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prepper1 starts with ...
Does anyone know where I can get a Chinese jujube for planting in Brisbane.
A plant would be best, but if not maybe someone has some seeds?
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7th February 2014 9:32am
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MaryT says...
prepper1 we do have a member on this forum who specialise in growing Chinese jubube:

http://www.daleysfruit.com.au/my/5635/

Perhaps if you leave your email address she'll be able to contact you
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7th February 2014 1:43pm
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JohnMc1 says...
Yes, Lucy sells around a dozen cultivars of Jujube's and comes highly recommended from me. The bare rooted, named, grafted trees are available mid winter. I am starting to pick the ripe fruit now. I can't wait for them to shrivel up like a date, I'm eating them as they start to colour up. Your grafted trees will fruit in the same year you buy them.
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Carl76 says...
John
Any favorites yet ?
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yrt says...
I busted my a to get a grafted jujube from Honnef's years ago. Yes, it is mildly pleasant but not sure what the fuss is about.
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8th February 2014 6:13pm
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JohnMc1 says...
I think Li would have to be my fav, probably because they may be the first to mature. They are very addictive when you start eating them. They look like small round apples, have a finer texture than apples and are crunchy if you can't leave them on the tree long enough to shrivel into a very sweet "red date". Ta-jan is absolutely loaded, a larger tree would produce many hundreds of kilo's of fruit.
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Miranda says...
Hi Jonn, very nice photos. how do you control the fruit fly?
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MaryT says...
They look so tempting, John Mc. Alas I have to get rid of a tree to take on another one - not that there are no candidates but it's a difficult decision and a big job.
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JohnMc1 says...
Miranda, they are ff free this year. Not a single one. Quite different to last year, they caught me off guard and lost nearly all the fruit. Jujube Lucy made me up some very large organza bags that slip over a large part of the fruiting tree. I should throw them over the tree now just in case.
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Miranda says...
Thanks John.
I got the ta-jan and Li from WA in winter, now have one fruit on each. many young fruits dropped off.
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Carl76 says...
Is Suan zao ren a generic variety ?
is it a good Chinese one ?
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JohnMc1 says...
I can't get enough of them, must have at least 8-10 varieties so far. Will probably get the remaining varieties available in Aus this winter, hopefully if Lucy is still selling them.
For what they are and the amount of fruit they produce, they are well worth the cost in my humble opinion. In past years Lucy sold them for $65ea + postage, usually $20 for several barerooted plants. I can't vouch for the costs of future orders, they have been that price for at least 4 years that I know of.
Here's the varieties that were available last winter:

Li: Large round fruit up 3 ounces in mid-Mar. May be picked at the yellow-green
stage. Best eaten fresh. Best single tree to have. Early fruiting
Suimen: Fruit is elongated and excellent fresh or dried.
Chico : Fruit is round but flattened to an unusual shape. Excellent, sweet
taste.Excellent either fresh or dried.
Tajan: Large, pear-shaped fruits which must be fully colored to be best eating.
Tree is upright and virtually spineless
Thornless: pear-shaped fruit similar to Tajan, It is virtually thornless.
Lang Large, pear-shaped fruit which must be fully colored to be best eating. This fruit is best to let dry on the tree. Tree is upright and virtually spineless.
Redlands Collected at an old homestead in Redlands, California. Very large, sweet, round fruit.
Sherwood The fruit is very dense and sweet. Tree is very narrow and upright with leaves that are weeping in habit.
Silverhill (Tigerstooth) An elongated fruit like a chili. Virtually spineless.
SIHONG: Excellent, large, round fruit mid-season.
SHANXI LI: Extremely large fruit with great flavor.
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Carl76 says...
John
Thanks for info.
Hopefully she'll have some this year.
Been growing a couple from seeds, after two years about 1/2m tall, but must say thorns are real dangerous.
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JohnMc1 says...
Two other new varieties I bought last winter:

GA-866
An outstandingly sweet selection out of the Chico Research program. Large, elongated fruit.

