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Hi All,
I would love to see other people's posting of their fruit trees successfully growing and fruiting in pots.
I'ved attached photos of my babaco plants and dragan fruit plants growing in pots with some fruits on them as a start.
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Tran says...
Wow! Michael you have done an excellent job to have these trees producing fruits in small pots like that.
Please tell me how old is your babaco, dragon fruit. What is your secret in term of feeding and watering.

Many thanks in advance.

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Michael says...
Hi Tran,
My babaco plants are around 1 year old and surprisngly they have started to bear fruits in such a short time. Being a beginner I just bought the best premium potting mix i could afford and mix it with some existing garden soil.Top it up with fresh cow manure and just water it as soon as the mixture get's a bit dry which is once every 2 to three days .

The dragon fruits are roughly a year and a half old and this is the first time it has flowered and fruited.. All up 5 flowers and it all turn into fruits which was 100% successful . The person who sold me the cuttings said that dragon fruits only require a mixture of dried grass cuttings mixed with cow or chicken manure and it should thrive.I only water the dragon fruits once a week .

Hope this helps !

I also currently have star apple flowering in a pot and in the ground just after 1 year which is really strange.I will post pictures if the flowers turn into fruits. Other plants I have in pots and waiting to flower are soursop, dwarf mango ,sapodilla ,white wax jambu ,bi sexual paw paws,amberalla and dwarf pomellos.



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au0rey says...
Wow Michael, they are gorgeous! Congratulations!!! I suppose you are in the warmer parts of Australia?
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Tran says...
Many thanks for the advice. I am very much appreciated. I will apply your hints to mine. Good luck with your star apple and the rest. You have done so well.
Congratulations.
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Damian says...
It is most encouraging to see fruiting dragon in cabramatta, and in a pot too.
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Thao says...
Hi Michael,

I have the white wax jambu in pot as well but it grows slowly. Can you please tell me how to care of the white wax jambu (feeding and watering) and how big is the pot for it?

Can you show me the photo of your white wax jambu in pot?

Thanks very much,
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au0rey says...
I have rather limited space for many fruit trees though i want to be greedy. I think growing some smaller fruit trees in pots is fantastic idea. But Michael, do you have to repot the trees regularly like once every year or two years? Cos the organic matter gets used up? And trim their roots so that they wont get too big? Will root pruning affect fruiting or just ensure they wont grow too big?
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a says...
btw, how large are your pots to house these trees?
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Julie says...
au0rey, read 'Trees in Bags' somewhere on this site. It is three pages long, but has a lot of interesting info.
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John I. says...
Hi Michael, did you manually pollinate your dragon fruit or are the garden lights designed to attract moths?

I have a dwarf lemon in a half wine barrel that is about four years old now but doesn't get much fruit (I have two lemons on it at the moment). I think the wine barrels dry out to quickly. I also have a blueberry that I planted last Dec , also in a half wine barrel (it is growing very slowly). And I have a mandarin(not dwarf) in a large pot that produces small fruit. I'm getting rid of this to make way for my Dragon fruit (which is on order) and probably a babaco now that I've seen how well yours are growing in pots.
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Michael says...
Hi John,
I did not have to manually pollinate my dragon fruits and left it to nature to do that. The lights are solar lights and it is a common practice by overseas commercial growers to place a light source at night to quicken the flowering process.Some how a light source with induce flowering more quickly and commercial growers will often have rows of florescent light tubes next to their crop continuosly for 18 days- 30 days after their first crop as to quicken the buds and flowers for the next crop.

My babaco plants are currently in a 55 com pot for easy transportation . I move it to a sunny position during the day and when it rains alot I'll move it under shelter. By spring time I will re pot it to a 65 cm - 100 cm depending on how much I can afford as large pots are quite expensive

Hi Thao
My white wax jambu is quite young and it's about 8 months old but it's coming along nicely. I will upload pictures once the rain stops. It's currently in a 55 com pot but at the current rate it's grwoing I will need to re pot pretty soon. My wax jambu thrives when given alot of water and I give it seasol once a week. Initially when I prepared the potting mix I added lots of chicken guts and off bits into my mix and not sure if this helps but it seems to be working .

