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Re: Not enough Durian Discussion
« Reply #275 on: July 22, 2022, 05:09:31 PM »
Absolutely. I have learnt my lesson now. All the durians I have planted recently have cloth for sun protection. Definitely makes a big difference. Another interesting thing, when a young durian tree is getting too much sun, the leaves will also be a lot smaller. Regarding the unprotected tree I have, it probably was around two years old when I planted it and it has been in the ground for about a year. Still quite young obviously but I feel like it doesn't quite need so much protection now. It may well be that it is winter now and it might begin to suffer again in spring. If that is the case, I will probably do something to give it some protection from the afternoon sun.

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Re: Not enough Durian Discussion
« Reply #276 on: July 22, 2022, 05:34:59 PM »
Cassowary, we plant both grafted and seedling durian trees. The thing about the seedling trees is that not all those trees will produce good quality fruit. About 35 years ago hundreds of seedling durian trees were distributed by an NGO to farmers in my county. Some of those old trees produce decent fruit but a large portion have inferior quality.
I realize that planting seedlings is the only way to get better material and so we plant lots of them. But for somebody that is only going to plant a couple I recommend grafted in most cases and, in general, a mix of seedlings and grafted.

I have not seen any root rot here in durian. We see it in avocado frequently. I noticed that in Malaysia they use a commercial compost that doesn’t have any manure since they figure that can lead to root rot. Our farm is organic so we rely on manure for nitrogen. We apply microorganisms every 2 weeks unless it is dry.

We stake the planting sites of new durian trees with glyrcydium posts that are actually kind of close, say, 50-60cm from the tree. These nitrogen fixers quickly make a shade that we adjust by pruning and use as a chop and drop.
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Re: Not enough Durian Discussion
« Reply #277 on: July 23, 2022, 06:43:06 PM »
Cassowary- that’s quite an info download. Thank you.

Peter - what is “glyrcydium posts”?  A nitrogen fixing plant?

One idea I’m pondering is applying the same concept used with mangoes to speed up seedling selection - grafting seedling scions onto a mature tree branch to force flowers earlier.  With durian having such a long period until hitting its peak flavor, even that would be a slow process.

Is anyone also growing lowianus? Graveolens?

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« Reply #278 on: July 23, 2022, 07:00:47 PM »
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gliricidia_sepium

It’s often planted alongside fruit trees in a permaculture type of setting as a chop and drop/ mulch plant. It can be used as a post for growing dragonfruit , pepper, vanilla etc.

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Re: Not enough Durian Discussion
« Reply #279 on: July 24, 2022, 09:47:57 AM »
Here’s a champedek being partially shaded by gliricidia.  The page wouldn’t load another photo I have of a young durian with a post on either side more effectively shading the delicate tree.  These living posts are used very commonly for fences in CR. They are very useful and many farms make good use of them. I also use them to shade cacao. In southern Mexico they’re called madre cacao.

In our area we are getting some very good quality fruit of of durian trees that are only 8 years old. We’ve had the fruits in Asia, even from 100 year old trees. Personally, I think there is some degree of hype about old trees. The thing about a place like Penang is that there is such a durian culture and SO many different select durians. We can’t do that any time soon but I don’t believe you can’t get very good durian off of young trees. I would like to see a blind taste test!
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Re: Not enough Durian Discussion
« Reply #280 on: July 24, 2022, 11:44:16 AM »
Here’s a champedek being partially shaded by gliricidia.  The page wouldn’t load another photo I have of a young durian with a post on either side more effectively shading the delicate tree.  These living posts are used very commonly for fences in CR. They are very useful and many farms make good use of them. I also use them to shade cacao. In southern Mexico they’re called madre cacao.

In our area we are getting some very good quality fruit of of durian trees that are only 8 years old. We’ve had the fruits in Asia, even from 100 year old trees. Personally, I think there is some degree of hype about old trees. The thing about a place like Penang is that there is such a durian culture and SO many different select durians. We can’t do that any time soon but I don’t believe you can’t get very good durian off of young trees. I would like to see a blind taste test!
Peter

Thank you. I’ll study this chop and drop nitrogen fixer some more. I also agree hype is probable in Penang. Whether it’s quality taking decades or planting on slopes or 3 named varieties selling at 3x the price of everything else, I wouldn’t take any of it as iron clad.

