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Johnny Redland

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Anybody Growing Dovyalis Caffra (Kei Apple) ???
« on: April 12, 2019, 04:32:52 PM »
I love this fruit.  Tasted it at Fruit and Spice a few years ago and its very refreshing and unique; tastes like a slightly sour peach (and looks and feels like a small peach as well) for those not familiar with it.

I received a bunch of seeds from Ebay and they are all sprouting rather quickly.  But these typically need a male and female plant to set decent amounts of fruit. I have multiple sprouts in single pots and I don't want to dig them out and separate them. Is this a good strategy to possible bundle males and females together is this going to be a problem in the future?




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Re: Anybody Growing Dovyalis Caffra (Kei Apple) ???
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2019, 05:21:33 PM »
I have one that I grew from seed in a three gallon pot... my plan is to graft on a male branch if it turns out to be female, or vice-versa if male. Keeping the majority of it female as it grows. I did this on a carob tree and it worked out great.

[size=85]Sunset Zone: 21 • USDA Zone: 10a • AHS Heat Zone: 6-7[/size]

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Re: Anybody Growing Dovyalis Caffra (Kei Apple) ???
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2019, 11:15:38 PM »
I've eaten some but the thing that struck me about the flavor wasn't just the sourness but some underlying off-putting flavors (bitterness and other things I can't describe).  So it wasn't sour in an appetizing way.

Maybe there's just a lot of variability in quality and flavor?

I've been thinking about planting a hedge of these as a coyote fence -- any idea if that will actually stop coyotes?

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Re: Anybody Growing Dovyalis Caffra (Kei Apple) ???
« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2019, 05:07:29 PM »
Supposedly, they were planted around African villages to keep out lions... if that is true, I guess it would work with coyotes?
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Re: Anybody Growing Dovyalis Caffra (Kei Apple) ???
« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2019, 09:54:41 PM »
I have one that I grew from seed in a three gallon pot... my plan is to graft on a male branch if it turns out to be female, or vice-versa if male. Keeping the majority of it female as it grows. I did this on a carob tree and it worked out great.




Are they fast growers? How old is the one in your photo?

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Re: Anybody Growing Dovyalis Caffra (Kei Apple) ???
« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2019, 03:32:26 AM »
I believe it’s been about two years from seed. It should grow faster this season now that it has some size to it.
Check out this thread over at the Growing Fruit forum...
https://growingfruit.org/t/kei-apple/4908
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Re: Anybody Growing Dovyalis Caffra (Kei Apple) ???
« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2019, 09:44:18 AM »
I believe it’s been about two years from seed. It should grow faster this season now that it has some size to it.
Check out this thread over at the Growing Fruit forum...
https://growingfruit.org/t/kei-apple/4908

Thanks Mike! That thread was very informative. Never thought to trellis them. Now I’m even more amped up about this fruit

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Re: Anybody Growing Dovyalis Caffra (Kei Apple) ???
« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2019, 11:24:35 AM »
I planted two from seed when I first moved into my house to block an entrance to the yard back in maybe 2013 or late 2012. The taller one is maybe 3.5 to 4 foot tall. Incredibly slow grower in 9B for me. The other is about half the height. No plans to remove them but not one of my favorites. No idea what blooms look like

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Re: Anybody Growing Dovyalis Caffra (Kei Apple) ???
« Reply #8 on: April 16, 2019, 11:18:58 AM »
My first taste of Kei at Exotica in Vista, CA was a surprise. Refreshing sweet/acid with a touch of something almost vegetable. Cucumber? I'm not great with describing flavors. I loved it. Immediately bought his female 'Silber' and a male.  They've been in the ground for many years now and I just got a few flowers. Makes me a bit suspicious about their clonality.

The botanic gardens also has several trees and one of them with fruit about as good as the Silber I tried. Only tasted once though.

It air-layers readily and I have 3 airlayered plants of the Silber.

I have a couple Silber seedlings and a dozen of the SDBG seedlings. Just planted a hedge out actually with a mix of all 3.

the seeds sprout readily and are very tough. Growth in a pot has been slow for me.
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Re: Anybody Growing Dovyalis Caffra (Kei Apple) ???
« Reply #9 on: April 16, 2019, 03:09:55 PM »
I hope Dave Silber has a good selection...I have two older females and one male.  Both types are large shrubs.  I agree with Barath about the flavor.  Lots of fruit on the ground now, but even the local wildlife leaves them alone.  I don't think it would even "make good jam".  The good news is that we have not had a lion attack and they seem to stay away.  The thorns are effective for cleaning drip orifices.

 

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