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Marang can also be very good. Sells out fast at our fruit stand. Very easy to open, no latex. Very sweet. I introduce a lot of fruits and Iíd say it gets a better initial response than champedek which I rate highly.
Peter

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cacao questions
« on: Today at 06:11:57 AM »
In Central America and Mexico we call theobroma bicolor pataxte, not mocambo.  Besides having a creamier pulp the seeds can be dried and eaten like tasty nuts.
Peter

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cacao questions
« on: March 01, 2024, 06:56:31 PM »
I agree with that but would add that to make good chocolate the harvested beans need to get a good quality ferment. A very small batch of a few fruits is not going to ferment properly.
However, a small cacao tree with some fruits on it is going to be very satisfying!
Peter

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Belize chocolate!
« on: February 29, 2024, 07:08:25 PM »
Nice. The mixing of all the different cacaos is what has led to criollo getting scarce. If it got the premium price it deserves then it would be taken care of but the buyers in that sort of situation donít distinguish so productive, disease resistant wins out over quality. Iím adding the photo of a split bean from our criollo tree.
Peter


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ĎSmells badí is very subjective. We love the smell of those fruits and durian as well. I, and most of my friends, enjoy picking up those 3 fruits and smelling them.
Peter

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jackfruit grafting
« on: February 22, 2024, 05:24:37 PM »
Champedek is routinely grafted onto jakfruit.
These grafts are not easy to do in my experience for a beginner.
Peter

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: marcotting vs rooting question
« on: February 22, 2024, 12:28:24 PM »
Thatís interesting. Rooting cuttings and marcotting have a lot in common. Since the whole thing is alive and supported by a root system it makes sense that marcotting should be more forgiving. But I guess, then in agriculture, thereís always an exception.
Thanks, Peter

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: marcotting vs rooting question
« on: February 22, 2024, 08:15:16 AM »
That is a very good answer except for the last point. Any cutting that can be rooted can be air layered. But not necessarily the other way around.
We commercially layer rambutan, for example. We must get 90% or better. Weíd never get that with cuttings if any at all.
Peter

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Besides cracking the shell with pliers you can also barely cut into it with a fine saw or the edge of a file.  Some will germinate anyway but canistel gets a better germination rate with scarifying. 
Peter

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It looks like a monstera to me as well. Did your son try to taste the fruit?
Peter

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Itís interesting. We had a lone seedling that was well isolated and it produced profusely.  We have a grafted caimito that flowers nicely but produces poorly.  We have lots of pollinators so thatís not the problem.  Both sites have good sun and drainage.  Unfortunately the seedling got heavily damaged and had to be eliminated but it was the best.
Peter

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: pruning safou, dabai, entawak, fiji longan
« on: February 15, 2024, 04:15:43 PM »
In the case of safou Iíd say 7-8m
The others are more complicated but being really serious 10m might be practical.
Pedalai is another that is very difficult to control.
Where is your project located?
Peter

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There was no problem with the quality of the fruit. In CR caimito is often planted by seedling and the fruits are generally good.
Peter

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Those who are looking to get smaller, dwarfing results seek out rootstocks that can deliver in that aspect.
Peter

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I think it is worth it to grow caimito from seed. The fruit should be good. Time to fruit depends on conditions. On my farm it takes 4-5 years.
Peter

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: pruning safou, dabai, entawak, fiji longan
« on: February 09, 2024, 02:35:17 PM »
Safou has been pretty easy to shape for us. The others are more of a challenge. It is important that the trees are well in the open with all sides receiving good sun. Iíd keep at it. I have had some success with dabai and Fiji longan although itís been limited.
Suerte!
Peter

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Kepel takes a while to germinate, 1-2 months, and then the first sprout doesnít really look like something alive at first. Itís a slow grower.
Peter

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Not enough Durian Discussion
« on: February 05, 2024, 08:15:08 AM »
What do you think about cutting the taproot?  I think there is a case to be made that encouraging more lateral root development the tree can feed easier.
Peter

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Not enough Durian Discussion
« on: January 31, 2024, 08:23:35 AM »
Are those grafted or seedlings?
I think they are to be avoided but that doesnít mean I wouldnít plant that😂.
Perhaps I would do a lot of foliage thinning and cut root tips to try and stimulate them. Iím thinking that those trees might have been in the ground, then dug out to sell??
Peter

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Not enough Durian Discussion
« on: January 22, 2024, 08:22:48 AM »
Very nice, Nerd, the foliage looks really good.
What sort of organic fertilizer do you apply?
Peter

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sabah agricultural park 29/12/2023
« on: January 21, 2024, 07:49:18 AM »
Nice photos, one of my favorite places. When were those photos taken, are they from now?
Peter

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Not enough Durian Discussion
« on: January 19, 2024, 08:41:56 AM »
I would prune off all dead wood.
What you can do to straighten the tip is to tie a straight stick into the tree, fastening at several points. It neednít be in the ground as long as it is tied at at least two points where the trunk is straight. We do this frequently and consider that a straight stem allows for the easiest shaping.
Peter

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Where I saw miracle fruit produce quickest was in full sun in a damp condition.  The plant was squat and produced in less than 2 years.  They can also grow in partial shade quite nicely.  I have some that must be 12í tall.
Peter

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Not enough Durian Discussion
« on: January 08, 2024, 03:06:48 PM »


So this is a graph showing recorded rainfall in inches at a sight about 1km from my farm. Whatís interesting to me is the trend to less rainfall. Actually I have records from before this person started and there were some years with more than the highest on this graph.
Interestingly the graph clearly shows the pattern of two dry seasons, roughly March and September, then the rainiest periods falling around July and December. Itís this pattern that makes two durian harvests in a year highly likely.
We also use the pattern to target the best planting periods.
But the pattern seems less reliable lately. Preliminarily Iíd say that the biggest difference is that the rainy season is not as rainy while the dry is more or less the same.
Peter

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I wouldnít really call canistel sub tropical. Itís widely adaptable. Normally itís grown in full sun and on my farm in CR canistel produces much better with more sun. However you have a very different situation in Arizona. Grafted canistel fruits for me here in 3 years in full sun. Iíd be cautious about trying to work in the shade. Perhaps full sun or at least several hours and experiment with some shade cloth.
Peter

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