To everyone else I would be greatly appreciative if people could post pictures of their plants in pots with fruits or not . I'm always intrigue at what people can grow in pots and is always listening for new tips and ideas.
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au0rey says...
yeah, large pots are so expensive..and in pots, it means repotting more regularly, also means changing the potting mixes. There are a few things to consider having trees in pots...But to have success rates like yours, is very tempting.
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Thao says...
Hi Michael,

Here is my white wax jambu. It's always like that since I bought it from Daleys. It doesn't grow more any branches or leaves at all.
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Michael says...
Hi Thao,
Attached is a picture of my white wax jambu along with pictures of other plants I have in pots and in the ground. I'm just passionate about growing fruit trees especially in pots as it's a real challenge to maintain and nurture them in pots and entice to them to flower and fruit.

Pic 1 - White Wax Jambu in pot
Pic 2 - 2 mangoes left on tree from last season
Pic 3 - Lime tree ( Keeps fruiting all year and never runs out)
Pic 4 - Small yellow dragon fruit with one small flower
Pic 5 - Amberalla in pot
Pic 6 - Small purple star fruit plant
Pic 7 - Close up of star fruit showing tiny flower buds
Pic 8 - Soursop in pot
Pic 9 - Rollina in pot
Pic 10 - Two papaya tree fruiting
Pic 11 - First crop of Pepinos
Pic 12 - Kuamquat in pot
Pic 13 - Small Dwarf Irwin mango in pot
Pic 14 - Paw Paw in pot with flower buds
Pic 15 - Red Cherry Guava - Gave me 50 delicious fruits last month for such a small plant
Pic 16 - Latest inclusion today Goji Berry
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Pic 18 - Small Jackfruit plant in ground


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Ellen says...
How Long have you had these Michael ?
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au0rey says...
Hi Michael, the pics are beautiful but could you please rotate them before posting so we can appreciate them better?:)
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paula-f says...
They look great Michael. What size pot do you have the lime tree in.
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Michael says...
Hi Puala,
The lime tree is actually 7 years old and in the ground.

Hi Audrey,
The pictures are actually facing up in my directory but seems to be flipped when uploaded onto this forum.Not sure how to fix this .

Hi Ellen,
All my fruit trees in pots are around 1 year old apart from the dragon fruit which is a one and a half years old.

Mango tree - 6 years
Pepinos - 8 months
Papaya - 4 years
Star Apple - 1 year
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Evelyn says...
Wow,
Beaut plants: Is there any special brand of potting mix to buy? Even premium brands vary so much in texture.
Are those 40 cm pots?
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Michael says...
Hi Evelyn,
I tend to buy the premium organic potting mix from bunnings or at the local nurseries at around $13 for a 30 litre bag. Mix that with mushroom compost if I have the money and use at least a 55 cm pot for the larger plants as a start.






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Evelyn says...
Thank you very much for the advice.Will do that.
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Eduardo says...
Dear Michael.
I'm going to start growing Babaco for the first time.
Would you be able to tell me what sort of soil do you use in your pot, how often do you water it and feed it?
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Michael says...
Hi Eduardo,
I have three Babaco's growing in a 55 cm pot and all are fruiting really well. I encourage you to buy premium potting mixes which sells for around $13 - $16 for a 30 litre bag. I start of with buying the cheap potting mixes for arounf $4 -$5 and you can notice the difference in health and vigour of the plants . I also use mushroon compost and water them with seasol every so often. I cover all my plants in winter except the babaco and they are doin just fine. I only water them when the potting mix seems dry which is probably once a week. They are the least cared for plant in my garden but are performing really well. They seem to like a sunny spot and if you are lucky with fruit set remember to water them a bit more. A lot of the fruits tend to drop off early but with increased watering this will reduce the problem. Heathcote is about 50 minutes from Cabramatta so you shouldn't have a problem growing Babaco plants.
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damian says...
Michael,

Your pics look great, can you please share your secrets to keeping your wax jambu, rollinia and papaya so healthy through the winter periods?

Mine all dropped leaves and the papaya rotted on the top near the crown. The wax jambu's wood died back (turning black and dry). They're all in pots, I have shifted them into the garage after they started dropping leaves, it was probably too late.

