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gus starts with ...
Hi,
I have recently been noticing that most of the leaves on my acerola cherry tree have started to take on some light brown marking all over them. It's almost like they are going woody coloured.
Is this normal?
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amanda says...
Can u post a pic gus? I have a gorgeous acerola and it's totally trouble free - but it's a little warmer here.
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gus says...
I will try and get my hands on a working camera thanks Amanda. I think I might be stressing over nothing though as it generally looks very healthy but just has some dry brown patches over some of the leaves. Just wondered if that was what the tree does in cooler weather or whether I will come home one day and find it shrivelled up and overrun by some horrible parasite.
Obviously I am very much a novice gardener
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amanda says...
It could be gus - it does seem to prefer the warmer weather (is tropical/subtropical) but should survive a Perth winter ok (frost will likely damage it though)
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amanda says...
It could be gus - it does seem to prefer the warmer weather (is tropical/subtropical) but should survive a Perth winter ok (frost will likely damage it though)
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Violet_Cactus says...
I have lost 2 acerolas to Melbourne winters. The third one is currently indoors in a pot near the heater.
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John Mc says...
Can anyone tell me if they are all the "Florida Sweet" cv? I have two largish Acerola trees but wasn't sure if they were the Florida Sweet cv, so I bought a labelled Florida sweet from Daleys to be sure. They propagate from cuttings very easily. I'm thinking Daley's propagate them from cuttings if they only sell the Florida sweet variety.
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gus says...
I bought my tree when I saw the great pictures Amanda posted and had the choice of Florida Sweet or a no name variety. I think there are at least three different varieties of Acerola. I was lured by the "sweet".
I am desperate to try out these fruit, but interestingly the leaves on mine don't appear to have any itchy prickly things. Maybe they will come when the fruit sets.
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amanda says...
Gus - i think they are a bit tougher than they seem - maybe when they are young it might be best to protect them from continuous less than 3oC..that's the absolute (and rare) coldest it gets here..(usually the easterly wind chill is really cold though...) If they have some physical shelter it should be fine. Mine has had zero shelter - even in 100km/hr+ winds.
If it looks like 1 or 2 oC nite in Perth - maybe just chuck some hessian or shade cloth over it.
To be honest - mine doesn't miss a beat in any weather (it's a Daleys also - maybe a Florida sweet - don't know) and we get to 45 oC in summer - so that's a huge temp range..? I don't baby it.

But I am beginning to realise that I have a great winter here, for fruit trees (and me too...actually nodded off at the wheel of the ride on mower the other day...so sublime was the weather :)

I don't bother pruning mine - except to 'balance' it - it has broken one heavy branch and healed perfectly on it's own. It doesn't have a pretty shape - so no point in forcing it.

It does have the itchy thing - but it only lasts a few seconds so no big deal...careful pruning will see that u are not trying to get to get the fruit from deep inside the tree... ;) Vase shape good.

I love the fruit - I just wish they were a little bigger - the flesh to seed ratio is just "ok" - but I find it worth it :) They don't seem to like shade! I have seen some growing here, in shade, and they don't produce. I get major flowering in a heat wave...

I feed mine with manure and chook pellets - it takes all fert's well tho'. Loves a deep water in summer - especially when flowering.

Nothing eats it - not even the locusts. Fruit fly don't seem interested. No pest problems as yet (4yrs)

That's about all I can tell you so far. I hope u are as happy as I am - I'd feel guilty now - if u weren't!? ;-)
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amanda says...
How cold does it get where u are Violet Cactus? I'd be really interested to know the cold tolerance level of this plant - as I plan on having another when we move south...

Do you feel that it is prolonged cold weather that affects it more? Or snap freezes? Do u get frost?

