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Casimiroa tea white sapote tea - Thanks for the advice, Where is that Davidson plum photo taken from?..49 days 11hrs
Acha cha fruit seeds - Hi All, Thank you so much for sharing your experience & photos that's super awesome! I only just got the notifications in my email today since Potty's reply. ..49 days 11hrs
Which fruit trees can be grown in - Hi All, I've planted 2 in heavy clay, 1 in much more heavy clay I took 2 wheel barrows of it out & mixed alittle back in with liquid ground breaker. The first one had very thick mulch a couple of foot high over a year before planting & was not too b..55 days 12hrs
Inga bean cutting - Hi Linton! Thank you for your reply which I just seen. Interesting I will give it a try, how's your plants any fruits off of them yet, what they taste like any good ?..58 days 8hrs
Icecream beaninga years wont flower - Hi All, I have planted an Inga Ice-cream bean from seed which came fresh from my uncles fruiting tree which he chopped down!! And I never got to taste it, as I found it in our family fridge when I got home one day & it had already become to old/damaged..58 days 9hrs
Casimiroa tea white sapote tea - Hi All, Anyone grow White Sapote & make tea from its leaves ? Casimiroa Tea anyone ?..77 days 8hrs
Carambola starfruit frost limit - Hi Waterfall, hows your garden & specifically your Carambola doing this season ?..77 days 8hrs
Carambola starfruit frost limit - Hi Maverick, Hope someone gets back to you with some help, thanks for sharing the photos always good to see the plant we are talking about. My General guess would be that it needs more sun/heat & keep up on the watering. I think it must be winter or at..77 days 8hrs
Eggplant seedlings rootbound - Hi, anyone have experience with rootbound eggplant seedlings? My uncle gave me some really rootbound seedlings which were in 8x small pots from spring & have just planted them out in my garden bed, what are the chances of them healing & producing a decent..81 days 9hrs
Seedling chestnut flowering months old - I wonder if this is the reason, as I have always had flowers on really young seedlings which is a problem because it weakens them so much, putting out flowers so early. I regularly go out and inspect my plants leaves & stems multiple times per day & celeb..92 days 18hrs
White sapote casimiroa - Hi All, I had purchased a Golden Globe White Sapote... it had picked up well but in its early stages the chickens dug it out of the ground (early spring 2018) & I think it was sitting on the lawn for a couple of days.. without any soil, sun glaring at ..100 days 12hrs
Do you know - We call it Wara'Anab, it's easier to pick & tastes better, cooks better than the smooth leaf, you need to pull at the smooth leaf more to get it off, when you need a few kilos of green leaves, it matters...113 days 12hrs
Do you know - Hi All, I need your advice as I am looking for a grapevine that has large furry leaves, grapes is not required. (Non-Furry Leaves is fine too but furry is preferred)...114 days 10hrs
Gac fruit anyone - Hi Jranns, That's awesome - very exciting. Where in Sydney are you growing them may I ask ? Do you have them in a greenhouse or out in the open ? If you have some seeds I will trade you for fresh Jabuticaba fruit if you're interested...126 days 10hrs
Youngberries - Replying to an antique post here but I am curious the people that say their plants won't fruit is it because they are too healthy & don't need to reseed yet, maybe they need to be stressed a little or patience till they decide reseeding is required...257 days 8hrs

