Sunday, August 24, 2008
At last I have a breadfruit (Artocarpus altilis) tree that shows signs of surviving. It's interesting that Brazilians don't especially care for this fruit, as do the people in Peru and that part of Tropical South America. The best examples of this tree here in Santarem are at the old Tropical Hotel, now known as the Amazon Park Hotel. I think I got this seedling from one of the gardeners there. Our soils at the Bosque aren't really appropriate for breadfruit, but I'm hopeful that with fertilizers and lots of water, it might make it.