Admiral Wilkes
Collected on a South Seas expedition in the 1840's and planted on the Capitol grounds in Washington, D.C. Elongated fruit which has been the very last to ripen, generally in mid to late April.
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JohnMc1 says...
Now is the time to start sourcing your Jujubes for the lovers of Jujube fruit. I have an order in for a new variety called Honey Jar, that will give me my 15th cultivar. Just bought a 1kg bag of dried fruit online to get me through till mine start fruiting. There's over one hundred large dried fruit in a 1 kg bag, they look like the Li variety, been eating them all day, gotta slow up a bit.
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sternus1 says...
Glad they're doing well for you John. My foray into jujubes was pretty brief--They really, really don't like the humidity up here. There might be a more tropical type out there I can find one day, but until then, I'll be buying dried jubes. Good fruit. Honey pot is supposedly the best.
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JohnMc1 says...
Unfortunately my long time friend Jujube Lucy removed herself from the forum so Jujube lovers will have to source newer varieties elsewhere.
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sternus1 says...
Daleys will have a very good range on sale soon.
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phil@tyalgum says...
Interestingly although the grow reasonably well here in the subtropics, my first crop should have been picked early at the crisp "green apple" stage. I left them on into the summer rain and they rotted overnight in situ. They seem to prefer a more mediterranean climate with dry summers and autumn. Now I am worried about my carob trees, I'm sure they will go the same way.
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audrey says...
Hi all, Can anyone describe the taste of Shanxi Li? Is it sweet, flavourful and large? I have limited space thus would like to choose the best variety in terms of sweetness, large size and good yield. Wondering if Redlands / Li Jujube taste better than Shanxi Li Jujube?
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7th February 2018 7:26pm
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Fruitylicious1 says...
Hi Audrey

So far I have tasted 4 varieties of jujubes (Chico, pear, shui-men, Li). Personally I like li. It is the biggest and tastiest among the 4 I have tasted. But, then taste is a very personal thing. It might taste rubbish to some.

If you want to taste the fruits personally buy different varieties of jujubes fruits from Jujube Australia. Visit their web site to know when they become available. I bought mine from them online before i planted my first jujube tree.

Happy gardening :-)
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Markmelb says...
I have tasted 3 different jjs - Li - Chico and small Xanxi Li and found they all were very similar if i did a blind test - waiting for my honey jar & full size Xanxi Li to really see if theres a difference - I like Li best when its gone a bit brown - seems to be sweeter when dryer.
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audrey says...
Hi Fruitylicious

Thanks for your reply. Does Li taste sweet like a Royal Gala Apple or sweet slightly tart like a Pink Lady Apple or tart like Granny Smiths for example. Everyone seems to like Li and I wonder if it is sweet or sour as my kids seems to like sweet fruits more😀
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10th February 2018 9:37pm
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David says...
Hi Audrey,
If your kids want a fresh fruit to eat every day then Gala, Pink lady or even Golden delicious tastes a lot better than Jujube in my opinion. However, if you are looking for a different fresh or dried 'Jujube' taste or you've already accustomed to it then Li is the one and it is one of the best among Jujube varieties. Another example can you compare Pear with Apple, or even NA Persimmon with apple. No, as they are all good but they are very different in their own way, thus you need to try it by yourself to see whether you or your kids like it or not as Jujube has less flavour and less sweet when compare to apple. I bought the fresh/dried Jujube from the website below and now I have 4 Li and only grafted one bear fruits at the moment, which is about toe size, the other seedlings may take a year or two. Grow jujube is super easy and very fast . Hope this will help.

http://jujubeaustralia.com/buy-fresh-jujube/
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audrey says...
Hi David, Thanks for your reply. They have tried fresh Jujube but I am not sure what variety it is thus starting this forum to see which jujube has the sweetest and best flavour. We all liked the taste and it was sweet
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audrey says...
Thanks Mark for your reply. Seems like Li is a favourite. From other reviews that I read Honey Jar and Sugar Cane is a standout winner for taste and sweetness. Let us know how your Honey Jar and Shanxi Li taste👍
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