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Growing bananas in sydney - Haven't yet fruited (almost 2 yrs old) so expecting in the next year. I'm conscious of the temperature difference from here to the subtropics! But we've had a humid Summer which has helped. Don't think they're far off sending out ..32 days 18hrs
Growing bananas in sydney - I'm growing several varieties just north of Melbourne and have been for a couple of years - dwarf Cavendish, dwarf Red Dacca, DPM25, Ladyfinger and Blue Java. I put mine in the end of February so they still had decent warmth without the blistering h..34 days 13hrs
Caper plant - Diggers has them at the moment...34 days 13hrs
Blueberry14 - Hi Swapna, I concur with Fruitylicious1 - I have two Blueberry Sunshines and they fruit prolifically if you give them enough water in Summer and the proper soil (acidic). Also, prune the canes as you would normal cane berries as mine only bear on new gro..109 days 7hrs
Lots a lime tree in pot - It might actually be the fertilising causing the fruit drop, depending on the type. Anything like chicken manure during flowering I have found causes fruit drop, together with big changes in temperature and not enough watering. Does it dry out much?..147 days 9hrs

Dwarf Peach - Fresno (Grafted) 8/10

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Update: 90 days 8hrs

Comments: -

DECEMBER 2019

 A small tree, exceptional yellow fruit with a free stone.  This peach has done well in our yard.  It seemed clear of curl leaf when I purchased but have sprayed just to make sure it's okay. with copper hydroxide.  Is planted in between an apricot and a nectarine in full sun along a fence with north west exposure and seems to be enjoying it.  Flowered this year but removed buds (only 2 year old tree)

Height 1.2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Compost, chook manure, dynamic lifter

When I Fertilise: Winter and Spring

Pest Control: Copper fungicide sprays before bud swell.


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Blueberry - Sunshine Blue (Cutting) 9/10

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Update: 90 days 9hrs

Comments: - These have grown exceptionally well - I purchased in 2016 and have had in a pot since.  Last year was an absolute bumper crop - we were eating blueberries for what felt like forever and had plenty to share around.  This year (2019) we had a few days of really hot days and drying winds and they both appeared to collapse.  A hell of a lot of water later and cutting back some of the dead canes has rejuventated them and one is even flowering now (late December 2019).  Will see how they recover but before this year, have been incredible bearers of high quality fruit, much tasteier than those found in supermarkets.

Fruiting Months January, February, November, December

Planted: 2016

Height 0.9 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 2

Fruit Harvest: 1 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 2 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pruned By: 20% in

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Coffee grounds, compost

When I Fertilise: When Fruiting, Winter, Spring

Pest Control: Doesn't really get pests, have been lucky with them. However, the berries will more tha 2019n likely require netting as birds are the worst - particularly blackbirds.

Organic Status:Organic


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Dwarf Banana - Nathan

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Black Sapote - Maher (Grafted) 8/10

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Update: 101 days 16hrs

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UPDATE DECEMBER 2019: has now had two Winters in Melbourne, survived, continued to grow, continued to flower and we have one fruit forming on it. I keep it well mulched with pea straw, lucerne, coffee grounds and compost. Was in pot up until recently. First Winter was moved inside to protect from cold, second Winter was left outside - survived freezing temperatures (think layer of mulch helped a lot) and had good water, now in ground in full sun and growing well. Is next to a Bernicker variety. Fingers crossed it keeps growing well; the fruit are hard to find in Victoria and I really like them; this is a novel plant that a lot of people are interested in to see how it grows.

UPDATE NOVEMBER 2018: handful of flowers coming out on plant now after heavy downpours. I keep the water up to this in the pot so hopefully it continues to grow well. Will hurt picking off the flowers but it's for the greater good. 

INITAL JUNE 2018: Can never find the fruit this far south and always wanted to try one. Again, will need to have absolutely everything on my side for this but I don't mind a challenge.

