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Male and female marula
« on: July 12, 2023, 10:29:39 PM »
Got female again and one male this year. 3 eye confirmed. But didnt overlap with female so no fruit.





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Re: Male and female marula
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2023, 03:54:42 PM »
Cool!!! Can you save the pollen from the male, if it flowered first? I have done that with kiwis, frozen the pollen, and used it up to a year later.

I have 4 marula trees grown from seed. Still waiting for them to bloom. They are almost four years old, so I am hoping soon! There should be three females and one male, folowing odd/even eye rule.

Has anyone else experienced this with trees grown from seed - the male has branched like crazy, and is truly magnificent and bushy. The females are harder to get to branch. One is still a single trunk, no branching. I top them, hoping they will branch, but the females seem stubborn about not doing that.

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Re: Male and female marula
« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2023, 05:13:59 PM »
I have the bushest 1 year old seedling ever. So I'll assume its a male, its going crazy right now, it defoliated in the winter but its nothing but leaves and growth now... I'll come back here in a year or two for some scion female wood from a flowering tree and offer up some male scions :)

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Re: Male and female marula
« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2023, 06:28:02 PM »
Well, don't bet it's male based solely on my observations - too small of a sample size!

 I was originally going to only keep one plant of each sex and graft them, but dang, they are so happy I didn't have the heart to kill any of them.

I try to only keep one of each kind of tree, to save space, but then they look at me with these pleading little plant eyes... so I have a papaya forest, a marula forest, and a guava forest.

Dang!

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Re: Male and female marula
« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2023, 06:36:57 PM »
Does anyone know how the fruit tastes?
I was gifted several trees from a friend.

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Re: Male and female marula
« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2023, 08:04:26 PM »

I try to only keep one of each kind of tree, to save space, but then they look at me with these pleading little plant eyes... so I have a papaya forest, a marula forest, and a guava forest.

Me too, when I get seeds I think I'll thin them out, but then they all just look at me and say how 'strong we're growing, let us stay around just a little longer'. Now I have a papaya forest, a chanar forest and a toadtree forest. Really hoping chaņar and toadtree fruit actually tastes good. ! (Marula too.) So many trees gambling on taste.

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Re: Male and female marula
« Reply #6 on: July 14, 2023, 08:15:38 PM »
Marula tastes sort of sweet and a little tangy/sour. I liked it when I had it in South Africa.

But it tastes best as Amarula!  ;D

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Re: Male and female marula
« Reply #7 on: July 18, 2023, 10:32:06 PM »
I didn't have any difference in bushiness between male and female but the female grew about 3x faster than the male. Doubt that was a sex difference.
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Re: Male and female marula
« Reply #8 on: July 19, 2023, 07:44:07 PM »
Congrats shane- great accomplisment

side note- how have you felt about the Yangmei blowup?

IIRC you have a very old tree that must have been acquired before the current craziness

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Re: Male and female marula
« Reply #9 on: July 19, 2023, 10:36:12 PM »
2016. Some years after the first big group order that failed.
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