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Pademelon1 says... [442 days 18hrs ago]
I am very interested in Bush Tucker plants. Their history intertwined with Indigenous culture, Their adaptability and exoticness, but also the opportunity to experiment and grow plants that are highly variable in nature. The house I live in only has a tiny court-yard garden, so I keep many plants in pots until I can find suitable, permanent homes for them. I have both failures and successes, but both are rewarding as they help me become better at growing more plants in more ways, with the plants I try becoming increasingly difficult or obscure.

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What plant is this4 - It's definitely in the solanaceae so you're on the right track, I am thinking it is probably a native kangaroo apple (Solanum aviculare) or similar which are more closely related to the tomato and potato. You have to be careful though as most plants in th..8 days 20hrs
Weird melon - There are a couple of options for what they could be, none of which are poisonous, but none are 'edible' either. The most likely candidates are the natives either Cucumis dipsaceus or C. zeyheri, which are closely related to the African horned melon (a..18 days 13hrs
Marsdenias bush banana - they are known as native pear or bush banana because of the shape rather than taste. It is used as a green veg, like peas or choko etc. Good Luck!..27 days 19hrs
Fruit trees getting sick - You need to show pictures of the disease to determine what it is and how to treat it..33 days 1hrs
Red silky oak - Alloxylon wickhamii is very uncommon in cultivation. Burringbar Rainforest Nursery in NSW sometimes has them and can deliver, but they are not listed at the moment, but due to its rarity in cultivation, i'd try getting in contact with them. They also s..42 days 16hrs
Id this tree please - Maybe a white sapote? Edit: I agree with harry - avocado..42 days 17hrs
Native peanut tree root system - The native peanut tree (S. quadrifida) has a fleshy, non-invasive root system, that should be okay in your scenario. It is not a pure tap root, very few large plants have these, and same goes for fibrous roots systems. It is better to look at how rigor..47 days 0hrs
Unknown fruit tree4 - That is Planchonia careya, an Australian native known as the cocky apple. I've never tried it, but it is edible and apparently tastes like quince...56 days 0hrs
Unknown fruit tree4 - you didn't attach any photos..56 days 12hrs
Palm - It's definitely a palm? Looks like a cycad to me - maybe Cycas revoluta...60 days 12hrs
Bush tucker or medicinal plants - The problem with so many bush foods is that they simply haven't had any sort of selective breeding. I would assume that Beach Bird's Eye has the largest fruit, but even they are still scant. I haven't tried any other alectryon species, although I have se..69 days 0hrs
Help identifying this plant please1 - Looks like a juniper, probably J. chinensis, since they are the most common. It could be something else though...82 days 21hrs
Native bush foods - Hi Simon, The world of Bush tucker is an interesting and largely mysterious one. Indigenous Australians used thousands of plant species for food, yet very little are grown by enthusiasts and even less for commercial purposes. if you're looking at this..84 days 11hrs
Vanilla flower shoot or root - I'm not a vanilla expert, but they look like aerial roots to me. They can grow from that side of the leaf shoot, since they do that all the time on my vine. Regards, Pademelon1..84 days 22hrs
Mountain pepper - Mountain peppers are dioecious (separate male female plants), so in order to get the berries, you need one of each. If you can't get plants that you know the gender of, e.g. seedling grown, three is recommended to make sure you get one of each gender. Thi..84 days 22hrs

Lemon Myrtle (Seedling) 8/10

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Update: 442 days 18hrs

Comments: - Looks very promising, but a lack of sun, watering and attention has caused it to grow slowly. Very beautiful even when so small, the leaves turning from almost furry to very glossy over time.

Planted: 2015

Height 30 Centimetres

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Full Shade

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Pineapple - Red (Cutting) 7/10

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Update: 442 days 18hrs

Comments: - Growing fast and beautifully in the front. Very sunny and generally quite dry position. Much less red than I expected, but that might be because of too much sun or too little watering. It is also very spiky, more so than normal pineapples.

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Winter

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Kumquat - Meiwa (Grafted) 9/10

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Update: 896 days 13hrs

Comments: - I think it's a Meiwa, but It could be a calamondin (or something else completely). I'm only going off the round shape of the fruit. Gets attacked by caterpillers every season, which does a bit of damage. Plenty of flowers and small green fruit, but most are eaten by birds or blown off (the wind really is this plant's nemesis) leaving a harvest of generally between 15-60 fruit. fruit are decent size, varying between slightly smaller than a Nagami to double/triple the size. the rind/pith is quite bitter, but the fruits are great in marmalade or stored in alcohol. They do contain viable seeds, and they ripen throughout the year (which is strange because they only flower once a season). I rarely trim the plant, but when I do, it quickly regrows to its former size where it then stays.

