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Michael's Edible Backyard

Joined: 26/11/08 Updated: 17/06/10 Frost: Low
Location: Wakeley, NSW, AU

About My Edible Backyard


Why Michael Love's Edible Plants

My backyard recieves plenty of good sunshine and has pretty good drainage. I try my best to maximise the space I have by planting in the ground my favourite fruit trees and have the rest growing in pots. Most of my trees are still young with a few establish trees from the previous owners. I tend to enjoy growing the more exoctic fruits as they are quite a challenge to grow but very rewarding when you see the fruits emerge.

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Minh1 says... [2158 days 7hrs ago]
Hi Michael, I live in at The Ponds, about 35min from your area, its great to see so many tropical fruit trees surviving at your place. I've just moved into a new house and cant wait to get started growing fruit trees, as many as my small backyard can hold :) Just wannted to ask you how the soursop, jackfruit and Star Apple tree's are doing..any fruit yet? Thanks Minh

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Michael Forum Contributions
Shopping excursion to sydney - Woolies is not the freshest place to buy exotic fruits . The fruits at Cabramatta fruit stores are always superior and taste better than what you can get at Woolies. Others fruits you can get but not at Woolies include pomelo,sapodilla,star apple,monkey b..2527 days 10hrs
Looking for pomelo trees - You could always get it from Daleys. The very sweet one is "Nam Roi" from Vietnam and Daley's even have the dwarf variety of Nam Roi. Even though you can get them to fruit they need alot of sun to ripen properly...2586 days 20hrs
Fruit trees growing in pots successfully - Hi Mustafa, I'm just a novice backyard gardener and enjoy growing fruit trees for enjoyment. I don't think babaco have seeds and people normally grow them from cuttings ( Others can correct me if i'm wrong ). My only secret in growing babaco is to k..2625 days 10hrs
Fruit trees growing in pots successfully - My pumelo is doing well in a large pot with 8 fruits at the moment. I haven't taste any of the fruits yet as it's still growing larger but I have high hopes for it. So pumelo can grow well in large pots in the Sydney climate for those that are intereste..2625 days 23hrs
Chuoi cau banana plant - Hi John, Did you pay $65 for the banana plant ? As per jujubeforsale says chuoi cau is a monkey banana and is much smaller than lady fingers . It's quite rare that's why it's so expensive. I manage to source one from a friend to grow it and mine is ..2657 days 7hrs
Custard apples - I was there at 10.30 this morning . I go there at least once a month just to browse( I live just 5 minutes down the road ). They have very advance trees which i like and I got my lychee from them as well. There is a massive lychee tree in the house next d..2659 days 2hrs
Custard apples - Hi John, I was at the Canley Vale nursey today and was so tempted to get the new Tropic Sun variety but I don't have anymore room in my garden for it. I ended getting a yellow bi sexual paw paw instead just because it was a metre high and at $30 it wa..2659 days 2hrs
Black jujube - All my jujube were infested with fruit flies this year . ..2692 days 12hrs
Can anyone identify - I think it's called manchurian pear ?..2720 days 23hrs
Dragon fruit12 - Hi Lorraine, Which variety do you have ? I have the self pollinating pink dragon fruit with white flesh . All my buds turn into fruit guarantee 100%.Maybe you should look at getting the self pollinating variety so that you won't have to worry about wh..2725 days 21hrs
Pummelo - Thanks Chris . I'm not leaving it to chances and have bag mine with mesh bags .I just hope it's not too late . I'm getting so much QLD fruit flies in my 3 wild may traps . Last count was more than 50 in each trap in just a week. I don't even have frui..2748 days 22hrs
Fruit fly control - Is 18 QLD fruit flys caught in three days in two Wild May traps considered a fruit fly problem ? ..2778 days 23hrs
Soursop growing in pots - I'm growing it in a very large pot for two years now. I've been told it's almost impossible to get it to fruit in Sydney but I'm trying anyway. It's very frost sensitive so you have to move it indoors during winter ...2782 days 3hrs
Jaboticaba4 - Pictures attached..2810 days 23hrs
Jaboticaba4 - After hearing so many praises for this fruit that I finally got a tree and it's growing nicely in a pot . I didn't picture tasting the fruit until maybe 5 years later but came across it selling in a punnet for $3 at a fruit store in Westfield Liverpool..2810 days 23hrs