It seems ideally suited to the climate here in Gero' (semi arid zone)

(ps gus - I plan on netting my tree this fruiting season though - as the birds really like to peck at the juicy fruit... :(
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Mike says...
Acerolas are very easy to grow.The young foliage has nettle like hairs that can make you itchy.There are few pests of them here and this is pest central.I recall a second variety with California in the name was available about 10-15 years ago.
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gus says...
Thankyou for a great write up Amanda.
Pleaase don't feel guilty, this whole forum is largely based on opinion and info that helps us novice gardeners make some decisions on what to fill up the garden with.
Initially I was desperate to have a cherry tree and was a little disappointed to hear that our weather is not well suited. Now with the U.S imported cherries and the fact that cherries are readily available in summer anyway I kind of like growing fruit that are unikely to ever be sold in the shops.
After hearing your story and hearing other peoples opinion I don't have huge expectations of the fruit anyway, but I like the look of the tree and think it will look really cool when the fruit finally start to grow.
They look so cherryish its hard not to have a little expectation though.
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amanda says...
Well - everyone who visits and tries them really likes them gus....so that's a good rap I think :) I love them....I find them a very refreshing (as I think I mentioned - like a cross between a raspberry and an apple - and juicy n crispy)

I just need to think of some different ways of maybe using them in my cooking too now.... :)
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Gus says...
Checked out my tree today and was really surprised to see a couple of fruit growing.
I was really excited and cant wait to try them.
I added about a teaspoon of potash a couple of weeks ago and suspect this may have helped producing fruit.
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amanda says...
Then protect them from the birds Gus! It will likely flush again as the weather warms - I get 2 or 3 flushes thru summer (1st one started about a month ago)
They taste best when they go a deep red..yum!
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Gus says...
Just had my first taste of Acerola. It wasn't quite ripe but I couln't wait.
I think these are superb fruit, and very complex tasting. I would describe it as a very dominant raspberry flavour with a hint of apple and perhaps a little cherry.
I am sure I have never eaten them before, but like a lot of fruit I try for the first time, there is a strange familiarness with them. I think they either have similair natural chemicals to other fruit, or I was a monkey in my past life.
Anyway, I am now a fan, and stoked with our tree.
Amanda you are off the hook.
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KjW says...
They certainly are a nice tasting fruit.
Far better than the Brazilian cherry I think.
I had a hugh tree, but it had to come out because it was in the wrong spot.
Can't wait for my new one to start producing..:)
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Gus says...
Nice Pic KjW.
Makes me realise how unripe my Acerola was. I am too impatient.
I think they look great ripening up on these trees and give a regular old cherry a real run for the money.
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KjW says...
Thanks Gus, Be patient, it's worth the wait, once your tree gets a bit of age and height to it, you'll have more fruit than you know what to do with..:)

Something to note about the Acerola to, their not known to grow from seed.
It would be interesting to hear from anyone that has grown one from seed.
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KjW says...
This is the stump(5ft high) from the tree I had to remove, it would have been close to 18/20ft high and it used to make quite a mess on the path, my roof and the neighbours green house. Over the years I had to trim it numerous times, but it just got too big for where it was.
I cut it back the remaining stump and was going to keep it more under control until the new tree started producing, but the flood had other ideas.
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Gus says...
That is insane KjW, I had no idea they can be so "tree like".
I assumed they would just develop into a kind of bushy shrubby kind of thing.
That must have been a big producer.
Did you ever do anything with the fruit like juicing, freezing, cooking or jamming them?
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KjW says...
I way probably thinking the same thing when I planted mine where I did Gus.
It did produce a lot of fruit, and as mentioned elsewhere more than once a yr.

No! I never did anything with the fruit except eat it fresh off the tree and anything above what I could reach the birds got or they fell on the ground.

With so many seeds on the ground, that's how I realised they don't grow from seed, which was confirmed by a local nursery.
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amanda says...
I am impressed too KjW! wow - had no idea they got that big!? ...I see that they are starting to put acerola into mixed juices at the supermarket (has high Vit C) Great work Gus!
Sometimes it's a race between me and the birds...they always know when they are just right for eating!
I just eat mine off the bush too. They will keep for a couple of days in the fridge tho. Wouldn;t it be great if someone could breed a larger fruit?? yum.
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amanda says...
This pic is for U gus! Mine just burst into flower this week and the whole tree is like this :) It's flowered heavily b4 - but nothing like this. I spied it from the deck and thought something was wrong with it.. :D

It will be interesting to see how much fruit it sets - it's getting pretty windy here now..
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Gus says...
Thanks for the pic Amanda

That looks like it is going great guns!
Mine has put on a fair few flowers but nothing like that. I think you will be in for a bumper crop this year. You will be so full of vitamin C you may never get a cold again.

