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can yu help?

I would like to grow a jack fruit tree in my small back yard ( average backyard in sydney area).
what type suits for my backyard?
How tall they grow?
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Letha
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BJ says...
Hi Letha, Gold Nugget is the one that is described as a dwarf Jak, but I've heard it still can get to 6m odd. There are anumber that you can prune and maintain under 15ft, and some that folks will tell you can be kept to 8ft !?

There is a good bit of information on various varieties an a PDF on this page:

http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/mg370

And this info may help with pruning:
Pruning

Young trees. Young jackfruit trees do not need pruning during their first year. Shoot tip pruning once or twice during spring and summer will force lateral bud break and make the tree more compact. Non-pruned trees usually develop a strong central leader. During the second season, trees should be pruned to the first lateral branch, which will slow upward growth and enhance spreading of the canopy. As trees mature, upright vigorous shoots should be removed and the inner canopy thinned out at the end of the harvest season.

Mature trees. Removal of selected upright, vigorously growing shoots is recommended. Removing the central leader to a weak lateral branch will slow upward growth and enhance lateral canopy development. Old flowering shoots should be removed after harvest.

For bearing trees, periodically remove (thin out) old limbs at the end of the harvest season to increase light penetration to the inner canopy. Tree height may be maintained at 8 to 14 feet by periodic selective pruning. Selective pruning may also be used to limit tree width.

Fruit thinning. The number of fruit per tree or major limb should be limited to 1 on young trees, as heavy fruit loads have been observed to result in limb decline or death and tree stunting. On mature trees, limiting the number of fruit per major limb may enhance the quality and size of remaining fruit.
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madmaz says...
my fruit which was the size of an avo has gone black and fury like mould, whats wrong?
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HappyEarth says...
Hi Letha,

You are pushing the climatic range with the jakfruit in Sydney. It will certainly grow but whether the fruit will ripen properly is another thing.

I have a 'black gold' jakfruit growing very well in Wollongong. Hasnt fruited yet but im happy with the tree so far. They shouldn't get too tall in Sydney compare to the tropics - perhaps 6m in 20 years time. You can always prune it.

Rich
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Tommoz says...
I would like to taste test the jackfruit but never see it at the markets in Sydney.

Also, isn't there the possibility that a 27kg jackfruit falling onto a head below could be fatal?
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lenn says...
No, not fatal as most jaks are either 26 or 28 Kg.
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BJ says...
I dont know about fatal. By the time they drop they are usually pretty soft and would explode on impact. Could still knock folks out, but the trick is not to plant in a high foot traffic area and to keep your eye out for falling jaks. Around here a jak would be eaten by bats before it fell from the tree anyways. If you had a double row of giants lining a footpath it could be a problem, but otherwise you have about the same chances of a light aircraft falling on your noggin as you do being killed by a falling jakfruit.

Bunya nuts/cones are a much bigger concern due to size/density, tree height (velocity) and people's ability to get right up close to the trees in the drop zone.
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Tommoz says...
Thanks BJ.

I am still hoping someone knows of any place I can buy fresh jackfruit in Sydney.

A guy said that the Juicy fruit gum flavour is from jackfruit, but I want to taste the real thing!
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Miranda says...
you can find fresh jackfruit in Cabramatta
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Tommoz says...
I really like the taste of jackfruit and am thinking of doing the unthinkable: putting one in my front yard albeit on the side and well concealed.

What are the roots like? It will be near driveway.

Daleys only have 2 available: Brindsmead Special and Crisp seedling. FF has Crisp and Kwai Muk. Are any of these preferable for outer Sydney's climate?

If tree shape can vary, I'd prefer a more upright one, like in this picture: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/24/Jackfruit_in_tree.jpg
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