babaco 2/10

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Update: 2925 days 6hrs

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The babaco was one of my first attempts at growing plants in a pot. At first I had trouble keeping the tiny frutis on the tree but after moving the plant into a sunnier spot and increasing my watering regime it has now flourished with many fruits . I have now pretty much left it alone and only watering it once a week and it seems to be doing fine. Very little maintenance required. I don't partically like the taste of this fruit as to me it's kind of sour and has a soapy taste rather then a champange taste .

Planted: 2008

Height 2 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Fruit Harvest: 4 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 6 Months from Purchase in Pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Spring

Organic Status:Organic


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Green Sapote 5/10

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Update: 2996 days 20hrs

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Haven't done much since I bought it last year. At least it survived the winter. Growing nicely

Planted: 2008

Height 0.5 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

When I Fertilise: Spring


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Acerola - Florida Sweet 6/10

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Update: 3053 days 6hrs

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High hopes for this plant. I tried it in Vietnam and it was a nice treat.

Planted: 2008

Height 1 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring


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Wax Jambu - White 8/10

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Update: 3081 days 7hrs

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I tried this white variety while overseas and it was delicious. According to the label it's very frost sensitive so in winter I moved it under shelter at night and move it back out during the day. It's currently in a pot with heaps of flower blooms but no fruit set yet. This plant required so much effort to keep it alive during  winter so hopefully it will reward me with tasty sweet crunchy fruits. Was covered in so much frutis until last weekend when they all fell off. So disappointed

Fruiting Months January and December

Planted: 2008

Height 1 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Thithi says... [1453 days 8hrs ago]

Thithi says... [1453 days 8hrs ago]
Great tree. Love your tree. How low is the temperature at night in winter at your area? I want grow it in Melbourne too

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Lemonade Tree 5/10

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Update: 3086 days 20hrs

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The veins of the leaves are turning yellow. Must lack some trace elements.

Planted: 2008

Height 1 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring


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Pauline says... [2885 days 21hrs ago]
The leaves will go a bit yellow over winter as it is too cold for them to be able to absorb the things they need from the soil (even if they are there).

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Jaboticaba 6/10

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Update: 3086 days 20hrs

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This tree lost all it's leaves in winter but came back before I chop it.

Planted: 2009

Height 1 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring


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Sapodilla - Sawo Manila 5/10

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Update: 3086 days 20hrs

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High hopes for this tree

Planted: 2009

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring


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Wampee - Yeem Pay 4/10

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Update: 3086 days 20hrs

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Had lots of flowers in December but no fruits.

Planted: 2008

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring


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Guava - Strawberry 5/10

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Update: 3086 days 20hrs

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Lots of fruits this year but they are all small and hard.

Planted: 2007

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring


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Guava Yellow Cherry

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Rollinia - Brazilian Custard Apple 7/10

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Update: 3086 days 21hrs

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Growing nicely in a pot. I'm not expecting to get any fruit from this tree but I like the idea of miracles.

Planted: 2007

Height 2 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring


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Mango - Florigon

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Dwarf Mango - Irwin 3/10

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Update: 3086 days 21hrs

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Had some fruits but it all fell off.

Planted: 2007

Height 1 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring


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9/10

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Update: 3101 days 7hrs

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This mango variety is unknown as it was planted my the previous owner. Last year this tree gave me only 1 fruit but one year later it is blooming with heaps of mangoes. I can't wait to try it.

Height 4 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring


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Dwarf Peach 5/10

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Update: 3108 days 20hrs

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Full of fruits so you must pick off and keep only a few. The remaining peaches don's seem to grow much bigger than a large golf ball. Could it be due to the small pot size ?

Planted: 2008

Height 1 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Fruit Harvest: 1 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 6 Months from Purchase in Pot

Sun/Shade: Low Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Papaya 9/10

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Update: 3108 days 20hrs

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These are the green paw paws used in Asian cooking.