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« Reply #281 on: July 24, 2022, 02:31:03 PM »
Looks great Peter. I use Inga and acacia the same way as you with the gliricidia. Our site is a bit too wet for them gliricidia. Seems only 15% of the cuttings take, and I've had some of my larger 2 year old cuttings fall over in a small wind storm. But we do have a few doing really well. Anyway I plant out my trees every 5' and then put my desirable cropping trees in the middle of them. Yay plant friends and easy biomass

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Re: Not enough Durian Discussion
« Reply #282 on: July 24, 2022, 09:07:40 PM »
I had a couple of veterans who have been growing durian here for more than 40 years and have been to all the durian hotspots around the world tell me that a humble gan yao fresh fallen off the tree is as good as any of these big name varieties coming out of Malaysia.

I haven't been to Malaysia myself and tasted the big names myself but thought i would share what i was told.

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Re: Not enough Durian Discussion
« Reply #283 on: July 25, 2022, 06:44:15 PM »
I had a couple of veterans who have been growing durian here for more than 40 years and have been to all the durian hotspots around the world tell me that a humble gan yao fresh fallen off the tree is as good as any of these big name varieties coming out of Malaysia.

I haven't been to Malaysia myself and tasted the big names myself but thought i would share what i was told.

I met one such veteran last month. He was one of two people with permission to collect material from some esoteric Malaysian locations and successful brought Durian to Aussie land 40 years ago. He was cycling through Malaysia and stopped in a the farm @DurianWriter ‘s tour used as basecamp.

Ived had neighborhood Durian as good as any but it’s a dice roll.

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« Reply #284 on: July 26, 2022, 04:34:47 AM »
 Another interesting thing, when a young durian tree is getting too much sun, the leaves will also be a lot smaller.
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Have seen that too.

And I have planted graveolens, red and yellow. had one lowianus but died cause was already weak :( also got acutifolia, thanks to maryoto, what a brother!

"We stake the planting sites of new durian trees with glyrcydium posts that are actually kind of close, say, 50-60cm from the tree. These nitrogen fixers quickly make a shade that we adjust by pruning and use as a chop and drop. "

I wish I had gliricidia sepium! Bought half a kilo of seeds and none came up, sowed in all different ways and spots! have looked everywhere i can for seeds in Australia but it scares! I am almost giving up! But I actually found out that poinciana does take quite well from a cutting in the field if it's moist.

Yeah for sure there is probably some hype and some truth about old tree's fruit flavor but I have also experienced that fruit vary from year to year so hard to tell really. It's the most complicated fruit for sure.

Spenc, haven't tried inga field cuttings yet, might have to try that out! thanks for sharing

Gone tropo, can tell you from my experience that a proper ripe Thailand grown Kan yao is amazing!!! I still prefer some very bitter and small seedling varieties that I got to taste in South Thailand. Just durian baan.

Future,
I wounder how long it would take to have the graft fruit on the host durian? And it probably have to be grafted quite close to the trunk as durian is cauliflorous, mango's fruit is borne on the en of branches (terminal) so it would be easy there, just graft at the end of any branch. Have anyone tested this field graft method for durian to potentially be able to evaluate seedlings faster??!

Wish ya all odorous durian sessions!

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Re: Not enough Durian Discussion
« Reply #285 on: July 26, 2022, 03:37:33 PM »
Ingas do grow from cuttings. But they grow just as fast, with a better root system via seed. Also seems like a poor take rate for cuttings

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Re: Not enough Durian Discussion
« Reply #286 on: July 26, 2022, 04:32:51 PM »
Another interesting thing, when a young durian tree is getting too much sun, the leaves will also be a lot smaller.
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Future,
I wounder how long it would take to have the graft fruit on the host durian? And it probably have to be grafted quite close to the trunk as durian is cauliflorous, mango's fruit is borne on the en of branches (terminal) so it would be easy there, just graft at the end of any branch. Have anyone tested this field graft method for durian to potentially be able to evaluate seedlings faster??!

Wish ya all odorous durian sessions!

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I have not come across anyone doing this on Durian yet. But if not, it’s time to get started. 🧐

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Re: Not enough Durian Discussion
« Reply #287 on: July 31, 2022, 09:46:55 PM »
I am so ignorant to grafting so I don't think I will be pioneering this method haha.
Future, if you try please lettuce know :D

Thanks for the encouragement on inga, will do a trial this week when they get a "chop and drop" without drop haha!

Have anyone noticed any difference in response for Durio zibethinus with a companion plant? Like Inga sp, gliricida sp, Fabace sp. etc.
I know Douglas Fir does well with alder as the alder shares it's fixed N with the DF and the DF shares something else back. Through mychorizea.
I read about the DF and Alder in Suzan Simmards book, "Finding the mother tree" and immedietly started to question what tree's grow naturally among druians and would any of them connect to the same MR (mychorizea) and share nutrients.