Do you do any prep for winter?
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Michael says...
Hi Damian,
My three most frost sensitive plants are the wax jambu(white) ,rollina and the soursop. All are in pots and is flourishing really well even though it's winter. They also are the three most demanding plants to take care off as well. I have them to the side of my house under shade cloth . I also cover them with frost fabric you get from the local nurseries.
Each morning I push them out into my sunny backyard to soak up the sun and push them back to the side of the house at night . It requires alot of work to do but I enjoy doing it so it's not too bad. Leaves dropping is a classic sign that the weather is too cold . I tried putting the plants in the garage before but unless you bring it outside often the leaves will likely turn yellow . My papaya is in the ground and is almost five years old. I don't pay much attention to it as it will be chop down soon to make way for something else. I don't water it during winter and it only gets rain water .
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amanda says...
Hi Michael - your plants are really awesome! Such a healthy green! Are u going to set up a My Edibles page? I think there would be loads of people interested in your pot-culture techniques.
It's a lot harder/more work to grow fruit trees in a pot I would imagine? Well done.
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Pam says...
my sopadillas
my dragon fruits on 8/2009
my dragon flowers
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Michael says...
Hi Pam,

I love your Sapodilla photo.Such a small tree but yet so many fruits.
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culebra says...
awesome dragon fruit!

what type of fertilizer do you give them?
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Ellen says...
hhahhaaha small world sis TM, welcome to downunder garden forum sis
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HappyEarth says...
Wow ... some great photos Michael, and Pam - the fruits on the sapodilla look huge!

I have most of my fruit trees in the ground but I do have a miracle fruit tree in a pot which i bring inside during the winter. Its about 4 years old now i guess and fruits a few times a year - the berry itself is amazing - it turns everything you eat that is sour into sweetness!

I'll have to do a blog about it on my website soon but in the meantim ill attach a photo.

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Michael says...
Hi Rich,
I hope I haven't missed your open day yet ? I'm still waiting for an email invitation from your website.
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Pam says...
Hi
I used garden soil + potting soil + sand + perlite + cactus fertilizer + slow release fertilizer
and water every two weeks

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my large guava
my grapefruit
my sapodilla in 65 gallon pot
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Cuong says...
65 gallons!! that is a big pot!!

large pot helps to have a stable root zone temperature/moisture for the trees

65 gallons ~ 246 litres
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Pam says...
ye,
most of my plants are in 30 gallons or 65 gallon
This my sugar apple on Aug/15/2009
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Michael says...
Hi Pam,
Nice to see another person so keen to grow their plants in large pots . Can I ask if your Dragon fruit plant is in a pot or not ? I have mine in small pots but they only produce 3 or 4 fruits on each plant . I am still deciding between upsizing the pot or plant them in ground . I prefer to upsize the pot but only if that's going to increase my fruit yield. Your yeild is impressive and hopefully they are grown in pots .
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Damian says...
Tran,

How's your malay apple doing? I've noted you said you have it in a pot covered in plastic in winter and you've actually successfully got fruit from it?

Which part of melbourne are you in? I am in Melbourne and my malay apple didn't survive it's first winter, it dropped all its leaves.

Do you reposition it under a verandah or something? Mine was well protected but it still dropped its leaves and this winter was very mild compared to previous years.

I'm assuming when you said malay apple it's actually the red malay apple and not the more cold tolerate rose apple?

Did you do anything special in its first winter to help it through?
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Hi Damian,

Sorry, I mean Wax jambu? Malay apple is too tropical for Melbourne.

BTW, I am near Oakleigh.

I did try twice, 3 years apart. Both times, the trees lost all the leaves but recover well, they gave me some fruits after 1 year. The following winter they did not come back.

All the leaves dropped do not mean they die. I would leave it until summer and see if they come back. few years ago winters were much colder.

Mine were under black cloth. For my first one, I covered the soil with plastic bag and cover the leaves with another plastic back.

the second time only the soil covered.
I recon yours will recover.

Rose apple is much more tolorant and we have lots in VN, Thailand and Lao. You should try that. It can cope well with Melbourne weather. Fruits are sweet and rose smell like and crunchy but not as watery as wax jambu.

I hope this helps.
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Hey Michael ... havent forgotten about you :) I will probably send an email out sometime early November.

