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Figbarron's Edible Backyard

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Why Figbarron Love's Edible Plants

I find peace with gardening. I also like the idea of growing fruits and veges that have not been pumped with chemicals like store bought ones. Im all for organic growing.


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Any melbourne pepino growers need assistance - Thought i'd just give an upate if anyone is having the same issue as i am. My pepino bushes have started flowering profusely again, i have hand pollinated some with a small soft paint brush and it seems that some may have took as we had a couple of warmis..371 days 14hrs
Is my white sapote slowly dying - sure no worries. I'll update so that people having the same issues can know whats wrong. At the moment nearly 3 weeks later, nothing. The bark test shows its still green so its not dying. If it perks up or dies i'll update. at the moment i have given it s..377 days 11hrs
Is my white sapote slowly dying - Thanks for your response. in terms of pruning i just nipped the top bud of mine its about 60cm tall above graft and 70cm tall from base of its trunk. Is nipping the terminal bud the only thing i need to do to get branches going or should i cut it down eve..384 days 15hrs
Is my white sapote slowly dying - Thanks. Good to see im not the only one i'll wait until its warmer before i feed it. What do you feed your White Sapotes Mark? Would a blood and bone/chook pellet fertilizer and charlie carp regime keep them happy? I heard that they are heavy feeders...388 days 14hrs
Is my white sapote slowly dying - Hie all i purchased a Lemon Gold white Sapote tree in June and repotted mid july. Between the time i got it and potted it into a larger pot, it swelled its buds slightly and then nothing for about 2 weeks. I thought this was just cold weather interfering...390 days 9hrs
Mango tree in adelaide - Hi Nima, bought an Irwin to grow in a pot and i live in Melbourne. I don't get frost and also my ~2yr K.P potted seedling was unaffected by the winter. To get them to fruit i will put them in the garage at night to help it fruit as flowers don't like ..396 days 8hrs
Best fertiliser - Hie. To increase yield of fruit you need a fertilizer high in potash. i use organic fertilizers so i can't speak on behalf of chemical ones. For getting the plant established you can get yates Blood and Bone 90% with added potash which is high in n..398 days 14hrs
Nam doc mai vs irwin for cooler - Hie all i am in the south eastern suburbs in Melbourne and i have a 21 month old Kensington Pride seedling growing in a pot at the moment (about to flush new growth) and i would like another tree to accompany it. I don't get frost in my yard thanks t..401 days 8hrs
Self wicking pots for trees - My barrels have the water reservoir at the base. The drainage pipe and fill pipe are covered in shade cloth to allow water and air through but not mosquitoes. And the mosquitoes do not have access to the water reservoir. I learned that the hard way back ..404 days 18hrs
Muscadine grape adonis - I usually ease my plants in to it and hold off full sun until about a week. But i have had no issues with placing a recently unpackaged plant in full sun (provided its a cool sunny day not overly warm-scorching hot)...406 days 13hrs
Any melbourne pepino growers need assistance - I have noticed that too. i had to prune them back many times but they are in a cut self watering barrel. Mine have started flowering again so hopefully they'll set fruit in time for Christmas as its getting warmer. I have uploaded a picture of my setup. I..407 days 3hrs
Self wicking pots for trees - Awesome. Here are my Deana Fig tree and Sugar plum in my diy wicking barrels. They have a reservoir at the bottom and it wicks up using coconut coir. They are beginning to wake up from dormancy and producing leaves. ..409 days 6hrs
Any melbourne pepino growers need assistance - Thanks J. mine are crawling up a trellis. Do yours fruit all year round?..410 days 10hrs
My mango tree is growing bent - you can try and tie it to a stake. As you said that it was in darkness it might have been searching for some sun. I would gradually ease it into full sun and it ill right itself ..412 days 11hrs
Self wicking pots for trees - Hie Bangkok could you share a picture of your Ross Sapote in the 100L pot?..412 days 16hrs

