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Hi fellows
In winter of 1990 I went up to the Galile mts (Israel) to select and take "trio leaved" myrtle cuttings from the wild to plant and use but  - Trio Leaved - for the Socot Jewish Holiday. I also selected a few with rather large fruits or very productive types. As of yesterday - one fruiting type showed stability with slight sweetness and heavy crop and large fruits and named Hanna after my 89 years old mother.

I harvested lots of fruits for Myrto liqueur, fresh eating (slightly astrigent), soft drink (15% fruit by weight), dried fruits, jams, seed oil etc.

I read but scientific reviews about its potential uses and there are plenty about it.

Looking forward to know about your experience with this species.

« on: November 16, 2018, 11:47:15 AM »
Today - 16th November 2018 I found this fruit tree in a semi tropical seashore location at Hertzelia Israel. The tree was loaded with bunches of fruits. Hard single flat seed. Pale Violet round fruit. Fruit is but a little sweet. i large stem. Leaves cube in shape 10 cms by 10 cms, rough to tough, Evergreen tree

Tropical Fruit Discussion / grafting lychee on longan
« on: August 11, 2018, 02:00:54 PM »
Hi fellows
I know that a few tried it with some success

I tried 30 grafts in the early summer var. Mauritius on a side branch of a 30 years old longan and it is now 30 cms long shoot.

I heard that a nursery here used to graft lychees on longans and lychee seedlings with 70% success but prefers rooting lychee cuttings in a hot humid tiny tummels in late spring.

I will appreciates the experimenters with lychee grafting on longans to tell more about the  present situation of their experimantations

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Grafting rambutan on lychee or longan
« on: May 27, 2018, 07:31:11 AM »
Hi fellows

I wonder if any of you tried grafting rambutans on lychee or longan rootstocks.



Hi fellows
Interested in grafting apple, pear, a scionwood on a loquat rootstock.

Anyone tried it?



I old friends
I have a meeting with the Plant Health Officers about my complaint that the present legal situation in Israel, cannot allow lawfull importation of seeds.

Thus most tropica seeds are smuggled to Israel illegaly.

One fellow with a nursery was selling a grown up miracle fruit plant for 4000USD and most of his ungrafted plants for 200USD ans above.

This situation here is nor fair.

I asked the Plant Health office to allow fellows here, the construction of private seed quarantines and copy the USA regulations about small pack of seeds.

Please kindly direct me to these regulations.


Ariel Shai

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Dovyalis abyssinica dream
« on: January 15, 2018, 04:03:59 AM »
Please help me to wave a dream concerning Dovyalis abyssinica.

The dream arose after reading the paper:  Physico-chemical Evaluation of Dovyalis, published in Proc. Fla. Hort. Soc. 127:14-17. 2014 with nice photos and historical data.

To the best of my understanding and experience in Ethiopia and its fauna and fruits trees, the D. abyssinica fruit has yellow skin and yellow flesh and is rather similar to Dovyalis caffra also by its taste. The main difference is in its fruit appearance. It is much larger sized, 4-5 cms in diameter. (I did not conduct DNA tests). For sure the D. caffra and D. Abyssinca grow near each other and may cross-breed in its African homeland.

However, in various google-directed sources and even scientific papers from Florida, the parent father/mother D. abyssinica is defined almost like its X offspring - the tropical apricot, the famous alleged cross Dovyalis X hybrid, that is thought to be naturally produced in Miami Florida with famous Ketembila - mother D. hebecarpa. In fact it  was said that various D. X types originated naturally in that Garden of Eden at Floridam and the specific D. X was crowned as the original  crown prince - Tropical Apricot

My dream challenges this Floridan assumption.

I read many descriptions of  D. abyssinica, from various sources , these were simply replicated-duplicated-revised-copied from a certain source.....and I think that even a few scientists (not from Africa, but from the great USA) made such a possible mistake describing the D. abyssinica and named it also as Tropical Apricot.

Before approaching the Kew Royal Botanical Garden, will any Dovyalis specialist here solve my dream?

Agronomist Ariel Shai

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