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B10 vs Bell vs Sri Kembangan starfruit carambola
« on: January 04, 2020, 02:49:00 PM »
Do you like Bell, B10 or Sri Kembangan starfruit better? 
I only have space for one of these.  I like starfruit that has some flavor and sweetness. 
Sri Kembangan is good, but Kari is too soft for me.
I've not tried Bell or B-10.
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Re: B10 vs Bell vs Sri Kembangan starfruit carambola
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2020, 03:52:47 PM »
I would choose Sri Kembangan for the flavor and managable size of tree.
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Re: B10 vs Bell vs Sri Kembangan starfruit carambola
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2020, 07:53:06 PM »
So Bell and B10 have less flavor than SK?

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Re: B10 vs Bell vs Sri Kembangan starfruit carambola
« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2020, 12:06:34 AM »
Bell is my favorite cultivar. I think it has a good balance of sweetness and acidity. I also like the texture of the fruit, it's a little firmer.

I've tried around 10 different cultivars over the years.

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Re: B10 vs Bell vs Sri Kembangan starfruit carambola
« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2020, 10:33:33 AM »
Out of those three id take Bell.
My top two are Bell and fwang tung
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Re: B10 vs Bell vs Sri Kembangan starfruit carambola
« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2020, 12:46:46 PM »
I have B10 at home.  It is sweet and firm at all stage of the fruit from green to orange.  My wife likes the sour one better because it have more flavors and goes greet in salads and spring rolls.  I live in San Diego and it grows fine.

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Re: B10 vs Bell vs Sri Kembangan starfruit carambola
« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2020, 02:23:18 PM »
Starfruits do well here in Phoenix too with a bit of afternoon shade.  I was surprised because the leaves and fruits are kind of delicate and some people only recommend them for containers here for whatever reason.

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Re: B10 vs Bell vs Sri Kembangan starfruit carambola
« Reply #7 on: January 06, 2020, 02:24:09 PM »
I would choose Sri Kembangan for the flavor and managable size of tree.

I really SK too.  Very sweet and very orange when fully ripe.  But have never tried Bell or Fwang Tung.
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Re: B10 vs Bell vs Sri Kembangan starfruit carambola
« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2020, 02:52:41 PM »
I have Kari and Fwang Tung and like both.  They are very different in color, shape, and flavor which is nice.  I can't speak to B10, Bell, or SK.  I would like to find someone in Central Florida who has those varieties so I could try them.
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Re: B10 vs Bell vs Sri Kembangan starfruit carambola
« Reply #9 on: January 29, 2020, 12:27:22 PM »
Maybe all starfruit trees are heavy producers, but I'd like to mention that my not-very-large Sri Kembangan tree has probably produced 150 lbs. of fruit since last summer.  And the quality and flavor have been excellent.  Crisp and juicy, too.  Just picked another bucketful yesterday.  What a workhorse of a tree!  Top honors to that tree, my Pickering mango, and my Alano sapodilla (which picked up roots and moved to Coral Springs).
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Re: B10 vs Bell vs Sri Kembangan starfruit carambola
« Reply #10 on: February 01, 2020, 06:00:33 PM »
I like Bell a great deal, have not tried B-10.

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Re: B10 vs Bell vs Sri Kembangan starfruit carambola
« Reply #11 on: June 09, 2020, 01:03:06 PM »
Maybe all starfruit trees are heavy producers, but I'd like to mention that my not-very-large Sri Kembangan tree has probably produced 150 lbs. of fruit since last summer.  And the quality and flavor have been excellent.  Crisp and juicy, too.  Just picked another bucketful yesterday.  What a workhorse of a tree!  Top honors to that tree, my Pickering mango, and my Alano sapodilla (which picked up roots and moved to Coral Springs).

John, Do you still have this tree, or is it at the old house? Iíve seen in several posts that youíre fond of the variety; I recently picked up a small Sri Kembangan, curious what a ďnot-very-largeĒ productive tree looks like.
Is it in full sun, or partial shade? Also trying to decide there to put it.  :)
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Re: B10 vs Bell vs Sri Kembangan starfruit carambola
« Reply #12 on: June 09, 2020, 03:36:29 PM »
Maybe all starfruit trees are heavy producers, but I'd like to mention that my not-very-large Sri Kembangan tree has probably produced 150 lbs. of fruit since last summer.  And the quality and flavor have been excellent.  Crisp and juicy, too.  Just picked another bucketful yesterday.  What a workhorse of a tree!  Top honors to that tree, my Pickering mango, and my Alano sapodilla (which picked up roots and moved to Coral Springs).