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Acha cha fruit seeds - Nice looking tree Bspargo, mine is in the ground and just a little bigger than yours... still no sign of flowers. I was hoping to see some action this season. Btw does anyone know what time of year they do flower?..Liked Answer 49 days 11hrs
Casimiroa tea white sapote tea - I have heard of white sapote seeds having some toxicity. I would be cautious about drinking a lot of tea from the leaves...Liked Answer 49 days 11hrs
Casimiroa tea white sapote tea - Hi Farouk, So I have consulted the brain trust here, and nobody has heard of Casimiroa tea. While we are primarily an edible plants nursery, we know how bad things can get if you eat the wrong thing, so we don't encourage experimentation without sound..Liked Answer 49 days 11hrs
Which fruit trees can be grown in - In the subtropics I'm finding the two best performers in clay to be Panama Berry and Ice-cream bean. Mango is also supposed to tolerate it and they are everywhere, so I'm planting that next. Sesbania is another good one - not a fruit per se, but is some..Liked Answer 55 days 12hrs
Inga bean cutting - Yes they are very simple and fast growing from cutting. I grew some from stem pieces I had cut and had been lying around for a few days. Just stuck them in the dirt and they grew......so easy!..Liked Answer 58 days 8hrs
Panache fig tree - Hi would you like to share any cuttings?? im really looking for these figs around sydney area. ..Liked Answer 68 days 9hrs
Paw paw - Hey Gregory, have you ever tried white sapote (casimiroa)? Flavour of the month here atm, prob too hot for you guys but well worth growing, half the reason I moved up here from Victoria is to grow them. ..Liked Answer 77 days 8hrs
Carambola starfruit frost limit - Hello I have a starfruut plant that I have had roughly a year but having issues with keeping leaves on. I have attached a picture of some leaves to see if someone here could possibly help with fixing the problem. I live in southern Ontario Canada and it i..Liked Question 77 days 8hrs
Carambola starfruit frost limit - Hello I have a starfruut plant that I have had roughly a year but having issues with keeping leaves on. I have attached a picture of some leaves to see if someone here could possibly help with fixing the problem. I live in southern Ontario Canada and it i..Liked Answer 77 days 8hrs
Carambola starfruit frost limit - I'm growing a grafted Katy carambola just south of Wollongong. It''s just over two years old in a 30 L pot and is doing fine. It loses it's leaves in October and they come back in November...Liked Answer 77 days 8hrs
Do you know - Why? do you like Furry Dolmades? ..Liked Answer 113 days 12hrs
Youngberries - Help somebody, is this a youngberry ? Purchased about three years ago in Kyogle they did no good at first planting so I replanted them beside a five foot high retaining wall (they face north) and they have flourished there, sending out long canes of seve..Liked Answer 257 days 8hrs
Pistachio1 - Bought some fresh pitashio seeds from fruit shop in Bondi Junction. Will try to sprout them in the greenhouse...Liked Answer 379 days 14hrs
Acha cha fruit seeds - Farouk - They germinate quite easily in well draining mix - no need to put in tissue etc - they can take a while depending on warmth etc - mine took 6 months - my lemon drops also - so be patient - happy gardening..Liked Answer 408 days 12hrs
Lady finger banana transplanting - Hi Jesse, Banana plants come back well. I'm not a banana professional but I had a dozen or so in my orchard until last Spring. Winter 2017 was very dry. Virtually no rain for 3 months or so and I did my best to be able to keep enough water up to my or..Liked Answer 426 days 9hrs
Lady finger banana transplanting - Hi Jesse You don't need any special treatment to your banana corm wounds. Bananas are very tough and forgiving herbs. What they hate is being left to dry, frost , windy sites and planted alone in an exposed area. If you are planning to plant it in the ..Liked Answer 426 days 9hrs
Lady finger banana transplanting - Hi there, I’m new here, first post. I have a small lady finger banana plant that friend wanted removed. The original plant was cut down by and this is the regrowth. I tried to get as much root as possible, but I’ve had shoulder surgery a fe..Liked Question 426 days 9hrs
What plant is this4 - Hi, I am wondering if anyone can help me identify this plant. My son and his fiance recently purchased a house in Adelaide and this plant came up, it had small purple flowers followed by chilli like fruit (they smell like chillies when cut in Half) Does..Liked Question 426 days 9hrs
What plant is this4 - Thanks so much for that. I had a search around on the internet and came to the same conclusion, that it is a kangaroo apple and I told my son to wait until very ripe to try it. Has to be dropping off the tree before you can eat it. thanks for your he..Liked Answer 426 days 9hrs
