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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Not enough Durian Discussion
« on: December 07, 2023, 09:26:14 PM »
I was in a category 4 storm in Fiji years ago. It was interesting how mango trees, especially, let their branches get blown off but the main trunk survived while other trees just got completely blown over.  I like the idea of the radical pruning to save the tree, probably about the last preparation when itís fairly certain youíre about to get clobbered. 🤞🤞🤞
Peter

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Not enough Durian Discussion
« on: December 07, 2023, 08:45:33 AM »
Yeah, thatís pretty serious, although the forecast shows it getting weaker.
Thereís never been a cyclone where we are but there have been some close enough to the North that you begin to wonder. Houses and infrastructure are designed to resist earthquakes but not hurricanes.
Best of luck,
Peter

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Not enough Durian Discussion
« on: December 03, 2023, 11:22:20 AM »
Is the flowering for both of those crops induced by a dry period or does the spring crop seem to flower without the Ďdryí?
Peter

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Not enough Durian Discussion
« on: November 29, 2023, 08:25:05 AM »
Hi Mike
Do you irrigate then?  If so, what would be an irrigation schedule on a production tree when it is so dry?
Peter

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jackfruit vs Cempedak
« on: November 20, 2023, 09:45:43 AM »
Jakfruit often has latex inside the fruit.  While champedek has sticky latex on the outside of the fruit I have never seen it present on the pulp.
Peter

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Pulasan culture
« on: November 20, 2023, 09:43:17 AM »
I am familiar with the problem of flat fruits.  Probably if you got a grafted or airlayered production tree that is not a clon of what you already have your problem will be solved.
Peter

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Starting a farm in Southern California
« on: November 18, 2023, 06:13:07 AM »
Wonderful.  Hopefully it will be inspiring to others in the area.
Congratulations.
Peter

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Not enough Durian Discussion
« on: November 11, 2023, 09:50:07 PM »
Hi Andre,
Sure.  I have some right now and am grafting a few hundred in the next two months.  I have had lots of clients from Panama.
You can coordinate with me easily on WhatsApp.  +506-8829-4929
Saludos
Peter

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cacao Growers, zone pushing and varietals
« on: November 06, 2023, 12:36:43 PM »
Many cacao are self fertile.
Peter

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Indian almond (terminalia catappa)
« on: November 06, 2023, 07:07:34 AM »
Very common along beaches in CR to the point of being invasive. The branches come out in distinct levels and in gardens they are often pruned just above the first or second level. They are a great tree to see scarlet macaws in as they spend hours eating the tasty seeds. The nuts are too much trouble for most people to deal with.
Peter

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cacao Growers, zone pushing and varietals
« on: November 05, 2023, 08:07:39 AM »
Iím not sure I would go with criollo for CA.  Personally Iíd try and get something from Peru where cacao is grown at higher altitudes for more cold resistance.  Maybe a higher growing porcelana.  Those guys have trouble getting a good fermentation because itís too cold there.
Peter

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Wani (Mangifera caesia) cold hardiness ?
« on: November 02, 2023, 07:52:49 PM »
Great seeing those videos, answers my questions. Itís certainly happening. I am planning on a trip for next year including Sabah so this seems like a pretty good time. Thereís some stuff youíre seeing that we didnít see in July.
Thanks again
Peter

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Wani (Mangifera caesia) cold hardiness ?
« on: November 02, 2023, 12:30:55 PM »
How does it seem in Borneo right now?  Are there a lot of rare fruits available, how about different durians?  What sort of stuff are you running into and how has this trip compared to others in Borneo?  It sounds to me like you must be in Sabah.  What about Sarawak? 
Iíd appreciate more insight into your current experience in Borneo.
Thanks
Peter

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Florida Natural Farming?
« on: October 27, 2023, 03:33:53 PM »
I left the forum for awhile some time ago being disgusted with Mark from Texas making very critical remarks on an organic growing thread.  Just butting in with his hostile views.  I started to miss the forum and I complained to the admin about what happened and he was pretty receptive.  In tropical agroforestry Iím pretty well known and my farm is a commercial success so Iím very convinced you can farm naturally.  I donít get the hostility.
Peter