I have had about four fruit now and think they taste great. Picking a good fruit is a little tricky and I have personally found they taste a little better before they go to that deep red colour. I only have my four fruit experience though.

I imagine your tree will look amazing for Xmas, and hopefully covered in fruit.
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amanda says...
Hope so Gus - it looks like a Xmas tree itself when it's covered in red fruit :) Yours will pick up the pace as it gets older I am sure. Mine 4 or 5yrs now.
I try to prune mine out in the middle a little so I don't get the itchy hairs on me when I am picking. Reaching into the tree doesn't agree with my skin anyway. It doesn't last long tho.

It seems to love a good deep soak after a bit of dry (and then flowers again) in summer - maybe something to think about when yours gets older. Enjoy!
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amanda says...
Oh Gus! I had a bumber crop - and I reckon cos the weather was cool and my bird bath full of water - that the birds didn't even touch them this year (I was so happy)....but...they were all perfect to pick and then xmas stuff got in the way - and we had 3x 40oC days - and the tree dropped every single lovely ripe fruit... wahhh!!! :-(((

So upset/mad! Grab them when u can cos I reckon the tree excises them once they are ready.
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Gus says...
Hi Amanda,
That really sucks.
One of the perils of this hobby I guess, still heart breaking though.

I am just back from holiday in K.L where I fattened up on my body's weight worh of mangosteen. I also tried soursop and jambu for the first time. Jambu for me is nothing special, but the soursop is great although a bit of a pain to eat.
Anyway, We were away for two weeks and I had a few acerola that I was hoping would have ripened nicely by now that have completely dissappeared.
There was probably only about six but there is no trace of them. I was hoping a lot of the little pink flowers would have also turned into fruit, but no such luck.
Amazing how after only two weeks my veggies have gone insane, but my acerolas have all but dissappeared.
Jaboticabas looking nice and green though after adding a little blood and bone.
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snottiegobble says...
Hate to ask you this Gus, but where the hell is K L ??
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gus says...
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melissa says...
i got to taste my first acerola cherry and it was absolutely delicious despite being from an un-named plant. cannot wait until it produces more fruit.
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Mike says...
Once they start to produce fruit it becomes regular and often prolific.They respond well to fertilising and mulch.Very heavy pruning can keep them contained quite well.I found that if I trimmed off tips and foliage a week or so later cuttings would have a good strike rate with a dash of root powder.
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MaryT says...
Melissa it's good to know they grow in Sydney! I must give it a try though it may not do so well in a container?
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amanda says...
MaryT - I am pretty sure Jujube grows these in containers?
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MaryT says...
Thanks Amanda; Daleys' info says it's suitable for containers as well. Question is whether I can squash another tree into the concrete car space that is my 'garden'. :)
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JUJUBE FOR SALE IN MELBOURNE says...
Yes, Amanda is correct mine is about 10 year old and has been climatised outside in a 80 litre pot in the conrete area of my garden.
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amanda says...
I haven't paid much attention as to what wood it flowers on? (for pruning when in a container?)
It's a spikey plant MaryT - you might want to leave a little room around it so u don't poke yourself (or rub up against the leaves - as they can have itchy little hairs on them)
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MaryT says...
Thanks Amanda. Alas the competition for room is too keen for another tree, especially an unfriendly one :) though I really should be ruthless and get rid of a couple of things that are not productive. Sigh
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Gus says...
I have never noticed the spikes myself.
Weird. I even find my zuccini plant far worse to brush past
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amanda says...
Not so much spikey Gus..the branches just seem to come out at stiff right angles..? They are not like brushing up against a peach tree with it's flexible branches, for eg..? :D
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Gus says...
That I get. You do get a lot of rather random formations. Not really a practical tree for a small area.
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amanda says...
Hey Gus...lost those last fruit - but my tree is already in full bloom again!? Amazing after less than 2 weeks hey?
I haven't done anything for it..(ie - no fert's etc) since spring...what a goer... :)
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Gus says...
Mine has kind of done the same thing Amanda.
Just when you think its game over you wake up one day and it is covered with pink flowers.
mine is not as prolific as yours, but it is still a goer all right.
If I got a fruit for every flower I would have hundreds, but only a few make it through to the next round.
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amanda says...
Give it time Gus ;-) Not all of my flowers make it to fruit either...but as there are 100's of them - it's all ok :)
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BJ says...
Is it just me, or does the acerola taste like a Brazilian Cherry, without any of the good or bad tastes of that fruit. That is, a tasteless Brazilian Cherry?
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amanda says...
Maybe u can get different strains BJ? Mine taste sweet and like apple n rasberry? I love mine and everyone who tries them here - like them too?

