted like slimy figs but in a good way. I am a fan of this fruit but not many grow it here.   
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Re: Cecropia peltata
« Reply #15 on: June 23, 2012, 03:03:25 AM »
Was just noticing today all the wild Cecropia trees fruiting on the main highway center divider. I think the main species here is obtusifolia, not peltata. But seems like peltata was also introduced here and may be some of that growing wild as well:
http://www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/forestry/trees/CommonTreesHI/CFT_Cecropia_obtusifolia.pdf
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Re: Cecropia peltata
« Reply #16 on: June 24, 2012, 03:56:10 PM »
Was just noticing today all the wild Cecropia trees fruiting on the main highway center divider. I think the main species here is obtusifolia, not peltata. But seems like peltata was also introduced here and may be some of that growing wild as well:
http://www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/forestry/trees/CommonTreesHI/CFT_Cecropia_obtusifolia.pdf


Oscar,

sell some marcotts of the female C. peltata...maybe one with unique characteristics if you can find one!

I'd love to buy a few.

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Re: Cecropia peltata
« Reply #17 on: June 24, 2012, 03:57:00 PM »
Here is your Cecropia fruit from the tree @ Mounts Botanical



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Re: Cecropia peltata
« Reply #18 on: June 24, 2012, 11:37:07 PM »
Those don't look fully ripe yet.  They get thicker and start to slump down the cores, making big juice-filled flesh folds.
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Re: Cecropia peltata
« Reply #19 on: June 24, 2012, 11:40:02 PM »
Those don't look fully ripe yet.  They get thicker and start to slump down the cores, making big juice-filled flesh folds.
Agreed, they get "wrinkly" and a little more yellow in color also.
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Re: Cecropia peltata
« Reply #20 on: June 24, 2012, 11:44:12 PM »
ohhh! they weren't ripe!! that's why my throat swelled shut after I ate these fruits that taste like a mix of unripe persimmons and sapodilla!
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Re: Cecropia peltata
« Reply #21 on: June 24, 2012, 11:51:07 PM »
The ones I have eaten got progressively less sweet as I ate them....I presume this is just how they ripen, from the top down?

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Re: Cecropia peltata
« Reply #22 on: June 25, 2012, 02:59:58 AM »
Was just noticing today all the wild Cecropia trees fruiting on the main highway center divider. I think the main species here is obtusifolia, not peltata. But seems like peltata was also introduced here and may be some of that growing wild as well:
http://www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/forestry/trees/CommonTreesHI/CFT_Cecropia_obtusifolia.pdf


Oscar,

sell some marcotts of the female C. peltata...maybe one with unique characteristics if you can find one!

I'd love to buy a few.


I'll see if i can spot any peltatas around. So far cecropia made me automatically reach for my machete. A pretty, but pretty invasive here!
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Re: Cecropia peltata
« Reply #23 on: April 12, 2013, 12:05:07 PM »
My young Cecropia peltata is getting ready to bloom.  Is there anything I can do to enhance the chances of it fruiting?  It's in a 10 gallon pot.

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Re: Cecropia peltata
« Reply #24 on: April 12, 2013, 07:30:06 PM »
I'm still looking for one!

 

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