John, Do you still have this tree, or is it at the old house? Iíve seen in several posts that youíre fond of the variety; I recently picked up a small Sri Kembangan, curious what a ďnot-very-largeĒ productive tree looks like.
Is it in full sun, or partial shade? Also trying to decide there to put it.  :)
Yes, the tree is still there in Deerfield Beach.  I planted it at the side of the house so it gets some direct sunlight each day.  I would cut the tree back regularly, or at least top it every year, so that's how I controlled the size.  Left to itself, the eight-year-old tree would probably be twenty feet by now.
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Re: B10 vs Bell vs Sri Kembangan starfruit carambola
« Reply #13 on: June 10, 2020, 07:48:34 PM »
I have seen a Carambola tree around 60-feet tall.  What a mess it made!

My favorites are Sri Kembangan, Kajang, Fuang Tung, and Bell.  The flavors and appearances are distinct enough to merit having all four.  The Kajang and Fuang Tung are very delicate and short shelf-lifed.

If you manage them as shrubs, where every fruit is within reach of your hands, you can have three or four shrubs in the space that most people let one tree take.  So start with 3-gallon trees, not 15-gallon;  you will be way ahead.

B10 is respectable, and more flavorful than Arkin.  These are selected for commercial packing-house toughness and shelf-life.
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Re: B10 vs Bell vs Sri Kembangan starfruit carambola
« Reply #14 on: June 10, 2020, 08:19:02 PM »
I have seen a Carambola tree around 60-feet tall.  What a mess it made!

My favorites are Sri Kembangan, Kajang, Fuang Tung, and Bell.  The flavors and appearances are distinct enough to merit having all four.  The Kajang and Fuang Tung are very delicate and short shelf-lifed.

If you manage them as shrubs, where every fruit is within reach of your hands, you can have three or four shrubs in the space that most people let one tree take.  So start with 3-gallon trees, not 15-gallon;  you will be way ahead.

B10 is respectable, and more flavorful than Arkin.  These are selected for commercial packing-house toughness and shelf-life.

Har, Thanks for your feedback. I just picked up a 3gal Sri Kembangan over the weekend thatís already flowering.  I love carambolas for their ornamental nature as well, such pretty blooms. It will be kept small and bushy, Iíll be aiming for 6 ft max. Iím confident that will make enough fruit to keep me, my neighbors and coworkers happy.  :D

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Re: B10 vs Bell vs Sri Kembangan starfruit carambola
« Reply #15 on: June 11, 2020, 02:42:29 PM »
Eight or nine feet is good, if the upper branches are still flexible and bend down with the fruits.  New branches going too straight up, can be manually bent and trained in an arch pattern.  When the upper branches get too stiff, cut them off.
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Re: B10 vs Bell vs Sri Kembangan starfruit carambola
« Reply #16 on: September 29, 2020, 07:06:19 AM »
I think Bell got the most praise.  Is Bell productive by itself without another variety?

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Re: B10 vs Bell vs Sri Kembangan starfruit carambola
« Reply #17 on: September 29, 2020, 07:11:29 AM »
Bell produces very heavily as a single isolated tree. No worries there. It has been my favorite.
My Dad has a Fwang Tung tree that produced mediocre fruit the first 6 years but has vastly improved in sweetness this year for the first time. That variety has the firmest fruit.  He also has a Sri Kembangan which was my second choice until this year's Fwang Tung improvement. His Kary is a distant fourth.
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Re: B10 vs Bell vs Sri Kembangan starfruit carambola
« Reply #18 on: September 29, 2020, 07:49:58 AM »
I would like to get a good variety of Starfruit (mine is very sour) . The problem is I live in Uganda and I have never seen any named varieties here. So when the Airways opens up, how difficult is it to graft Starfruit scions onto a half grown tree. Also how long can you keep a scion in transit and it still graft successfully?

If this is feasible I would bring back some scions from the US.

 

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