I get confused is a brazilian cherry a pitanga or grumichama?
My pitanga is disgusting...but others have better ones by the sounds of it....
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Michael says...
I bought my acerola from daleys three years ago and grew it in a pot.The first year it was full of flowers but set no fruit .The same thing happened the second year . This year the only thing I added was some potash in liquid form and it has been giving me fruits for the last two months . Just when I thought it was all over it started to flower again and tiny fruits are starting to appear again . Could it be the potash ? I'm not sure but my wife is happy eating the fruits and not complaining for once .
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JUJUBE FOR SALE IN MELBOURNE says...
Hi Michael,

Potash will make fruits to set better, produces bigger quality fruits and keep them on the tree. I always give my fruit trees some at flowering time.

Acerola loves water so much, the more water is given the more flowers it will have.
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john says...
Yup, the acerola is quite tasteless ,at least the ones I've tried, but will change my mind instantly if I get a good one . Brazilian cherry is loosely used for BOTH grumichama and pitanga . The grumichama at my place took longer than 10 years to fruit and it is OK ,no more than that ; comparisons with a true cherry are fanciful.
I have planted a black pitanga which has a better rep. The common pitanga tastes "poisonous" (Glowinski)
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Mike says...
I reckon acerola(barbados cherry) and pitanga (brazil cherry) are not worth the effort but yellow gramichamas are.If you eat brazil cherries alot when you're a kid they start to taste alright.
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amanda says...
Seems we all have some "generic brand" duds hey? This is what puts a fruit into disrepute, unfortunately.

I love my (black) Grumichama..it's delicious and I love my acerola too. They are too small to be "A class" fruit but they are still worthwhile for me. In a better climate zone - I could grow better fruit and would perhaps ignore these outsiders.

I just wish we could stop calling them "cherries" too john. Between the Barbados, Brazilian and Surnimam (sp?), capulin, cedar bay etc..it's got a bit silly really..?

I would like to try yellow Grumi's Mike - as i reckon the yellow strawberry guavas are also far superior to the reds - in size and sweetness?
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Mike says...
The hydrocarbon taint of Brazil cherries is not easily redeemed but acerolas are just a bit plain.My yellow gramichama is grafted onto a purple and branches of the two mingle.The yellows are bigger,more fleshy and sweeter.
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amanda says...
Maybe it's the climate thing again Mike? (re Acerola) U are tropical we are Med. I have eaten tomatoes grown in the sub-tropics too and I reckon they are the worst I have ever come across.
Maybe the toms u grow there taste good to U...but how do u know if u have not tasted better? I reckon they are lousy myself..? :)

It's all relative...but some fruit have no redeeming factors at all, it seems. They are just trendy/unique/novel..?

I think it's a huge shame that some plants are just "chucked" out there, as seedlings, that will never perform. It's not fair on the buyer, at all. It also does not give a Nursery a good rap either.

And: (as a perfect example) U can't expect a tangello/minneola to do that well in Cairns...but we all know that tangellos are a good fruit - and many of us will buy the fruit in the shop - and will also have a go at growing it too.