Banana passionfruit - Hi Culebra - what do u feed yours etc? I'm not having much luck with them - I think it may b too hot here? I love them - there's never enuf' pulp in a p'fruit 4 me - so these guys could satisfy my addiction in the interim!..Liked Question 426 days 10hrs
Thai chilli not thriving - Hi Farouk It's also beneficial now to apply Epsom salt to your solanaceae family veggies. It really work wonders. It greatly help to improve flowers and fruit production and assist plants to become greener and bushier. Just follow manufacturer's specs bu..Liked Answer 446 days 11hrs
Avocado identity - Farouk - the Palmer was just ok - sort of 3/4 ripe - but hey Palmers are usually avail in Feb - so was mine early or late??? Your Sapodilla seedling could take 8 to 10 years Vs a grafted one like mine above - Daleys had some Prolifics but price went up $1..Liked Answer 446 days 11hrs
What to grow alongside a fig should - Hi all, We've recently moved into our house in Southeast Sydney and would appreciate some advice regarding whether we should keep the fig you can see in the pictures. If we do, what fruit trees if any could be grown on either side - pomegranate and manda..Liked Question 447 days 10hrs
Avocado identity - Farouk - i was actually just having a lend of you - i always engrave the seed avo type on the cut top of the seed - if your only buying supermarket avos they will be a hybrid of say Hass and a pollinator - been discussed here alot already. Mangos wont set..Liked Answer 448 days 7hrs
Thai chilli not thriving - You're overwatering and over fertilizing it. You are killing them softly with too much love. Ease on watering and fertilizing a bit. Monitor the water. Just give them a drink when they are about to go dry . With fertilizer follow the manufacturers specs. ..Liked Answer 448 days 7hrs
Plant id please diospyros nigra - Wow you're good, you know what I totally forgot I actually had a store brought Sapodilla a few months ago I totally forgot that I planted a seed out! Wow well done! is there a fireworks button here somewhere ? I am 10x more excited now hoping it is..Liked Answer 448 days 8hrs
Red bisexual papaya - Maybe paint some copper-oxy fungicide onto that sick one and may help that internal rot?..Liked Answer 448 days 8hrs
Red bisexual papaya - It looks like it got too much water during winter and begun to rot. There is a good chance it will not survive this. But remember they are a short lived fast growing plant anyway so starting again with a new plant will not tke long. They will always ge..Liked Answer 448 days 8hrs
Passionfruit passiflora foetida red - I think it dies off completely but as it is so prolific there are bound to be fruit which drop and sprout the following season. ..Liked Answer 448 days 8hrs
Passionfruit passiflora foetida red - Hello Phil, Thank you for the details that's very nice, sounds like it has an interesting taste, I have got a tiny lil one sprouted now & has about 5 small leaves on it. When you say it dies off in winter, does that mean you need to reseed it or doe..Liked Answer 448 days 8hrs
Passionfruit passiflora foetida red - I hope you enjoy the fruit, they are very prolific in their second season and you should have them forever once they start dropping. They taste different to regular passionfruit, I'll be interested in your opinion...Liked Answer 448 days 8hrs
Honey gold mango - Some say with mangos, the earliest shoot is true to type and so you should discard the rest, whilst the others say the opposite. You might need to keep both to be on the safe side. ..Liked Answer 457 days 7hrs
Honey gold mango - I ate my first honey gold today from woolworthes and wow what a delicious mango it is! I'm going to try grow one from seed, I'm just not sure if I can find some more space in my yard :-D..Liked Answer 457 days 7hrs
Red bisexual papaya - Hi Farouk, I have grown Papaya for a few years now in Sydney and in my opinion its just not worth it. The fruit take too long to ripen and ususally hang on over winter and the taste is average when this happens...Liked Answer 475 days 10hrs
Plant id please diospyros nigra - I would say at a rough guess it is a Sapodilla...Liked Answer 475 days 12hrs
Carambola starfruit frost limit - Hello Fruitylicious, thanks for all the details very experienced sounds like, I usually am pretty keen to find it out by giving it a go also. Unfortunately I have sort of run out of ground space to plant it at my parents place where my tiny little fruit f..Liked Answer 475 days 12hrs
Carambola starfruit frost limit - Hi Farouk, We grow a grafted carambola in Sydney, its 3 years old and bounces back each spring after dropping its leaves usually in October just before growing new ones. Lowest temps I have seen here are around 2 - 3 degrees and we dont get frost...Liked Answer 475 days 12hrs
Carambola starfruit frost limit - Yes, you can grow carambola in Melbourne in the open. They can take light frost especially the Kary variety. But getting them to fruit is extremely difficult in the open because they need a long warm growing season to set fruit. Even in Sydney if the autu..Liked Answer 475 days 12hrs
