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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: New lychee in Taiwan
« on: June 21, 2016, 04:48:12 AM »
The one in central QLD is Erdon Lee and is producing fruit already. Often get over 100g.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: New lychee in Taiwan
« on: June 21, 2016, 04:43:59 AM »
I'm sure this is the same as the one that's been planted here in Mackay. I forget the cultivar name of that one and they don't give it in the article. Looks on the small size for that type.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: yellow jabo
« on: May 29, 2016, 02:56:44 AM »
Mine have all flowered at a bit over a foot tall. Hold a few fruit at 2ft. A few are in flower now.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Wildlife in your fruit trees ?
« on: May 27, 2016, 08:21:18 AM »
We've got rats in our black sapote tree. Last night I went out and discovered they aren't feral rats, but some quite attractive native species. They are protected, as native rats are fairly rare in the cities here, so I guess there's another bunch of hungry mouths to feed!

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Questions about planting Achacha
« on: May 27, 2016, 08:15:55 AM »
They seem to actively grow during winter here, which gets to 4c, so they can take lower than that.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is this myrtle rust?
« on: May 26, 2016, 07:53:42 AM »
Pitomba gets a related rust and can gets lots of die back. A friend treats as if it's phytopthera and has had great results with phosacid. You'll be able to tell if you get the real myrtle rust. It's bright yellow. Just noticed a fresh infestation on an araza boi that had otherwise looked very healthy.

Anyone have an Amber jackfruit near Brisbane? I gave probably a dozen away a while back as I had a grafted galaxy in ground. I had to move the galaxy recently and it didn't go well, so now I'm on the hunt for seedlings of Amber or Berry or other good types. Please let me know if you have any!

Greentrees nursery at Aspley hypermarket sometimes has grafted Galaxy for sale.
Tropical Fruit World sometimes has a few.
Not much more locally. Fruit Forest Farm up Tully way and Bruno in Ingham graft the good ones. Not easy to get though.
If you are after seeds though, they are fairly easy to get, depending on which type you are after.

The season seems to have finished weeks ago. Haven't seen fruits in markets or in stores for about one month. I have four fruits left in the fridge, so probably five or six seeds. Any bigger quantities you can get from Hawaii when the season starts?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Found at Chinese market. What is it?
« on: February 24, 2016, 03:18:39 AM »

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Found at Chinese market. What is it?
« on: February 24, 2016, 03:17:05 AM »
These are pics of a few Australian grown 'Achacha' picked up today.
Some have points at both ends, some don't. These are small fruit, so generally single seeded. Larger fruit often have double seeds and nearly all fruits do have a second seed, but in the smaller fruit it is aborted, so appears as a sliver of soft woody seed in the fleshy section of the fruit, or a second smaller seed, as in the picture. Mostly I just eat the smaller seed as its soft and has no real taste. The variety grown here looks a bit different to Oscars which appear a lot more lumpy than the smooth fruit here, which are darker orange and have a thicker shell.

What is the taste of S. Tuberosa like? A friend has been after them for years.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Found at Chinese market. What is it?
« on: February 23, 2016, 06:34:42 AM »
Skin, shape, flesh texture, the way the flesh sticks to the seed, the shape of the seed, the thickness of the skin all look like Achachairu. They are often double seeded in decent sized fruit. They often have one large seed and one or two smaller aborted or just under developed seeds. Some extra large fruits can have three seeds. Seed isn't quite in the middle. After spooning the flesh out for my 2 year old, I've found o e side in particular has more flesh than the others, which you can't really spoon the flesh off.

Oh, and these are well over ripe. At that stage they become very sweet and some people prefer them that way, but I find I can only eat one or two at that stage...

As for being a Chinese Special? I guess they could have come from China, as they aren't the rarest species, but doubtful they'd be farmed there and shipped to Canada without anyone noticing anywhere else. The Australian farmers have been sending boxes to Canada (and UK and other places) though, and it coincides with the timing of the Australian fruiting season (would be opposite season for China). They likely didn't know what it was and slapped on the old 'Chinese Special' tag on...

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: want to buy achachairu seed
« on: February 18, 2016, 09:18:03 PM »
They were in the shops a few weeks ago. I've heard it will be a very short season.
I found a box of huge ones, small mangosteen size, double seed, heaps of flesh. Went back for more but haven't been back in stock for a while.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Blushwood Australian berries?
« on: February 15, 2016, 09:17:06 PM »
I heard sometime back that the pharma company tried to register the tree, even the wild population, to stop people from getting their hands on propagatable material.  Don't know if or how that would be possible, but the silence over this species is deafening.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: brazilian tree grapes lookout 😎
« on: December 19, 2015, 07:43:55 AM »
I made a killer chutney for Xmas out of jerseyanas collected from a park. I saw Kris's post about these the other day. Hoping he gets his online nursery up soon, as he has tons of different 'forms' of them...

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Huge "Harvesting" of AÇAI today!
« on: November 30, 2015, 08:11:01 PM »
Good to see not too much damage.
And is that a giant turtle under that pile of azai?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Macadamia nuts breaker.
« on: November 20, 2015, 01:40:53 AM »
We always used house bricks growing up. Such a yummy mess.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Troubleshoot Wax Jambu and Sapodilla
« on: November 16, 2015, 10:18:49 PM »
The Jambu is not yet gone, but its well on its way.
Never plant a dried out rootball. If they do dry out prior to planting make sure you put them in a bucket of water with a wetting agent and liquid seaweed or other root tonic, until the root ball is well wet before planting. The rootball can easily turn hydrophobic if you plant it after drying out.
Ordinary Jambu are tough though, and as long as the stems are green there is a high percentage chance that it will come back just fine.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Winter protection built for my abiu
« on: November 16, 2015, 07:29:03 PM »
If you do pipe in air from a clothes dryer, you'll likely need a mister in there as well. The hot air is completely dry and will dehydrate your tree unless you have plenty of moisture in there too.

The Ricks Red pictured is one of two types of a Ricks Red. It's the Daleys version. The original one from Rick Deering has black skinned fruit with vivid red pulp. The Daleys one has brown to red skin with lighter red pulp. The black skinned one is far superior. Got rid of my Daleys Ricks Red.
My Tamborine Lime? Weird name, considering Tamborine is an anglicisation of the local word for finger lime, or the being whose fingers the limes represent. So the Mt Tamborine Lime should be the finger lime. The other lime is the Dooja or Gympie Lime. It's basically looks like a Makrut fruit, on a finger lime tree. Foliage varies wildly, from tiny leaves to leaves 2/3 the size of regular lime trees. Is the mt Tamborine lime the same as the Dooja?

Sabara makes an excellent port. It maybe as daggy as religion, but a chilled jaboticaba port in summer here is a great way to cap off a day of work in the garden.

A mate at work would metaphorically murder you for a handful of them.
Amazingly, I didn't have any set on my sabara yet, just a bit on the grimal. We haven't had this much rain in spring for, well, ever. So maybe mine just wanted to be a bit drier...

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Will the real Ross Sapote reveal itself?
« on: November 10, 2015, 02:18:29 AM »
It's a moist canistel. Main difference is that they are 100x more attractive to bats.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Atherton Oak Athertonia diversifolia
« on: November 06, 2015, 08:37:14 AM »
They hate summer here. Need shade when it gets over 35 and dry. Mine were 3 foot tall and 4 died. Will try again. Not hard to get. My local native nursery sells tune stock and go green has advanced ones. Gotta get some more of these, Eleocarpus bancroftii, and Hicksbeachia pillosa and pinnitifolia in the next few weeks. All good nuts.

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