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Linton starts with ...
My thoughts about Green Plum - Buchanania obovata.

Hailing from the dry northern tropics, The Green Plum is supposed to be one of the better quality native fruits. It is said to be much better than Kakadu Plum (different species) and I read that the fruit are very tasty, highly aromatic and have a fruity flavour and much sought after by the local indigenous communities. The flavor is stated as also very acceptable to non-aborigines although there seem to be variations in size, fruiting period and quality and possibly in nutrition.

I believe there is a research program underway to develop this species for possible commercial cultivation and different selections are still being gathered. I am told that the trees I am growing here are among those ones with larger fruit and good flavour but they are still small so I may have a bit of a wait to find out.

The Green Plum occurs in dry, rocky or granitic soils so it sounds like itís an ideal candidate for drought tolerant gardens, so I would be very interested to hear from anyone who is already growing it.


To be continued..........
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The poster formerly known as... says...
I am growing B. arborescens in the toughest part of my block (or really, the verge with the road out the back). They seem hardy to everything, but slow growing. After probably a year and a half its still about a foot tall, only putting out one set of new leaves in that time.
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Linton says...
Thanks for that information, it's good to know. And yes, I had also considered Buchanania arborescens - the Little Gooseberry Tree from Northern Australia.

So if B. obovata behaves the same as B. arborescens, I won't be expecting new growth on my plants anytime soon. And it sounds like it will be a long, long, wait before I get to try any fruit from them too.

However the good side is they are so tough I can probably just put them in the ground and forget about them. They shouldn't need much care or attention at all.

Cheers!
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Original Post was last edited: 9th February 2015 8:29pm
Linton says...
Attention Sternus....

Seeds available - Green Plum (Buchanania obovata)- Australian native species.

Dear Sternus, I have found these to be well liked by people overseas as they don't have them there and it's supposed to be a good fruit. I still have some left so I thought you might like to have them for swapping, or anyone else who needs them or might even want to grow it! Only this one lot, then no more until next season.

Cheers!
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Original Post was last edited: 11th February 2015 7:28pm
sternus1 says...
Thanks Linton but will have to pass this round, I'm way overcommitted with sending stuff right now. I currently have commitments to two Brazilians, an American, a Chinese guy and a man from Borneo.

Any more and I will start stuffing things up and making people angry :(

S
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JohnMc1 says...
+ 1 :) (puts hand up)
I'd take a Luc's Mexican garcinia or a Junglesop instead of your other offer if available or have spares of course. Otherwise original offer is good.
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sternus1 says...
John I have some junglesop germinating right now and can spare you a couple when they come up.

Let me know if you want the giant cherimoya too.
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JohnMc1 says...
Perfect, Cherimoya is super variable but I'll take a couple in any case. I have a tonne of Fina seedlings here that will have to composted soon, don't know why I plant them can't help myself.

I have some feelers out for a couple of 3ft tall, 2yo Junglesops, but it's difficult to get the guys to reply to emails.

2yo $70
1yo $50
+ freight, don't know their location, in Aus somewhere. Apparently they have plenty.
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Linton says...
Attention JohnMc

Please send your address so I can send you some of the Green Plums. Thanks






(lintonius at Hotmail.com)
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JohnMc1 says...
Many thanks Linton, email sent.
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Linton says...
The Buchanania seeds have been sent now.

Just want to let you know that they are not recalcitrant as one of the growers states that these seeds like to remain dormant for up to one year before germinating. So you should be patient with them and not give up.

But that's funny because some of the people I recently sent these seeds to had them germinate immediately. I'll be interested to hear how long your ones take. Cheers!
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JohnMc1 says...
Linton all green plum seeds have germinated, have their first leaves.
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Linton says...
Do you mean that every seed has germinated - 100%? That would be an amazing result and it does seem to be the case that they germinate faster than first thought.

They should prove to be a very worthwhile and promising fruit to grow.

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JohnMc1 says...
I didn't count the seeds before planting them, but as you can see in the pic, plenty have come up.
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Linton says...
Hi John

It's fantastic how many you got to come up. Excellent productive result of beautiful little baby green plants!

I only managed to get a couple so far. It may be just because of the cooler temperatures down here so they might just take a bit longer.

Cheers!
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JohnMc1 says...
Isn't that the beauty of sharing? A win win for everyone and guarantees a backup in case you loose your own for whatever reason.
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Deerogers says...
Hi Lincoln, 'm a graphic designer working with NT Parks and Wildlife on an interpretation project at Nitmiluk NP. I'd like to use one of your images which I found on this website. It's of the Green Plum - Buchanania obovata.
Can you please advise if this is ok and if yes how to credit with your full name.
You can contact me at dee@interpretivedesign.com.au or phone 0401 33 4242.
Thanks in advance
Dee
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