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Grafted white sapote where can i get - FB - the ones on Daleys site that say pollination beneficial dont actually bear pollen till 5 to 10 years old and then its a maybe - ive seen pollen on my SueBelle this year - first time ive ever seen pollen on one so far and is very yellow and visible t..Liked Answer 508 days 6hrs

Cape Gooseberry (Cutting) 10/10

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Update: 350 days 12hrs

Comments: - Purchased as a small plant about 12cm by 12cm tall and wide from bunnings (Nellie Kelly Brand). Within 2 weeks it doubled in size and is flowering. It is currently growing in a 300mm pot (19L). Potting mix is 30% coir peat, 30% compost and 30% potting mix with dynamic lifter and blood and bone mixed in. It is fed with charlie carp organic.

Fruiting Months January, November, December

Height 0.25 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Hand Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Dynamic Lifter, blood and bone, charlie carp organic

Organic Status:Certified


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Raspberry - Heritage (Cutting) 10/10

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Update: 350 days 12hrs

Comments: - Got this raspberry (Heritage) from bunnings this spring. Since its an Autumn variety it fruits on current season shoots. 2 weeks after i purchased it in spring it opened up flower buds and same time as my blackberry. I might get 2 crops from this one, the main one being in autumn. This one is planted in a 430mm pot. 

Fruiting Months March, April, May, October, November, December

Planted: 2016

Height 0.7 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Hand Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Dynamic Lifter, Charlie Carp

When I Fertilise: When Fruiting and Spring

Organic Status:Certified


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Plum - Sugar (Cutting) 9/10

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Update: 350 days 12hrs

Comments: - Purchased from bunnings through Flemings Nursery as a 2yr  bare root tree. Just like my Deana Fig, its growing in a modified self watering planter barrle with holes lined with shadecloth for air pruining. i have received great results with other plants so i hope this will work well with trees. Potting media is 30% potting mix, 30% coconut coir and 30%compost. So far its growing really well. I cant wait for the sugary sweet fruit in summer!

Planted: 2016

Height 1.2 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Winter

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Dynamic Lifer, Blood and bone, Nitrosol

Organic Status:Organic


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Pepino - Kendall Gold (Cutting) 9/10

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Update: 350 days 12hrs

Comments: -

Got a pack of 10 cuttings from an eBay seller.I gave some away and rooted 6. 1 did not take and i kept 3 that rooted and gave 2 plants away to  a friend. The 3 plants are growing well in a cut barrel. This top 1/3 with the pepinos is also self watering. I had trouble with fruit set during winter as they like warm temperatures to set fruit. They have started flowering again now and im hoping for fruit set as its Spring and getting warmer. 

Update: I have removed the other 2 from the barrel and planted them in the ground. The remaining one has about 9 little fruitlets and one small developing fruit. The warmer nights definitely have helped. The plant was given sulphate of potash to assist in fruiting.

Height 0.9 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 3

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Winter

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Dynamic Lifter, Blood and bone, Nitrosol

Organic Status:Organic


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Blackberry - Thornless Chester (Cutting) 10/10

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Update: 350 days 13hrs

Comments: -

First attempt at growing a blackberry bush. I received it as a dormant plant in winter from bunnings. Since waking up from dormancy it'd covered in leaves and growing vigorously! Its fed weekly with 1/2 dose of blood and bone liquid plant food. Diy potting mix consists of 30& coconut coir, 30% compost and 30% potting mix all mixed in with blood and bone and chook pellets.  Its doing well in a 300mm pot.

Update: 12/10/16
Plant is growing rapidly and responded well to charlie carp organic. 

Update 6/11/16
The blackberry plant has started flowering i counted about 20 flowers. Hopefully all pollinate :)




Planted: 2016

Height 0.8 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Blood and bone, Nitrosol, Chook pellets

When I Fertilise: Spring

Organic Status:Organic


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Fig White Adriatic (Cutting) 9/10

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Update: 350 days 13hrs

Comments: - This was my 3rd addition to my small fig collection.  Bought from diggers it arrived just as it was going into dormancy. It has now come back with vigour and i can not wait to taste the fruit. Its currently growing in a 300mm pot and and fertilized with dynamic lifter plant food. I will change to the Dynamic lifter fertilizer higher in potash when its starts to fruit. 