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Hi Michael
I plant my dragon fruits in ground , because Texas is very hot in summer , some of my friends plant them in large pot , they got about 10 fruits,
you need to trim the tip of dragon fruit to make it have flowers , and to have 100% fruit you need to pollen by hand around 8 o'clock at night , because there are not enough insects at night
do not let your dragon fruit grow too long
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Has anyone tried solar lights at night to attract pollinators? I am sure I read about commercial growers using this method somewhere? Good info about the trimming Pam! Thanks heaps - my segments up to a metre long! :( I shal start chopping!
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Hi Pam,
How do you hand pollinate a dragon flower ? Regarding trimming the tip do you mean just cut it straight off at the end ?
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Hi Micheal,

May I know how tall is the pole in the dragon fruit pot? I mean from soil to the top. Thanks. It's wonderful and encouraging to know potted fruit trees can be so successful! I wonder if I can grow papaya in Melbourne?
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Hi Linda,
From top to bottom it's 1.9 metres . From the soil to the top it's around 1.5 metres .
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Pam says...
My red wax jambu I planted outside.
my 2 red wax jambu in 30 gallons pots
my feet pole dragon fruit tree , 6 month old

you need cut down about 3 or 4 inches from the tip of your dragon tree
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Linda says...
Hi Pam,

How tall the dragonfruit plant has to be before you cut the top off?

Thanks Micheal for your info.
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Hi All,
Can anyone identify this mango variety I have in my backyard? It had no name when I brought it . It doesn't seem to turn yellow but rather green with reddish tinges.
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Hi Michael,
Looks like the old 'common' mango to me. These are my favourite mango, and the best one to make mango chutney with. Just make sure you have some toothpicks handy after eating them, they are so stringy:-)
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Michael says...
Hello,
I have a fruiting babaco plant in a 55cm pot that I am selling . It's roughly 2 metres tall with lots of fruits remaining . The reason I'm selling mine is that the Babaco is an acquired taste and you either like it or you dont't . I didn't like the taste much and I'm trying to make room for other plants. My initial setup costs are :

Small Babaco plant(60cm ) - $26
55 cm pot - $12
Premium Potting mix ( 2 bags ) - $24
Fertilisers and Manure - $4
Water - ?
Love - Priceless

So if you live in the Sydney area and would like a fruiting Babaco plant in a pot without the hassle of waiting,watering,fertilising etc then please make me an offer above my setup costs. I'm giving people on this forum the first offer before I list it on Gumtree.

PS - It will have to be pickup from the Wakeley area ( 5 minutes from Liverpool) . It's very tall and will need a van for best transportation.
I will upload picture tonight. I can also get another fruting babaco plant if people are interested in buying but the fruits are still developing and won't be ready to be eaten until next August - October.

Otherwise I can swap for another fruit tree if people are keen.
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Pam says...
hi Linda
My pole is 5 feet high.
so when dragon fruit plant reachs the top of the pole , you should curve it down 3 feet , and you cut off 3 inches off the tip.
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Michael says...
My mango trees are full of tiny mangoes but they keep dropping off each day. 2 weekends ago I deep watered the trees for 10 minutes and since then hardly any mangoes have dropped . Not sure if the deep watering is the key factor but it seems to have worked. I hear conflicting stories where other people say to keep the mango trees on the dry side but for those with my problem why not try deep watering your tree this weekend and see if it works for you .
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30th November 2009 10:46pm
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Michael says...
My white wax jambu in a pot is putting out heaps of flowers at the moment. Is there anything I should do to increase the chance of fruit forming? I will try to post pictures tonight.
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Michael says...
I'm very pleased with my mango tree this year. Last year this same tree only had 1 mango on it.
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Brad says...
Mangos like wet humid summers (and dry winters). My originally indian contact grows them in the ground brilliantly in perth. (I don't have the room for my own). He waters them daily in summer when young and uses wet hessian to increase the humidity.

His older, established plants (~3 years) only get deep soakings.

I'm not sure how much clay he's got (High Wycombe / Maida Vaile)
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Not sure if my original photos got uploaded properly but here it is again.
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Travis says...
Hi Michael,
What sort of Lime tree do you have? I thought limes only produced fruit for a short period of the year. I am looking at getting one at the moment for a large pot
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10th May 2010 1:12pm
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Michael says...
Hi Travis,
Mine is a Tahitian lime . The tree always has fruits from the previous season interlapping with the current seasons fruit.So I guess that's why mine is always covered in fruit.Currently it still has alot of fruit left but many new flower buds are forming with tiny fruits on it . I don't think it's the right season for these new flower buds but I'm not really complaining.
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amanda says...
Hi Travis - to add to Michaels comments - I have a West Indian Lime(Key Lime). It is 3 or 4 yrs old, 1.5m tall and I just harvested nearly 15kg of fruit. It produces constantly - but I usually let the bulk go yellow - harvest the lot - juice them and freeze the juice. This lasts me until the next crop. After harvest - I prune, feed, etc etc. It's an amazing producer - but the fruit is smaller, seedier and more "limey" than a Tahitian. When they are yellow - they are a bit less acidic/tart. It has been far less demanding than my Tahitian lime - but u would need to check how well it grows where u are maybe?
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Michael says...
Hi Amanda,
My lime tree is always producing more than we need and I have recently thought about chopping it down to make way for something else but each time I'm close to doing it I feel so guilty and so it lives for another day.
I thought about starting again with a new lime tree in a large pot which should give me just enough limes to use . I'm thinking of maybe replacing the lime tree's position with a lemonade tree . What do you think ?
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Brad says...
don't cut down the lime tree. drink more caipirinhas
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snottiegobble says...
Yes or coronas. Do you know how much lime fruits are worth? you might be able to supply the local fruit shop so dont chop the tree down, make enquiries first!
Sorry I`m just jealous!!
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Rev says...
woohoo
another capeirinha fan!
best drink - ever!

