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Ultra tropical Artocarpus

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Robert P starts with ...
By selecting species that can can also be found at high altitudes (around 1300M) in the ultra tropical zone a few species can be grown in the sub-tropics. This is only possible in the most protected and slightly elevated sites (so cold night air can sinks below the planting site, you don't want any frost). Also well structured clay loam soils seem to help and watering in the dry season is very important for plants that come from areas that don't experience these. If all goes well you can have a thriving and fruiting Marang like this one growing in the Gold Coast hinterland at latitude 28oS.
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Robert P
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25th April 2018 12:47pm
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Fruitylicious1 says...
Hi Robert P

Congrats with your perseverance and foresight! I love marang too but, i am in a medium frost area. I used to feast on them when I was in the Philippines. Thanks for your trailblazing effort. It will surely help others to try something like yours maybe pulasan, durian, purple mangosteen, nutmeg etc.

Happy gardening :-)
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David01 says...
Hi Robert P,

How old is your Marang tree? What is the low temp limit for Marang do you know? And do you need more than one tree to have fruit? I was wondering will it grow in the green house in Melbourne. Thanks
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Robert P says...
Hi David01,
The Marang tree has probably been in 16 or 17 years, but has been fruiting for several years. In 2007 we had two consecutive nights that got down to 3 and 3.5oC in the upper half of my orchard. We average about 10oC min.for July but temps below 5oC are rare because of my elevated sloping block, recovery temps during the day are fast with temps reaching an av. of 21oC. One tree grown in isolation has some pollination issues with fruit developing only a few arils, but fertile seed is produced in those arils and I have grown healthy trees from these to plant in my orchard to cross polinate. A lot of things are possible in a green house, it all depends on its hight and your budget, my tree is about 13M tall and still growing. I would try a grafted Jackfruit in your green house before trying a Marang as they are quicker to fruit and are more cold hardy.
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28th April 2018 2:31pm
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David01 says...
Hi Robert P,
Thanks for your prompt reply. My green house is only 3 m tall and it is temp control min 5c during June-July night by fan force heater. I have one grafted Jackfruit grow in the green house. Hope it will bear fruit in 3-5 years orthewise it just for fun. Cheers
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