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Was hoping if someone recognized these guys.  Very soft white hairs on silvery green foliage.  White flowers and the fruit faces upwards much like birds eye.









Thanks for any help :)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Bixa orellana seed germination.
« on: February 18, 2022, 12:42:58 AM »
Any tips.  I am having really terrible germination!  2 years running.  We ha e big trees so have mature fresh seed.  Tried fresh, dried and various levels in between.

Any tips for this one?  I am getting like 1 to 2 percent :(

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Seeking some advice from other growers.  We grow in fields (commercial) a few varieties that are well suited to our climate. 

We get down to the mid teens in winter with high winds and high humidity.  We get up to 40 in summer.  Typhoons are the main variable.  We dont flood as w have worked out drainage, but weeks of rain can keep things wet.....

We are certified organic, so cannot spray.

The varieties we are having the biggest trouble with are:

Ghost pepper (summer typhoons)

Jalapenos (having year round issues of poor growth)

Serrano (same as jalapeno)

Habanero (constant fruit rot in wet season)


Anyone else in the same boat?  We can redo fields and try different ways, just cannot use chemicals.

All seem to be water related issues.

We use raised rows with AG fabric as a mulch with pipes inserted under the plastic for irrigation.  Recently we are using rice hulls in between to limit weeds, but just started using these.  Have been having issues for a few years now.

Appreciate any thoughts.

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Solid root cuts, rooted cuttings or plants.  Not interested in many ofthe commonly sold other species (fakes).  We need true Piper methysticum.

Shipping to Taiwan.  Phytosanitary certificate preferred, but not required.

We can either buy or trade.  Lots of fruit, herbs, spices and mediicnal plants to offer. If trading, we can provide phytosanitary certificate if you also provide one, or at standard cost if you cannot.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Other Myristica species' toxicity?
« on: July 09, 2020, 01:37:39 PM »
Having a bit of a time finding.info on other species of nutmeg and their edibility.

For us here we hav eMyristica ceylanica var. cagayanensis

I cannot find any info on human toxicty and use.  Does anyone have any info or resources on this? 

Thanks!

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Looking for various herbs, spices and misc things.

Let me know if you grow them we can trade or buy :)

Wanted:

Black Cardamom.  Amomum subulatum,  Amomum tsao-ko.  Rhizome
Green Cardamom.  Elettaria cardamomum.  Rhizome
Long Pepper.  Piper longum.  Plants (rooted)
Kava.  Piper methysticum.  Rhizome
Star Anise.   Illicium verum. Fresh seeds/plants




Available to trade

Alpinia galanga.  Rhizome
Alpinia zerumbet. Rhizome and seeds
Boesenbergia rotunda rhizome plants
Curcurma caesia.  Rhizome plants
Kaempferia galanga.  Rhizome plants
Opuntia ficus-indica. Cuttings
Vanilla planifolia.  Cuttings/plants


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / when ro plant out snakeskin fruit?
« on: July 22, 2019, 01:33:11 AM »
Worried a bit about them getting scorched in the sun.  Is it possible to plant them out in open fields, without shade?  Or should i plant some papayas (easier to kill than bananas) around each one?

They are only about 7 months old so maybe too small still.

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Hello all.

A question on infection.

I am familiar with different methods of Piper propagation.  We cant use seeds. Now we are sticking with layering but we keep getting a crippling percent of black rot.  Even on potted plants that i root onto other pots (nodes already have root buds), they start to rot as well...im a bit stuck on why and how to fix it.  Would really appreciate some help if anyone has any experience :)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Roselle types and cultivars
« on: October 22, 2018, 08:34:37 AM »
I am looking for some good online resources, or your personal experience, on different Roselle types andtgeircalyx form,color taste etc.

I see some.studies.done on  various types, but Google the name not much information.  This  will be our third year growing and we are looking to  select and try breeding improved types.