Planted: 2018

Height 1.2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

First Fruited: 2 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: compost, manure, pea straw, lucerne,

When I Fertilise: Winter and Spring

Organic Status:Organic


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Guava Yellow Cherry

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Update: 119 days 13hrs

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NOVEMBER 2019

 It's relatively hard to find guavas that are (a) good and (b) ripe around my area so I wanted to try grow some; my puppy unfortunately ate the top off this not long after I purchased and was prepared for it to go to God - but no. This little thing has not only continued to grow sideways, but actually now has fruit forming on it, even though it is probably eaten down to just over 1 foot tall. Will have to update to let you know if it survives the dog (and the conditions) and branches out, but so far, more than pleasantly surprised.

Planted: 2019

Height 0.4 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

First Fruited: 1 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Organic Status:Organic


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Banana - Lady Finger (Cutting) 9/10

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Update: 139 days 9hrs

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UPDATE NOVEMBER 2019

All survived Winter, with some minor leaf loss. Trunks still look healthy. Blue Java and Lady Fingers doing the best so far. Looking forward to the warmer weather to see if I get any banana flowers this year. Still using pea straw, sugar cane, compost and manure every couple of weeks. 

UPDATE APRIL 2019

Picture on left is bananas in August 2018.  Lady Finger variety is upper left.

Picture on right is bananas in March 2019. They've grown particularly well.  I have 5 different varieties - Lady Finger (upper left), Blue Java (upper right and doing exceptionally well), DPM25 (middle right), Dwarf Red Dacca (lower left) and Dwarf Cavendish (lower right). Have had numerous suckers from Cavendish, Lady Finger has one good, solid sucker, Blue Java yet to sucker (and the best grower) and Red Dacca just suckering now.  Hopefully they survive Winter again - will need cover if it's a cold one.

INITIAL

Always wanted to try growing bananas, however living almost in the Macedon Ranges just north of Melbourne I thought would make it impossible.  Decided didn't care - my gardening is trial and error, not what people tell me will work. So far, has not only survived a few light frosts, but growing well - in ground with three other banana varieties & worked a heap of compost, sheep manure, dynamic lifter and potash into the soil before planting.  I use an automatic watering system so they get watered and misted every day (for a minute, mind you, nothing over the top).  Will see how they survive the Winter as it's meant to be one of the coldest ahead. Wish me luck!

Planted: 2018

Height 2.1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Spring

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Dynamic Lifter, Chicken Manure, Compost, Worm Tea, Seasol, lucerne/pea mulch

When I Fertilise: Winter and Spring

Pest Control: Haven't really had any pests aside from blackbirds digging up around the base. 

Organic Status:Organic


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Dwarf Lemon - Meyer (Grafted) 10/10

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Update: 139 days 9hrs

Comments: - Has delicious fruit - was here when we moved in. I've tried an experiment wtih the size of the tree and sectioned it off into quarters. I pruned one quarter almost skeletonised, one pruned heavily, one lightly and one not at all. It's worked really well - instead of having a glut of lemons every Winter, we now have a manageable crop every three months. Now, we have full grown lemons storing on the three, half grown lemons, blossom and foliage growth. Going to try on other citrus trees to see if it's successful.

Fruiting Months January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Height 2.2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Fruit Harvest: 20 kilograms per Year

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pruned By: 25% in Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Compost, Seasol, Dynamic Lifter, worm castings, worm tea, manure

Pest Control: Sometimes find galls from the citrus gall wasp - I use a trap and prune off the swellings. Hardly have any as I stay quite vigilant with it.


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Tamarillo - Orange (Seedling) 9/10

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Update: 196 days 7hrs

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UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2019

Flowering! Lost a couple of leaves to heavy frost over Winter (I forgot to apply some protection) but excited it is flowering. Now about 1.8-1.9m tall.

UPDATE March 2019

Now in ground. Gets watered by watering system every few days. In ground next to well established Meyer lemon.