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Mike says...
Amanda yes that was my problem in trying to grow fruit suited to a cooler climate than here.I liked brazil cherries when I was a kid and I just got used to the taste.Comments should always be taken in the context of that persons' tastes and what the fruit is like in their area.My tomatoes are pretty good by the way and I have had many types in many places.With Brendans seeds they'll be excellent next season.
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amanda says...
I am doubtful Mike (in a nice way) I don't go a day without eating tomatoes (truly) Living in cairns killed me - and I grew my own tom's there too...

I will just have to visit U and Brendan, when I next visit Mother-in-law, and do a taste test? :D
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Mike says...
No worries.I only can grow tomatoes for half the year except for cherry tomatoes.I can hear the storms approaching and the air is heavy,humid and still.
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amanda says...
Sounds nice Mike. We have had thunderstorms predicted for 50%+ of the last 60 days - but not a drop of rain :-(

I don't know why I bother to grow tom's here. $1.50/punnet for the most amazing cherry toms I have ever had.
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amanda says...
(ps - sorry Mike - didn't mean that to sound grumpy BTW...have broken my toe and it's stinking hot....I am just having Nature/garden withdrawals..? ;-)
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melissa says...
i have mine in a pot, don't notice the hairs too much but i do love the interesting shape they grow in.. it's a living sculpture..

funnily enough the thing that got me into unusual fruit trees was the pitanga, i saw it in the nursery and thought it was interesting but thankfully did not waste my money on it.

i feel so sorry for you Amanda..
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Gus says...
Anyone notice this fruit seems to be the most pinchable fruit of the garden?
Dunno if its birds or mice or what (haven't noticed any thieves), but so many of my nicely ripening fruit disappear into mid-air before I even have a chance.
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amanda says...
That's not fair Gus! Birds sometimes peck at mine and mice have a nibble - but the entire fruit doesn't vanish.

There are no seeds on the ground? No droppings from rats maybe? Do u have possums? I have seen Kurrajongs eat grapes whole.

More of my fruit are protected now the tree is much bigger - it's too dense for the birds anyway...
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Db says...
My acerola- bought 2 weeks back from Daleys started flowering. Is it ok to keep them or best to remove them? I'm growing it in a pot. Thanks
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BJ says...
Keep them. They are small fruits and wont slow the establishment of the plant as will larger fruit.
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db says...
Thanks BJ :)
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Gus says...
Would love to know where the fruit are disappearing. No sign of mice rats or anything.
Hope you enjoy the fruit db. I think they are great.
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db says...
Most of the flowers on my Acerola plant are now dropped and also tiny fruits that I started to set dropped, so no cherries :( Is that bcoz of rain we had here in last week? or is it common for Acerola not to set fruit when plant is so young like mine? (I put in pot just couple of weeks back)
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John Mc says...
It might be that it's still small? Mine are quite large bushes loaded in fruit and have been unaffected by the heavy weather.
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db says...
Thanks John Mc, Looks like I'll get good crop later this year then, tree is already growing very fast in the pot..
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BJ says...
Its the size. Are you sure all fell off? I thought all of mine fell off recently but they are just nearly impossible to spot until they get larger and redder. I got about 8-10 from the first crop where I thought none had set until i noticed red fruit.
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Db says...
BJ, I still have few flowers left so thr is still
some hope for some cherries this time, being small tree at this stage I can see all the flowers, so hiding flowers is not issue. Being flowering for the first time, whole tree is not flowering at the moment, only bottle couple of branches flowered.
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BJ says...
they seem to like alot of water. I had mine in the wettest part of the garden, but the fruit arent high on my list, so it got rotated to the back of the yard. They can be dug up and moved anytime of the year with almost no problems. Tough buggers.
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Db says...
BJ, that tip helps, I'll water it more, thanks :)

PS: my pot is in full sun position(north facing fence), will that be the reason for fruit drop? should I put it partly shaded position?
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amanda says...
Have a had some problems with mine this summer too :-( I am wondering of it gets a bit contrary when there is too much change in the weather...?

I realise now that my fruit will almost ripen overnight in a heatwave - and the all of the fruit will drop.

