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Serendipity's Edible Backyard

Joined: 26/11/08 Updated: 07/09/10 Frost: Low
Location: The Gap, QLD, AU

About My Edible Backyard


Why Serendipity Love's Edible Plants

Garden is a mix of edibles and natives. Mild winter & hot summer, main issue is the wind tunnel that we seem to be in.


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Pitaya - Yellow Dragon Fruit

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Update: 2628 days 10hrs

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Stunning flower followed by fruit. Unfortunately heavy rains led to fruit drop. Plant is fine, but would have liked a harvest this year.

Second Year 2010

Have growing in large pot, allowed to grow & hang over railing. I have a large outdoor umbrella to shield it from heavy rain when it is fruiting. This has been very successful this year and we were able to get 14 fruit from it this season. no fruit lost. Possum hates the spikey fruit and the fruit fly also leave it alone.

Easiest way to remove the spines on the fruit is to wear gardening gloves and just brush them off in a downward motion (with the spines pointing away from you)

The fruit is smaller than the purple varieties but much sweeter. Cut in half they look like tiny pineapples, just scoop out the flesh with a spoon to enjoy.



Planted: 2009

Qty: 1

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Blueberry - Sunshine Blue

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Update: 2628 days 10hrs

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In heavy flower July. Pollination rate a little low, hoping native bees discover the new blueberry patch soon. ants seem to be doing most pollination so far. Only first year amazed at flowering & fruiting considering a mild winter 


Year 2.

I have most varieties of blueberries that Daleys stock. This one seems to be best suited to Brisbane conditions, the smaller leaves means it handles the summer extremes better. The fruit is not as flavourful as some other varieties, but it is of good size and not too bad, may seem a little gritty but still is 10 times better than the soggy punnet blueberries from the supermarket.
It has nice compact shape, though can still reach to 1.5 metres high, and gets covered in pinkish lantern flowers. Having about an 80% pollination rate this year, which is 4 times better than year 1, could be higher if I can stop the August winds from blowing some of the flowers away, (I think the wind may be helping some pollination too.)  

Fruiting Months September, October, November

Planted: 2009

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 3

First Fruited: 1 Months from Purchase in Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Blueberry - Backyard Blue

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Update: 2628 days 10hrs

Pollination: Self Pollination


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mudpie1 says... [2628 days 8hrs ago]
Hey Serendipity, I live just near you, in Mitchelton, and I was really excited to read about your blueberry that does well in Brisbane. You've inspired me to try one!

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Dwarf Tangelo - Minneola

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Update: 2628 days 10hrs

Comments: - Had first fruit of this after 1 year in medium size pot. By far the best flavoured citrus I have ever eaten. Fruit is smaller than commercial varieties I've seen, but made up for by the intensity of sweet & juicy flavour. 

Fruiting Months July and August

Planted: 2009

Height 1 metres

Growing: In a Pot

First Fruited: 1 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Olive - Barouni 10/10

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Update: 2628 days 10hrs

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Smaller more gracefully shaped olive tree. currently (spring) fruiting while in pot. 

Year 2 . Still growing in pot and flowering again (spring), only had about 8 olives last year expecting a few more this year. Flavour (after brining) was vey good & meaty. No pest damage on leaves like other varieties I have

Fruiting Months November

Planted: 2009

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

Pest Control: no pest issues.

Organic Status:Organic


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Strawberry - Maroochy Flame

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Update: 2942 days 9hrs

Comments: - Initial issues with red spider mite, but fruiting well after that set back.


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Berry - Youngberry

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Update: 2942 days 9hrs

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Keep on top of these, ensure all shoot are tied off the ground or it will run/invade. Luckily the thornless one is true to to it's description. (not as invasive/vicious/vigorous as Loganberry)  Only seems to be a 1 day difference between under ripe & over ripe fruit. Growing in morning sun/ afternoon shade, fairly protected from wind despite extremes of brisbane climate. Rain during fruiting causes fruit to go soggy and rot if near ripe.

