Testimonials Shop News Specials Catalogue Contact Forum Blog My Account My Edibles
Coffee Plants In Stock and ready to buy
Coffee Plants In Stock and ready to buyHedge and Screen PackWork with us 2020Choose one of these 4 plants to get 40% off
Forum Rules | Updates
<< Back to Daleys Fruit Tree Forum

Citrus and possums

    13 responses

Patrick starts with ...
We put in six different citrus trees a few months ago and the possums have eaten every leaf off every tree. Does anyone know a solution other than completely enclosing each in chicken wire?
About the Author
Patrick1
Tamborine
22nd June 2007 10:33am
#UserID: 80
Posts: 1
View All Patrick1's Edible Fruit Trees
Reply | | Remember to LIKE this Answer(0) LIKE this Question (0)
Correy says...
Patrick I feel your pain.

Possums love Brisbane and are constantly dueling to the death on our roof. They will eat everything from your garden just before it is ripe. I haven't had them eating new shoots from fruit trees. Yours must be really hungry.

The Brisbane council protects the possums and you are not aloud to move them even a 100m away from your home this is because they are territorial and other possums will kill the newcomers.

Here is a link to Possum proof your valuable fruit trees for only $238. Some people might think it is over the top though.

Possum Barrier

People who are sensitive to possums often suggest putting out "non-organic" fruit in a bowel each night. This will cause them to eat this fruit and not your plants.
Pictures - Click to enlarge

Picture: 1
  
About the Author
Correy
Woolloongabba
22nd June 2007 11:44am
#UserID: 3
Posts: 493
View All Correy's Edible Fruit Trees

Reply | | Remember to LIKE this Answer(0) LIKE this Question (0)
Kath says...
I have bush lemons in my piece of bush and a mysterious visitor to the trees eats all the peel off the lemons and leaves them hanging peeled on the tree. Does anyone know who is responsible for this, is it the possums or the cockatoos?
About the Author
Kath1
Cawongla
6th July 2007 8:48am
#UserID: 7
Posts: 8
View All Kath1's Edible Fruit Trees
Reply | | Remember to LIKE this Answer(0) LIKE this Question (0)
Jason says...
We also had the mysterious pefectly peeled lemons left hanging on our lemon tree... it turned out to be fruit bats eating the peel and leaving the fruit otherwise untouched!
About the Author
Jason14
 
26th June 2011 11:35pm
#UserID: 5476
Posts: 1
View All Jason14's Edible Fruit Trees
Reply | | Remember to LIKE this Answer(0) LIKE this Question (0)
Brendan says...
That would save you peeling them Jason :-)
I have the opposite, the possums eat the inside of my oranges and leave the hollow skin hanging there :-(
About the Author
Brendan
Mackay, Q
27th June 2011 5:44am
#UserID: 1947
Posts: 1722
View All Brendan's Edible Fruit Trees

Reply | | Remember to LIKE this Answer(0) LIKE this Question (0)
Tom says...
The possums from Oz at least are sort of friendly looking. Ours are hideous (and they smell as nice as they look). I wouldn't have expected that yours could look so cuddly but be so vicious. Anyway - to the problem at hand - possums eating everything you work for just as they come ripe (and sometimes long before) - we found sprinkling cayenne pepper at the base of our pineapples, citrus, passionfruit, and ambarellas stopped them digging and climbing those. It's a constant battle, though.
Pictures - Click to enlarge

Picture: 1
  
About the Author
Tom
Orlando, Florida
27th June 2011 9:01am
#UserID: 3912
Posts: 101
View All Tom's Edible Fruit Trees

Reply | | Remember to LIKE this Answer(0) LIKE this Question (0)
Zady says...
Hi Tom, they reason they look so very different is because the American 'Possum' is actually an 'opossum.' Not related to the Australian Possum at all.
About the Author
Zady
Portland, Vic
27th June 2011 9:30am
#UserID: 5331
Posts: 28
View All Zady's Edible Fruit Trees
Reply | | Remember to LIKE this Answer(0) LIKE this Question (0)
BJ says...
Yes, your Opossums are more like our Dasyurini's - Quolls, Devils etc. Tiger Quoll is sometimes called an Opossum, but they are getting fairly rare - certainly not much of a threat to the average fruit grove - besides, they are carnivores.

