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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Beware of scammers
« on: February 10, 2024, 05:35:14 PM »
The problem with Ebay is that the Money back guarantee ends at day 30 from the order date.
So even if you get the seed like 31 days after order itís impossible to get refund via ebay money back. So before you even had the possibility to inspec the priduct your refund window is ended. Bad policy for buyers.

Have to do bank dispute.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: 60 Lbs of KNO3
« on: February 10, 2024, 05:31:45 PM »
Don't apply any fertilizer in a hole. The roots can't effectively take up fertilizer that is so highly concentrated. It will burn the roots and eventually leach into the soil.

Spread a little at a time on the surface and water in or let rain carry it into the soil.

Yeah it will definetly burn the roots by putting pure  anhydrous prills in the hole.
If you insisnt on burying it. Mix it in with some compost and then throw that mix into the holes. Make sure the final mix does not have more then 600 micro Siemens.
Easy to measure with EC meter. Just mix equal parts of your mix and distilled water and test.

If you gonna water it in make sure the end mix does not have to high EC.
Buy a cheap EC meter on Ebay.To high EC would be over 2000 micro Siemens for fertigation.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Got to try a Golden Soursop!
« on: February 10, 2024, 05:19:59 PM »
To me they taste exacly the same as a normal green annona muricata. I tried both picked soft from the tree on the same day and they where almost identical. The green was just common green soursop on FNQ, not fibreleas or the huge ones.

Yes the leaves are yellowish and yield is a lot lower when compared to green muricata.

Flowers also yellowish like Mike said.

They donít seam to get very big. Maybe because of impared photosynthesis due to leaf mutations.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Why cant i get mango seeds to germinate!?
« on: February 10, 2024, 05:16:17 PM »
Whats the temperature and humidity in the ďroomĒ where you are trying to germinate mango.
They are tropical so want warm air.
If you have like 30C with atleast 80% humidity it will germinate fast if the embry is still alive.

Maybe you got bad seeds that got damaged by seed borers.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: pruning safou, dabai, entawak, fiji longan
« on: February 10, 2024, 05:13:30 PM »
If your wait until they are big you will have more problem. And you loose a lot of time.
You will have to tip until you have the number of shoots you want and then you will have to train them as laterals. And let one be main and then prune that one regularly to maintain height.

Ye sometimes dabai will only grow one new shoot, you gotta try again and improve the conditions.
I have found I get more shoots if I tip dabai in the wet season and if the plant is in full sun with plenty of fertile soil and water.

Fiji longan puts out multiple shoots for me me bo issue issue.
Safou is similar to dabai but not as bad when it comes to number of shoots.

Entawak putts out plenty of layerals bo issue there. Just make sure to keep height low.
I donít recoment tipping entawak because you will end up with ďfalseĒ lateral branches that lack branch colar.
But for dabai this is kinda the only option. So gotta deal with by training the branches.

What peter wrote about full on in open is right.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Not enough Durian Discussion
« on: February 05, 2024, 06:11:50 AM »
if they are grafted just buy one and do a ton of approach grafts off it. you would definately have to do a root prune. i dug up my durian that was significantly smaller and in a pot for three or so years and even after two years in the ground it was still root bound and i could just pull it out of the ground pretty much

 This was after two years in the ground. We are not in the best climate for them so the root development wonít be the same as the idea environment but still not the best

Wow thatís a sick root system.
Iív measured durian tap roots and on average after one year from seed sown they are over 40cm long.
So Iív manufactured special long pots for them.
The common 4,5L pots are only good for a few months.
Airpruning is a good, compromise but need air pruning pots or native plant tubes with the holding tray.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Not enough Durian Discussion
« on: February 05, 2024, 06:05:49 AM »
Most large trees that I have bought and planted  was over taken in growth by direct seeded trees in 3 years.
I no longer buy anything that is over 1-2 years old unless itís like the only way to get that species.
Iív seen a 2,3m durian seedling being planted. 2 years later it was almost dead with a new shoot comming from the hypercotle. Lots of money and energy wasted.
A direct seeded durian  xan reach 2m in 1, 5 years from seed sown.

Itís a good idea though to buy a grafted plant or marcott and then approach graft on it until it dies.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Careful from sellers from. Sri Lanka
« on: February 05, 2024, 05:54:55 AM »
When buying on Ebay! Remember that Ebay money back guarantee is only valid 30 days from order date. So even if it takes 30 days the the items to arrive and you open up and you see itís just rubbish you wonít be able to do a Ebay money back dispute. You will have to do a bank charge back.