Planted: 1995

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Wild Strawberry (Cutting) 9/10

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Update: 896 days 13hrs

Comments: - Not sure what cultivar of strawberry this is. Small leaves are a much lighter green than most of the varieties I usually see. Also much hardier than others; being the only variety out of about 7 that has thrived at home. Been growing it for a couple of seasons now and have had enough runners to propagate more plants, but have yet to do so. Strawberries are small (1-2cm max) but are the most flavoursome strawberries I have ever tasted. berries can be coloured from orange to crimson and are very soft. Fruit spoil quickly, so best eaten straight from the plant. Likes water, but can go dry for a while. Flowers are white, never pink.

Height 10 Centimetres

Growing: In a Pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Lilly Pilly - Coolamon

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Peanut Tree (Seedling) 8/10

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Update: 896 days 13hrs

Comments: -

Had it growing in the ground, but took it out because it didn't appear to be doing well. growing in a pot now, and has had lots of growth, but is already fully deciduous. bugs like the leaves.



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Finger Lime (Seedling) 6/10

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Update: 896 days 13hrs

Comments: - This finger lime is called red champagne. I could've gone for grafting, but seedling was much cheaper. Small spiky bush on the sidewalk, survives the dogs, which is always good. growing with two trunks currently, which is annoying and drains it's energy. When I first planted, it put forth heaps of beautiful new growth, starting a dark purple turning a light green before the final darker green. It hasn't grown since then. Is in quite a dry location as well.

Sun/Shade: Full Sun


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Small Leaf Tamarind (Seedling) 6/10

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Update: 896 days 13hrs

Comments: - I originally bought a rare yellow fruited variety of Diploglottis campbellii, but unfortunately the possums ate it. Couldn't find another seller of the yellow variety who would ship or was nearby, so I settled with the more common red/orange one. This one is currently in the shade and isn't doing much. Tolerates transplanting very well. I think it would be better off in the sun with plenty of water, but I don't have a location for a large tree like it with those conditions.


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Palm - Walking Stick (Seedling) 7/10

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Update: 896 days 13hrs

Comments: - A nice little palm growing in the back garden, VERY slowly. Doesn't like the sun. Not one bit. thinking it would be a good indoor plant.

Planted: 2014

Height 30 Centimetres

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Full Shade


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Burdekin Plum (Seedling) 6/10

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Update: 896 days 14hrs

Comments: - When I planted it out, lost all its leaves and shrivelled up. thought it was dead, but somehow it put on some new growth a couple of months later! struggling now, but better than dead!

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun


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Black Apple 7/10

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Update: 896 days 14hrs

Comments: - This is quite an experiment. got four from Daleys, but they weren't in good condition (covered in aphids and none had vertical shoots). gave them a quick rub with white oil and have planted them in various different locations around the garden, bonsaiing one (although their leaves are a bit big for this purpose). Two are in very dark conditions, but are still managing to put forth new growth, and one is doing a bit better in a sunnier position. All are ok now, and no more aphids!

Planted: 2015

Qty: 4


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Fig - Sandpaper (Seedling) 8/10

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Update: 896 days 14hrs

Comments: - From Daleys! When initially planted out, lost all its leaves. Has recovered quickly though in the damp and dark position, hopefully will take off next year.

Planted: 2015


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Guioa (Seedling) 7/10

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Update: 896 days 14hrs

Comments: - Small, but tough. growing in a dark but damp area, this is a favorite of the insects. Any new growth is eaten quicksmart, and because of this, it has had to grow a new bole in order to grow any taller. Sadly, although it grows plenty fast, i'm not sure it will ever grow enough to beat the insects

Planted: 2014


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Bolwarra (Seedling) 8/10

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Update: 896 days 14hrs

Comments: - Still small, but growing in the darkest and most inhospitable place fairly well, if a bit slow.

Planted: 2015

Height 10 Centimetres

Growing: In the Ground


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Aspen - White (Seedling) 8/10

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Update: 896 days 14hrs

Comments: - Growing happily and healthily in a dark, overcrowed corner of the backyard where everything else seems to die or get eaten by the bugs. Growing in a more bushy than erect form, and I dont expect it to fruit any time soon, but it's a nice little plant.