Planted: 2016

Height 0.3 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Dynamic lifter, Nitrosol

When I Fertilise: Spring

Organic Status:Organic


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Fig - Brown Turkey (Cutting) 9/10

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Update: 350 days 13hrs

Comments: -

This was my first fig tree. I was tired of purchasing bland figs (that are picked too early) from the store so i decided to purchase some fig trees. This one was purchased from Bunnings who inturn got them from Humphries nursery.  Potting mix is 30% coconut coir, 30%pootting mix and 30% compost. I mixed in with a handful of dynamic lifter and some blood and bone and planted it into a 300mm pot. 

Update (Oct 2016): The tree is rapidly growing and responds really well to charlie carp organic

Planted: 2016

Height 0.7 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Dynamic Lifter, nitrosol

Organic Status:Certified


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Jostaberry (Cutting) 9/10

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Update: 350 days 13hrs

Comments: - As i am a fan of berries i picked this up from bunnings. Its a dedicuous, self pollinating  thornless berry and a cross betweeen a gooseberry and a black currant. It lost all its leaves in winter and has since come back well. Its currently growing in a potting media of 30:30:30 compost, coir peat and potting mix mixed in with blood and bone and dynamic lifter it loves a full sun position as well. Its a summer bearing fruit plant like most of my plants so i will update on plant growth habbit and plant yield. 

Planted: 2016

Height 0.35 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Blood and Bone, Dynamic lifter

Organic Status:Organic


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Fig Deanna (Cutting) 9/10

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Update: 350 days 13hrs

Comments: - There were only two fig types at bunnings, brown turkey and black genoa and wanted a bit more variety. I purchased this 2 year old bare-root fig tree from an online eBay nursery. Its supposed to have light greenish-yellow flesh and a tasty pulp. Its currently growing in a cut 200L drum. The cut drum is self watering and promotes healthier root system through air pruining. The fig has just started to produce some foilage. Potting mix is the same as my other figs. 1:1:1 coconut coir, potting mix and compost mixed in with dynamic lifter.

Planted: 2016

Height 0.8 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Winter

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Dynamic Lifter, blood and bone, nitrosol

Organic Status:Organic


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Mulberry - White Shahtoot (Grafted) 10/10

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Update: 373 days 8hrs

Comments: - Just received it today and counted about 20 fruit currently on it. The tree has just come out of dormancy and i can't belive i will be having fruit in a few weeks. I will be potting it up in a 510mm pot (52L) and that would be its home for a while before i transfer it to a self watering barrel (100L)  permanently in a year or 2. I will regularly update on plant growth and taste of the fruit as it will mature in a few weeks time. 

Planted: 2016

Height 0.6 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

First Fruited: 1 Months from Purchase in Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Dynamic Lifter Plus Fruit Food, Nitrosol

When I Fertilise: When Fruiting and Spring


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Feijoa (Cutting) 9/10

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Update: 373 days 8hrs

Comments: - Got this unknown specimen on eBay. I originally had 2 but one died as it was rootbound although planting in a larger container did not seem to help. The other one is happily growing in Osmocote premium potting mix i have since added some, chicken pellets and some blood and bone as the pre-added fertilizer is about to run out. It has growin really well even during the winter. I am hoping for some fruit next year and will continually update on its progress

Planted: 2016

Height 0.6 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: dynamic lifter, blood and bone, nitrosol

Organic Status:Organic


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Fig Black Genoa (Cutting) 9/10

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Update: 373 days 8hrs

Comments: - Just like my Brown turkey fig, this was also purchased from bunnings. It was badly affected by rust in late autumn due to wet and humid weather. It has come back with great vigour and was the first to break dormancy out of all my figs. Potting mix is the same as the brown turkey. I can't wait for it to start bearing.

