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My little experiment

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tecko starts with ...
I've just bought half a kilogram of beef liver, cut it into 6 pieces and bury them (2 pieces) in three places around my lychee tree. (About 2 feet away from the trunk). Will be able to report on the success of this experiment in a few months' time (i.e. Summer 12/13). By success, I'm looking forward to getting some edible fruit by the coming summer.
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tecko1
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9th August 2012 10:50am
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Ken says...
Can you elaborate a bit on what the liver is supposed to achieve and how.
Just seems like a waste of good beef liver to me.
I'd get a better result with liver with a fry pan and onion gravy.
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John42
Rockhampton
9th August 2012 6:52pm
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Julie says...
Ken, I agree - it is expensive and wasteful. I think the practice probably originated on farms where offal was freely available and fed to dogs. so it was a cheap way to add nitrogen to the soil.

Better to add some blood and bone.
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Julie
Roleystone WA
9th August 2012 7:41pm
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Coastie says...
Try burying 500gm liver under the passionfruit vine, you will soon see it is not the same as blood and bone.
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9th August 2012 8:33pm
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Ilijas says...
What does it do that's different to blood & bone?
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Ilijas
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10th August 2012 12:39am
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M Nash says...
The high iron content?
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10th August 2012 2:26pm
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snottiegobble says...
Maybe better to stick an old Harley under it then? :-)
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16th August 2012 8:06pm
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Coastie says...
Good afternoon, for those people who wanted to know 'what does liver under passionfruit do?' have a look at my vine today.
If you can zoom in on the vine which by the way is xtra healthy!....you will see there is a fruit/flower about every 15cm.The count would be many hundreds.There are two vines here, a golden pananma and grafted black, the black is overtaking the yellow.
Cant wait for tasty fruit, they are full , probably about Easter time they will be a plague of passionfruit at our house.
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30th December 2012 4:28pm
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Julie says...
I'm not disagreeing with you Coastie, the vine does look good. But as an experiment you had no control vine which was fed differently to compare it to.

I'm sure it responded to the liver, but it might also have responded to other forms of nitrogen just as well.

Just sayin'!
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Coastie says...
Thanks for reply Julie, the only control vine I had was vines which I have grown in the past which have not been as good as when liver was used.
It is called experience though.
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coastie
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31st December 2012 6:33am
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Julie says...
OK!
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Jantina says...
Certainly very impressive looking vines and fruit Coastie. Check out these pics Amanda (she's a passionfruit addict!)
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Jantina
Mt Gambier
1st January 2013 10:46am
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amanda says...
Lol Jantina! I am very jealous cos I have had to start again at our new home and mine are just babies (sunshine specials) They are huge fruit Coastie...now they just need "filling"...

I am going to 'have a go' at a panama red (seedling) down here - my neighbour has a capsicum plant that has lived thru 2 winters outside here - which I find interesting - so u never know.

The Sunshine special was bred in WA, for WA conditions though...(so the rumour goes.. ;-)
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Leschenault (160kms south of Perth)
2nd January 2013 12:04pm
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Coastie says...
Good luck Amanda, I will watch your progress.My fruit are filling because the wildlife let me know.....the cockatoos pick the green ones off..fly to their very high 'eating tree' and eat the inside out, some times they drop some and I can see they are full but not sweet enough for us yet .
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