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Good one. Here's to hoping you get the yam leaf garcinia up and pumping out the fruit with your usual ruthless efficincy.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Myrciaria strigipes
« on: April 30, 2015, 09:13:13 PM »
Strigipes fruited this year.

I got one very small seedless runt fruit, and two small/medium sized fruits.

i think the fruits were a bit small because they developed over the winter.

I suppose I ate them a bit too early, slightly green, but they were still good.  It taste just like cabelluda (only the slightest difference in flavor can be detected)...but the seeds are smaller and the skin is thinner.  Also, cabelluda fruits are fuzzy, whereas strigipes were hairless, and also have a punctate appearance with pronounced glands in the skin, (they look like dots.)

here are the first fruits my tree has produced...pictured with red jaboticaba and Grimal fruits.

looking forward to tasting more of these!

Adam, if you had to chose between these and a vexator for your last in-ground spot, which would you go with?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jaboticabaholics Anonymous
« on: April 30, 2015, 09:10:39 PM »
Does anyone have a rough idea of the size of a vexator at maturity?
I have one spot that I currently have a vexator in, that I put in because it holds water, but only has room for a tree of around 6-8ft. I had read it only grows to around that, but I suspect that could be an underestimation. I could easily dig the plant out at this stage and replace it with a smaller growing species like strigipes or quaquica.

You could get raw pumice by the truckload from the beaches around Caloundra. But you'd need to chuck them into a cement mixer for a few weeks to get the salt out.
You must be in tough ground to need to go to those lengths to grow cereus and optunia.

Geez, $60 for an acerola? Buy a tiny one for a few bucks and it'll be that size in a month...

There is a commercial farm at Samford, so its definitely viable in the NW.
It depends on your target consumers. I know that the top hotels go nuts for good vibrant dragons for their fruit platters and fruit salads. If you come up with good sized pretty purples you could probably hook an agreement with a few of them and get a decent return.
AG seems pretty productive for me. Its a great fruit and can be easily peeled and eaten straight like that as its a great small serve size. With a bit of small scale marketing (farmers market sampling and the like) you could easily build up a cult following for it. Lots of small producers under 2 hrs from town have been quite successful with this recently and their small 2-3 day per week farm gate businesses have gone nuts.

Looks fine. They flush and blush all the time. Some flush green, others light pink, others dark red.

Hi Vitor.
The seeds arrived last week and are all settled into their special pots for the winter.
Thank you!

I hope it tastes good. I had mine in a tough spot in competition with roots from other trees and it never held fruit, unlike the much tougher dwarf ducasse. I moved a sucker to a better spot about 4 months ago and the plant is about 15ft tall and the base is thicker than me. I hope its good because it needs to be with a scary growth rate like that.

My goodness, that's a jackfruit size soursop. I don't know whether to grow it or avoid it. Thanks for sharing.

That soursop is big enough to give a whole village atypical Parkinson's disease! Carlos should be arrested for spreading "dangerous substances". HAHAHA 
Sorry, these kinds of statements are not typical of me, i know. I just had to make an atypical kinda of statement. I get pretty fed up about all these fruit scares supposedly based on "science" that the nerds keep bringing up.

Looks suspiciously GMO to me  8) Hahahahahaha

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Taste Report: 'Rowan's Red' Epiphyllum
« on: April 24, 2015, 12:39:20 AM »
Sounds great. I've got some cuttings of a golden flowered and fruited one which is also reportedly superior to DF.
If you have a local source for them I'd be interested to buy a cutting and cross out the two SF Epis.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Clausena lansium (wampee)
« on: April 23, 2015, 09:45:19 AM »
Some are not bad. The pinkish native one. Tastes a bit like sweet orange peel. Can be very aromatic. I think growers on the Sunshine Coast have been collecting and propagating the better ones.

Hi Soren, will you have seeds in about a month r later? I'd love to buy a few then if you have them!

Pink dragonfruit is pretty good.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Barbados Cherry
« on: April 17, 2015, 09:21:22 PM »
It's a jaboticaba.

Im unhappy to report that the 'curly sue' monstrose Epi has very ordinary fruit. Like clag glue. Plus, they are a magnet for a boring insect and ants, so are hardly worth the trouble if you are after the fruit.

Are the Xanthophyllum all gone?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: How true are Sapodilla from Seed?
« on: April 15, 2015, 12:40:34 AM »
They are very true from seed in the sense that if you plant a sapodilla seed you are more likely to get a sapodilla than an anaconda.

On the other hand. seedlings often suck. A good number seem to never set fruit at all. A small percentage will be similar. If you have the space and time, have a crack as they are tough, but I wouldn't have high hopes for a seedling sapo. There are quite a few in the BG that look to be 20yo and never seem to flower or fruit.

Prices for grafted trees have skyrocketed in the past 3 years here.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Duguetia peruviana available!!
« on: April 10, 2015, 09:06:32 PM »
Wow Dada, looks great!
Is it reasonably good to eat?

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Fruit ID
« on: April 10, 2015, 08:52:05 PM »
If I just saw the fruit I'd be sure it was Maclura cochinchinensis, but on seeing the images of the tree, I'm not as sure. I'm used to it as a thorny scrambler, but I think the asian forms could also include thornless trees?

Hi Maryoto,
Do you have any information on the Xanthophyllum tree? Are they large trees?

My "bernicker" is a few weeks off harvest. Unfortunately, it seems to have been mislabeled. Fruit is better than normal bernicker, but they are half the size and have lots of seed. Maher should be ready in a few weeks too.

Seed or scions?

Yes, looks correct. Don't know how they came to name it anything mangosteen. There are big heavy bearing trees not far away and they look great in fruit, but I don't see any flesh among the seed mass.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: For the Aussies !
« on: April 08, 2015, 02:28:12 AM »
It's an interesting site, you can search here:

Thanks JMC , as a test I put Eugenia , Mexico , for sowing .......It doesn't say if allowed or not ????

No myrtaceae are permitted entry due to rust, which isn't carried in seed. All recorded/named garcinia species are though...

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