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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Abiu questions
« on: March 04, 2021, 11:47:13 PM »
More chance of the Martians landing on your front lawn than these species being able to pollinate abius.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Abiu questions
« on: March 04, 2021, 08:20:39 PM »
They do bear and sometimes prolifically on their own but seem to be more reliable bearers when in the company of another tree of a different variety. Named varieties seem to be heavier more consistent bearers.

Not many Garcinias should be called mangosteen and especially the American ones. There are many good species of Garcinia to choose from.

There are so many rat species and even in the genus Rattus I have quite a few native ones in my area. If it is Rattus rattus or even the brown rat I suggest a hole beside a tree and fertilizer patrol for the carcases. Rats cannot hold their breath very well.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Golden Queen mango
« on: March 04, 2021, 05:50:25 PM »
If this is the very large Taiwanese variety then yes and it is very good. The seed is flattened and it is a better tasting late fruit than Keitt.

I get Nephila maculata hanging in my yard and they really seem to scare people and they just want them gone. The web can knock your hat off and they can take down big prey. I just leave them.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Sweet breadfruit(artocarpus atillis)?
« on: March 03, 2021, 02:53:55 AM »
Ripe fruit are sweet yes and quite pleasant. Avocado is not fibrous and ripe breadfruit doesn't taste like avocadoes. The claims are illegitimate.

In the trials of around 25 varieties at Kamerunga in Cairns one variety stood out in terms of productivity, lack of grit , flavour and also for multiple crops each year. No indian variety stacked up, sawo manila was ok, but varieties like tropical, ponderosa, brown sugar and old common ones faired poorly. That variety was krasuey. One particular trial included the following BKD 110, Brown Sugar, C54, C55, C58, Foster, H C Tan, Kai Hahn, Krasuey, Kulbaba, Lamao, Makok, Makok See Gaa, Martin, Mead, Modella, Pineras, Ponderosa, Prolific, Sawo Manila, Tikal and Tropical. I am sure some of the newer Floridian and Mexican types would fair better.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: extreme breadfruit
« on: March 02, 2021, 05:24:50 AM »
Breadfruit thrive in my area and are very productive right now I see trees, even small ones loaded with fruit around the place. They seem to thrive when it is 25c min to say 33c max continually with rain and heavy humidity.

Large spiders can be very handy for practical jokes as well. Big spider numbers probably mean big insect numbers to support them.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Lemon drop mangosteen ?
« on: March 02, 2021, 05:18:16 AM »
From SE Brazil and good cold tolerance. Very similar in many way to brasiliensis and gardneriana and also has a few variations and better types like these two.

Swap escarlette with red hybrid. M.jaboticaba like Var. sabara is very similar and perhaps should not be a separate species.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cleft Grafting Red Jabo onto Sabara
« on: March 02, 2021, 05:12:28 AM »
M.cauliflora and M.jaboticaba are probably the same species so should be compatible.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Penang 88 is a great durian
« on: February 27, 2021, 03:49:04 PM »
They are not often air layered and I don't know of other trees around that are. My one came from Limberlost nursery which was selling lots of air layered durians at the the time as well as grafted trees so there will be some around from that lot.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: An excellent Rollinia
« on: February 26, 2021, 11:51:19 PM »
Yes it has good qualities like that. It also has big eyes not not quite like some big eye sugar apples. Here is one on my tree right now. That is an indicator of fewer seeds.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: extreme breadfruit
« on: February 26, 2021, 10:43:11 PM »
Trial and error is a good method alright but takes a lot of commitment. The equatorial artocarpus are not fans of cool weather and the New Guinea lowlands is am oppressive climate.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / An excellent Rollinia
« on: February 26, 2021, 10:32:16 PM »
Some of the Annona enthusiasts may recall I posted a picture of Russells Rollinia Selection a few months ago. It was one of the best I ever tried. It is in the sputnik style (deliciosa style) with great taste and few seeds. Below is a pic of that rollinia.

Today a chum brought over a fruit which looked like a big sugar apple to confirm it was a rollinia. It sure was and in the mucosa style and it rivals Russells Selection and has firmer flesh, even fewer seeds and is low on sliminess. What a great. I insisted on chopping it in half to identify it but I already knew what it was.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is the purple mangosteen self-pollinating?
« on: February 26, 2021, 04:47:18 PM »
There is considerable genetic variation in mangosteens and it is usually put down to them arising several times from different hybridizing events. The biggest and best seem to have far fewer seeds and this seems to have resulted in the common standard seedy type dominating as they are easier to propagate.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: E4 Abiu the best for taste
« on: February 26, 2021, 04:43:24 PM »
Seeds were sent to Whitman I think it was of variety Gray a long time ago and they will still be circulating in Florida under a different name. It seems abiu almost identical to Z4 are now grown in Taiwan also.

People asked the same about lychees and scions and it is very possible for them to be sent its just no one has done it.

It seems highly unlikely as they are quite different.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: extreme breadfruit
« on: February 26, 2021, 04:18:53 PM »
I too am qualified in geography and have a keen interest in biogeography and climate. There are a lot of breadfruit grown my area and lots of varieties. I'm sure you have seen the published material on cold tolerances of breadfruit and it is interesting that minimum tolerable temps for breadfruit are variously claimed to be between 8c and 0c. I think the expansion of growing areas of many tropical fruits due to climate warming is much slower than what people think. Even when you look at temp change maps for the last 100 years it is very modest and it would be best to consider if extreme minimums are changing not average temps. It may be worthwhile to test various varieties and look for warmer/sheltered microclimates at 26 latitude.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Penang 88 is a great durian
« on: February 26, 2021, 04:07:43 PM »
The marcotted tree is smaller and seems less vigorous than the grafted trees. I know they are more prone to blowing over in strong winds.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Artocarpus ID?
« on: February 26, 2021, 02:54:45 AM »
Chempadak is much like jackfruit and I won't go to the yard and take a pic. Zero chance you seedling is a chempa.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Penang 88 is a great durian
« on: February 26, 2021, 02:52:10 AM »
Jim I found out the hard way that limberlost is not a top durian. The flesh is pale and there is a low flesh yield, and taste is mediocre. It is reliable however. If you are seeking durians which bear well in local conditions and have good quality fruits then Penang 88, monthong, luang and gumpun are good, Chanee amd gaan yeow are also respectable with nice fruit.

Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Is the purple mangosteen self-pollinating?
« on: February 26, 2021, 02:45:28 AM »
The seeds are not true seeds but vegetative bodies and many of the langsat group have a similar thing going on.

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