UPDATE January 2019

Had a couple of 40 degree  days which caused wilting but most leaves bounced back with deep watering. Cut the top off once it was a metre tall to encourage branching. Keeping the water up to it - easy to tell when it needs water as the huge leaves start to look a little relaxed. Considering moving out of pot into ground in protected position.

INITIAL October 2018

I love red tamarillos so thought I'd try growing the orange ones for something different. Growing well since September (spring).


Planted: 2018

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pruned By: 20% in

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Manure, pea straw, lucerne, blood and bone

When I Fertilise: Winter and Spring

Organic Status:Organic


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Raspberry - Atherton (Cutting) 9/10

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Update: 196 days 7hrs

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UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2019

Had my first Atherton raspberry - fruit was delicious, larger than European raspberry and I think actually better. Fruit looked glorious in the sun, almost a metallic sheen to it which was very pretty, but also did not seem to be attractive to the birds around here. Very happy with this, highly recommended.

INITIAL

Had never heard of a native raspberry so looking forward to it fruiting and sampling the fruit's taste. Has been pretty vigourous in the cane berry patch but placed in the centre so the chances of it escaping are reduced (thanks for the heads up!)

Fruiting Months September

Planted: 2018

Height 1.8 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

First Fruited: 12 Months after I planted Cutting

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pruned By: 100% in Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Organic Status:Organic


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Dwarf Mulberry - Black (Cutting) 9/10

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Update: 218 days 12hrs

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UPDATE

Flowers every time I prune, without fail. I have mine in a big pot and it gets quite a bit of water and coffee grounds and seems to enjoy.  Is now about 1.8m with multiple branching points. Purchased in May 2018, was under the height of the bamboo stake in the pot at the time.  Now (August 2019) has 4 berries growing at each leaf point - over 150 mulberries on the tree which I hope all go to maturity and I can get before the birds.

INITIAL

Thought I'd grow a dwarf mulberry to see what the results would be. Has put on quite a bit of growth - had flowers appear very quickly but all fell off over Winter - two made it through. Mulberries were quite nice - looking forward to seeing how productive it can be over the years. 

Fruiting Months April, May, November, December

Planted: 2018

Height 1.8 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

First Fruited: 6 Months from Purchase in Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pruned By: 10% in Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Coffee grounds, pea straw, Seasol

When I Fertilise: When Fruiting, Yearly, Winter, Spring

Organic Status:Organic


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

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Update: 218 days 18hrs

Comments: -

UPDATE - August 2019

Absolutely covered in flowers. Tips of some leaves were burnt over Summer but still growing well in my 45L grow bag.  Going to put into ground this coming Spring - has had two Winters in grow bag.  I also have a Pinkerton and Lamb Hass going into flower at the same time (all the same age), but the Bacon is a bigger and stronger tree at the moment (given it's a full grown and not dwarf avocado, to be expected).  I live just outside of Melbourne in Sunbury, so we don't get heavy frosts often, but still get frosts - it even snowed a few weeks ago - and this guy is still thriving.

Planted: 2018

Height 0.9 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Organic Status:Organic


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Achacha (Seedling) 7/10

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Update: 343 days 10hrs

Comments: - It seems to be a slow grower but that said, Melbourne is hardly replicating the Bolivian Amazonian basin climate.

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Abiu 7/10

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Update: 343 days 10hrs

Comments: - Extremely ambitious but growing in a half wine barrel in Melbourne. Rock retaining wall on one side and brick wall on other to retain heat around it.  Fingers crossed.

Planted: 2019

Height 0.8 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

Organic Status:Organic


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Fig - Sandpaper Birds Eye (Cutting) 9/10

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Update: 408 days 8hrs

Comments: - Looked interesting and I love native plants. Native plants that I can eat are even better.  Growing in pot for 7 months, has really taken off since October (four months old then) and now growing about 13 fruits that I can see.

