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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Which is better, Rambutan or Longan?
« on: November 16, 2022, 08:27:59 PM »
I'm not sure if this is a fair question. 
1- Most people cannot grow rambutan because of the climate.
2- Some have not tasted fresh rambutan from the tree like longan.
3-Some have not tasted the stone free variety.

I like Rambutan because it has some acidity, like lychee and firmer texture.  If you like lychee over longan, then you most likely like rambutan over longan if you have the right rambutan.  Just my opinion.

Yes you hit the nail on the head mate, 99.9% of people on this forum cannot grow rambutan however nearly all can grow longan. Trying all the different varieties off the tree at peak ripeness is not something many not living in the tropics are going to be able to do

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Which is better, Rambutan or Longan?
« on: November 14, 2022, 06:58:44 PM »
Not even a contest rambutan by a country mile


So can anyone confirm this i have 2x soursop trees, we dont eat the flesh because we dont like it we do however squeeze the juice out of soursop it makes nice juice.  Is the juice likely to be less toxic than eating the flesh do yall think ?

If not these trees are getting ripped out

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Not enough Durian Discussion
« on: November 02, 2022, 03:58:03 PM »
Looks incredible durian lover unfortunately we have major issues getting access to many of the varieties here and itís basically impossible for anything new to come in due to the oxygen thieves at Australian customs

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Not enough Durian Discussion
« on: November 01, 2022, 07:13:49 AM »
Cassowary if your asking how I find the historical rainfall data you need to use the climate data online feature on BOM then type in whatever town you want and it will show all the stations in that area. This link hopefully shows you for example cape tribulation

When you click on the link it will show you rainfall data for this year so far and then down the bottom of you click view monthly data it will take you to the page that shows historical data going way way back

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Not enough Durian Discussion
« on: November 01, 2022, 12:09:04 AM »
Peter our main durian growing areas here in Nth Qld are wetter than that however rainfall here is much more seasonal with a massive wet season and a drier season.  For example Cape tribulation averages 4068mm per year with peak up to 6655mm per year, Babinda averages 4265mm with peak of 7040mm per year and Tully averages 4085mm per year with peak of 7898mm.  However I think when you look at Penang it has a much drier climate than this only averaging around 2500mm per year and they produce arguably the best durian in the world. 

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Not enough Durian Discussion
« on: October 31, 2022, 09:06:12 PM »
Yeh mate they were cold burnt to a crisp, leaves fell off in massive amounts over the following days.
Both trees are now bouncing back strongly.  Yep the cold winter seems to have triggered a good year for lychees nearly everyone with lychee trees have good crops......until the birds get them if not netted.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Not enough Durian Discussion
« on: October 31, 2022, 07:26:03 PM »
Peter what do you consider a dry year ? How many mm of rain have you had so far this year?

Fruiting a monthong at 1000m that is the highest I have heard of, would love to know the average temperatures for that place as well as absolute minimums, that must be on the absolute margins for a durian.  I had 95% leaf drop on two of my trees this year at temps of 8.4 and 8.9C

So were mostly talking about "paw paw" We call papaya "paw paw" in australia not the same thing and soursops.  How about Sugar apples and Atemoya and illama? Are these fruits in the same class as paw paw and soursops in terms of toxicity ?

This is a real concern I have Annona's planted everywhere.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Hilo Farmer's Market shopping trip
« on: October 21, 2022, 10:58:53 PM »
Interesting assessment on abiu compared with Rollinia. Here rollinia is not even comparable I with abiu  in my opinion, abiu is just that much better.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Neighbor pesticide spray
« on: October 18, 2022, 06:50:56 PM »
Try living next door to sugar cane fields I get all kinds of chemical drift across my place, my house also gets covered in ag lime at least once a year

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mangosteen broken main stem
« on: October 15, 2022, 10:22:52 PM »
Yes on mine I didnít tie anything up a new shoot eventually started off the main stem and became the new leader.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Mangosteen broken main stem
« on: October 15, 2022, 05:52:43 AM »
It will be fine mate, I snapped the top off one of mine and it has resprouted new leader

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Not enough Durian Discussion
« on: October 05, 2022, 06:56:43 PM »
Cassowary i will keep an eye on it however it can not be related to drought as i hand water my trees religiously if anything i would say the soil is over saturated compared to dry.  I did some googling and something mentioned about borers thriving in a very high nitrogen environment, i certainly would have a very high nitrogen environment around my trees

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Not enough Durian Discussion
« on: October 04, 2022, 11:32:28 PM »
Cassowary thats some interesting reading there and I think a lot of truth in what you are saying.  Im also planting out seedlings as well as I believe like you say they are more hardy.