Height 0.4 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Dynamic Lifter, Nitrosol

When I Fertilise: Spring

Organic Status:Organic


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Black Sapote (Seedling) 7/10

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Update: 407 days 4hrs

Comments: - I purchased 4, 2 year old black sapote seedlings on eBay during the start of winter. They have since tried to push new growth but the cold weather was detrimental to their progress. Its now Spring and one of the 4 is looking to open some buds. They survived the Melbourne winter with minimal care other than the seasol and moving in the garage during cold nights. 

Planted: 2016

Height 0.6 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 4

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Dynamic lifter

Organic Status:Organic


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Blueberry - Blue Rose (Cutting) 9/10

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Update: 407 days 4hrs

Comments: - I already had an early season blueberry bush so why not a mid season one? The blue rose has been repotted into an Azalea mix and has begun to flower right after breaking dormancy. It seems to produce flowers first before leaves?  It has since produced clusters and clusters of white bell shaped flowers. I am currently hand pollinating with a narrow hobbyist painter's brush and this technique worked really well with the sunshine blues. Its supposed to grow up to 1.5m high and wide and is currently in a 300mm pot. I till be up potted to a half wine barrel next winter when its dormant. I'll update of growth progress and fruit quality.

Planted: 2016

Height 0.8 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Hand Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: dynamic lifter, nitrosol


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Blueberry - Sunshine Blue (Cutting) 10/10

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Update: 407 days 4hrs

Comments: -

I purchased 2 bushes from 2 different nurseries, Nelly kelly and Humphries. Both are fruiting. The Nelly Kelly already has about 30 berries and its a small bush. The Humphries ones has hundreds of flowers and about 1/2 as much berries (currently) as it started flowering later than the nelly kelly. I am feeding them with blood and bone organic fertilizer which is safe for them. Due to lack of pollinators int he winter season,  i highly suggest pollinating with a small narrow paint brush or shake the bush a bit. 

 They are still in their original pots and i will repot into an Azalea Mix once they finish cropping. They need cool winter nights to promote flowers and are evergreen blueberry plants and are supposed to grow to about 1m high and wide. Perfect for tubs and pots. I will update on how much i have harvested later.

Fruiting Months July, August, September, October

Planted: 2016

Height 0.3 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 2

First Fruited: 1 Months from Purchase in Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: blood and bone

Organic Status:Organic


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Guava Hawaiian (Seedling) 9/10

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Update: 407 days 5hrs

Comments: - Not sure if cuttings or seedlings. I purchased these from an eBay seller. As a young child i remember feasting on these at my Grandma's farm. She has a plantation of these and white fleshed ones (not sure on varieties). They are growing really well and pushing new growth. I am currently waiting on some fruit hopefully next year.

Planted: 2016

Height 0.5 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 2

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Dynamic Lifter, blood and bone, Nitrosol

Organic Status:Organic


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White Sapote - Lemon Gold (Grafted) 9/10

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Update: 409 days 5hrs

Comments: -

Before i moved to Australia i used to have this fruit back home a lot as a young child. I loved it. The instant i discovered them for sale on Daleys I immediately bought one for nolstalgia's sake and the awesome taste. The tree was a bit quiet during winter when i got it and has since pushed some new lateral buds that will hopefully branch out as the weather gets warmer. It has been re-potted into a 300mm pot with holes lined with shade cloth for air pruning. This promotes more firous roots that are good at taking up nutrients and moisture. 

I will get a budwood to graft  a different variety onto it when its a bit stronger. 

Planted: 2016

Height 0.7 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Dynamic Lifter and Blood and Bone

Organic Status:Certified


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Mango - Bowen Seedling (Seedling) 9/10

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Update: 409 days 5hrs

Comments: - Trying to grow one here in Melbourne. Received an 18 month old seedling in a 70mm grow-tube during the winter this year and has been repotted into a 300mm pot.  I took it indoors at night  as it was quite cold. Its begining to push some new gowth as the weather warms up.  Will update regularly.

Planted: 2014

Height 0.7 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Dynamic Lifter

Organic Status:Organic


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