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Rwan1's Edible Backyard

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About My Edible Backyard


Why Rwan1 Love's Edible Plants

I am a horticulture student who grows tropical fruit trees in Central Victoria. I put in lots of effort to try and beat the odds of the climate against me! I have learned from many mistakes, and I am still learning - but with more and more success. I hope you can use some of the advice I have given about the plants. I also write the music for Daley's Videos.

Tropical Fruit Trees in Victoria need to be kept and maintained in pots. That's just the way it is. It's the only way to monitor the health and provide appropriate conditions in order to keep them healthy and eventually get fruit of decent quality.

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Rwan1 says... [953 days 18hrs ago]
Will update everything after Summer has ended.
Fruitylicious1 says... [234 days 3hrs ago]
Hi Ewan Are you still there? How's your edibles collection? (29/01/18)
Fruitylicious1 says... [234 days 3hrs ago]
Hi Rwan Are you still there? How's your edibles collection? (29/01/18)

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Dwarf Coffee - Catuai 10/10

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Update: 71 days 12hrs

Comments: - Have had this tree for almost 3 years. It's doing fantastically well... 

Planted: 2016

Growing: In a Pot


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Papaya - Southern Red

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Update: 71 days 12hrs

Comments: - Died back but then re-grew. Had yo prune off at least 5 leaders to leave a single leader. Doing nicely now and growing strong.

Height 1.2 metres

Growing: In a Pot


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Coffee K7 10/10

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Update: 71 days 12hrs

Comments: - Coffee is life! Great sub tropical plant and a good choice for experienced gardeners in temperate zones.

Planted: 2018

Growing: In a Pot


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Avocado - Bacon (B) (Grafted) 8/10

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Update: 71 days 12hrs

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After growing in a pot for a year, I moved it into the ground. It's doing well. It fruited the first year, but the fruits fell off before they could grow to maturity. That's expected though. I keep a shade cloth to protect it from harsh sun and winter dew. This is the best variety of Avo for beginners in temperate regions. 

Planted: 2016

Height 1.8 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Winter

Autumn and Winter

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Garden Gold

When I Fertilise: When Fruiting, Winter, Spring


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Ice Cream Bean 10/10

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Update: 71 days 12hrs

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This tree has been growing succesfully for three years. It's been in the same pot and has grown into a nice, large tree. It was neglected somewhat for one winter and lost all of its foliage. After this, I pruned it to shape and nursed it through the remaining cold months. It returned with vigorous new growth and is taking off like a champ. Almost getting too big to bring inside through winter. Is prone to pests so keep en eye out. 

Planted: 2015

Height 2 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Spring

Organic Status:Organic


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Rollinia - Brazilian Custard Apple 10/10

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Update: 71 days 12hrs

Comments: - I've found that the Rollinia is prone to root rot more than usual. I only ever keep it in a small pot until it completely out grows it. A very fragile and fussy plant but well worth the effort. The large, lush foliage is wonderful. 

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 2

Sun/Shade: Full Sun


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Luke :) says... [587 days 10hrs ago]
Thanks for the detailed info, appreciated. Did your second attempt at the Rollinia work out? What part of Aus are you growing this plant?

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Cinnamon Tree (Cutting) 10/10

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Update: 71 days 12hrs

Comments: - Georgeous rose, pink colour of new foliage. Smells amazing; especially when you crush up the foliage. Does really well in semi-shade and lots of humidity. Rose coloured foliage will turn lime green once matured.

Growing: In a Pot


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Kola Nut 10/10

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Update: 71 days 12hrs

Comments: - Awesome tropical plant with a great aesthetic quality. Beautiful foliage. 

Planted: 2018

Growing: In a Pot


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Sugarcane: white

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Update: 109 days 0hrs

Planted: 2017

Growing: In a Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun


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Jakfruit - Seedling

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Update: 109 days 0hrs

Comments: - Grew three from seed.

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 3


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Banana - Williams

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Update: 109 days 19hrs


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Banana - Lady Finger

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Guava Hawaiian

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Update: 109 days 19hrs

Planted: 2018


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Lychee - Seedling

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Update: 109 days 19hrs


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Mangosteen Purple

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Update: 109 days 19hrs

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Then seeds came from Indonesia and were grown in Darwin. They then found there way to me here in central VIC due to a friend. They're holding on so far; just waiting for summer to arrive to see if they take off. Definitely up there with Cacao as difficult for outside the tropics.


Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 3


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Mango - Bowen Seedling

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Update: 109 days 19hrs

Comments: - Another seed grown K.P from a store bought mango. Doing nicely and still growing as a youngster through Winter.

Growing: In a Pot

Organic Status:Organic


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Abiu (Seedling)

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Update: 109 days 19hrs

Comments: - Grew this from seed myself and is doing nicely. Has had one pot upgrade and it coping with the central VIC winter fine. 

Planted: 2018

Growing: In a Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun


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Carambola Starfruit - Kary

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Update: 112 days 11hrs

Comments: - Re-potted as soon as it arrived and began growing nicely after a few days. The Carambola's foliage will fold up at night to protect itself. Loves a good does of sun.

Planted: 2018

Growing: In a Pot


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Black Sapote (Seedling) 9/10

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Update: 112 days 11hrs

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The only problems I've faced with this plant are pests. Keep a watchful eye; the nasties will turn up very unexpectedly. Seems to cope surprisignly well in the temperate climate; even pushing out new growth through the winter.

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Water Given in: Spring

Spring


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Figbarron says... [823 days 10hrs ago]
I squired some black sapotes about 3 weeks ago. How are yours doing in terms of growth/health? The buds on mine have turned yellow and swollen, some turned brown. I Keep them in an unheated garage at night and bring out during the day.
Figbarron says... [823 days 10hrs ago]
I squired some black sapotes about 3 weeks ago. How are yours doing in terms of growth/health? The buds on mine have turned yellow and swollen, some turned brown. I Keep them in an unheated garage at night and bring out during the day.
Rwan1 says... [821 days 18hrs ago]
Hi. Initially, my Sapote took a really long time before it started to show any signs of growth; and that was at the end of summer. Some of the buds turned brown but the others stayed yellow. The only thing I noticed was that the leaves greened up and grew slightly larger. Only recently has the tree started to open new buds and it's winter? The garage should be fine as it will keep the frost and brisk air off it. Keeping it outside is good because it will need light. MY plants are struggling from a lack of light at the moment. Are you in VIC? The main thing is to keep the plant alive through winter and then start again in spring and summer. :) Cheers
Figbarron says... [821 days 16hrs ago]
Thanks for your reply. I am in VIC (south eastern suburbs) Initially i was hoping to get some at the start of spring but the seller was selling them quick and its rare to find 2 year old advanced seedlings for the cheap price so i had to buy them quick. so far out of the 4 plants (they sent me 2 extra) only 1 has lost 2 leaves. How is the Rolinia doing? im thinking of getting either that or a custard apple seedling. cheers.
Rwan1 says... [779 days 10hrs ago]
Really sorry for the late reply!! Yeah, I have found that once the Sapote got going; it was fine. If yours are still producing growth through this winter like mine, it will be ready for the warmer months. Make sure it gets filtered sunlight in the really hot months of summer though; no direct hot burning sun. As for the Rollinia, I initially lost one to in-experienced mistakes. But they are really tricky to keep alive down here. They definitely need light no matter what. Mine is surviving from artificial lighting from lamps and the occasional sunny day outside. The Rollinia I have is the Brazilian Custard Apple from here at Daley's. It produces new growth but doesn't have the right conditions to be healthy enough to maintain all of it; so some (not all) of the new shoots eventually die. But the plant itself is alive and still trying; so that's the main thing :) . I would hold off until spring before getting one; that way it can get nice sun but slowly adjust from cooler weather to warmer weather. Then when winter comes, you can nurse it with a warm room and some lighting on it. Make sure you get the soil conditions right so you don't have to mess with or change the soil as they hate having their roots disturbed.
Figbarron says... [778 days 20hrs ago]
No worries. My black sapotes and my white sapote are trying to push new growth as well but lack of direct light and heat impede their progress and are not showing signs of dying at all. Overall im impressed with their resilience. Good luck to your collection of trees!

