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Looking for Dwaft Macadamia Nut tree (in South Florida)
« on: January 18, 2019, 04:15:44 PM »
Anyone know where to get one of this tree?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-3X3-2j5F0

If I were to grow the regular macadamia nut, would it fruit if I keep it at 20-30 ft?

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Re: Looking for Dwaft Macadamia Nut tree (in South Florida)
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2019, 05:08:31 PM »
Anyone know where to get one of this tree?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-3X3-2j5F0

If I were to grow the regular macadamia nut, would it fruit if I keep it at 20-30 ft?


Yes it would fruit if kept pruned, you can keep it way smaller than 30ft! I think the one in the vid is just a backyard selection, havenít seen anyone other than daleys talking about it (could be very wrong). The smallest of the commercial cultivars that I know of is A16, you might find it over there?

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Re: Looking for Dwaft Macadamia Nut tree (in South Florida)
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2019, 09:43:38 PM »
This is pretty old now but might be useful

http://era.daf.qld.gov.au/id/eprint/1964/14/mac-varieties.pdf

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Re: Looking for Dwaft Macadamia Nut tree (in South Florida)
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2019, 01:46:49 AM »
Where can I find that wood hammer tool?
The kind I see online have all large bowls.

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Re: Looking for Dwaft Macadamia Nut tree (in South Florida)
« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2019, 04:43:24 AM »
Where can I find that wood hammer tool?
The kind I see online have all large bowls.

Not sure about that one but this one is better I reckon https://bitsouttheback.com/queensland-nut-buster/

See it in action here https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=236&v=fNDSNCG4WtI

It is expensive and postage is a killer to you guys but it is nice. Do your shopping around, I just knew Rob sold them (and he is a good guy).

I remember as a kid my dad making a bolt through a triangle type that worked but was slow. Later I remember seeing the lever type but we never had one. The above seems better than any of them.

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Re: Looking for Dwaft Macadamia Nut tree (in South Florida)
« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2019, 06:07:48 AM »
Where can I find that wood hammer tool?
The kind I see online have all large bowls.

Not sure about that one but this one is better I reckon https://bitsouttheback.com/queensland-nut-buster/

See it in action here https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=236&v=fNDSNCG4WtI

It is expensive and postage is a killer to you guys but it is nice. Do your shopping around, I just knew Rob sold them (and he is a good guy).

I remember as a kid my dad making a bolt through a triangle type that worked but was slow. Later I remember seeing the lever type but we never had one. The above seems better than any of them.
That's a nice one. I think it should be easy to build something similar.

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Re: Looking for Dwaft Macadamia Nut tree (in South Florida)
« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2019, 08:36:44 AM »
Growing beaumont, and it has already flowered and fruited/nutted at about 7 or 8 feet. Not a problem keeping the tree manageable with annual pruning.
« Last Edit: January 19, 2019, 01:02:57 PM by roblack »

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Re: Looking for Dwaft Macadamia Nut tree (in South Florida)
« Reply #8 on: January 19, 2019, 12:05:28 PM »
Mine is about twenty feet and the blooms are plentiful and fragrant

Has a fair crop but squirrels love them

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Re: Looking for Dwaft Macadamia Nut tree (in South Florida)
« Reply #9 on: January 19, 2019, 06:37:39 PM »
If there are squirrels in your area I would scour the neighborhood for someone who has a bearing macadamia tree and ask if they ever get the nuts. You may find that they are not getting anything in which case you might ask if it is worthwhile. They get all the nuts in my neighborhood before they are ripe enough for harvest, even though there are dozens of trees. New seedling trees come up everywhere but no one gets any.

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Re: Looking for Dwaft Macadamia Nut tree (in South Florida)
« Reply #10 on: January 21, 2019, 09:35:39 AM »
This is pretty old now but might be useful

http://era.daf.qld.gov.au/id/eprint/1964/14/mac-varieties.pdf


Thanks! This will come in handy for at lease understand the nature of the tree. Good to hear that I can keep the tree short and it would still fruit!

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Re: Looking for Dwaft Macadamia Nut tree (in South Florida)
« Reply #11 on: January 21, 2019, 09:40:02 AM »
Where can I find that wood hammer tool?
The kind I see online have all large bowls.

Not sure about that one but this one is better I reckon https://bitsouttheback.com/queensland-nut-buster/

See it in action here https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=236&v=fNDSNCG4WtI

It is expensive and postage is a killer to you guys but it is nice. Do your shopping around, I just knew Rob sold them (and he is a good guy).

I remember as a kid my dad making a bolt through a triangle type that worked but was slow. Later I remember seeing the lever type but we never had one. The above seems better than any of them.

If I ever able to harvest the nut, I would look for something like this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxZVmBZ6FMs&feature=youtu.be

It's all metal and looks like you can control how hard to hit the nut with the hammer. The wood one seems to easy to shutter the nut completely.

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Re: Looking for Dwaft Macadamia Nut tree (in South Florida)
« Reply #12 on: January 21, 2019, 09:41:55 AM »
https://www.facebook.com/FLMGC/

The last time there is any activity in that site was 2015, so it's dead.

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Re: Looking for Dwaft Macadamia Nut tree (in South Florida)
« Reply #13 on: January 21, 2019, 09:47:45 AM »
Thanks for all the information everyone! Good to heard that beaumont could produce nuts in 8ft tall. I think Dana White seem to be the popular one. I still have to research on which kind I should grow.

As for squirrel get to the nuts. I'm thinking of growing macadamia nut at my front yard, so it could serve as ornamental tree. When the tree get big enough to produce nuts, then I will figure out how to protect it. I have a couple options I guess, like putting a bunch of catnip around the nut tree so the neighbor's feral cats (8+ cats!!!) will some how guard the tree. Worse case is the squirrels will get to the nuts and leave my mango, lychee and longan alone.

But so far I have seen less than 2 squirrel since I move in to my area 2.5 years ago. There are more peafowls than squirrels!

 

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