I have at least 3 types of Possum here, so my roof becomes a battlefield for the right to raid my passionfruit, papaya and Inga pods. Luckily all 3 of those grow like weeds and the possums are welcome to them - I just wish they'd be a bit more quiet about it!
About the Author
Theposterformerlyknownas
Brisbane
27th June 2011 12:40pm
#UserID: 3270
Posts: 1552
View All Theposterformerlyknownas's Edible Fruit Trees

Reply | | Remember to LIKE this Answer(0) LIKE this Question (0)
Mike says...
The opossums are an early divergent branch of marsupials and there are lots of species.Tiger quolls are so rare now that no chicken coops seem to get raided.Brushtailed possums are the ones that cause most drama here and in some places striped possums can raid fruit.Flying foxes,cockatoos and rainbow lorikeets are the vertebrates that indulge most in my yard.
About the Author

Cairns
27th June 2011 4:15pm
#UserID: 5418
Posts: 1438
View All 's Edible Fruit Trees

Reply | | Remember to LIKE this Answer(0) LIKE this Question (0)
Tom says...
I think your critters are more ferocious than ours - they're certainly noisier. I've never heard a possum here make a noise other than a low hiss even as I've carried it away. And I don't think I'd try to grab one of yours by its tail from the descriptions you've given of the murdering type on your roofs. For all the hissing and showing of twisted, sharp teeth, you'd think ours would be more like yours; but it's actually easy to walk up to one of our slow, near-sighted stinkers and grab it by the tail. Maybe you should reconsider the cayenne pepper advice I posted, though, as it sounds like it's better not to aggravate yours.
About the Author
Tom
Orlando, Florida
27th June 2011 8:47pm
#UserID: 3912
Posts: 101
View All Tom's Edible Fruit Trees

Reply | | Remember to LIKE this Answer(0) LIKE this Question (0)
Mike says...
We have a lot of types but the brush-tails max out at about 9 lbs.Relocation is the easiest option and their noise and posturing can be offputting and they are not easy to handle. Cayennes might not be enough but people would not enjoy habanero flavoured fruit either.
About the Author

Cairns
27th June 2011 9:12pm
#UserID: 5418
Posts: 1438
View All 's Edible Fruit Trees

Reply | | Remember to LIKE this Answer(0) LIKE this Question (0)
Marg says...
Yes Kath I think it's the possums, I have the same problem. They mainly eat the yellow skins but this week a green one is half peeled too.
I also have a ruby grapefruit around the other side of the house. One year the grapefruit skins were all left hanging on the tree with all the flesh eaten out of them through a small hole. In the sun they looked like beautiful glowing pink chinese lanterns! When some scaffolding right beside the grapefruit came down this stopped.
It was suggested that I could construct a metal cone around the tree trunk so possums couldn't climb up but my lemon tree branches are quite close to the ground and I'd rather not prune it too strongly.
I think I'll try the cayenne pepper sprinkle - we've tried peeing around the tree but that makes no difference to the possums although it really helps the citrus fruit :)
About the Author
Marg
Taggerty
30th April 2014 9:01am
#UserID: 9884
Posts: 1
View All Marg's Edible Fruit Trees
Reply | | Remember to LIKE this Answer(0) LIKE this Question (0)
Original Post was last edited: 30th April 2014 9:01am
Brendan says...
Hi Marg, you might find some animal deterrents here: http://pestawayaust.com.au/index.html
About the Author
Brendan
Mackay, Q
30th April 2014 10:52am
#UserID: 1947
Posts: 1722
View All Brendan's Edible Fruit Trees

Reply | | Remember to LIKE this Answer(0) LIKE this Question (0)
Bronro says...
Buy a cheap set of garden solar lights and surround your trees with these. Possums will avoid the tree.
About the Author
Bronro
Blairgowrie
27th September 2018 10:59pm
#UserID: 19058
Posts: 1
View All Bronro's Edible Fruit Trees
Reply | | Remember to LIKE this Answer(0) LIKE this Question (0)

REPLY to this forum

Login or Create Account

<< Back to Daleys Fruit Tree Forum