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Artocarpus anisophyllus


Among the Artocarpus, this absolutely wonderful and attractive fruit from Borneo is particularly remarkable for the bright orange-red aril around the seed. Faintly resembling the fruit of the Tarap (Artocarpus odoratissimus), the Bintawa is smaller and more compact. The tree itself is very vigorous and has quite long, narrow leaves. The Bintawa has an aroma and taste similar to that of a baked pumpkin. The fruit is picked when still firm and ripens at room temperature within a few days. Best suited to tropical climates.

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... are of low ornamental value
In Cayey in Puerto Rico they need little care and grow normal.
When you get the clean/fresh seeds they should be firm. You want to germinate them in a well balanced, moist substrate with added vermiculite or coarse sand so that it retains water but will not leave the seeds clogged. The seed takes an average of 23 days to germinate (having the first ones germinating at 15 days and some at 31). The taproot of this species needs a big pot after germination is made. I would suggest at least a long palm growing pot like the ones they sell on this site. I had a 40% germination rate from 200 seeds with this technique. I watered the trays every other day at my nursery with an 70% shade cloth. Think I over watered 1 every 3 days should give better results, or maybe using vermiculite as I used river sand and this one tends to keep the moisture closer to the seed (most of the seeds that didn't germinate where rotted) My germination rate was a lot lower that with the Jackfruit seeds, but the tree is worth well the effort. I would not use zip lock bag method with these seeds since the become very soft in the process of germination and it becomes very difficult to handle the transplanting. The fruit is ultra tropical liking lots of humidity and being shaded for the first 2 years. Fast grower. Does not like stagnant waters but loves to have humid roots often. Deep watering in a slope gives best results. The branches do break easily if the tree gets too much wind.
Submitted on 20/09/2013 by Guillermo

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Ratings and comments reflect individual experiences and the views of our visitors. They do not necessarily describe the most appropriate methods, nor are they necessarily valid for all seeds or plants of this species. Germination and plant cultivation success depends on many different factors; nevertheless, these experiences will hopefully aid you in your effort to get the best germination results from our seeds and the best growth results from your plants.

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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms

The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms
by Robert Lee Riffle, Paul Craft, Scott Zona

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Hardcover - 528 pages
11 x 8.5 inches

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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is the definitive account of all palms that can be grown for ornamental and economic use. Palms are often underutilized as a result of their unfamiliarity—even to tropical gardeners. To help introduce these valuable plants to a new audience, the authors have exhaustively documented every genus in the palm family.
825 species are described in detail, including cold hardiness, water needs, height, and any special requirements. Generously illustrated with more than 900 photos, including photos of several palm species that have never before appeared in a general encyclopedia, The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is as valuable as an identification guide as it is a practical handbook. Interesting snippets of history, ethnobotany, and biology inform the text and make this a lively catalog of these remarkable plants.

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