I agree BJ - they do like their water - they can do without it...but do better with regular water when fruiting it seems...
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db says...
All remaining flowers also now dropped without setting any fruit... I hope I'll get some fruits next time it flowers.. Same thing happening to my Panama Berry as well.. Anyway, both growing fast in pot so no worries..
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Gus says...
I just found a little pocket that were ripening nicely on this hot day.
I ate a couple slightly underripe, but still good.
They are a fairly unpredictable tree
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mickB says...
Hi guys just been reading your forum, I have been trying to buy them but have been told they are now a banned plant for WA.
Would it be possible to get a few seeds or some cuttings please. I am in Yokine/Tuart Hill.

Many Thanks

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amanda says...
mickB...can u post the link that states this? That would be so strange...as they don't set from seed...so not weedy. Are they carrying a pathogen now? (eg: fungus)
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mickB says...
I spoke to a guy at tass 1 trees and also found a post on another forum.
Also another website selling them said it did not post these to WA or to Tasmania.

http://www.allrareherbs.com.au/products/Acerola-Cherry.html

http://www.giyaustralia.org/giyers/search/field.html?FIELD_CITY=Maida+Vale%2C+Perth

I think it is the possibility of them carrying fruit fly but don't quote me.

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Jim says...
Hi Mick

I thought Tass 1 was sourcing them locally. Anyway if he has run out ring Wandilla and if they don't have them there is a guy in the quokka that used to sell them. He has a massive one in his front yard, so you could at least get a cutting (seeds are hard to strike).

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mickB says...
I tried Wandilla, they are out of Acerola and Grumichama and not sure if thay will be getting any more.
Tass 1 did have a few large ones $120 each out of my price range at the moment.
I am driving all around Perth and also down as far as Bunbury for work so I don't mind travelling to pick some cuttings up.
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David says...
Mines just finished flowering and fruiting
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Gus says...
Whats your email address mickB?

I can get you a cutting
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mickB says...
Cheers Gus
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Db says...
I bought Acerola cherry tree from Daleys in early 2012 and I planted it in 40cm pot and kept in it for 1 year. Last year it fruited very well (2-3 times) in pot. I transferred it in ground in early 2013 and since then it has never fruited but it is growing well. Flowering is also dropped since transferring it in ground. It is in same location where pot was originally kept in garden so lack of bees is not an issue. I feed it handful of sulphate of potash almost every month since transferring in ground (except this June-July) but still its not fruiting. What could be issue here? What else can I do to encourage more flowering and fruit set?
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Db says...
Anyone?
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Mike says...
Fruit trees being productive in a pot often cut production when they are planted out.Now that it has a taste of freedom the plant is focussed on stretching out its roots and growing.It should start producing again before too much longer.
There is something about confining roots that makes some species fruit quickly.
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Db says...
Thanks Mike, make sense... I hope tree starts producing again in coming spring/summer.
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amanda says...
It's also might be a bit cool yet Db...? They seem to flower profusely in hotter weather...?
(well...mine did anyway..especially after heatwaves..)
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Db says...
Thanks Amanda, I hope mine starts producing again in coming spring/summer. It did flowered in last summer but didn't set any fruit after I transferred in ground (but as I said above it was fruiting well in pot)
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JohnMc1 says...
Is anyone familiar with the larger Acerola's from Brazil?. A fellow fruitie from Recife, Brazil tells me theirs are one and a half times larger, from a detailed pic I sent him. The seed germinates readily as well. He is going to try and organise a pic.
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Mike Tr says...
John is his name Carlos, the retired surgeon?
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JohnMc1 says...
Yes Mike, is he on TTF?
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Mike Tr says...
Yes John and his name is mangaba. I sent some seeds to him. He didn't send any seeds back as he had trouble with the post office system as he is not used to sending seeds. He can get some o the best mangaba, bucuri and bucupari but just need a bit of coaching on how to do it.He has been less active lately.

