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Pademelon1 says... [595 days 8hrs 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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Fruit Tree Forum Contributions

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Tree ident please - Looks like Atractocarpus fitzalanii - the Brown Gardenia. The fruits are edible, but aren't very worthwhile in my opinion (though I can never seem to pick them ripe). Regards, Pademelon1..3 days 15hrs
Davidson plums - I think all three species could be successfully grown in a container, but I think D. jerseyana is best suited. D. puriens is a much larger tree, and D. johnsonii has a broader canopy and isn't cauliflory. Additionally, in my experience these two are m..15 days 11hrs
Plant identification1 - Do you have a picture that is less blurry and one that includes the bean-like shell? While the leaves are reasonably distinctive, I can't identify it. Perhaps an oak of some sort? (Quercus sp.)..17 days 3hrs
What is this tree - Need a photo!..17 days 3hrs
Finger lime fruiting - Hi Christy, Usually with citrus, you start with heaps of flowers and budding fruit, and then the race is to try and keep them from falling off! Citrus will usually drop their fruit if under stress, so I'd advise to just keep an eye on the plant for now..27 days 6hrs
Identify a tree - Hi Richard, The photos you have attached leave a lot in question, so for a better id a picture of flowers and/or fruit, as well as a better close-up foliage photo would be beneficial. Having said that, judging from picture 2, It looks like a tuckero..29 days 12hrs
Tree identification4 - That is the Moreton Bay Chestnut - Castanospermum australe. It is a large tree that is originated in Southern Qld and a couple of pacific islands, but Indigenous Australians spread its range so it is found all across the great dividing range. It is a c..40 days 8hrs
Tree identification3 - Your first guess was right - Elaeocarpus eumundi..74 days 10hrs
Nutmeg - Your only chance of growing it in Perth would be in a green house, and since nutmeg has such a short seed viability, I would say it is near impossible to source it...81 days 11hrs
Australian round lime tree care - Hi Shaun, If it was on a commercial rootstock, there would be relatively little difference in treatment from regular citrus, but since it is a seedling, there are a couple of differences: Firstly, while it will still want feeding, it will burn more ..110 days 4hrs
A tale of two tamarinds - Hi Linton, I don't know about store bought, but I germinated a number straight off the tree and found you had to remove a watertight outer-coat or the seeds wouldn't come up. They germinated after about a month. I have a 4 tamarind seedlings in Sydn..122 days 0hrs
Tropical apple1 - Hi Sanjha, Tropical apples are so named because they require a low number of chill hours (0 - 7 degrees C) to set fruit. This low chill hour number does not exclude fruiting if exceeded. (Although if too cold for too long there can be problems) Whil..125 days 10hrs
Yellow leaves1 - Hi Space, although you didn't attach pictures, yellowing of the leaves is almost always caused by either a lack of some trace mineral, or from over/under watering. So, first check if the grapefruit are in poor draining soil or if in pots that they..129 days 13hrs
Acha cha fruit seeds - Those are two years old! They don't look much bigger than my two month old ones. These will be my biggest test of patience yet. Of note I have found that my root systems are much more advanced than my seedling's bole - all of these are already root bo..130 days 5hrs
When to plant native guava1 - Native guava is the name given to a number of different plants, the most common being Eupomatia laurina and Rhodomyrtus psidioides. These are relatively different plants, but both being evergreen, subtropical plants, any time from late winter through ..130 days 8hrs

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Krasuey sapodilla - Unfortunately seedling often take well over a decade to fruit and sometimes never fruit at all.I suspect seeds don't grow true but will resemble parents. South Australia might be a stretch but they do grow ok in central coastal California...Liked Question 124 days 6hrs

Lemon Myrtle (Seedling) 8/10

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Update: 595 days 9hrs

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: 595 days 9hrs

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: 1049 days 3hrs

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: 1049 days 3hrs

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: 1049 days 4hrs

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: 1049 days 4hrs

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: 1049 days 4hrs

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: 1049 days 4hrs

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: 1049 days 4hrs

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: 1049 days 4hrs

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: 1049 days 4hrs

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: 1049 days 4hrs

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: 1049 days 4hrs

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: 1049 days 4hrs

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: 1049 days 4hrs

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: 1049 days 4hrs

Planted: 2015


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Warrigal Greens - Native Spinach (Seedling) 8/10

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Update: 1051 days 9hrs

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: 1051 days 9hrs

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: 1051 days 9hrs

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: 595 days 8hrs

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: 595 days 9hrs

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 (Grafted) 9/10

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Update: 595 days 9hrs

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: 1049 days 3hrs

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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