Soursop2 - Hi Farouk, we are also in Sydney and we grow a fare bit of tropical fruit. My Rollinia tree is about 2m tall and has about 100 flowers on it this spring so I am hoping for our first fruits. We also have a 3 year old soursop but it lives in a small hea..Liked Answer 476 days 1hrs
Surinam cherry brazilian cherry - That's a very small tree for it's age. At 4 years it should be close to shoulder height in Sydney and flowering and fruiting. Mine's only six years old and has been fruiting for 3 of them and over 6 feet high. Actually up till now, the flowers and frui..Liked Answer 482 days 11hrs
Pistachio1 - Thanks for reminding me. I am waiting for Harris farm to have fresh seeds to sprout...Liked Answer 483 days 7hrs
Fig panache tiger - Hello Farouk, it is a long time and I would have expected it to grow already, but there is still a chance it will make it...Liked Answer 493 days 19hrs
Jaboticaba4 - I just went out and had a close check again with the torch. It has one large cauliflower, and a number (at least a dozen) protrusions from the trunk and lower branches which I am presuming will turn into flowers. It is interesting as it has a sore at ..Liked Question 532 days 9hrs
Jaboticaba4 - How long does it usually take for a Jabot to flower usually? Mine has a few cauliflowers afer only 6-8 months in the ground, and no larger, but a little sturdier, than those you usually find at bunnings etc. Is this normal? My only real experience with..Liked Answer 532 days 9hrs
Avocado identity - thats like trying to tell if a Wild Duck was born in NSW or Victoria - just graft something you know onto it?? Oh also spring wont even begin here for real till after 21st Sept :)..Liked Answer 553 days 11hrs
Rare fruit in maket - fwoooar! Look at those mangosteen and (langsat?). 2.50$ for eight....I'd probably pitch a tent outside the stall...Liked Answer 554 days 8hrs
Rare fruit in maket - Mike, I picked small because I had no-one to share with, the Mrs tried her best a couple of times, I admired her willingness, and I wasn't going to waste any. I checked the fruit stem knuckle for the clean break before buying. This pic might be a better ..Liked Answer 554 days 8hrs
Rare fruit in maket - I posted this on my FB page while in Indo: OK, for those of you that are Durian inadequate. Pic 1 is the fruit itself. The spines are as hard and as sharp as they look, like steel. One of these could have fallen on my head yesterday when I was looki..Liked Answer 554 days 8hrs
Rare fruit in maket - They are close to D.zibethinus and seeds were sent overseas where they could be more secure...Liked Answer 554 days 8hrs
Unhappy miracle berry plant - Hello All, Getting excited for the growing season here, seeing all the trees waking up from their hibernation with all their little buds & flowers, bees all around & my bird pairs are being all cute together. 1 thing that is't thriving right now is ..Liked Answer 569 days 9hrs
Unhappy miracle berry plant - It looks good to me for this time of year. Remember they are an acid loving plant so need a fertiliser made for azalea, but with slow release already in it you dont want to over feed it -only feed if the slow release timing is over. SOMETIMES they do bett..Liked Answer 569 days 9hrs
Growing fig from seed - Not only will it be slow, but you may not get any fruit at all. Seedling figs are too variable to bother with, in my experience. If you don't mind watering and caring for a tree that may never fruit, by all means do it for curiosity. ..Liked Answer 569 days 10hrs
Growing fig from seed - Can't agree with that Julie. Fruit is as fundamental to plants as noses are to people. Sometimes someone is born without one, but it doesn't happen often enough to make it worth worrying about. Pollination of figs occurs internally, so it is likely th..Liked Answer 569 days 10hrs
Growing fig from seed - I have some self grown seedlings of a Fig here. Of 10 that fruit, 5 are no good, ie poor fruit, with rare ok fruit set. The other 5 are nice, fairly similar to the parent, but never exact. Some more wild figs may be good from seed, so what type are yo..Liked Answer 569 days 10hrs
Unhappy miracle berry plant - Looks to be in need of iron, but hard to tell without a closeup of the leaf. Can you post one?..Liked Answer 571 days 12hrs
Pistachio1 - I had no luck buying Pistashio seeds this season. Anybody have any seedling trees to sell/swap in Sydney? Really need 2 female and 1 male tree. ..Liked Answer 575 days 6hrs
Panache fig tree - True boris, but credit given where due.I agree with the sugar cube comment--personally I prefer complexity over sweetness in all fruits. I hear a lot of the Greek varieties are spectacular. I have many from Europe, mostly italy and spain...Liked Question 595 days 7hrs
Rambutan2 - Up near Byron Bay yes they have been successful, in Fairfield I can't see it happening...Liked Answer 678 days 14hrs
