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Danny N1's Edible Backyard

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Why Danny N1 Love's Edible Plants

Growing Tropical's in Adelaide, South Australia is not an easy task but it's also not an impossible endeavour if the plants are given the right conditions to thrive. I have shared as much infromation as i can in my Edible's Page on how i am grwing these tropical plants in the Adelaide temperate climate and would love to hear from other's in Adelaide or similiar as to how they are managing their tropicals outside of lucky Queenslanders who are blessed already with a tropical climate .

I am absolutley addicted to growing tropicals and tend to my plants daily, meandering to each plant individually observing their growth albeit little by little they develop, have spent alot of money buying plants from Daleys and local nurseries if i find something just a little different to add to my collection.

I hope to one day be able to create my own little bit of eden.

  happy gardening guys and girls!.


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Honey gold mango - Hi Pete7, You can find R2E2 mango's from your local Asian grocery store - they generally stock alot more tropical fruit than your conventional shop...1167 days 22hrs
Pruning mango tree - Hi KobiC, Im no mango expert but i do grow mango's myself and by the looks of your tree you need to tip the top of the main stem and also tip side branch that you have growing from the main stem - this will force your mango to send out new branches fro..1181 days 12hrs
Growing tropicals in adelaide - Hi Markmelb, Mate dont really know what form of heating i will be using in my Greenhouse (Just bought one from Ebay - should arrive by Tuesday), my Village Dwarf Coconut and Dwarf Mangosteen should be arriving this week so if the timing is right the gr..1184 days 20hrs
Growing tropicals in adelaide - G'day Peter, Mate im going to give them all a try - if i fail or succeed, well atleast i have given it a go haha. mind you i will be constructing a small greenhouse very soon and plan to house all my tropicals and sub tropicals in the greenhouse for wi..1186 days 18hrs
Growing tropicals in adelaide - Good tips people, will take onboard this information, just an update on my latest purchases - i know it's silly but im going to give it a good go!. Just purchased 1 x Village Dwarf Coconut Palm seedling and 1 x Brasillian Dwarf Green coconut seedling a..1187 days 20hrs
Pale leaves - Hi Peetah, Can you take a picture and upload?. Your question is not very clear - Papaya have different shades of green like young to old Papaya leaves. The Papaya plant being under a shade cloth is no problems as long as it is not completely block out ..1188 days 14hrs
Dwarf papaya - Hi Maxzoo, It's definately a Male plant buddy - only thing you can do is leave it as an ornamental plant, if you have other papaya that are female then leave the male their to cross pollinate or last resort is to cut it down and mulch it. This is jus..1189 days 23hrs
Honey gold mango - @Pete7 Mate im from Adelaide as well, and i successfully germinated two R2E2 mango seeds. I ended up with 8 R2E2 mango seedlings from 2 seeds lol amazing!. Also i successfully separated all 8 seedlings from the main seeds once they were big enough - th..1191 days 12hrs
Growing tropicals in adelaide - Heya Guys/Girls, Thought i'd start a thread on growing tropicals in the Temperate Adelaide climate and have an open discussion as to what success other's have had in the Adelaide region or similar temperate climates. If you view my Edibles Page you wil..1192 days 19hrs

Jakfruit - Seedling (Seedling) 8/10

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Update: 1185 days 15hrs

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Not sure what variety this is?, was an Ebay purchase also didnt arrive in a good state and was really small - has since adpated and put on new leaves. When i got it, it was a  single skinny little stem with a bud at the top!!. Have since given that eBay shop a Bad review!. Anyway's hope to see this little guy grow and if it survives an Adelaide winter then i might purchase a bigger specimen from Daleys. 

Height 0.5 Feet

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination


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White Sapote - Seedling (Seedling) 9/10

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Update: 1189 days 17hrs

Comments: - Never tasted a Sapote before so thought i'd give this one a go, so far doing extremley well - when i first got it, thought it was going to die - arrived in a terrible state but have nursed it back to health. Still looking very spindley not sure if thats how they look?.

Planted: 2015

Height 2 Feet

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 2

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Seasol, Osmocote

Pest Control: None.

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Dragon Fruit - Pearl (Cutting) 10/10

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Update: 1192 days 19hrs

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Dragon Fruit is one my my favourite fruits to eat especailly when chilled - so ordered one from Daley's. I have potted it a huge 510mm pot ( ~50L) and drilled heaps of drainage holes, have used my standard potting mix of rich organics and slow release osmocote and planty of mulch, the DF is now shooting new growth and there are smaller buds on it!.

Next to the DF from Daley's is a Red DF purchased from eBay - when it arrived it was in a really poor condition and they didnt even root it!! anyway's it's now rooted and starting to thicken up which is good. These DF plants are in full sun and seem to love the hot Adelaide sun so i have not moved them into my semi enclosed pergola area with my other tropicals.

