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Messages - Mike T

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The golden at FFF is not golden malay but may have it in there as a parent. None are standards they have along their driveway. Botanic Ark big fruited one also has a big nut centre. They look way bigger than any regular coconut.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Holiday Greeting
« on: December 26, 2021, 03:07:37 PM »
Hey double D and the rest of the forumites now we are in the twilight of another year wishing you all a fruitful 2022. I used to think I knew a lot about tropical fruit and now I realise how little I do know. That is what time does I guess and Im sure far more international travel will be happening in 2022.

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Fruitorestfarm has a range of hybrids obtained from a New Britain research station. The botanic ark has a big fruiting kind and unusual dwarfs.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Blue Grape
« on: December 26, 2021, 02:55:55 PM »
I grew a few of these as they were pretty hyped by a few on the forum. I spread seeds around everywhere before I found out they are not one of the best to eat. The trees sure are nice and they fruit easily.Full coloured fruit that soften a little are ready to eat. The skin is a bit thick and the seed/s is a bit big and the flavour is perhaps not as rich and sweet as some of its relatives.

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Im looking for a seedless macadamia so you and I have similar chances I think.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Please ID Tropical AU Littoral fruit
« on: December 26, 2021, 04:47:19 AM »
How is this heat and humidity Cassowary. I have been hoping for a day under 34c all month. 33c at the racecource at midnight with absolute humidity.
Which beach? This one has ne intrigued and I dont think it native but looks familiar.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: WTB pinks mammoth seeds
« on: December 25, 2021, 08:32:59 AM »
Thera is correct of course. Mick did you find some late season ones in Rust's?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How do you fight papaya fruit fly?
« on: December 24, 2021, 07:44:53 AM »
There was a huge outbreak in North Queensland in the 1990s and what an epic battle to wipe them out especially in the rainforest. Its quite a tale and most experts said it would be impossible.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best tasting eugenias?
« on: December 24, 2021, 07:39:27 AM »
BTW There are selections of candolleana and big fruited selection seem to have tastier fruit.Go back to the start of this forum and have a look at what people were advocating as great Eugenias. I had to grow stuff to find out if they were good or not.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Atemoya pinks mammoth and African Pride
« on: December 24, 2021, 07:29:05 AM »
The mammoth taste is rich and distinctive and its what annona breeders here try to preserve in crosses.PP and HW have it and are more prolific than their progenitor, with smaller fruit and less grit near the skin. They are also irregular but not grotesque like some mammoths. Maybe mammoth flesh is a feather sweeter and richer. The

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Red abiu, "abiú roxo", what is that?
« on: December 24, 2021, 07:18:09 AM »
Plenty of red starapples around and yes nothing like abiu. The pictured tree is clearly not an abiu but a starapple or near relative.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Achachairu quinta in Bolivia
« on: December 24, 2021, 07:15:34 AM »
The primary seed dispersers for many fruit trees are long extinct and some are recently extinct. The slow rate of change for many fruit trees and and animal population dynamics can make it hard to work out why plants are in specific locations and what animals currently are or were the main seed dispersers.

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I have landed. I have shown pics of these a few times and they are irregular and never have the skirt/crown at the top that is regular. Newer selections tend to be less irregular in am elephant man kinda way but they have a little grit near the skin. You'd hoch AP  and gefner up in horror after trying one of these.
The one in the pic on its own looks like it but the group of them lower dont quite conform. So far as taste goes onlu a few of its descendants can match it in the Annona world, according to local Annona researchers and breeders. When crossed with AP and with cherimoya (eg Fino...) the offspring are diminished. I digress sorry..... In the last pic it almost looks like an AP X mammoth but if its nearly seedless, a little grit near the skin, has hollow empty seeds and a way better taste than AP or gefner it probably is a selection of mammoth.Not many bear fruit of the impressive size reported pre say WW1 these days.

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Oh yeah Gray at Julatten has a Russell

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The pequi, gustavea and macapuno are some of the big guns on your list. The yellow,red and black sicanas are a bit different from each other. The yellow and orange grumis are the same with orange just being a selection.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Must-have eugenias (based on flavor)
« on: December 17, 2021, 04:40:00 PM »
I just answered another thread asking almost the same and said,  "The best unifloras, yellow/orange grumis, dysentaria, candolleana, pyriformis x lutesens pitomba, lutescens, multicostata, sweet form of patrisii are some near the front of the quality line."
Some of the new ones Sallami is distributing might make the grade and CORG forms like good calycina are pretty good.
Pyriformis, selloi, cedar bay cherries are examples of species that should not be on anyones list.


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Import lychee trees from China?
« on: December 17, 2021, 04:30:15 PM »
Erdon Lee and San Su Lin with perhaps baitying should be sought if you can get them.

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Chempas are far more difficult to grow whn young and sudden death of seedlings for no apparent reason is common.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best tasting eugenias?
« on: December 17, 2021, 04:25:33 PM »
Big fruited yellow and orange grumis are the best of that species but are still nowhere near as good as say lutescens

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I have shown a few chempajacks before with Grays lemon and banana chempajacks being quite exceptional. On their Gordonvale farm they have Cheena as well and it just isnt in the same league.
Lower temp tolerance. -1c to 4c depending on variety would be my stab depending on which side of the family tree they are leaning. Some chempas struggle below 5c.

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There is a tree is Mossman with fruit of lesser quality but a tree near Gordonvale is much better and seed was brought to Cairns from Fiji.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Anyone Know The Species Of This Plant?
« on: December 17, 2021, 05:48:36 AM »
E.pyriformis

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Best tasting eugenias?
« on: December 17, 2021, 05:45:54 AM »
Some odd answers here. The best unifloras, yellow grumis, dysentaria, candolleana, pyriformis x lutesens pitomba, lutescens, multicostata, sweet form of patrisii are some near the fron of the quality line. We could double the list but some mentioned are not in the same league

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BTW avoid seedlings and just marcots and cuttings for propagation is best. These are prized trees and high prices are pretty standard for decent varieties outside SE Asia.

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Fibrosum often has fruit floating in creeks in the Daintree area where it grows streamside, Cormiflorum is terrible to eat by the way. This species grows easily and fruits in around 4 years. Full sun or full shade is fine. What an attractive small tree it is.

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