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midyim berries zero fruit

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davewastech starts with ...
Hi guys,
I planted two midyims about 5m apart originally in semi shade 7 years ago. They flower ok, but I've never found a single fruit - and I do look. Garden is near Chatswood, Sydney. The garden is becoming more shady by now as nearby trees grow. They were purchased from separate nurseries.
What did I do wrong? Maybe they are not self-pollinating?
Thanks,
Dave
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jakfruit etiquette says...
I had one plant, always had some fruit so must have self pollinated. I assume yours flower ? ie it flowers but doesnt set rather than it just doesnt flower ? Im in Victoria, so they can grow outside their natural range, which is Nth NSW where they grow anywhere from inside rainforest to the seashore. They should be ok in your area. Many plants flower due to stress triggers, ie cold drying out etc.
Are your plants too happy ie too well watered too much fertilizer, which can push plants into green growth with less flowering. Also there are a few species of Midyim and some hybrids of them.
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Original Post was last edited: 12th November 2019 7:32am
davewastech says...
Hi Jakfruit,

Flowering at the moment - see photo (sorry quality of photo not great). Yes I haven't been able to find out whether midyims are monoecious, dioecious, self-pollinating, or just infertile hybrid. Or maybe just some midyims don't have fruit. For me it's two out of two with no fruit. Another possibility is that they're not even midyims(?)
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jakfruit etiquette says...
If you image search midyim flowers, they have a lot of stamens. Your image is blurry but doesnt seem to be any stamens sticking up ?. Wild species can be a mix of monoecious, dioecious etc, maybe you have a landscape version of midyim not a bush tucker version. If I remember, I grew mine from seed of heavily fruiting seashore plants, not from less fruiting plants in the rainforest. Seashore plants are more prostrate, forest plants upright.
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davewastech says...
Thanks for your info,
I'm not sure about the stamens. Later I'll get a better photo. I've seen them planted in parks near here in the past and they had fruit (those plants have been removed). Probably I should dig mine out and try again.
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davewastech says...
Better photo of flowers (I hope)
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jakfruit etiquette says...
Plenty of stamens there, ie they look like white sewing pins pointing up.
You can also check if there is any pollen, ie usually yelow dust.
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denise1 says...
I collected seeds from plants near the coast that were all fruiting well, but the several seedlings I grew from them had heaps of flowers but very few fruit. I will try again now I am in a warmer climate.
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davewastech says...
Thanks,
I'll have a look
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denise1 says...
Maybe some fertilizer rich in potassium will boost fruit production
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davewastech says...
Thanks Denise. I have tried potassium sulfate occasionally in the past. Actually I will try again now since the plants are bigger and currently flowering.
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