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jaboticaba in VIC

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SY starts with ...
I would like to know if jaboticaba and acerola trees will go well in VIC.

I live in Melbourne - suburb Blackburn and I am planning to buy two of those trees(each).

I will plant them in pots.

Thanks,

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10th September 2015 12:38pm
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Rob19 says...
Hi Sy,

I'm growing three jabo's in pots in Melbourne and whilst they are very slow growing they don't seem to be bothered by the cold. I never move mine or protect them and even the recent frost a few months back didn't seem to affect them.
Mine are seedlings and they seem to like a fair bit of water and a good sprinkling of blood and bone here and there. Just don't expect a full size tree in a few years. I think mine might be three years old and the biggest one is about 60-70cm tall.

I've had less luck with the acerola. I'm on to my second one after the first died in some cold weather and this one looks pretty sad too. To be honest it doesn't get a tone of love so I wouldn't say it can't be grown but unlike the jabo's I'm not sure they can be neglected unless you find a really nice microclimate in your garden.

Good luck!
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WEST FOOTSCRAY,3012,VIC
10th September 2015 2:06pm
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Markmelb says...
SY - im just south of you and have a large & small leaf in ground against house facing East - raised beds lots compost from worm farm - LL has grown quickly in 2 years 1.7mt - SL very slow about 1mt & 3 y/o now - got thru winter just ok starting a flush soon.

A friend has fruiting Jabs in pots in Donvale (gets frost there) and are well worth the wait

Acerola survived winter in pot inside east windows & starting a flush soon too
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MOUNT WAVERLEY,3149,VIC
10th September 2015 2:31pm
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Rob19 says...
Hi Markmelb,

Do you know if the small leaf can be grafted onto the large leaf?

I'm starting to think I'll be 100 before my SL trees are as big as you LL tree.
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WEST FOOTSCRAY,3012,VIC
14th September 2015 3:45pm
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Markmelb says...
Rob - Are you 95 already? :) It wont take that long - thats reason why we should have started this hobby at 15 - No idea about grafting - they are cuttings anyway - could tie one tight against the other and see if the grow together? But why would you?
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MOUNT WAVERLEY,3149,VIC
14th September 2015 4:27pm
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Thithi says...
My, I would love to grow jab if I could buy a tree thats already fruited.... at a reasonable price :)
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MELBOURNE,,NT
15th September 2015 5:45pm
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Melbloke says...
Hi Mark
How are your jaboticaba doing now? I am in bayside area and have been building a mostly tropical garden for the past year and would love to hear if you had fruit yet? Do you have a youtube channel?
Cheers
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Melbloke
BAXTER,3911,VIC
9th December 2020 8:05am
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Markmelb says...
Hi Melbloke
Some fruit last year first time on 7y in situ Grimal - looks like Sabara or small leaf trying to flower from bumps forming - is older than grimal and over the 2.7mt eaves - Have grafted Red Hybrids to Grimal seedlings which is more cold hardy than Small leaf i feel.
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Markmelb
MOUNT WAVERLEY 3149 VIC Australia
9th December 2020 10:32am
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Melbloke says...
Hi again Markmelb.
Thanks heaps for the reply, much appreciated and it sounds like your patience will be rewarded soon.
I have Large leaf, small leaf, red hybrid and giant jaboticabas but all are still quite young but the bonus is that they look great even without the fruit.
Cheers
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10th December 2020 1:48pm
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TareqMelb1 says...
Hi Mark and all,

How do you compare the cold tolerence of diffirent Jaboticabas, particularly the small leave, red and scarlet?
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CHELTENHAM,3192,VIC
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Markmelb says...
I think the Red Hybrid is a bit sensitive but Coronata has been fine too on an east facing position - not given the Red Hybrid a full winter outdoors just yet.
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3rd February 2021 3:21pm
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TareqMelb1 says...
Thanks Mark. Much appreciated.
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CHELTENHAM,3192,VIC
4th February 2021 12:15pm
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Linton says...
Jabs in Winter!

Seems like this small tree prefers to fruit when it’s cold and loves the 2 degree mornings we’ve been having so much that it has produced quite a few clusters of berries along the trunks. Although they are said to produce a couple of crops per year I always thought that this would happen over the warmer months but this Jaboticaba didn’t fruit in Summer, it’s only fruiting now that its become cold.

Could you please confirm that this is usually the case for Jaboticabas growing in cooler zones that they only fruit in Winter. Picture taken today. Thanks.
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NOBLE PARK,3174,VIC
4th June 2021 8:26pm
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Original Post was last edited: 4th June 2021 8:27pm
Edward3 says...
Hi Linton. I have a couple of mature jaboticaba trees in Sydney and my experience has been that they flower after a sustained good soaking from rain. That seems to be the trigger. Very similar to my experience with star fruit. And that can happen any time of the year. But the fruit will be sweeter if it happens in warmer months.
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