Planted: 2018

Height 1 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

First Fruited: 7 Months from Purchase in Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Organic Status:Organic


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Jaboticaba Large Leaf (Seedling) 9/10

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Update: 412 days 15hrs

Comments: - Wanted to try something different. Growing much faster than expected - think the secret is constant moisture. I use old plastic bottles with dripper like attachments to deliver a drip system in the pot constantly - quite a bit of new growth which has been great.

Height 1 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Fig - Brown Turkey (Cutting) 9/10

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Update: 412 days 15hrs

Comments: - Growing extremely well in full sun with watering. Cutting has already branched out.

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

Organic Status:Organic


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Dwarf Orange - Valencia Seedless

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Update: 456 days 11hrs

Comments: - Wanted to add an orange to my citrus grove and a seedless variety is perfect. Love juicing oranges so Valencia variety made sense.  Was in blossom upo receipt from Daleys so lopped all flowers off (after enjoying their fragrance for a few days first, admittedly).

Height 1 Centimetres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

Organic Status:Organic


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Dwarf Lime - Tahitian (Grafted) 9/10

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Update: 456 days 11hrs

Comments: - Who doesn't like citrus? Trying to grow a variety of different citrus on my block for some Winter fruit.  Was in blossom upon receipt from Daleys but pruned all off to allow for stronger root and branch growth.

Height 1 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Chicken manure, compost, worm castings, mulched with lucerne and pea straw

Organic Status:Organic


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Dwarf Mango - Irwin (Grafted) 8/10

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Update: 456 days 11hrs

Comments: - A dwarf mango was something I just had to try, regardless of climate. Not sure how cold tolerant it will be but fingers crossed.

Planted: 2018

Height 0.5 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

Organic Status:Organic

Question: How big should I let the tree grow before allowing it to flower/fruit?


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Monstera - Fruit Salad Tree (Seedling) 8/10

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Update: 468 days 12hrs

Comments: - Purchased to use as an indoor plant - if it fruits, even better.

Height 0.5 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Low Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Organic Status:Organic


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Berry - Youngberry Thornless (Cutting) 9/10

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Update: 468 days 12hrs

Comments: - Berries are delicious - I have a cane berry patch that I've put a few different canes into to see how things go. Growing vigourously.

Fruiting Months January, February, December

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

First Fruited: 6 Months after I planted Cutting

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Winter and Spring

Organic Status:Organic


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Berry - Loganberry Thornless (Cutting) 8/10

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Update: 468 days 12hrs

Comments: - I like all cane berries - I made a cane berry patch to put different varieties in to mix things up.

Fruiting Months January, February, December

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

First Fruited: 6 Months after I planted Cutting

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Winter and Spring

Pest Control: None needed - although the biggest pest is the blackbirds digging up around the ground and other birds trying to eat the berries. Netting required over full patch.

Organic Status:Organic


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Mango - R2E2 (Grafted) (Grafted) 8/10

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Update: 468 days 12hrs

Comments: -

Mangoes are one of my favourite fruit, but will probably need a lot of luck to successfully grow one this far south.

UPDATE: it has flowers! Will pick the panicles off but just stoked it has survived (let alone has flowers), particularly after such a cold Winter.

Planted: 2018

Height 1 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

First Fruited: 6 Months from Purchase in Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

Organic Status:Organic


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Dwarf Avocado - Lamb Hass (A) 8/10

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Update: 468 days 13hrs

Comments: - The third of my avocado varieties growing in pots at the moment - Lamb Hass, Pinkerton and Bacon.

Height 0.3 metres

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Dwarf Avocado - Pinkerton (A) (Grafted) 8/10

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Update: 468 days 13hrs

Comments: - Have tried growing three avocado varieties in my yard, all currently in pots.  Two A varieties (Pinkerton and Lamb Hass) and B variety Bacon.

Height 0.5 metres

Water Given in: Spring

Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Organic Status:Organic


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