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Cecropia Peltata Growth Rate
« on: October 12, 2021, 09:10:26 PM »
I've always heard these guys grow fast but I wasn't expecting this lol Less than 5 months difference grown in New Jersey.

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Re: Cecropia Peltata Growth Rate
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2021, 09:20:44 AM »
Sure they’re fast.  In the wild they are pioneer species like balsa, papaya, and others that initially dominate disturbed areas in the forest or other openings.
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Re: Cecropia Peltata Growth Rate
« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2021, 11:14:12 AM »
Borderline invasive species in some areas, Although you shouldn't have to worry about that with the NJ cold!

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Re: Cecropia Peltata Growth Rate
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2021, 05:23:34 PM »
I've heard mixed things about this fruit's palatability. Has anyone tasted it?

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Re: Cecropia Peltata Growth Rate
« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2021, 02:12:56 AM »
I've heard mixed things about this fruit's palatability. Has anyone tasted it?

Yeah, ours is fruiting. Tastes like a super watered down fig...like sugar water with not too much sugar and a somewhat herbal aftertaste.

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Re: Cecropia Peltata Growth Rate
« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2021, 03:03:00 AM »
I've heard mixed things about this fruit's palatability. Has anyone tasted it?

Yeah, ours is fruiting. Tastes like a super watered down fig...like sugar water with not too much sugar and a somewhat herbal aftertaste.

I saw a YouTube video of a tour of a South Florida fruit collector's property. Cecropia was one of the many fruits tried by the people in the video. Everyone seemed to enjoy it. Perhaps there is some flavor variation from tree to tree. Or, just variation in people's palates. That is why, when I am considering getting a new fruit plant, I either try some of the fruit or peruse reviews of those who have tried it.

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Re: Cecropia Peltata Growth Rate
« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2021, 09:25:48 AM »
I've heard mixed things about this fruit's palatability. Has anyone tasted it?

Yeah, ours is fruiting. Tastes like a super watered down fig...like sugar water with not too much sugar and a somewhat herbal aftertaste.

I saw a YouTube video of a tour of a South Florida fruit collector's property. Cecropia was one of the many fruits tried by the people in the video. Everyone seemed to enjoy it. Perhaps there is some flavor variation from tree to tree. Or, just variation in people's palates. That is why, when I am considering getting a new fruit plant, I either try some of the fruit or peruse reviews of those who have tried it.

I doubt there is much variation in cecropia fruit, I have tried fruit from 2 trees now exact same taste. It's more of a texture as the taste is very faint, not unpleasant just leaves a lot to be desired. You would have to try it to know what I mean.

Awesome tree and fruit just wish the taste was on par.
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Re: Cecropia Peltata Growth Rate
« Reply #7 on: October 15, 2021, 09:40:50 AM »
Very sweet like honey, no acidity, medium juicy not dry or dripping juice. I might eat one or two but really just consider it a novelty. The trees usually propagated here in south Florida are layered clones and since this is a male or female dioecious species no one propagates any males, never even seen one here. The fruits we get from female trees are seedless. It would be best to never grow any males and prevent spread. These quickly grow too tall to harvest easily so most older trees have been chopped frequently. These are not trees for a small space. I've noticed that fruits are best here in very early summer when humidity is low and once we get into the rainy season the fruits tend to get overripe and ferment on the tree. Large leaves fall constantly and are very rot resistant, they pile up around the tree.

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Re: Cecropia Peltata Growth Rate
« Reply #8 on: October 15, 2021, 03:18:40 PM »
Thanks for the reviews Jabba and pineislander. It was not one I had planned on getting due to its size, an opinion the two you have reinforced. I wonder how Nick C in New Jersey is going to fare with his plants?

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Re: Cecropia Peltata Growth Rate
« Reply #9 on: October 17, 2021, 11:40:17 PM »
I've heard mixed things about this fruit's palatability. Has anyone tasted it?

I have not eaten a lot of them, but my thought was that it tasted like honeydew melon with the texture of a fig.

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Re: Cecropia Peltata Growth Rate
« Reply #10 on: October 18, 2021, 08:08:18 PM »
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So here is cecropia established on a landslide surface along with other pioneer species on my farm in Costa Rica. The closer specimen is surrounded by some young balsa. There’s another cecropia behind and to the right. In short order they can reach a height of 40-50’ but there won’t be much spread.
I don’t think any nursery carries them. Occasionally somebody will ask me to propagate some so they can plant them for the sloths. Some here simply refer to cecropia as the sloth tree.
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Re: Cecropia Peltata Growth Rate
« Reply #11 on: October 22, 2021, 06:53:38 PM »
Thanks for the reviews Jabba and pineislander. It was not one I had planned on getting due to its size, an opinion the two you have reinforced. I wonder how Nick C in New Jersey is going to fare with his plants?

Only time will tell. Just moved them indoors for the season.

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Re: Cecropia Peltata Growth Rate
« Reply #12 on: October 22, 2021, 11:12:43 PM »
From the sound of it, those Cecropias will be hitting your ceiling before the end of winter.

 

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