Currently we are growing 7 distinct types from Taiwan, Thailand and Malaysia. Next year we  will ha e an experimental field to plant .out new types for observation and pollen donors :)

Would love to see what all people are or have grown, as it is the season.

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Would love to get a discussion going on selective breeding techniques used for fruit crossing and hybridizing

Amongst others I'm starting to cross some mango and Nephilium species, but new to these genera flowers.


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Tropical Fruit Discussion / whats in season in Sarawak?
« on: September 26, 2018, 03:24:55 PM »
Hi guys, been away from this board for a while.  I will be flying in to Kuching next week after some work, and will spend a couple weeks in Sarawak to see some forests and photograph things.  Been to sabah a few times and penninsular many times.  Absolutely love malaysia!  We will also fly to KK for a few days before heading home to taiwan.  This is my first time to sarawak though, and am.super excited about the plants and animals we can hopefully see!

I am wonderig what fruits might be seen at this time?  My last trip to sabah we got to eat 4 wild durian species which was amazing as never got to try them before.

Any pointers on where to sniff out great feuit?  The last few years have taken me down a spice passion.  Hoping to also look for cool pipers, gingers etc as well if anyone knows some must taste spices in the region :)

Be really neat to hear from a fruit or plant nut in the region.  Or if anyone is there would be fun to grab a bite, tea, fruit binge :)

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Do poeple in the west eat gingko nuts?
« on: January 21, 2018, 10:38:11 AM »
Curious if they are eaten there.  Either as a nut with beer, or mixed in rice dishes, or...?

I plan to grow a bunch in Canada soon as they have AMAZING yellow leaves in fall and taste great, but they stink and not sure if people htere are familiar or keen on the nut as a food.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Good ground cover species to smother weeds?
« on: January 14, 2018, 11:51:03 PM »
What is people's opinions on relatively short, under a foot or so, ground covers to grow in place of rampant weeds?

I've been combating weeds for years and sweet potato does ok but tends not to handle trampling on it well. Tropics weeds are bad as we all know.  I use plastic mulch in rows, but because here uses flood irrigation via trenches there is no plastic in the trenches, so weeds grow a solid meter a month.  I don't spray, need to stay organic.  So looking for something stronger than even sprawling morning glories like sweet potato and water spinach.  You guys have any good ones?  I'm not against hand weeding while the new cover gets established.

Cheers for any thoughts.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Wanted: Inga sp. Seeds
« on: January 09, 2018, 11:57:13 PM »
Looking for various Inga species.  Bigger, sweeter types preferred as it will be a school project here with an after school farming club so better taste, thicker pulp and bigger beans preferred :)

Need seeds shipped to me in Taiwan. Can message here or email at formosaenvironments@gmail.com

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Where in continental US never gets freezing temps?  Seems Florida still gets pretty cold in winters.  How about extreme south?  Is it possible to grow truly super tropical things in continental USA?  I always thought before Florida never froze, but I'm seeing it differently.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Selling: Annona seeds ~ Kada's Garden
« on: December 29, 2017, 02:46:58 AM »
Hello, hope I read the how to post rules right and did the subject properly.

To start things off for winter have the following.

Annona 'atemoya' 20 seeds $160nt

Annona squamosa 20 seeds $200nt

Clitoria ternatea 20 seeds $90nt

Pouteria campechiana 5 seeds $250nt ~ almost sold out


Hibiscus sabdariffa (Taitung red) 50 seeds $110nt

Synsepalum dulcificum 20 seeds $250nt

Tamarindus indica 20 seeds $240nt


Everything here is grown in Taiwan organically and as sustainable as we can.

Everything is in our local currency, nt/Taiwan dollars but can pay in any currency and let the banks exchange automatically. Divide by 30 to get rough USD. Prices not including shipping, but it's relatively cheap here to ship.  Can message me here, email me at formosaenvironments@gmail.com , Line message (ID kylebee) or check the website: www.kadasgardens.com

Happy growing

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