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Myristica fragrans

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Scott starts with ...
Why are nutmeg plants so hard to find in Oz?
Or am I just not looking hard enough?
Anybody grow 'em?
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David says...
Yes i to have been looking, available from seed sources overseas but then there is the problem of transport and what sort of condition when they arrive would imagine also only short viability when picked fresh.Good look in your hunt if you find any let me know ,i have allspice already and grows well.
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Mike says...
I will look under the trees in little st Cairns to see if I can get some good seeds in a few months.
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Scott says...
Cheers Mike,
it seems the harder it is to get, the more I want it :)

Thanks for the peperomia via Lucy
Much appreciated
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Mike says...
Scott my war with peperomia has calmed down.Once it gets established you'll be rollin' in piles of it.
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Scott says...
It has its uses.
But,yup...
if it gets out of control...I'll share it too :)
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David says...
Just saw your post thanks Mike, been having computer probs again!
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trikus says...
Scott you should be able to grow it , very tropical tree and seems to be a very rare tree here in OZ . Also has a very short viability period supposedly . xclnt to hear that it is growing in cairns , please let me know when its getting close Mike .. bet Trina & Peter S would like some also . Lush looking Clove trees I will be planting soon , ones from Limberlost a bit runty and lost several and remaining one is struggling .
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Mike says...
Trikus they still might have to go to the salt water centenary lakes in greenslopes street and relieve the male tree of a branch for grafting onto a female sedling.I have a few seeds/seedlings to pass onto Peter and Trina.
I said to Peter and trina I would try to get seeds of good soursops and know there are only 3 types worth pursuing.The brazilian sweet and Uganda improved are best with whitman fibreless also a good one.I have just received seeds of one withof seeds a second of these types coming soon.
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John Mc says...
from what I've Googled,
do they really (soursop) fruit in their second year from seed up there?
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Scott says...
Trikus, Clove tree(Syzygium aromaticum) is another on my wish list.
Any ideas where I can source it?
:)
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denise1 says...
Forbidden Fruits have had them. Also try Isabell Shipards herb farm.
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David says...
Would you believe mine is only 6 ins high and is flowering
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David says...
Clove that is
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Mel says...
Hi there, I am looking for a myristica fragrans and just wondering if Mike had any success in collecting some cuttings from the tree in Cairns. Boy is nutmeg hard to get hold of here in Australia! Any help would be much appreciated.
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Linton says...
There is a really good movie on dvd all about some spices and the places they are grown commercially. It's called the Spice Trail and there are chapters on Nutmeg, Pepper, Cinnamon, Cloves, Vanilla and Saffron.

It's worth watching if you are trying to grow any of these.
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Annette says...
Hey Mike, I live in Tarzali, (outside Malanda) and have been searching for a nutmeg plant/graft whatever.
Noticed your post and was wondering where you where at with that (and where is the magic tree in Little st-if your ok with sharing that info of course).
Thanks, Annette
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Mike says...
Annette I know Tarzali well and have caught Lake Eacham Rainbows out of Dirran Creek.It may be a little cool up there at around 750m or more.
Go to Greenslopes Street opposite the start of Little Street at the beginning of thew walk through to the Botanic Gardens.30m in on your left will be the nutmeg and there is a male branch grafted on I believe.The sign at the base will show its identity.It is an excellent cultivar that spent its early life at the kamerunga research station.
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Mark says...
What is the best time of year to visit Cairns in the hopes of collecting some nutmeg seeds?

I have passed through Cairns a few times, I don't need much excuse to go again.

Thanks
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Tedg says...
Has anyone had any luck in sourcing the Myristica fragrans (nutmeg)I am interested in them as well
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Bullfrog says...
I too am after some Myristica Fragrans. I have taken a punt on buying OS off Ebay. I know it is risky but heck, nothing ventured nothing gained! I would fly to Cairns if their was a source of fresh seed there.
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The poster formerly known as... says...
Has anyone heard if you can use native nutmeg in the same way? It is almost identical in seed/flesh to the spice.
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jakfruit etiquette says...
The native nutmeg "nut" isnt as fragrant as the spice species, the mace(aril)of the native nutmeg is quite good. FNQ trees are very productive, also saw it growing at Mt Cootha. There is also another related FNQ "nutmeg" species, not sure what that is like, sorry forgot the genus.
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The poster formerly known as... says...
Thanks JE. The trees at Mt C crop heavily, so I was interested if they are useful.
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trikuslaptop1 says...
Name of the native sp. is not inspiring for a spice ..M . insipida ;)
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MIke T1 says...
The second native species is better but still not the real deal.
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Mark35 says...
Well December isn't the time to go looking. Just visited the tree, very easy to find so thanks for the directions in this thread.

It has small, single, yellow flowers dotted around, so I am guessing it is a female.

Around the base are plenty of seedlings but judging by the leaf shape and the nearby trees I am guessing they are black sapote seedlings.

Looks to be an interesting park, will have a better look around, seems to be a lot of trees in fruit, Ackee, Jackfruit, Sapote and those are the ones you can see from the outside.
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Martin says...
Hi anybody know what time of year to pick up the seeds from that Myristica fragrans tree in Cairns
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MIke T1 says...
I just can't remember what time of the year that one fruits but it isn't the wet season.There are male branches grafted on to the larger female.There really should be more around and that goes for cinnamon, star anise and other spice trees.
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Manfred says...
Anything further on nutmeg seeds or seedlings anyone?
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trikuslaptop1 says...
Hawaiin seller on ebay had fresh seeds listed ... so I snapped up all he had left .. getting 9 seeds .. Now fingers crossed for a speedy delivery and quick germination .
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Manfred says...
I got half a dozen Myristica insipida or globosa (no-one knows which they are) from the council nursery at Tully yesterday, to pot up and get actively growing over the next week or fortnight, then will try to graft material from the Cairns M. fragrans mother plant. I intend to try various bud and graft methods, and if it works for the females will do some males perhaps this time next year, or sooner if the grafts are obviously working.

Meanwhile, if the females take, they might be fertilised by the local species for spice seed production.

All not ideal, but perhaps worthwhile progress anyway. I will report!
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trikuslaptop1 says...
Have heard that the male branch on the Flecker tree was pruned off by idiots cleaning up after Yasi ... several more imports of fresh seeds , some from Singapore increases chances of more trees becoming available . Heard of some sprouting ..Must insist on all trees remaing up here in the tropics as no chance of survival in sub-tropics .
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Aerber5 says...
Hi Guys,
I collected a few pockets full of native Nutmeg along the beautiful Stoney Creek Walk near Kamerunga / Cairns. From memory, it was before Xmas time. Tried to grow some from a handful of seeds, but nothing came up. The fruit are smaller than the commercial spice you can buy, but I find, they have the same flavour and I used some instead of the commercial ones. Noting, that the Nutmeg tree at the Bot Gardens originated from the Kamerunga Research Station, there could be a link, like cross pollination or even some escapees, carried around by birds etc. Unfortunately I found many little grubs living in the seeds and eating holes through the seed. They came out and died, once I kept the Nutmegs in a closed jar, though not very inviting, to use them further. Also was able recently, to buy some Natives grown from cuttings at Yuruga Native Nursery near Walkamin. They have a website, you can look up.
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mathew says...
hi all I am looking for some nutmeg plants , any lights to search is greatly appreciated . Mathew
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