The only thing i would comment on is that when you say borers normally attack a tree on its way out, this is my biggest most healthiest vigorous tree that they attack they tree is certainly in good health. they also attacked it last year and the tree has mostly healed over those deep scars from the borers and continued growing. Im confident that this borer attack wont damage the tree too much if its the same thing that happened last year.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Not enough Durian Discussion
« on: October 04, 2022, 06:55:37 PM »
Thanks Peter, sorry i didnt mean to take over from Jim reeves issue with the dying foilage on new shoots? Anyone else have any comments on that maybe Peter has seen this ?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Not enough Durian Discussion
« on: October 03, 2022, 11:41:22 PM »
My nextdoor neighour and I have both lost citrus trees in the last year due to borers. How old is the P88? I'm hopeful that my P88 will be the first to fruit since it is growing very rigorously.

Damn I might have to research this a bit more, interestingly they only attack the P88 and it is my biggest and healthiest tree, its been in the ground since july last year.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Not enough Durian Discussion
« on: October 03, 2022, 08:20:08 PM »
We get stem borers. They are the larvae of a weevel or beetle.

Peter is there any way to stop them? i have searched the trees but cant find anything, just seems you wake up and there are holes in your tree? I have lorzban i can spray not sure if that works but its very toxic stuff

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Not enough Durian Discussion
« on: October 03, 2022, 07:51:31 PM »
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 ??

Jim i havent seen anything like that on my trees looks a little concerning to me, i doubt its a nutrient deficiency would normally show up as some type of yellowing in the leaves for most nutrients if lacking.  Hopefully its not some sort of disease ?

Im currently dealing with some sort of trunk borers that bore pretty serious holes into the trunk of my P88 not sure what creature is doing it but very frustrating. 

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Achacha Seeds
« on: September 11, 2022, 09:05:35 PM »
Damn Im willing to sell these at $9.50 per seed from AUS any yall interested in my "competitive" price. I throw these things out in the trash, if im feeling motivated i throw a few in the pot they always sprout and by no means are rare or special at least not here in Australia

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Abiu finally producing
« on: September 09, 2022, 12:36:26 AM »
You guys are crazy abiu is TOP notch fruit I rate it right up there with some of the heavy weights.  They do not need cross pollination to produce but yes they can flower heavily and have the flowers fall off a few times, I have one Z4 seedling (NOT GRAFTED) that produced its first fruits at 14 months in the ground and the fruit was incredible as good as any I have tasted and that includes the grafted stuff I tasted at Australians premier tropical fruit farm.  I have all seedlings mostly Z4 seedlings and E4 seedling that is still too little to produce but I rate these trees as some of my most prized.  The Z4 seedling also bears prolifically almost at the level of myer lemon, mine is currently loaded with baby fruits, seems they basically fruit all year with short periods in between mature fruits and flowering again. Heavy rain doesnt seem to have any impact on flowering they produce no matter what the weather is doing.

Maybe over there in Florida your soils are not suitable to produce the best tastes? We are on fairly Acid clay here high nutrient content and they are very happy trees. 

Citrus General Discussion / Re: Washington navel wont flower
« on: August 15, 2022, 09:06:49 PM »
thanks guys for the advice, i will make sure i dont water it and see what happens, just seems strange that the valencia that is literally less than a quarter the size of this big navel is flowering.  Maybe the washington navel is just a much tougher variety to trigger a flowering response than the valencia.

i will give it another year if it doesnt flower next year i will cut it down and maybe graft valencia onto it.


Citrus General Discussion / Washington navel wont flower
« on: August 14, 2022, 11:25:17 PM »
I have never posted in this section before wondering if anyone has any ideas. I live in the coastal tropics around 16 South latitude i planted a washington navel, emperor mandarin and myer lemon just over 2 years ago and a valencia orange 12months ago.  All of these trees are fruiting/flowering including the valenica orange at only 12months old except the washington navel.

My washington navel tree is actually the biggest and healthiest looking out of all these trees around 8ft high and wide but it will not flower?? Im very frustrated with it my myer lemon of the same age is absolutely loaded with lemons right now and my valencia is loaded with its first flowers but this big thick trunked Washington navel is doing nothing?

Should i stop fertilising it? Maybe its just too happy growing?  What normally triggers a navel to flower? I average 3000mm of rain a year it is in a full sun position as are all my citrus?  What time of the year would/should a navel fruit in my location?

thanks for any help

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: A theft on the horizon
« on: August 10, 2022, 07:23:44 PM »
A warning shot with 00 buckshot should do the trick and have them never returning

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