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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Snake fruit pollination question
« on: November 25, 2021, 12:25:14 PM »
Very interesting, everyone. Thanks for the information. I have not been able to find it yet but I am interested in S. wallichiana due to its potential to handle Florida winter better than some of the other varieties. I know I would need male and female plant for wallichiana. Cool that some of the species can cross! Hoping my red Bali salak continues to do well in Florida. We have a very healthy insect pollinator population so I am hoping one day to get fruit!

guaycuyacu- how were you able to tell that the two species cross pollinated?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Looking for Salacca wallachiana PLANTS!
« on: November 23, 2021, 09:45:25 PM »
I am looking for Salacca wallachiana plants, preferably the variety called "sala sumalee". I did get some seeds but none of them sprouted. I think there is a  very short viability window. Let me know if you have plants for sale or know where to purchase them. Or if anyone can ship fresh seeds quickly to U.S. that could work as well.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Starfruit- Anyone Growing It ?
« on: October 28, 2021, 03:37:23 PM »
I have a starfruit tree and the fruits are much sweeter than you get at the store because you can ripen them on the tree. This does not work well for stores because the fruit bruise easily when they are ripe and this would happen in transit. Same with dragonfruit... Bland at the store but sweet when vine ripened in my backyard.

Starfruit trees grow fast! Out of all our fruit trees it was fastest growing and quickest to fruit. It makes more and more fruit each year. Now we can't give away enough or eat them fast enough. Finally picked the last one and the tree is full or flowers again! So it can fruit more than once per year.

They are sweet to eat fresh. Also can be put fresh or frozen into smoothies as a base and mix well with any other type of fruit. Any bruised or excess fruit I slice and remove seeds and put in gallon baggy in freezer. Unripe or ripe fruit can be cut into slices and added as you cook up fajitas. My mom made several batches of starfruit jam which tastes like a cross between apple and strawberry and was a reddish brown color. Starfruit makes a fruit salad look pretty with stars.

I have had no pests or disease bother this tree. Low maintenance. No worms in the fruit (like my papaya and loquat problems). Handles low temps fine once established in Florida zone 9b.

As for the oxalates, what you hear about kidney problems from starfruit usually refers to people currently with chronic kidney disease. As a dieititian, I tell my kidney patients to avoid this fruit. I can tell you from experience we eat lots of starfruit in our family and this should not affect healthy individuals.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Snake fruit pollination question
« on: October 28, 2021, 01:42:36 PM »
I have a young snake fruit plant - red Bali salak which is both male and female flowers on the same tree. I am interested in other varieties of snake fruit... Can my red Bali salak pollinate other varieties assuming flowering happens at the same time? One variety I have seen available is Salak Pondoh. I believe they are both varieties of Salacca Salacca. And then also does anyone know, if in fact different varieties can pollinate each other, would the seeds be a cross?

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Looking for Cupuacu seeds
« on: June 13, 2021, 08:04:07 PM »
I would gladly buy a cupuacu plant but I haven't found a source for them yet. I see from the link provided that he sells seedlings and small plants. Even better!

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Looking for Cupuacu seeds
« on: June 13, 2021, 03:16:34 PM »
 Thank you everyone for the recommendation!! I will send him an email.

Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Looking for Cupuacu seeds
« on: June 05, 2021, 09:42:40 AM »
Hello, I am in the U.S. (Florida) and would like to try growing Cupuacu. If you have seeds you can sell or trade, let me know.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Planting Miracle fruit tree - help!
« on: June 20, 2020, 05:37:46 PM »
We have had two small miracle fruit trees for several years. They are very picky about soil and type of water. I have read they need acidic soil. In a pot we use half perlite and half peat moss and only use rain water, and an acid base fertilizer (sparingly).

Here in central Florida we have sandy soil (aka pure sand). It is alkaline apparently. The first time we planted the miracle fruit tree straight into the ground (adding a lot of peat moss to surrounding area) it lost all its leaves... We dug it up and put it into a pot. Much happier! Now both the trees have been transplanted into big pots. They were happy but now are root bound, leaves less green and not producing berries. I can't get pots any bigger.

I was thinking of making a square raised bed maybe 1 to 2 feet tall with the soil mixture they like and let them grow into the ground...


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