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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?..17 days 3hrs
Avocado leaf - Looks like tip burn - generally caused by either over-fertilising or water that has been chlorinated (eg. tap water). Avocados are super sensitive to too much salt which both will create a build up of, particularly in pots. If it's from too much fert..23 days 3hrs

Banana - Lady Finger (Cutting) 9/10

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Update: 9 days 3hrs

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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: 9 days 3hrs

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: 66 days 2hrs

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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: 66 days 2hrs

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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: 88 days 6hrs

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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: 88 days 12hrs

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: 213 days 4hrs

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: 213 days 4hrs

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: 278 days 2hrs

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: 282 days 9hrs

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: 282 days 9hrs

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: 326 days 5hrs

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: 326 days 5hrs

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: 326 days 5hrs

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: 338 days 6hrs

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: 338 days 7hrs

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: 338 days 7hrs

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: 338 days 7hrs

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: 338 days 7hrs

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: 338 days 7hrs

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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Black Sapote - Maher (Grafted) 8/10

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Update: 338 days 7hrs

Comments: -

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.

UPDATE: 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.

Planted: 2018

Growing: In a Pot

First Fruited: 6 Months from Purchase in Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

Organic Status:Organic


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