Also watch the ants and their scale farms .. though they do seem to prefer the thornier berry varieties to hide their little sap suckers. 


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Tamarillo - Red

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Update: 2942 days 10hrs

Comments: - Grew quickly, I should have pinched back the leader so that it didn't grow so high, but I was expecting it to slow once it got to around 2m. Now is covered in fruit but too high for me to put fruit fly exclusion bags on it. Fingers crossed I get a couple to try with too much added fly protein :-)

Fruiting Months October and November

Planted: 2008

Height 3.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

First Fruited: 1 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Autumn


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Brazilian Cherry

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Update: 2942 days 10hrs

Comments: - An acquired taste apparently. They also make a good jam, flavour between apricot and sour cherry. I've always loved them, but for some people a resiny/kerosine flavour predominates their taste. Allow to ripen on tree, best when fruit just starts to soften and darken - about 1 day after turning bright red. But I can never wait that long. Crushing under tongue can reduce the kero taste for some people. 

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Cedar Bay Cherry

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Update: 2942 days 10hrs

Comments: - Flowering in October. Planted out in Sept 09 

Fruiting Months October

Planted: 2009

Height 15 Centimetres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

First Fruited: 3 Months from Purchase in Pot

Sun/Shade: Low Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Midyim Berry

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Update: 2942 days 10hrs

Comments: - Flowering in October.

Fruiting Months November

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Pepino - Kendall Gold

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Update: 2942 days 10hrs

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only 3 fruit the first year, really struggled in the heat. It has started spreading and looks well established for this year, just a matter of bagging fruit before fruit fly get them.

No fruit this 2nd year despite plant getting very established and having lots of flowers. Heatwave and dust storm seems to have made it drop all flowers.



Pollination: Self Pollination


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Chilli - Rocoto Tree

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Update: 2942 days 10hrs

Comments: - growing well but Possum eats branches and tries the odd chilli. Fruit fly also love it, but luckily it fruits through out the year, in and out fruit fly season. Grows with some shelter from passionfruit vine, but has grown up and through.

Fruiting Months February, March, April, September, October, November

Planted: 2008

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

First Fruited: 3 Months from Purchase in Pot

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: manure

When I Fertilise: Spring

Pest Control: Most effective again fruit fly are exclusion bags. Also use eco-lure and male fruitfly bait traps


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Jaboticaba Large Leaf

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Update: 3032 days 12hrs

Comments: - Some young leaf damage from a light frost this year, plus a sucking insect attack at same time. Recovering well.


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Raspberry - Heritage

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amazing, two crops a year. I would never have believed I could grow Raspberries in Brisbane. Over 1kg of fruit dec-thru-april. Morning sun and part shade rest of day. 

Saw fly? in leaves and some small brown-black larvae in some of the fruit, watch for ant activity to find these. 

I usually freeze the excess picked each day in a freezer bag with a little sugar, really intensifies the flavour and a nice treat on a hot Brisbane day


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Guava Yellow Cherry

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Berry - Boysenberry

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Dwarf Mandarin

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Berry - Boysenberry

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Dwarf Mulberry - Black

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Sorrel - French

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Passionfruit - Black

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Dwarf Avocado - Wurtz (A)

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Pepino - Kendall Gold

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Eco - naturalure - Male Fruit Fly Trap

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Berry - Loganberry

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Madrono

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Yacon - Apple of the Earth

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Midyim Berry

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Olive - Manzanillo

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Grape - Pink Iona

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Blackberry - Thornless Chester

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Avocado - Reed (A)

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Update: 3032 days 12hrs

Comments: - Hail storm shredded bark


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TRIED BUT DIED

Rhubarb - Victoria

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Update: 3032 days 12hrs

Comments: - Clobbered in Nov hail storm and then weather around Xmas was too extreme died in a double whammy of heat & humidity 


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