Lots of Ebay sellers use this tovthwir advantage these days.
They send the item very late or just lodge the parcel data with a shipping company so that they get a tracking number but then they never drop of the parcel to the postal company.

I have talked to Ebay a few times about this, they just say itís nothing they can do because itís more then 30 days from order date. Even if there is no evidence that the seller has sent or even delivered the items. Ebay does not give a d$mn!
Even if the seller has like 50% comments with others saying its a scammer.

Some scammer sellers do a run with a new account and when bad reviews tick in they just delete and make a new account. So itís sometimes hard to know if itís a scam account. This is not jsit for seeds but other stuff too. Ebay has become quite bad IMO.

But bank charge back works. But itís a pain and scammers know that.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Who grows velvet tamarind?
« on: February 05, 2024, 05:42:04 AM »
They germinate fast if temp and humidity is high.
But i have some die off because my watered them to much in the hot house.
They started to root from the top shoot.

Delicious fruit! Huge trees! They canopy over Durian in borneo Jungle.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / WTB Cempedak fruit
« on: February 05, 2024, 05:36:28 AM »
Want to buy whole Cempedak.
Can give you a good price.

Please PM

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: maprang sweet-maprang sour-mayongchid
« on: February 05, 2024, 05:34:17 AM »
Is that Small fruited Maprang in Cairns botanic garden??

Is there any flavour difference in Mayongchid and Wan except for sweetness?

I guess itís a risk dealing with a seller who is not even on the forum.

Best advice would be to make a tiny test order first.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Diatomaceous Earth for Temporary sunsceen?
« on: December 26, 2023, 04:41:49 PM »
I have used Calcium silicate and bentonite on Pulasan and it worked well to protect the leafs from sun burn. My control got leaf burn.
I wasn't able to detect any negative side effects from CaSi or Bentonite on Pulasan leafs.
I mixed it with water and sprayed it on.
Don't want to risk silicosis of the lungs.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Plant ID?
« on: December 18, 2023, 03:20:03 AM »
Need more info

Could be a Canarium spp.

IMO it does not look like Canarium odontophyllium, galip or pili.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Plant ID?
« on: December 18, 2023, 03:18:06 AM »
It could be Stericulia foetida.
Inhave a seedling that have same shape as the image.
But my stericulia has some redness on its lead peduncle.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is Koetjape Santol good?
« on: December 18, 2023, 03:12:32 AM »
Its sour, a little sweet. Flesh is clongstone.
Its a refreshing snack.

They want to grow into huge trees.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / FNQ Cyclone Jasper
« on: December 18, 2023, 03:00:05 AM »

Thats me with a pole saw trying to save what I can during Jasper LOL

I hope people are safe and that the damage wasnt to bad for ya all.

We had one big durian snap in half and one large breadfruit tree fall over. And one big bamboo clump came out of the ground. All of them fell towards N, so I assume it was due to strong S wind.

Our midsize durian 3-4m all did well no damage.
Some mid size lanky trees fell over to 45 degrees but will be easy to stake up.
The strongest trees where definetly durian, mango and pedali. Some that didnít do to well where abiu, rollinia, soursop and dabai. Dabai and rollinia worse.
Safou took it without a nick.
Our African safou (Dacryodes schweinfurtii) are a lot taller then our safou and did survive. I did weave them togert since the seeds I got where polyembryonic. The weaving made the africa dabai really strong and sturdy. I might do that with more trees in the future. 2 seed in each pot if they are not polyembryonic.

Otherwise there isnt much damage.
We are on a slope so no flood damage but our creek have been raging for days and last night the creek got quite high. Lots of big logs raging down and I cant find a single salak that I planted on the edge of the creek :D

Have recorded 900mm since wednesday. But I dont have a clearing 30m around the meter so it not super accurate. And once it overfilled.
Most rain was sunday night.

How did otherd fare?


Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Leave a comment, plant a Tree for free.
« on: November 16, 2023, 06:09:42 PM »
Hopefully they will show themselves planting all those treeís so itís not just one of those internt marketing schemes.
I try to be optimistic but I can also see how much unethical schems there are on internet..

