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Durio dulcis

Durian Merah

The fruits of Durio dulcis are astounding! The fruit itself is brilliant red diffused with rays of yellow and orange. Looking like a giant red rambutan it emits an extremely fragrant aroma that is overpowering. Locally also called rian tutong or durian maragang, the durian merah is virtually unknown even to most of the inhabitants of Borneo, where it is native to. The fruit is so rare and local that even most Borneans doubt its existence! Trees are found mostly growing in primary forests. The flesh of the fruit is yellow, sweet, delicious and noted for its intense lingering taste. Seeds are a glossy dark brown and the indigenous people claim that the cooked (boiled or roasted) seeds are sexually rejuvenating (Oh no, shame to waste them that way)! The fruits are borne in clusters on the more mature branches of the tree. It should thrive in any humid tropical climate with fertile well drained soil. An extremely difficult species to acquire outside of its native habitat!

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Seeds from this species ...

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fresh seeds are vital for sucess as all durian sp. loose viability quicklywhen my seeds from the mail to Hawaii i carefully washed them with fresh drinking water and them soaked them individually water for 12-24 hours. i then placed them in the medium sized pots (pro-mix) just under the soil with the scarred side downone out of two have started to push out of the soilthe seed should start pushing through the soil in 1-3 weeksFRESH HEALTHY LIVE SEED is crucial for successtransplant into larger pots or better yet have the planting spot amended and aged and ready for planting (semi- shade for several years)
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If you wish to read more on palm cultivation, we highly recommend Ornamental Palm Horticulture by Timothy K. Broschat and Alan W. Meerow, available in our bookshop.

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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms

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

2nd edition
Completely revised and updated

Hardcover - 528 pages
11 x 8.5 inches

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Suitable for: all

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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