Cant wait till they fruit, costing me a fortune buying the fruit from coles/woolworths and the DF is small and old! ohh well haha.


Planted: 2015

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 4

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Seasol and Osmocote

Pest Control: Only ants who seem to be all over it?.


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PAWPAW - YELLOW YD1B HYBRID Carica papaya (Seedling) 10/10

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Update: 1193 days 18hrs

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Love Papaya Fruit, i am growing other varieties in Adelaide ( Southern Red and recent purchase of a Thai dwarf Torpedo - all purchased from Daley's), but thought i'd give

  the PAWPAW - YELLOW YD1B HYBRID a try as well - going to have Papaya coming out of my ears haha. It is showing strong growth in only 10 eeks! purchased 2 from Daley's hopefully one is male and the other female, would be miffed if they were both the same sex!.

Papaya is in a 430mm pot with rich organics and mulch also the pot has a 30mm layer of volcanic rock which ensures excellent drainage at all times. I have also drilled over a dozen extra holes into the sides and bottom of the pot - potting mix is my own blend that retains moisture so the need to water is just a light sprinkle wit a watering can.

Again the Papaya is living in my semi-enclosed pergola that has clear perspec sheeting allowing filtered light and sheilding from hot winds and cold nights. I have done all i can the rest is up to nature now haha.

Planted: 2015

Height 2 Feet

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 2

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: Cross Pollination

Cross Pollinator Variety: Same

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Every Fortnight with Seasol

Pest Control: None- no pest thus far

Organic Status:Organic


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TAMARIND Tamarindus indica (Seedling) 10/10

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Update: 1193 days 22hrs

Comments: - this is more of a project plant, to see if i can grow a TAMARIND Tamarindus indica in Adelaide South Australia, picture you see here is the plant at 10 weeks from seedling ( Purchased from Daley's) - Plant is doing really well putting on alot of growth - will keep you guys posted over the years if it survives Adelaide weather.

Planted: 2015

Height 1.5 Feet

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Seasol

Pest Control: None


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(Seedling) 10/10

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Update: 1193 days 22hrs

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Dwarf Cavendish Banana in my Tropical Micro Climate ( Semi enclosed Pergola ). Stunning Plant putting out exceptional growth. Did have it in full sun but the Adelaide sun and dry hot winds were not good for the Cavendish so moved into the enclosed pergola and it's now growing beautifully - the filtered sunlight does the trick!.

Potted in a big 510mm pot with plenty of organics and mulch ( i have my own soil blend for pots) the bottom of the 510mm pot has alot of drainage holes and the potting mix allows for water retention but still maintain excellent drainage.

Definatley looking forward to my first crop of home grown banana's!.

Planted: 2015

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Seasol- once a fortnight.

Pest Control: None, no pest thus far.


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Dwarf Papaya Torpedo (Seedling) 8/10

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Update: 1193 days 22hrs

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Papaya on the left in the picture is the Dwarf Thai Torpedo and the Papaya on the right is the Southern Red ( Both from Daleys). The Dwarf Papaya arrived in a poor condition due to the courier service holding the poor thing over the weekend! by the time i recieved it, it had shed alot of leaves and the potting mix was bone dry.

They are now both in an "Air Prunned Pot" (430mm) and recieving alot of TLC to nurture them back to health. Still very excited to see these develop into larger specimens and to compliment my other Papaya's. 

Pots have excellent drainage and my own blend of potting mix, again regular dose's of Seasol and osmocote slow release fertilizer to help it along. The filtered sunlight from my semi-enclosed pergola is the perfect light for it here in Adelaide and will update progress of these Papaya in another 3 months or so.


Planted: 2016

Height 0.7 Feet

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 2

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Seasol and Osmocote

Pest Control: None.

Organic Status:Organic


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Star Apple (Seedling) 10/10

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Update: 1193 days 22hrs

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Still very small but that would be my fault - i placed in full open Adelaide sun!!! which in turn burned the new leaves that had sprouted ( lesson learned!) it now lives in my semi-enclosed pergola and recovering very well.

Have it in a 430mm pot with plenty of organics and mulch and feed with a slow release osmocote fertilzer as well as fortnightly dose's of Seasol for root and foliage development. All in all very happy with this little performer - beautiful foliage, cant wait to see it develop into a larger specimen.


Planted: 2015

Height 1 Feet

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Seasol and Osmocote

Pest Control: None.

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Soursop ( Graviola ) (Seedling) 10/10

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Update: 1193 days 23hrs

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Soursop is an amazing fruit which i love but is ridicously expensive to buy from the asain supermarkets! very hard to find in coles or woolworths here in Adelaide - hence i am attempting to grow my own!. I will see how this one goes - if it survives an Adelaide Winter in my micro climate set up then i will purchase a Daleys grafted Soursop.