Cactus soil can be a good option for potted mango trees, but it will need to be amended to provide the necessary nutrients for the tree to thrive. Cactus soil is typically very well-draining, which is important for mango trees as they are susceptible to root rot. However, cactus soil is also low in nutrients, so it will need to be amended with compost, manure, or other organic matter.

In my experience Mango can take flooding for months without rooting. They have special breathing valves on the trunk. They can take droight and fooding. And this makes sence since come from moonsoon areas in india. Mangifera indica thrives in Kerala and many areas there are sesonally flooded. The mango probobly died from something else rather then flood or anerobic conditions.

A cactus potting mix would be wasted money and too low in available nutrients and also drain to fast.
When you eventually get fruit you need a fair bit of water to fill the fruit and if you have cactus mix you will have to irrigate quite frequently to supply enough nutrients in solution.

Normal citrus potting mix or just cheap compost with a bit of chickenmanure, Calcitic lime, soft rock phosphate and sand or granite dust will do the job.

The hundred monkey syndrome.

In FNQ I have obseverved cockatoos eating the durian flesh also.

But according to one source apperently they have not touched durio dulcis yet.
Maybe itís the red color?

Cockatoos are less likely to go for very spiky durian, the ones with thin long spikes. Idk maybe itís just harder to open for them.

Itís rare that this happens in AU.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Durio mansoni
« on: October 06, 2023, 04:18:04 PM »
The seeds of this species is very big and germinates in a different way to D. zibethinus. Seeds are very dark.
It's hard to describe, can upload a photo later.

I can barter you some Solanum Lasiocarpun (Dyak apple) if your interested.
Have had 99% germination on the batch I have now.

Musa seeds can last up to a year in correct storage. And can months to germinate, but usually like less than 1 month.
But the seed gotta be of high quality with a hard seed coat, some are soft and donít survive long, but this is mostly an issue with inbreed musa hubrids. Atleast IMO.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Not enough Durian Discussion
« on: September 23, 2023, 05:43:33 AM »
I was checking on my durians yesterday and was surprised to find one durian with quite a bit of damage. Any ideas on what could have done this? I checked the leaves for pests and nothing. Only one durian was badly effected and one other had very minor damage. PS. I believe this a Durio lowianus :)

Just a normal herbivore insect. Nothing to worry about. Just give it a bit more love ya know.
It would be amazing if itís a lowianus! Well you will know when it flowers!!

Yeah Bali is great for durian, really good diversity. In big towns durian tend to be old sometimes so bali requires more due dilligence then Thailand for example.

Fruit nerd,
Fruit forest farm nursery have kutejensis and graveolens. No more then 25-35 for a seedling.
Dulcis you have to grow out from seeds from fruit you get of River, Dulcis have been the hardest for me to establish, idk what the problem is but they just donít get vigorous. Idk what I am doing wrong with them, just more finky then zibethinus and all other durio sp. IMO.

Thats amazing, to hear about a flowering kura kura!

For everyones info, phytophra is an alge and not a fungi.
They reseblem fungi but are not.
That is why mulch helps since it encourages mychorizea which in turn will eat the cellulose membrane of phytophra palmiviora.
Using fungicide for phytophra is foolish. Most time plant issue is miss diagnosed as phytophra.

Phytophra isnt even an issue irl. More like alleopathic plant medicine marketing propaganda.
If you keep pigs away, mulch properly and make sure there is enough moisture in the soil there wonít be an issue with anything regarding durian, they are resllybl strong trees given proper care.
Pigs, drought and wind kill durian up here.
Not phytophra.
This advice if for common FNQ Soil types and climate.

Feast on durian :D

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: TM Red Jack Fruit
« on: August 19, 2023, 03:08:52 AM »
Timor red is not a great jackfruit IME.
And it does not have red arils IME.
The name is deceiving.

Itís cruchy.

Itís worse then a number of our random seedlings.
Itís no way close to amber in quality IME.

I am just saying this so that people donít think itís just their tree that isnít good or meet up to hype etc.

Real ďredĒ or ďvery dark orangeĒ jack is really good IMO!
Like 10/10 and Timor is like 4/10.

Not hatin just my opinion :D

At around 10cm girth the jackfruit tree will be able to hold a fruit to maturity and should be flowering,IME.
And thats anything from 2-3 years from seed sown for a seedling.
But depends on environment.
Usually young treeís donít give good flavour if many fruits are kept on.
We thin out the fruit early on for young treeís.


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