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Thatís great to hear, Iím really glad that has worked for You.
I have a hybrid from Perak Malaysia called Bungah Merah. Iím not really sure what all is in this hybrid, maybe some dulcis, graveleons, zibethinis??  Anyway, Iíve been grafting it successfully onto zibethinis and sharing it around.
Peter

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I have two governorís plum trees. One is male and does not produce. The other tree produces a lot in a semi shady location. Fruits are pretty good.
Peter

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fermented fruit juice
« on: October 19, 2023, 07:21:59 PM »
With a small pot still you can make some pretty good brandy.
Peter

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: First time trying cherapu
« on: October 19, 2023, 10:52:21 AM »
In my experience cherapu needs a very selective picking.  Picked and handled well it can possibly last a week. In fact there is less latex if the fruit sits for a couple of days.  We ate cherapu this morning and zero latex, very nice.  Iíve never had cherapu that was shipped.
If a garcinia dulcis is better than cherapu Iíd love to try it.
Peter

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Wani (Mangifera caesia) cold hardiness ?
« on: October 18, 2023, 10:15:36 PM »
I didnít bring the Wani that I have and will double check itís origin but I got it from somebody very reliable.
We ate the Wani at the botanical park in Tenom and it was pretty good. I also noticed in nearby markets piles of local mangoes were sometimes labeled manis, (sweet) so customers would know as there is good demand for sour mangoes as well.

Good to have current information for these places. Lindsay advised me not to go to Sarawak early this year as her sources reported a poor season. The problem is that Iím trying to book a nice flight with miles and itís best to do well ahead. Somewhere should be good once I get over there!
Peter

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Wani (Mangifera caesia) cold hardiness ?
« on: October 17, 2023, 09:07:31 AM »
Wani does vary and some people seek out a sour one for certain things they make.
Wani deserves a process of selection as has occurred with m. indica.

Perhaps Wani can adapt to a Mediterranean climate. But keep in mind that indica is more sun tropical than the mangoes from Borneo. Having said that, there are Borneo mangoes in production in South Florida and other places so it remains to be seen. Is m. odorata in production somewhere in the Med or California?
The climate at my farm is very similar to Borneo/Malay peninsula. I canít grow select mangoes here. Itís too humid so we donít get production.
Peter

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Not enough Durian Discussion
« on: October 16, 2023, 08:02:41 PM »
Hi Benjamin
I am hoping to go next year and Iím trying to figure what time would be best. I was there 5 years ago in August and it was pretty good. But a different good season would interest me. How are you picking this time to go?
Peter

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Wani (Mangifera caesia) cold hardiness ?
« on: October 16, 2023, 07:57:54 PM »
Wani is a good fruit. I donít have it in production yet but I have eaten the fruit in Sabah, Borneo.
I donít want to compare it to the fine mangoes that are most commonly discussed on this forum. Wani is very different and is generally appreciated. I was actually unaware of this mango when I came upon it at a botanical collection. We were shocked by the very white flesh and impressed with the nice tasting fruit.
Peter

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Wani (Mangifera caesia) cold hardiness ?
« on: October 16, 2023, 08:39:57 AM »
Sure, we grow it. But by Ďnobodyí you mean those living in unsuitable areas?
Peter

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Can taste like sweet potato.
Peter

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: First time trying cherapu
« on: October 12, 2023, 07:52:22 PM »
Jay, when I was with Lindsay and Richard in January we sat and ate a LOT of cherapu. That cherapu and the ones we produce have, to me, much less of an issue than abiu or caimito and many jakfruit.
We experience slightly sticky hands and lips sometimes but no big deal.
I walk a lot of people around my farm and the reaction is positive, often comparing to persimmon. Thereís no way the latex sticks to anyoneís teeth here! 😂
Peter

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