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Araca/Araza/Eugenia stipitata

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ningnong starts with ...
Hi, I was given an Araca 18mths ago or so now and put in the ground last wet season it took off initially then stopped and gradually lost 80% of its foliage it did set fruit but I took them off too, since we have had some rain now it is recovering but several of the branches have died. Does anyone out there know if there are any peculiarities that I need to be informed about. ie: pH, fungal, deficiencies.. Thankyou
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29th January 2015 2:53pm
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They can be a royal pain in the arse. I've killed more of these than anything else. In my soil they seem to need weekly sprays of phosacid and a good bit of boron to help them. But even then they are tough to keep alive. I've got a 4ft tall one that is barely hanging on and I'm losing my patience. The return for doing so is a fruit inedible out of hand, but incredible in a sorbet. On the other hand they seem to do well in sandy loam soils, but almost always seem to have limb dieback issues.
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29th January 2015 3:48pm
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trikuslaptop1 says...
Not surprised this Amazon fruit struggles in Brisbane ..never seen one taller than me ;) Ones I have planted seem to be doing well ... mixed with heaps of sugar bananas in a smoothy they taste awesome .. every seed I planted sprouted .
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30th January 2015 9:09pm
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MIke T1 says...
They are pretty acidic and in Brazil Eugenia pyriformis is held in higher esteem.It grows in cooler areas as well.This would be a great alternative in Australia if they were more widely available.
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30th January 2015 9:59pm
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Carl76 says...
E. Pyriformis just the one tree,or does that need two trees ?
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30th January 2015 11:01pm
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denise1 says...
I have had just the one tree of E. pyriformis and it did fruit though tasted terrible- I believe they can vary a bit. The uvalha, araca and the E. victoriana are all very difficult to start, with lots of defoliation. It shouldnt be that bad. I have chlorinated tap water. Is there anyone growing these young plants with non-chlorinated water and are they growing well or not.
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31st January 2015 9:59am
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