Rambutan2 - Farouk-Go to Cabramatta when they have fresh ranbutans for sale and soak the seeds in paper towel..I did it last year and had 5 seedlings..Unfortunately it all died over winter..We can never get rambutans to fruit in sydney so I was doing it for fun..and ..Liked Answer 678 days 14hrs
Pink guava bareroot - you have done well so far. When i transplant during summer i have learnt that keeping the plant well hydrated, (not soggy soil) and keeping them in she shade for a week and gently ease it into a spot where it gets gentle morning and evening sun and then w..Liked Answer 730 days 12hrs
Passionfruit passiflora foetida red - I have the yellow/orange variety naturalising itself here, and if you soak the seed overnight prior to sowing you should get some to germinate, however spring is probably the most ideal time to get them started. I like the flavour, reminds me more of a co..Liked Answer 754 days 12hrs
Jaboticaba growers take heart - 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 o..Liked Answer 846 days 7hrs
Jaboticaba growers take heart - 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 ag..Liked Answer 846 days 7hrs
Help identify forgotten seedplant - It looks like something in the pea family...Liked Answer 846 days 7hrs
Germinating seeds - With Annonas direct plant most species like soursop,sugar apple,bullocks heart,atemoya(not true to type) or put them in a clip lock bag with breathing holes and moistened media.For ilama,morolo,asimina,,A.spraguei,Duguetias and a few others GA treatment h..Liked Answer 1063 days 21hrs
Tropical fruit trees successfuly grown in sydneywollongongnewcastle3 - Hi Tony and others, tropical plants are doing better here recently perhaps due to global warming. Outside in the ground or barrels are; Cherimoya, Mango dwarf, Green sapote, Mamey sapote, Surinam cherry, Phoenix raspberry, Rio grande cherry, Garcinia..Liked Answer 1856 days 8hrs
Tropical fruit trees successfuly grown in sydneywollongongnewcastle3 - Hi Rich, I've have had success with Bosworth3 lychees, logan (Kola?), the fruits are excellent and seeds are small... they are definitely more superior than the ones sold in Woolies!). Last year my cherimoya finaly fruited, it took five long years..Liked Answer 1856 days 8hrs
Tropical fruit trees successfuly grown in sydneywollongongnewcastle3 - For those of us who don't know the names of fruit in photos enclosed: Pic 1: Red Cherry guavas Pic 2: Wax Jambu Pic 3: Guavas (white flesh) Pic 4: Feijoas Pic 5: Custard Apples Tony..Liked Answer 1856 days 8hrs
Tropical fruit trees successfuly grown in sydneywollongongnewcastle3 - Wow, Ive planted a penut butter tree, thought I was being a bit hopeful to get fruit, but you give me hope! Im down near jervis bay. We get got frosts here. Also have a black sapote. And Im going to get a lychee, logan, and whatever else I can find. Have..Liked Answer 1856 days 8hrs
Tropical fruit trees successfuly grown in sydneywollongongnewcastle3 - Hi Rich, Wax Jambu grown in Sydney does not taste as nice or sweet as of South East Asian varieties. It's however tastier & bigger than lillie pillies. They grow in bundles of about 5-10 fruit each with spectacular pink-red colour when ripened. Whe..Liked Answer 1856 days 8hrs
Buying dragonfruit cuttings - I saw some nice lau lau at go green rainforest nursery up rthe Sunshine Coast last week.....Liked Answer 1870 days 8hrs
Buying dragonfruit cuttings - Thanks BJ, I owe you one. Managed to pick one up from them delivered, not cheap, but I'm just happy to have it in my collection :D Now to try for that mountain apple... This hobby is starting to become something like an addiction... s..Liked Answer 1870 days 8hrs
Rainbow eucalyptus - Farouk if you search ebay, there is a seller who stocks rainbow eucalyptus. The seeds and postage are quite cheap. s..Liked Answer 1870 days 8hrs
Avocardo variety - HI I live in Westbrook just outside of Toowoomba, QLD. the site I would like to grow an avo on is sloping. What would be the best small variety for this region ..Liked Question 1885 days 9hrs
Noni seedling - Hello, How long does a Noni Seedling take to fruit from seed ? (as I have some Noni Seeds), also does anyone know if the Noni Fruit plant sold here http://www.daleysfruit.com.au/plant/Noni-Fruit.htm is grafted or seeding & how long it will take approx ..Liked Answer 1888 days 13hrs
Noni seedling - Farouk, with Noni, it depends on how fast you can get them to grow in your climate without going crazy with fertiliser etc. In NQ and down to Mackay, seedlings about 2yo are about 900mm to 1200mm high and will start fruiting at about that size. Mostly, I ..Liked Answer 1888 days 13hrs
Sick peach - I would use a flashlight to look inside scratch bark for signs of borers/termites .The other thing it could have "dead arm virus"..Liked Answer 1917 days 4hrs
Sick peach - Tree looks ok, the bad areas look like wounds, not sure what, physical damage or infection ?? I would cut the dead branches off, but leave a bit in front of the live growth. Also I would paint the wounds, and cut surfaces with a copper oxy chloride past..Liked Answer 1917 days 4hrs

