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Fruit trees - Which ones to grow in Hampton Park

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Fruit Newbie starts with ...
This post may be a long one, and may need to be dispersed amongst different areas. So if any admin decided to do so, I do not mind in the slightest. And please accept my apologies from now for any inconvenience.

Actually my wife is the greenthumb in our family.

We just shifted into another rental property in Hampton Park recently, and after speaking with the landlord, we feel confident that we can plant a few fruit trees and eat from them, before we make another shift, if ever it comes to that.

Just today, my wife purchased four fruit trees. A black fig, a black boy peach, a eureka lemon tree and a dwarf pink lady tree from Dandenong Market. Oh, and my sister presented my daughter with a blueberry plant, only yesterday.

Just to play it safe, I advised my dear half to plant and grow them in large pots for two years, to further gauge how the landlord fares. Once things seem calm and on track, then we may plant them in the ground.

The house already has a few fruit trees. One (I think, because of the hard seeds) Mexican guava tree, an apricot tree, an apple (type to be yet confirmed) tree, a tall pomegranate tree in the corner, an orange tree with a graft of another (ugli?) citrus tree.

So yeah... this is what we have so far.

I would love to learn how to care for these trees. My wife thrives on YouTube, watching all those American videos on how to care for plants and trees. Whilst they may give great general advice, I believe it is far more beneficial getting advice from Aussie growers. Specifically from the Melbourne region, if possible.

I have a friend that has a peach and nectarine tree that fruits once every two years. Beautiful fruits, but too sparse for my liking. So advice on which trees thrive in Melbourne, or are easy to grow and look after, that are very tasty and fruitful, is much appreciated.

Also, I am not sure how much of a fruit an avocado is, but advice on which avocado tree is best to plant here, for both hardiness, flavour, ease of taking care of and plentiful avocadoes will also be heartily appreciated.

Finally, I know that not every fruit tree has a type that can be grown in Melbourne, that is really easy to look after, that copiously fruits. So, as many of the boxes that the fruit trees you believe will tick for my prerequisites should do.

Thank you once and all from now.

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Fruit Newbie
Hampton Park, 3976
24th June 2018 4:34pm
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Fruit Newbie says...
The photos actually uploaded the opposite of how I attached them:

Picture 1 = The three bare root trees (black fig, black boy peach and pink lady).

Picture 2 and 3 = the eureka lemon pot plant (+ my wife's other plants).

Picture 4 and 5 = I am not sure what the tree in picture 5 is, so I took a more encompassing photo in 4 as well, hoping it will be more obvious to the more seasoned green thumbs out there. Picture 4 and 6 also has a shot of the pomegranate tree, right in the corner. I fear that this tree may not be of the fruiting kind though. How to tell?

Picture 6 = What I believe to be an apple tree. Not sure of the type though.
My wife wants to whittle it down to knee height (based on a famous YouTube American green thumb), so it can concentrate on growing more branches, and to make the apples more readily accessible.

Picture 7 and 8 = The citrus tree plus its graft. Picture 7 has a close up of the fruit growing off of the grafted side. I am assuming that the city's bush with the yellow (sickly?) leaves with the thorns is the grafted tree, as it is flimsier and seemingly weaker. We have eaten from the orange tree already, and there are more flowers budding already. Yihhoo! These oranges are amazing!

Picture 9 = The apricot tree. A lot of shoots that look very young (possibly shot out only just this year?). I am looking forward to the fruits from this tree.

Picture 10, 11, 12 and 13 = The guava tree and its fruits. I have cut the largest one that fell off the tree to show its annoying seeds. So much of them! Regardless, I gobbled it all down. This genus of guava had the texture of, and tastes so much like a feijoa, it is uncanny! I love the feijoa fruit! We used to pick them off a tree in a house's front yard, on our (Ellen) street in Springvale, when we were kids. 30+ years ago! I may have to buy one, one of these days.
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24th June 2018 6:08pm
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