Plant is going strong in my enclosed pergola area it's shaded from the hot winds during the hot days and cold winds at night, producing alot of new growth - leaves are an attractive glossy light green color. Plant seems to love the filtered light from the perspec's of the pergola and the shade cloth semi enclose's all my tropical plants - keeping in the heat and moisture ( humidity) i am guessing is around 60% to 70% in summer, after a water in the evening.

Have potted it in a 430mm pot with plenty of organics and mulch - the pot provides excellent drainage after i have turned it into an air prunning pot.

Height 1 Feet

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Seasol - Fortnightly

Pest Control: Ants will try to farm all sorts of other bugs onto the Soursop plant so check once in awhile.


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Avocado - Reed (A) (Grafted) 8/10

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Update: 1193 days 23hrs

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I was very excited to recieve my Grafted Reed Avocado from Daleys!, but on closer inspection when i opened the box revealed that the avocado plant was riddled with Mealey Bugs - i mean they were everywhere on the avocado plant, other than that plant was in tip top shape.

After treating the Mealey Bugs i have potted the avocado - have given this plant a little more TLC than the other tropical plants i have as avocado's are notoriously fussy when it comes to wet feet. It now sits in a big 510mm pot which has been turned into an "Air Pruned Pot" - this is my first time experimenting with an air pruned pot ( made these myself).

Many benefits with air prunning pots i.e increased drainage, no root bound problem, bigger tap roots and more vigerous growth. I will update progress on the Reed Avocado after an Adelaide winter which is quickly approaching with only 8 weeks left of summer!.

Planted: 2016

Height 1.5 Feet

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Autumn

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Seasol - Fortnightly.

Pest Control: Mealy Bugs when arrived from Daley's!.


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Rollinia - Brazilian Custard Apple (Seedling) 10/10

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Update: 1193 days 23hrs

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Another Plant experiment - this is strictly a Tropical Tree, but hey i have one now for the Temperate Adelaide Climate. I do have a good sized pergola with perspec's which provides filtered light and i have shade clothe'd the pergola as such creating a tropical micro climate.

The plant is in a 430mm pot so will not need to repot for another few years, plenty of organic's and mulch. The 430mm pot has been reworked to provide exceptional drainage, so far doing extremly well and loving where it is : P.

For those living in Adelaide and love the more exotic plants ( Challenge of growing them!) would love to see some comments of your endevours and or advice on growing tropical plants in our hot and dry temperate climate.


Planted: 2016

Height 2 Feet

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Seasol, every 2 weeks

Pest Control: None.

Organic Status:Organic


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Fig Black Genoa (Cutting) 10/10

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Update: 1194 days 17hrs

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Love figs and ridicously expensive to buy from the markets, so i now have my very own!. Have got a Black Genoa and white, plus a Brown Turkey fig. Both still small around 2 feet in height but my Black genoa has set fruit and growing nicely!!.

Very easy to grow and maintain, very hardy and suited for the Adelaide dry and hot climate.

Planted: 2015

Height 2 Feet

Qty: 2

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Seasol- Fortnightly

Pest Control: None - no pest.


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MANGO - NAM DOC MAI Mangifera indica 10/10

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Update: 1202 days 14hrs

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Always wanted a mango tree, unfortunatley i live in Adelaide and so need a more cold tolerant variety- so bought this MANGO - NAM DOC MAI Mangifera indica from  Daley's

  - it is a grafted variety from Daley's so i hope to see fruit on the tree sooner than if grown from seed, but all in all it is performing very well and as you can see it has just finished putting out a new flush of growth ( Mango is 10 weeks old), i also have another species of mango (R2E2) i think thats the name ...not sure but it's also doing very well in the Adelaide climate.

Will update progress after an Adelaide winter.......finger's crossed that they put on enough growth to live through it. But will take them indoors during frosty nights.

Planted: 2015

Height 3 Feet

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Seasol - Fortnightly

Pest Control: No Pest thus far - fingers crossed.

Organic Status:Organic

Question: Is there anyone else in Adelaide growing Mango's with any sucess?. be nice to know : P


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CARAMBOLA STARFRUIT - KARY Averrhoa (Grafted) 10/10

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Update: 1202 days 15hrs

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Love Star Fruit - can't buy these in Adelaide so i thought i'd give it a go growing them, purchased a grafted Kary from Daley's and it's doing excellent - very easy to look after and flowering like crazy. 

Flowers do drop off and dont set maybe it's too young still if anyone knows why the flowers are dropping please post a comment.


Height 2.5 Feet

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Seasol and Organics - Fortnightly

Pest Control: None.

Question: Why are the flowers not setting fruit.


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