Brazilian Cherry - Black Beauty (Grafted) 5/10

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Very exciting moment when my wife told me to crouch down just at the moment I was complaining about my Black Surinam Cherry not fruiting yet & behold a large beautifully ripe Surinam Cherry I just tapped it very gently with my palm & came off all by itself. The skin was not too pleasant, the inner fruit alone is sweeter than red but still has sort of a weird sourish taste but I don't mind having it in the handful best fruit still, I grew it right ? The 2 large seeds looked like they were about to germinate so I put them into a seed soil pot. Looking forward to many more in future.

I wouldn't be growing these for flavour but rather for uniqueness, the common cherry is miles more delicious on a whole different level of delicious, all leaves fell off in cooler season & new growth shot up quickly late winter early spring as well as flowers in spring, the red does not loose many leaves in winter but the black lost them all pretty much, the red I have in the ground where the black is in a large pot not sure if that makes the difference ? Also the new growth made new leaves on tip growth similar to fig but didnt make leaves in the older wood although there are buds there just no shoots yet still spring though, maybe when it gets warmer.

Fruiting Months September, October, November

Height 60 Centimetres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Fruit Harvest: 1 Fruit Per Year

First Fruited: 1 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Volcanic Rock Dust

When I Fertilise: Yearly and Spring

Pest Control: None, not required yet.

Organic Status:Organic


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