It is amazing how much those giant acerola seeds look like Garcinia prainiana.
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JohnMc1 says...
I have been emailing back and forth quite a bit lately. Apparently he spends some time out in the country out of comms, but has volunteered to send some Acerola seeds on Monday, lets see how they go. I'm returning the favour with some Finger lime seeds. My green F/L is seedless but the Oval has two seeds per fruit. I am sending 6 seeds of the oval type tomorrow.
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Mike Tr says...
He was very keen on finger limes John and I don't remember if I sent any to him. I did send them to a few others in Brazil.He has good connections with other growers but Recife is almost equatorial and southern Brazilian fruit would do better in NSW.
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JohnMc1 says...
He's chasing other citrus as well, blood orange is one. I explained to him of the conditions he has to meet to get the blood colour. Let's see if the Acerola arrives then we'll talk about others you mentioned earlier.
Carlos is also offering a small Japanese orange, edible skin and all called Kinkan.
I note they have grafted Sumo trees available for sale over there. Haven't asked him about the Gold Nugget Mandarin yet.
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sternus1 says...
John,

your green is probably alstonville if it is seedless,otherwise it is tasty green. The round one isn't a finger lime, I'm not sure what it is--possibly a desert lime, though it doesn't quite look right for that either. Maybe the round Lime/gympie Lime?
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Pretty sure the oval one is a desert lime. I picked the finger lime before it coloured up, I think it may be a yellow from a cutting I did last year. I'm having a hard time finding seeds to send out. I do have an Alstonville from Engall's nursery in Sydney, (pictured). but haven't found a single seed in three years of cropping.
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Attention JohnMc1 - please put a picture of the Desert Lime tree as the the easiest way to tell is by the leaves.

Desert limes are being sold greatly by the nurseries in Melbourne now so I got one and it has long strappy leaves nothing like Finger Lime leaves which are smaller and more round.

Please study the leaves in web pictures below and you should know if it is Desert Lime or not. The reason I ask is because I am looking for some Desert Lime seeds to replace for some Mangabas which are not surviving here, so I am very keen to get these seeds.

By the way, I always threw out a lot of Finger Lime seeds as I ate them recently, but I can save them in future if needed. Chow!
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BJ says...
I have a bunch of fingerlime seeds now. Gotta send out a few tomorrow. Plenty of fruit in the fridge.

The black fruit just looks like a misshapen fingerlime. Some of my collettes are doing that now. Doesn't look like a dooja or a desert lime. Like linton says, the foliage looks very distinctive, almost succulent like. Had a hell of a time keeping my grafted tree alive, but a friend in Samford had fruit on his a while back.
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JohnMc1 says...
My desert lime does not have leaves like that. I'll take some pics tomorrow. The leaves are indistinguishable from the others. I was surprised to see oval shaped fruit actually.
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sternus1 says...
John if your desert lime doesn't have those leaves, then it isn't one. Mine looks exactly like linton's picture.
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Brain says...
Yes, desert lime has weeping type foliage, almost gum leave like in form, definitely distinct from other finger limes. I.e. long and narrow leave shapes

other native oval lime could be the dooja lime - though I don't have one, so can't comment on the foliage.
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JohnMc1 says...
Looks more like Australian Blood lime or Red Centre lime. Is there any similar varieties? Pics and info:
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jakfruit etiquette says...
I would say under ripe blood lime, def not round lime as they are quite different shape and colour.
Kinkan is the Japanese name for Fortunella Kumquats ie nagami + meiwa etc, i'd check to make sure its not just that.
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BJ says...
Its not an under ripe blood lime either. They are a rusty brown to red, never black. Even under ripe their flesh isnt that green. I have seen one selection of fingerlime tht produces fruits like that pretty consistently. It was on eBay and I was surprised that it was being propagated with small round fruit. CSIRO didnt release any other selections outside of the three known ones. It looks like a natural mutation or cross of the native limes, most closely resembling c.virgata (dooja x fingerlime).

Dooja foliage is similar to regular fingerlimes but about three to four times the size. Much more vigrous (than most) also.
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JohnMc1 says...
There's still one fruit on the small bush, I'll let it go all the way and see what it turns into. The colour is a rusty yellow so far.
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Hi John, this site may be of interest re your oval finger limes . http://www.homecitrusgrowers.co.uk/australiannativecitrus/europeanfingerlimes.html
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