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Jaboticaba growers take heart

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sternus1 starts with ...
A few pictures f the (small leaf?) jaboticaba growing and fruiting in my neighbor's paddock. This tree is growing in clay, is never mulched, fertilised, pruned, and is watered only when it rains. It is in a fairly baking hot spot. I cannot even imagine how it survived as a young plant, perhaps once it was cared for by the previous owners. The current Owners never go near it and probably don't even know what it is.

And it is thriving--clearly.

Encouraging, I'd say.

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sternus1
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30th November 2013 5:32pm
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Mike Tr says...
Sternus it is the small leaf sabara alright as 98% of jaboticabas in Australia are.They grow slow at first and get their ship together after 5 or 6 years.
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Mike Tr
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sternus1 says...
Thanks Mike. They sure are heavy bearing, fruit fly don't seem to touch them either. This one is around 15-18 years I'd say. The guy who planted it put in a few fruit trees which I can't identify, I'll probably be hitting you up for more ID's this week. Not a huge fan of the fruit, if only purple mangosteen grew this easily and fruited so prolifically.

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JohnMc1 says...
Mine has fruited for the very first time this year, after, I'm guessing now, probably 6-8 years. There is only four fruit......but, there IS fruit. I'm surprised on just how quick the fruit forms.

Mike, those Rio red seeds you sent are now nice vigorous seedlings. They'll be kept in pots for a fast track to fruit.
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30th November 2013 8:07pm
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Paul W says...
Mine flowered for the first time this year and I am in Gippsland which is about an hour east of Melbourne. It is only about 5 years old and is growing in a large pot. I did this because I saw one growing very well in a pot at Perrys nursery a few years ago and decided to copy this. The other Jaboticaba I have is in the ground is about 10 years old and doesnt look like fruiting but this one in the pot, I am able to grow in my polytunnel and i think this was the key. Anyway, I have one fruit ready to pick and it has started flowering again with some more fruit set already. Very exciting as I have never eaten a Jaboticaba fruit before.
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Jason4 says...
I ate some last year at tropical fruit world. Really does taste like a grape. I know there's a wide variation in flavours with grapes but it was like a "normal" grape. I have a 10+ year old tree too that hasn't flowered but about 7 years ago because it was so slow growing I planted an avocado right beside it with the intention of moving the jaboticaba.


Well in the end I never got around to it so its under a quite large avocado tree now :). Although still seems to be growing well yet slowly. If it ever flowers I guess I can cut the Avocado out.
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denise1 says...
I had some overcrowded jaboticaba trees about 18 years old, big but not flowering but as soon as I did culling and trimming to let light in they flowered straight away. So you may be waiting forever to wait for flowering first. They need good root space too and appreciate watering. Also you can get seeds of fast bearing jaboticaba from Fruitlovers in Hawaii that are available now. You will have to ask him to label them Myrciaria jaboticaba to comply with import requirements.
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denise1 says...
I had some overcrowded jaboticaba trees about 18 years old, big but not flowering but as soon as I did culling and trimming to let light in they flowered straight away. So you may be waiting forever to wait for flowering first. They need good root space too and appreciate watering. Also you can get seeds of fast bearing jaboticaba from Fruitlovers in Hawaii that are available now. You will have to ask him to label them Myrciaria jaboticaba to comply with import requirements.
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amanda19 says...
That's nice dirt in your neighbours paddock tho sternus..? They don't seem to like sandy soils nearly as well, over here in the west..?
I wonder if that's why the suffer so much here....

Mine are in gorgeous rich loam now - that I have added lots of kaolin clay to. They are doing really well at last.

Interestingly the leaves that grow thru the winter here (cold nights) are yellower and smaller - once the soil starts to warm up they then throw out normal leaves again...

Maybe they are not so fussed on cold feet..? :)

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davewastech says...
Hi Amanda,
I read that jabos have quite low tolerance of salt. http://lee.ifas.ufl.edu/Hort/GardenPubsAZ/Jaboticaba.pdf

How's the salinity in your area?

As a former West Aussie I've seen a lot of backyard fruit trees suffering from salinity. (bore water salinity level varies quite a bit within Perth Metro.)
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Julie says...
Have you checked the date on the last post - 2013! Amanda has not been on Daleys forum for years.
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