I want to do a field experiment but it's very hard to get enough keranji and petai seeds.
Anyone who want's to sell or barter them please PM :D

It seams like Dialium indum Keranji, Parkia speciosa Petai appear in the same forest as most Durio sp. "Mixed Lowland dipterocarp and Riverine Forest"
According to Anthony lamb in "A guide to wild fruits of Borneo"
Both of those are in the Fabaceae family.

I have a feeling that there is an amazing amount of knowlage that can increase yeilds and long term sustainablity of our relation to Durian, we just haven't conucted enough experiments or observed well enough. This goes beyond providng fallen leafs and swigs for N incorporation into the soil by decay, it's a intentional funneling of N from one tree to another.

Both inga and gliricida are not from the same botanical original area as Durio so I don't know if they would be able to attach to the same mychorizea. I have never seen any mychorizea on durian roots so they might be in symbiosis with arbuscular mycho where I live or there's an absent of the correct spores??.
Anyone seen any ectomycorrhizal fungi on durian roots?
Have a 2000x microscope on order so will see if I can disect and find the AM. I know there is one research paper on the topic:
https://ejournal.forda-mof.org/ejournal-litbang/index.php/JPTH/article/view/5506

I think pinto peanut and those ground cover's are good for the early years of esablishment but for maximum yields and growth there should probobly be a tree companion.
Durio Kutjensis is calssified as a understory tree at max 20/25m but D. zib and D. graveolens are classified as main canopy tree's on the richer clay soils reaching 40/50m in height accoriding to A lamb.
A condition with a symbiotic tree would probobly create the best possibilities for hight fruit quality and regular bearing, eliminating farm inputs on some soils and just the need to protect from mammals and birds.

Peter, have you seen a decline in tree growth in any tree when you chopped a gliricida close by etc??
Maybe that reduced the total N uptaken by the main crop tree.?

sorry for the spelling errors.

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Re: Not enough Durian Discussion
« Reply #288 on: August 01, 2022, 08:08:04 AM »
Somewhat unrelated but I planted a pigeon pea between a jackfruit and chempedak. Interesting, the grass around the pigeon pea went yellow for a while, almost like herbicide had been sprayed around the plant (though the grass didn't die and did green up again). With pigeon pea being a N fixer, I was confused by the negative effect it had on the grass. Not sure if the rapid growth briefly depleted nutrients. If that is the case, could it be detrimental to plant something like a pigeon pea next to a young tree (such as a durian, to bring myself back on topic, ha).

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Re: Not enough Durian Discussion
« Reply #289 on: August 02, 2022, 09:44:46 AM »
The idea of companion trees is interesting. There are a couple of important crops grown seriously in CR that obviously do better with companion trees. Coffee is generally grown with erithyrna. Cacao is grown with lots of different shade trees. Originally they just used forest trees but now it’s common to see inga and other nitrogen fixers. In southern mexico the common name for gliricida is madre cacao.
But both cacao and coffee benefit from some shade through their whole lives where it seems that durian is a canopy tree or even emergent forest tree that, once mature, craves direct sun.
So in my groves the very young durian trees are dominated by the gliricidia within a short time the durian will dominate the site. Perhaps within 3-5 years the original gliricidia will have disappeared. But there are others around and there is lots of native forest on my farm in corridors. The forest supports the living soil but also brings the risk of large trees falling into the cultivated area. If they fall cleanly then it’s a gift. If not, it’s a costly trade off. But the trees grow well.
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Re: Not enough Durian Discussion
« Reply #290 on: Today at 02:18:06 AM »
Hi all
Wonder f any of you can tell me what is going on with the latest flush on my sunan durian. Seem to have a lot of die off - tree seems otherwise healthy and the 2 trees next to it are fine



Is it a nutrient deficiency ??
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« Reply #291 on: Today at 06:16:37 AM »
Totally unrelated but how did you get your hands on a Sunan durian? Still have hopes of getting a trellis system setup with a bunch of clones. Hard to get known varieties. I currently have 4 clones and bunch of seedlings. Would like to get that to around 20 varieties but that might take a long time, ha.

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« Reply #292 on: Today at 06:32:18 AM »
Hey mate
I got mine from Trina but I don’t think they do them anymore. There are a couple of folk up in Bloomfield who have trees and sell grafts sometime. They also have a few other varieties.
Drop me a pm to remind me and I will ask. I’m getting a D190 and a Hew 7 from them too.
I’ll be having an amateur go at grafting mine soon - might be lucky
Cheers Jim

 

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