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Fruit trees for Arncliffe NSW

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Joe Library starts with ...
Hi, I've been given $100 to spend on fruit trees for my school but I'm not a gardener! Any advice on what will grow well and bare fruit in my area?
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4th May 2016 8:59am
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Waterfall says...
The list could be a long one Joe.

Off the top of my head some easy ones to grow would be the dwarf black mulberry, strawberry/cherry guava, a nectarine or peach (medium or low chill), blueberries (blueberry burst is a good one, follow the planting instructions here http://www.plantnet.com.au/blueberry-plant-care/).
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WATERFALL,2233,NSW
5th May 2016 9:25am
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allybanana says...
Fruit for a school in Sydney, one could try to avoid fruit fly prone fruit. Some options could be, Strawberry guava as it has prolific fruit and high in vitaman C, Ice cream bean as it has prolific fruit and kids generally love them. A mandarin imperial or Emperor could also be good. If there is a place for it to climb a few passion fruit seedlings are always a winner get more than one for better fruit. Preparing the soil and early watering are very important.If you find a local community garden group they may have some ideas and be able to help.
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EDEN, NSW
7th May 2016 12:02am
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Original Post was last edited: 7th May 2016 12:03am
Joe Library says...
Thanks for the responses! Food for thought. The strawberry guava sounds delicious.
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Pademelon1 says...
Lemons, Cumquats, Papaya, Fig, Loquat are all easy to grow. In Sydney's climate you are really only restricted from growing uber-tropical plants.
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PADDINGTON,2021,NSW
9th May 2016 9:45am
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allybanana says...
Many fruit such as peaches and loquats although lovely are very prone to fruit fly. One can net, spray and bait for fruit fly but this is an extra layer of responsibility and effort. Mulberries are great fruit but usually need to be netted for birds and stain clothes, I suggest for a school get a white fleshed mulberry if you plan to get one.

Another thing to consider is ripening time if the fruit ripens during the Christmas holidays the kids miss out on experiencing it. Citrus usually ripens during colder times and so is okay and strawberry guava are primarily autumn. Best of luck.
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Pademelon1 says...
I agree completely with you allybanana,

but I think that the extra layer isn't necessarily overly complicated, and can be worth it, especially when teaching children about growing plants, because it gets them more involved than just planting a tree and waiting.

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Pade
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11th May 2016 5:11pm
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allybanana says...
Do you suggest Pade to educate the children on netting for fruit fly and birds, if support staff have the time, drive and finances to do this, it is an excellent idea. I have done this before with a youth center garden, netting the strawberry patch was very successful. We then constructed a pergola and grew grapes and kiwis on it as a life skills project.

We also would harvest the execs vegetables and the clients took them to a local produce cafe were we ran a tab and kept a book and spreadsheet of our finances also as an educational activity life skills program.

We saved up for a large net to enclose the pergola and ordered one from our local hardware as a life skills project.

Unfortunately the social worker staff in our organisation decided to use our savings tab at the coffee shop for personal coffees and we didn't have the funds to pay for the net when it arrived, and and this was also an educational life skills experience.


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