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23yo_Grower starts with ...
Hey Folks

So I am new to the whole principle of gardening, and have done well in the past year with a Lemon and orange tree both have survived 1 year in my garden...

Now I made an investment into a Lychee tree two actually the first one didn't quite make it. Okay so now onto my second one. After learning from the first one and why it died.

So i just purchased a Marcott Bosworth 3 and would like a few tips to help stimulate growth so it can survive that initial one year.

This is what i have done since receiving the tree from Dally

1. Did not remove it from the pot but planted the pot into the ground with some good soil around it next to a few avocado low laying tress. That way it will be protected from the wind and can receive just morning to mid day sunlight and be shaded towards the evening that way the leaves will not get burnt, Learnt that from the first one. I left it in the open too soon.

2. Water extensive watering around the pot and inside the pot making sure the roots are well soaked. I hear Lychee trees young ones require quite a bit of watering.

3. Purchased some all purpose slow release fertilizer drop a few around away from the trunk.


The goal is to let it settle for about 1 - 2 or maybe 3 months before i will transplant it to a bigger pot and leave it in the same spot till about a year or two before i will plant it into the ground.


Now i got a couple of questions, the leaves on the lychee tree has a tendency to turn brown what can I do more to prevent and promote foliage along with a thicker trunk?


Will add photos tomorrow
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23yo_Grower
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20th October 2018 8:43pm
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denise1 says...
You should not plant the tree out with the pot still on. The tree will put roots out the bottom so making it difficult to get the pot off later. You could kill it in the process. Usually plants are sold ready to plant and have vigour to get established then grow. plants grown yet bigger in a larger pot are often not as adaptable as the normal planting out size. It is said that lychee can take a good amount of water.however you should aim to avoid overwatering when you are establishing any plant. Remember to keep it moist not drying or getting swamped. Also avoid using lots of mulch because you cant see how wet the soil is and it is too hard for the soil to breathe. You dont need to be this fussy when growing hardy plants such as citrus, - mainly just the tropicals
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22nd October 2018 7:50am
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23yo_Grower says...
Oh yes im not planning to leaving it in the hole for a bit till it can get use to the temperature range till i offically plant it. for now next 30 days its just going to get use to the weather down in sydney

Thanks you for the tips

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23yo_Grower says...
I waited till the storm has cleaered in a bit in sydney but i am yet to plant it in the ground as of yet because of the rain and wind. Currently looking for a potting mix that is great for lychee trees but wont cause the fertilizer burn

Any recommendations looking at Richgro 15L Orchid Potting Mix mostly because of its lower acidic rating
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Raj K says...
I’m getting a marcotted Bosworth 3 tomorrow. I’ve been advised that they do not like alkaline soils and prefer slightly acidic, to plant in a 20cm high raised mound to provide better drainage and add pine bark mulch.
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23yo_Grower says...
I will keep this thread alive for anyone interested in growing Lychee in Sydney. I will post once a month with new photos. Hopefully it can provide other growers on here with a bit of inspiration and tips.

So I built it a shelter mostly for the wind. Simple structure really a 60L plastic pot drilled extra holes with a hole saw in the pot and in the side to help with drainage of the pot. Before i put the pot in the ground i put some lazerlite around the pot where the pot is the anchor to hold the lazer lite. I placed it on two side to help deflect the wind if it does come. (Wind Burns)

After the major storms that have hit Sydney and now cleared. I have placed the Lychee tree in cheap potting mix (garden Essentials) $2.5 for 25kg with some garden soil and perlite to to reduce fertilizer burn and to keep the soil well drained. Forgot to also mention placed a bit of acidic sulfur dry mix into the pot to help bring the acidity down to 5.5. I had the tree under an avocado tree for the past 4 months after buying it. When i went to remove the plant which was still in the pot from the ground roots were already shooting out from the pot which is a good sign. Other new growth small buds have started to develop my goal is to protect these new growth and help them put on some leaves so it can get ready for winter.

I have also place a removable lid so i can cover it at night to protect it from frost if it does happen overnight. Day time i will allow it to get full sunlight

Watering twice a day about 2-4L in the morning and at dusk to help keep the soil moist. At this stage i am afraid to water the tree or add fertilizers until the tree has hit a solid 2-3 years with decent root development that way it can resist any major changes. The goal is to get it at least 1.5-1.7m tall first before i worry about the fruit.

The goal is to get to this have a look. A 30 Year old tree with at least 70-90kg of fruit.

https://www.daleysfruit.com.au/forum/lychee14/
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Michael Dang 18 says...
My Bosworth number 3 lychee in Sydney.Its a real struggle to keep the fruits hanging on the tree over this summer with all the heat.
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