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Banana - Lady Finger (Cutting) 9/10

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Update: 13 days 12hrs

Comments: -

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 45 Centimetres

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

Organic Status:Organic


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Achacha (Seedling) 7/10

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Update: 119 days 7hrs

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: 119 days 7hrs

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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Tamarillo - Orange (Seedling) 9/10

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Update: 119 days 7hrs

Comments: -

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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Dwarf Mulberry - Black (Grafted) 8/10

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Update: 119 days 7hrs

Comments: -

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.

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: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

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

Organic Status:Organic


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