Height 3 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 2

Fruit Harvest: 10 kilograms per Year

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Pitaya - Pearl Dragon Fruit (Cutting) 9/10

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Update: 3108 days 20hrs

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The one in the picture shown was bought from another supplier but it's the same type as the Vietnam Dragon fruit. The fruits are so much more sweeter than the bland ones you get from the shops.I just put together a trellis and is growing the yellow variety in the ground. Hopefully it will give me more fruits.

Fruiting Months January, February, December

Planted: 2007

Height 2 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Fruit Harvest: 2 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 1 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Spring

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Miracle Fruit 2/10

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Update: 3108 days 20hrs

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Done absolutely nothing since I got it.

Planted: 2008

Height 0.5 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Low Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Jujube (Grafted) 7/10

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Update: 3108 days 20hrs

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Got this plant from one of the people on the forum. It's starting to put out tiny fruits which looks cute but I'm not sure if it will fully mature.

Fruiting Months October, November, December

Planted: 2009

Height 0.5 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

First Fruited: 3 Months from Purchase in Pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Wenny says... [2603 days 22hrs ago]
Hi,Michael,Could you give me some of your jujube cutting?I would like to try to grow with cutting,my email is LHY196703@hotmail.com.Thanks.

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Carambola (Grafted) 7/10

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Update: 3108 days 20hrs

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Got this tree for $50 bucks at 1.5 metres tall from a local nusery so I thought it was a bargain.Not sure what variety it is though but hoping to get some fruits from it hopefully next year

Planted: 2008

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Lime - Tahitian 9/10

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Update: 3108 days 20hrs

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This tree is a machine. It has fruits on it all year round. Very rewarding tree.Luckily I inherited this tree from the previous owners.

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

Height 3 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Fruit Harvest: 20 kilograms per Year

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Winter

After Fruiting

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Spring

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Soursop ( Graviola ) 5/10

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Update: 3108 days 21hrs

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According to the label it probably won't fruit in Sydney but I'm trying to grow it anyway. It almost died on me during winter but has put out heaps of new growth durign spring. It will be a miracle if this plant will fruit for me but my fingers are crossed

Planted: 2008

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Spring

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Pepino - Kendall Gold 4/10

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Update: 3108 days 21hrs

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This plant is so easy to grow. It has now taken up so much space in my garden . At first it had heaps of flowers but no fruit set. Then with the second time flowering it hasn't stop fruiting since. The taste is like a cucumber / melon combination which I find very unpleasant. However because the fruits are so abundance and it looks good in my garden I'm keeping it for another year. Next year it will be replaced with something else. One problem with this fruit is that it's meant to be eaten when soft but leaving it to that stage it's a 50/50 chance of getting stung by fruti flies.

Fruiting Months September, October, November, December

Planted: 2008

Height 1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Fruit Harvest: 5 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 1 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Never

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Comments

Diana says... [3108 days 20hrs ago]
Your pepinos are huge! This fruit loses the cucumber aspect of the taste when it is really soft (the unknown variety I have does anyway), but you need to bag the fruit to keep fruit fly off it to let it ripen. Diana.
Waterfall says... [1161 days 5hrs ago]
Let the fruit get dark orange and soft to touch before harvesting and they taste very nice.
Loves Fruit Trees says... [1016 days 2hrs ago]
Pepino Melon breaks down into glucose for great energy to get you through your day and increases stamina. And it is also chocked full of great beta-carotene antioxidants that prevent disease. Pepino Melon is packed full of great nutrients and thatís why they call it a Super Fruit.

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Ambarella 5/10

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Update: 3108 days 21hrs

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I thought this palnt died on my during winter but it came back strongly with heaps of new growth during spring. I have high hopes for this plant

Planted: 2008

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Low Sun

Water Given in: Spring


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Star Apple - Grimal (Grafted) 8/10

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Update: 3108 days 21hrs

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This is one of my favourite fruit but it's so hard to grow. My tree was only 1.5 metres tall and covered in lot's of  tiny flowers but sadly no fruits. The tree struggled through the last winter and shed all it's leaves . It's still not recovered since.

Planted: 2008

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring


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