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Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2009 12:19 pm   Post subject: Anyone grow Durian? Any growing tips?

Does anyone have growing tips for durian?

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Foothills of North Carolina Z = 7a & 7b
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Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2009 12:25 pm   

I found this website that may be helpful. I have never seen a durian, nor met someone who had one. I hope you will feel free to join us. We would be very interested to get to know you and how your durian is progressing. Wink

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Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2009 7:09 pm   

I've never grown durian either but know they have a very pungent smell and that you either love the flavour of them or hate it. They have a thick, custard-like consistancy when ripe. I have tasted one but would never wish to taste one again.

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Posted: Sat Apr 11, 2009 9:06 pm   Post subject: Durian

Did you find any details on how to grow durian from seed?. I have just received 3 seeds. I live in Seville southern Spain. Any help gratefully received.

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Originally Galway, Ireland
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Posted: Wed Sep 15, 2010 6:18 am   

Durian is one of the strangest fruits on the planet. I can't even begin to describe the taste, but I like it.

For the interested, here are some photos of one of my rare durian meals:

Durian before opening ( photo / image / picture from Frank's Garden )

Durian after opening ( photo / image / picture from Frank's Garden )

Close up of the edible part (tastes so strange) ( photo / image / picture from Frank's Garden )

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Posted: Wed Sep 15, 2010 1:30 pm   

It takes a brave person to take the first bite of something that looks like that. Glad the taste was pleasing cause it looks really weird. Shocked

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Posted: Wed Sep 15, 2010 2:41 pm   

Way to go Frank Laughing I like durians too but not on a hot day because of the much excessive heat my body generate after eating them.

Toni, it is known as the king of fruits here and if you like the smell, you will definately like eating it. Almost all the hotels here banned this fruit to be taken into their premises because of the smell but some do organised tours to durian orchards for a eat all you can outing. This is eapecially true in Penang.

Pahir, where are you from? If you are in the tropical region, then I think it is quite easy to grow durian. One of my old neighbours used to plant a couple of durian trees in his yard. He had a durian orchard. According to him planting durian from seeds may take more than 10 years before to bear fruits. The trees are really large between 25~50 metres. His trees are all bud grafted and those that he planted in his yard started fruiting after 4 years and it was absolutely delicious. The tree itself is no more than 7 metres.

Gordonh you might want to reconsider planting durian from seeds unless you have the patience and space. There are many different species of durians here and I guess most of them are bud grafted. The seed are only used as starter. You can start your seed in a pot by just burying with the potting earth. Make sure the earth is really damp by watering about 3 times a day and it should start to sprout in 2~3 days. Make sure it is in a warm area too. After sprouting, the watering can be reduced to just keeping the soil moist like once a day and when it is big enough just transplant it ot the ground. These are from memories when I used to help my neighbour a very very long time ago to plant starter plants for his orchard.

Eileen sorry to hear that you are durian negative Laughing

SongofJoy57, hope one day you will have the chance to have an encounter with the real thing.

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Posted: Thu Dec 23, 2010 11:49 pm   Post subject: Durian

Hey Puhir; You dont mention where you live but if you want to grow it you should start with a loamy soil that is high in organic matter as Durian requires constant moisture. If you have an electric seedling heating mat you should use the temp. setting for Peppers.
Durian is indigenous to Malaysia and needs heat and humidity. Most trees are started from grafts. Seed grown trees do not begin fruiting for 8-10 years.
The seeds are interesting as they are half rounded and the other 2 sides are flat and produce a perfect right angle(like the corner of a square).
Ripe Durian is available here in Southern CA (Hollywood) so no need to grow them.
Durian does have a custard like consistency but it is mixed with crunchy fibrous threads and has a distinct garlickly aftertaste. Sweet but bland.

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Clintwood Virginia
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Posted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 5:28 pm   

Durian...I remember living in Singapore, my Amah used to bring durian into the house and we knew exactly when it was that she arrived, you could smell the fruit before you could see it....I never did like the smell and I def did not like the taste but my mother loves the fruit, the candy etc...anything durian....My auntie lives in Singapore and she regularly sends durian candy to my mom...I wish you the best of luck growing, smelling and tasting this very strange fruit!

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Posted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 7:37 pm   

This just sounds too intriging too ignore. I will have to be on the lookout for Durian.
I have never seen or eaten one. Thus I just love this site so much more. I learn about new things all the time.

Is the taste perhaps something like the Delicious Monster fruit? (incidently I think the Delicious Monster taste like custard apples.)
If I do find it around here it weill probably be very expensive given the fact that it takes 8 to 10 years to fruit. ANd all the conditions (tropical) will mean that I will have more luck trying to locate this fruit in the Kwazulu-Natal region.

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