Author Topic: Is Monkey Orange (Strychnos spinosa) self-fertile?  (Read 456 times)

djseaquist

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Is Monkey Orange (Strychnos spinosa) self-fertile?
« on: November 01, 2023, 05:35:36 AM »
I can't find a clear answer. One source mentioned that it's self-fertile. But another states that it's dioecious, meaning male & female flowers on separate plants.

I would like to know since I only have one 5 gallon plant & would like to know if I need get some more to ensure pollination.

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Re: Is Monkey Orange (Strychnos spinosa) self-fertile?
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2023, 09:01:30 AM »
I have three small plants, growing well (3 ft).  Tried to determine if dioecious or not and info is lacking.  Hopefully with three plants will have answer in time.

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Re: Is Monkey Orange (Strychnos spinosa) self-fertile?
« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2023, 01:10:01 PM »
I have one I picked up from sowexotic (where it is marked self-fertile) Hopefully, they are, otherwise I'll ask for some bud wood from whoever has the opposite gender of my tree! It has been incredibly slow growing for me up here. Curious to see if it'll hit the 4 year seed to fruit mark they mentioned.

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Re: Is Monkey Orange (Strychnos spinosa) self-fertile?
« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2023, 05:49:54 PM »
I hope so-

Mine is ~ 4 years old from here where they claim it is self fertiles

https://sowexotic.com/products/monkey-orange-strychnos-spinosa?_pos=1&_psq=strychnos&_ss=e&_v=1.0

btw it survived 18f last year and came back like a champ

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Re: Is Monkey Orange (Strychnos spinosa) self-fertile?
« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2023, 12:13:38 PM »
Not much literature but I would think investing in more than one plant would definitely increase the odds of fruit production.


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Re: Is Monkey Orange (Strychnos spinosa) self-fertile?
« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2023, 08:11:29 AM »
I know an isolated tree that fruits

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Re: Is Monkey Orange (Strychnos spinosa) self-fertile?
« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2023, 08:27:04 AM »
So Mike, how is the fruit? Taste like "bubblegum"?

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Re: Is Monkey Orange (Strychnos spinosa) self-fertile?
« Reply #7 on: November 11, 2023, 08:32:00 AM »
I don't know. I got seeds sent of both species years ago and gave them away. I saw one of the resulting 5m trees a chum grew with fruit hanging off it. That is where my experience ended.

 

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