Thank you Chris for sending us a photo of your durian sapling (btw, definition: sapling = young tree) which is absolutely beautiful.
Notice that its grown very tall (would you say 1 ft a year Chris?) and the leaves are very well formed and lush green.
A note from Chris on his Stinky Spike:
“This Durian sapling is about 3 years old. I planted the seeds from a fruit I bought in China Town, London. Because I am in the UK and winters here are cold, I germinated the seeds on a heated pad, like the ones they use for reptiles and amphibians. I now keep the growing tree near a radiator (which other plants seem to hate because it dries them out!), but I water it often with luke warm water from the kettle. I also planted it in ericaeous compost (I think normal potting compost is too rich for durian plants). All in all, it seems to tolerate my drafty flat in Bristol much better than expected!”
Chris, I have a few questions for you (hope you don’t mind!):
1. Did you start off growing this tree in the same pot as you have now or did you transplant it from a smaller pot?
2. I notice that the leaf tips turn brown, mine does too, any idea why? (is it natural?)
3. When your plant grew, did it lose any of its initial leaves along the way?
4. Did your plant grow from the base and is there a rough-ish texture along the initial stem?
5. Why is there a mirror beside the pot? Is this to reflect more light onto the leaves?
6. How long do you intend to keep it in your flat before you think it needs to be planted outdoors?
7. Do you intend to attempt at making a durian bonsai?
8. Do you love Durian fruit?
I am really looking forward to seeing Chris’s photos on his Durian Sapling’s sibling, which he donated to the botanic gardens of Bristol. Apparently, it is thriving in a heated greenhouse and is in better shape!
It would be pretty amazing if suddenly Bristol could become a European durian hub. But its going to be tough to beat the variety we have here in Malaysia 🙂