limes are 5 for $2 here in high season
cheap as

its a good lemon that hard to find!
well was... now i found the neighbours have a gigantic bloody bushlemon

i always grew up with lisbon lemons, but im learning to accept bush lemon (C jambhiri)

so..pots

i have kaffir lime on flying dragon rootstock in tub

i have dooja (Citrus australis?) on FD rootstock too ex daleys

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amanda says...
Hey guys - what's the capeirinha recipe like? (and how is it pronounced??) I really like sour stuff (margheritas mmmmm...) please share... ;)
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Brad says...
Sorry but this topic has been off topic a while...

Caipirinha's are from Brazil and made with a sugar based spirit called cachaca (the 3rd c is the soft one, cachasa), lime, sugar and ice. Its all in the balance and the quality of the ingredients. Most of the Cachaca in australia is... export quality (think Fosters)

Some people drink it with vodka instead as a Caipiroska, but its nowhere near as good
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Rev says...
I use a white rum

ive also made it with Calamansi juice and its different but still good.
I imagine finger lime would be good too

anyway the reason i talk about all this is

- all these limes and citrus
sometimes on own roots
or on flying dragon roostock have worked in tubs for me

also Kaffir lime on FD rootstock ive been carting around in a tub for years now

and of course..
chillies
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TheVietGuy says...
Pam, what do you mean you need to trim the top part of the dragon fruit tree?
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Michael says...
My pumelo is doing well in a large pot with 8 fruits at the moment. I haven't taste any of the fruits yet as it's still growing larger but I have high hopes for it. So pumelo can grow well in large pots in the Sydney climate for those that are interested. I will report on the taste once I get to try it.
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mustafa says...
Hallo Michael,

I am Mustafa, from Adana at Southern Turkey. I found this fantastic homepage/forum etch. coincedently and would like to ask you some questıons about babaco. I hope you can help me !

we have here in district around Adana (Çukurova) subtropic climate and have a citrus-plantage (tangerines) would like to grow some babaco I want to grow some babaco trees. General conditions here might be OK. I brought from Germany (Company: Exotische Saemereien) some babaco seed kernel. They had no idea of growing this.
1. Could you pease explain , what ı should do step by step to grow such fantastic trees as yours on the pictures ?
2. Can I directly get trees from these seed-kernel ?
3. What should be considered while growing (İrrigation/Pruning etch.)
2. how long does it take that the trees bear fruits ?
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Michael says...
Hi Mustafa,

I'm just a novice backyard gardener and enjoy growing fruit trees for enjoyment. I don't think babaco have seeds and people normally grow them from cuttings ( Others can correct me if i'm wrong ). My only secret in growing babaco is to keep their roots dry and feed them with lots of manure .My tree bears fruit in about 1 year.
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snottiegobble says...
Hi Mustafa,
Michael is correct because the Babaco is a natural hybrid tree, a cross between 2 other closely related trees in the carica group. babacos flower but do not produce seeds unless they are planted close to one of these other caricas & the resulting seeds are infertile. Babacos can only be propagated by cuttings or possibly tissue culture.
The company in Germany have made a mistake & probably sent you the seeds from the mountain papaya fruit which has a very attractive smell, but not as nice to eat. Worth growing though for its meat tenderising qualities & health benefits ( papain enzymes)).

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Jason says...
There are similar hybrids around (same parents). I'm not sure but some of those maybe fertile, last I knew no one has managed to recreate one that tastes as good as babaco though
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