Planted: 2014

Height 0.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Low Sun


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Davidson Plum NSW (Seedling)

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Update: 896 days 14hrs

Comments: - Has had a heck of a time surviving: Top eaten off by the dog (Twice!!!), Forgotten in a black pot in the sun without water for a month, lived in a construction site with regular breakages of branches and a number of other incidents. Because of this it is already coppicing, though it's only 30cm tall and stunted. recently moved it to a final, hopefully well-chosen position.

Height 30 Centimetres

Growing: In the Ground


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Davidsons Plum - Smooth (Cutting)

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Update: 896 days 14hrs

Planted: 2015


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Warrigal Greens - Native Spinach (Seedling) 8/10

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Update: 898 days 19hrs

Comments: - Fast grower. full sun or shade, but needs water. inconspicuous yellow flowers followed by small, woody seedpods. watch out you dont get them when collecting leaves for cooking.

Planted: 2015

Height 10 Centimetres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: No


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Musk Mallow (Seedling) 8/10

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Update: 898 days 19hrs

Comments: - Fabulous small bush with a plethora of lovely red flowers closely resembling hibiscus flowers followed by masses of furry, puffy seedpods which can build up and become unsightly once they turn brown, grows vigorously in summer, but is deciduous? during winter, and is quite hardy once established (needs lots of water early on); It's in a position that is dry & hot in summer and cold in winter. Has a bad problem with aphids though, and pruning regularly appears very beneficial. Have yet to try the tuber yet, and i've nibbled on the leaves only a little because of the aphid problem (and a little bitter) Still, overall a delightful bush.

Planted: 2014

Height 0.7 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pruned By: 40% in Summer

Pollination: Self Pollination

Pest Control: Generally pruning, but White Oil if problem becomes out of control.

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Midyim Berry (Seedling) 8/10

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Update: 898 days 19hrs

Comments: - Growing fast and happily on the street verge, in a harsh position. Watered only to give it a foundation. tasty semi-inconspicuous berries are soft, so best eaten straight from the bush. They seem to push out first, becoming bushy later. Once they get a bit bigger, an occasional light prune seems like a good idea.

Fruiting Months January, February, March, April

Planted: 2014

Height 30 Centimetres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 4

First Fruited: 1 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination


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TRIED BUT DIED

Mountain Pepper (Cutting) 8/10

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Update: 442 days 18hrs

Comments: -

Leaves are very spicy, great for cooking. Growing rather vertically at the moment. Brilliant red stems contrast with the dark green leaves. tolerates full sun to full shade (though it prefers full sun, and mines growing in the sun). Also tolerates both heat and cold very well. Does get a bad problem with scale and aphids, and does a bit of coppicing. appears to be drought tolerant, but may need water while it first develops.

Needs both male and female plants to produce berries. Don't know which mine is (haven't seen any flowers yet). But leaves are fanatastic anyway.

It died after a fungal problem combined with an extended period without water. I will try again as it was doing very well before this.


Height 1 Centimetres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: No


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TRIED BUT DIED

Vanilla Vine (Cutting) 5/10

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Update: 442 days 18hrs

Comments: - Was an experiment growing outside. Grew amazingly the first year, tripling its height! Unfortunately it rotted extensively the following winter. It surived, but never recovered, so eventually we removed it. We tried to grow its cutting inside, and it started off well, but again it rotted. Not entirely sure what the cause of the rot was however. I will try again in the future, as it is a beautiful vine.

Planted: 2014

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination


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TRIED BUT DIED

Passionfruit - Nellie Kelly (C) (Grafted) 9/10

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Update: 442 days 19hrs

Comments: - Grown a couple of these plants, often with a couple of fruiting seasons, but eventually they become daggy, so I remove them, but the rootstock is difficult to remove. Can be really prolific or not at all depending on amount of light and water. I Had one really prolific one a while back, for maybe 4-5 years, in which time it easily produced over 1000 fruit. it was on a sandstone wall in direct sun, occupying a space of approx 6x4m squared. Fruits taste great as well.

Pollination: Self Pollination


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TRIED BUT DIED

Loquat - Seedling (Seedling) 9/10

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Update: 896 days 13hrs

Comments: -

Grew from seed I got from a tree at the local park. Planted in a recycling bin, took off, fruiting in just over two years from seed!!! tough bugger, had three seasons of delicious fruit with it, but I had to lop it when we renovated the house. Height at death (5yo) approx 3-3.5 metres.


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