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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Help I.D. garcinia seedling
« on: Today at 05:51:58 PM »
Garcinias can be difficult. G. intermedia?

One of the very few plants that seems to always have fruit no matter what. Another would be the rutaceae we call gin berry. Not super great fruits but fun to share with the uninitiated.

Vanilla would do fine grown on posts under the trees that are at a manageable height.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: CR fruit harvest season
« on: June 22, 2022, 09:17:03 AM »

The Brunei cherries have a sweet pulp and an acidic skin that can be used in cooking. Iíve been toying with the idea of calling them mangosteen cherry since the opened fruit really resembles mangosteen. The seed is very thin and pliable, most people eat it without realizing it.

Salak could work there.  Depending on just how shady it is kepel and some garcinias might do alright.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / CR fruit harvest season
« on: June 21, 2022, 10:34:46 PM »
So, weíre off to a good harvest season this year.  Whatís really interesting is that some crops are having multiple flowering.  Champedek, and especially durian have seen multiple flowering and thus several generations of fruit on the same tree.  A durian tree might drop fruit for barely a month but we think weíll have durian from now until November.

We have been eating nice, fat mangosteens and will be picking commercially this Friday for sale at the farm and out Saturday farmers market.

Something interesting is the Brunei cherry.  G. parvafolia is such a beautiful tree and the fruits are tasty and have a bountiful harvest that could go on for weeks.

Coming up will be lots more like Matisia, cherapu, Langsat, longanÖ..

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Durian soil preference
« on: June 21, 2022, 10:22:19 PM »
Not too sure about the red dirt.  A ph of 6-6.5 I think.  We have added grit to our soil for durian.  I like the idea of a slope..

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Micro-grafting of Annona's
« on: June 21, 2022, 09:28:28 AM »
I keep them completely enclosed in a bag that tucks under the pot. When that bag comes off depends on the species.
Durian 2-3 weeks
Jaks 3-4
Pouterias 4 weeks
I might take the bag off for a few hours toward the end and then leave it loosely replaced.  I do that to gradually acclimatize the plant. Iím not worried about too much humidity inside the bag.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Name and shame trouble-making birds!
« on: June 20, 2022, 09:48:10 AM »
Worse for us is the Montezumaís Oropendula. These birds come in a large flock, perhaps 50 or so and make fast work of rambutan especially.
In other parts of CR the worst might be flocks of small parrots.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Micro-grafting of Annona's
« on: June 19, 2022, 02:52:15 PM »

Thereís the photo of a durian graft that was made on May 25 on rootstock that was planted in March. Itís basically the same with jakfruit and champedek.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Micro-grafting of Annona's
« on: June 19, 2022, 09:39:54 AM »
Pretty good. I graft jakfruit and durian like that with good success. One thing I do differently that you might consider is, instead of using tape, I use the grafting clips that are used for tomatoes. Itís quicker but, more importantly, the very young material can be easily damaged while taping.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Moving to Panama
« on: June 16, 2022, 12:20:36 PM »
In Sixaola there is a dock about 200m downriver from the bridge where the formal crossing is. Thatís where you take plants across the border.

I think that marang/terap is known over a much larger area than Pingan. Personally, Iíve never heard that pingan is not in cultivation. In any case many of the rare fruits we cherish tend to be grown in peoples yards or small commercial plantings.

We have Pingan and Marang in cultivation. But we use a different botanical name than the article for pingan. Artocarpus Sarawakensis is what we call it.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Garcinia Macrophylla or Magnifolia?
« on: June 06, 2022, 07:33:41 PM »
Mamey Apple is a good fruit that is quite different from mamey sapote or any garcinia although it is a relative.
The person to ask in Ecuador is Jim West, truly a world class authority on rare fruits.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Grafting Champedek onto Breadnut
« on: June 06, 2022, 07:29:33 PM »
Sounds improbable to me, youíll just have to try it and see.
We graft champedek onto jakfruit and champejak which are much closer related. Iíve grafter breadfruit onto breadnut.
It seems that there are limits within artocarpus and the species need to be similar but you could certainly try.

There should be durian and mangosteen at the same time. The thing is that this harvest of durian has had two flowerings. So some durians will drop around the end of this month to early July. Then we should have quite a bit more durian the second half of august into September I think. We have champedek now.
I think early July should have both. Durian will last longer but might have gaps in the harvest.
The trees got confused by a very early dry period and itís been a dry year, kind of a challenge for planting but pretty good for fruit.
The caribeSur of CR has other producers besides us as well.

I sell them localy for  2 USD and People find them expensive.
2$ each or per lb.?
We are about to start a mangosteen harvest here at the Finca. $4kg.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Acai not fruiting
« on: June 01, 2022, 11:42:16 PM »
It should set fruit with the inflorescence. Keep a good eye on it. If you are not around the fruits will simply drop off. For us it often germinates under the trees..

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Acai not fruiting
« on: June 01, 2022, 09:10:12 AM »
You say is has been flowering but I donít see a photo of any flowers.
It should be self fertile.

I think that looks like what we call jocote. Spondias purperea

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cacao seedling help
« on: May 30, 2022, 09:32:50 AM »
Thatís exactly how theyíre supposed to look.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Theobroma pollination question
« on: May 29, 2022, 05:20:14 PM »
I wouldnít say that most cacao plants are self infertile, some are.
I think it unlikely that t. cacao would cross with another theobroma.  I know of lots of places where several different theobroma species are present and there will certainly be cross pollination within species but I have never heard of a hybrid.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Marang
« on: May 29, 2022, 09:08:32 AM »
If you wait too long the fruits will fall apart before or during picking. Keep making observations so that you learn to pick before they become hard to handle. We feel that if we can pick while they are still hard and not giving off odor but ripen about 2-4 days later we have nailed it. That way the fruits can be handled, even transported.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is this fruit Garcinia MadroŮo?
« on: May 25, 2022, 01:35:28 PM »
I agree it is what we call madrono.  I would let them develop a full yellow color before picking.

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