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Vanilla Vine

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Update: 112 days 11hrs

Planted: 2016

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Shade

Water Given in: Winter

Autumn and Winter

Pest Control:

Eco-Oil

Organic Status:Organic


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Cacao (Seedling) 10/10

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Update: 112 days 11hrs

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Such a beautiful tree. A Perfect addition to a tropical garden. Very hard to grow in VIC; but that's the point! A good challenge with wonderful rewards. This is mainly advice for any Victorian growers; not really for you lucky people in QLD!

Of course the Cacao has a strict climate zone in which it can grow freely. However, I have seen them growing quite well on Magnetic Island. Further north, there is a plantation at Mission Beach; which is still just outside of the required climate zone. Given the right care, they can be grown just outside this climate zone (I think it's 15 degrees North & South of the Equator). That's in the ground though; in VIC, they must be kept in pots!

LOVES RAIN!!! Whenever it rains, make sure it gets as much as possible. Hates wind: the leaves will break at the the stem.

Water them pretty regularly, especially in summer. A big drink each time might be getting carried away, but definitely small drinks. I do this to try and replicate a short sudden down pour that it would normally receive in the amazon/tropics. Plus, this also keeps the soil moist.

Remember: Cacao plantations utilise Banana trees as a canopy, so you should try and replicate this in some way. Therefore, Cacao does not like hot direct sunlight: this will kill them. Do not put out in the full sun. You can slowly adjust them to the sun as they mature in NQ - but even still, a 'sunscreen' coating is usually sprayed onto the leaves to protect the plant from the sun. But really not not a good idea in VIC as the UVs are too intense - particularly in the central and north west. Well-filtered sunlight through a thick canopy such as Bananas (very unlikely in VIC, I know! - Yes! We have no Bananas!) or the canvas from a green house will do the trick. Thick shade cloth will also do the trick. They do well in a greenhouse that is nice and humid, but beware of letting the 'sauna' turn into an oven! Make sure you spray plenty of water in the greenhouse to let the heat creat humidity. Use a hot house that does not have a clear plastic cover: get one with a green/shaded cover to stop the brightness and extreme heat. Another technique that I use is to actually drape a shade cloth over the greenhouse. This will definitely stop any un-wanted excess heat or direct sunlight. Although they love heat, you still have to be carefull, because I have seen them suffer from heat exhaustion before. A lack of water and humidty will cause this to happen.

As for Cold weather, don't even bother keeping them outside in a greenhouse. Bring them indoors where it will be warm from your heater. Especially ay night. But do not place them anywhere near hot wind from the heater. Just somewhere where it's not going to be below 10 degrees. If the day is warm enough and there is some nice sun - sure; put them outside in the greenhouse for the day. But a very cold drizzly day with no sunlight won't do any justice. Just make sure that they will at least get some natural light whenever possible. :)


FOR WINTER: Keep them in a warm room. Try to avoid heaters blowing hot air. I use one of those oil filter things. Here's the thing: The room will eventually become too dry and the Cacao plants will not like it. So make sure you mist the leaves with a gentle spray. This will keep up some huimidity around the plant and it seems to do the job pretty well! Mist around the rim of the container too so that the water evapoates through the leaves.


TIP: Some people avoid using black plastic pots. But I prefer them because they attract more heat and warm up the soil for the tropicals in VIC.

Cacao grows well indoors; providing that they get some sort of natural, outside light whenever possible. That's why having a thick shade cloth is good. Remember, do not allow any wind to attack the Cacaos!

Keep soil moist but not soaking; particularly if the soil is not super well draining. occasional Thrive does well for improving growth - along with other highly diluted fertilizers, and eco-oil will keep the pests off. Do not let the soil completely dry out as this will kill them also. Don't over-fertilise. The leaves will blacken and die as they grow. Thrive is safter most of the time.

I've found that even when the nights are warm in summer, the Cacao plants still like a nice, still (no wind) place to stay. I keep them in a room where the temperature is still warm to mild from the hot day, but slightly warmer than the outside temperature; and there is no wind.

hope this helps.

BTW people, its 'Cacao' not 'Cocoa!'

Will update the progress for Winter when it unfortunately arrives... 

Planted: 2016

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 5

Sun/Shade: Full Shade

Water Given in: Spring

Spring

Pest Control: Eco oil


Organic Status:Organic


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