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Dekka's Edible Backyard

Joined: 26/11/08 Updated: 29/09/09 Frost: Low
Location: Wallsend, NSW, AU

About My Edible Backyard


Why Dekka Love's Edible Plants

We have a suburban block <800msq. When we moved here six years ago the back yard was mainly planted with an assortment of declared weeds dominated by a Camphor Laurel and a Coral Tree. After their removal I mapped the shade that was cast  by neighbouring trees on our back yard at morning, midday and afternoon for each season. Our  concept was to create an edible mini-forest with Australian bush tucker plants but we have also included exotic fruits and plants of interest into the design. The block is sloping and faces South West. The sub-soil is mainly shale/clay with sandy loam on top. pH is slightly alkaline due to the amount of concrete that was scattered throughout the property (I removed more than 19 tonnes). We're not really trying to create an orchard but more of a tranquil room where the kids can play and have a nibble. Photo was shot from our back deck.


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Native hibiscus - Be very careful consuming native hibiscus. Hibiscus tileaceous can cause damage to internal organs. ..3228 days 17hrs
Earwig control - An old way of dealing with earwigs is to trap them. You loosely roll up a newspaper, tie it and leave it out in the garden for a time in the elements. place several of these out. The earwigs move in and then you pick up the paper in the morning and dispos..3236 days 14hrs
Passionfruit - There's an awful lot of evidence that Banana Passionfruit is very nasty given the right conditions. http://www.weeds.org.au/cgi-bin/weedident.cgi?tpl=plant.tpl&state=&s=&ibra=all&card=E04 http://www.weeds.asn.au/weeds/txts/psnfruit.html http://..3237 days 22hrs
Can anyone identify this bug - I think it might be an assassin bug, possibly 'Night Killer' assassin bug. Feeds on other insects...3240 days 14hrs
Peach tree disease1 - Hey guys, you leave my wife TREVOR out of it!!!..3247 days 10hrs
Peach tree disease1 - She???!!! Dekka is a 6' 2", 115kg hairy aussie BLOKE!!!...at least I was the last time I checked!!!..3248 days 10hrs
Veggie garden - Morrie, Well done on your conversion. Looks good and those veges will have the added flavour of 'peace of mind'...yum. For the some of you who still think treated pine is OK, please read the literature that's out there. A quick google is all it takes..3249 days 21hrs
Grass roots invading my orange tree - All you need to do is create a spade edge circle around your tree, beyond the drip line. This creates a kind of air-filled moat around the tree deeper than the grass roots and runners. Everything within the circle is mulched...3255 days 17hrs
Soil wetting agent - Hello Peetah, I'm not sure that Julie's advice has a very scientific basis (no offence, Julie) so here is a link that explains a bit about wetting agents for food crops. http://jerry-coleby-williams.blogspot.com/2007/02/wetting-agents-are-you-buying-..3263 days 7hrs
Gyprock - It's amazing what some people in the building trades will do to avoid tip fees. Here's some wiki info:- A wallboard panel is made of a paper liner wrapped around an inner core made primarily from gypsum plaster, the semi-hydrous form of calcium sulfate..3267 days 13hrs
Good news wa apple lovers - Hi, Jack! There are 1500 species of native bees in Australia. Some are social while others are solitary. Some are tiny and some are large. While wasps and bees can both enjoy a good drink of nectar, the main difference between them is that wasps are carn..3269 days 15hrs
Premature leaf drop1 - Hey Amanda, Are these any good to you? http://www2.dpi.qld.gov.au/health/4250.html http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_causes_leaf_curl_on_tomato_plants http://www.hbci.com/~wenonah/min-def/tomatoes.htm ..3275 days 16hrs
Ants nests in pot plants - In a nutshell.... Most Pyrethrum products in the garden are no longer made from the natural Chrysanthemum but are the synthesised Permethrin which lasts for thirty days instead of twelve hours or so. In commercially marketed insecticides Pyrethrins are us..3281 days 15hrs
Ants nests in pot plants - At the risk of repeating myself, everyone should investigate how 'safe' Pyrethrum is before using it near a food crop. There is no doubting that it has been marketed as "natural" & "safe" for a long time but five minutes of research on the net and y..3282 days 9hrs
Curly mandarin leaves - Hi Amanda, Do you remember what fertilising regime you used? The reason I am asking is that sometimes leaves will curl instead of burning from too much fertiliser. Is growth normal otherwise?..3292 days 8hrs

Sterculia quadrifida - Peanut Tree

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Update: 3283 days 10hrs

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This tree and a nearby cousin Flame Tree are attacked every year by Bag moth but I leave them alone and the following season the infestation is less severe.


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phil@tyalgum says... [3223 days 16hrs ago]
Have seen this tree growing wild in the Murwillumbah area - is it worth growing? Phil.

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Eugenia reinwardtiana

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Update: 3327 days 13hrs

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I've had one fruit from this Cedar Bay Cherry and was a little disappointed. I think I have a poor variety; football shaped and very lean. Not like the plump fruit in Cath from Cowongla's picture.


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Custard Apple - Seedling

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Update: 3334 days 15hrs


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Rose Myrtle

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Update: 3334 days 22hrs

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Not growing very well. i think the rd leaf margins might be a deficiency.


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Cherimoya - Seedling

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Update: 3335 days 17hrs


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Dwarf Apple - Granny Smith

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Update: 3338 days 9hrs

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In same hole as Pinkabelle for pollination.(GS on the right)


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White Sapote - Hawaiian Supreme

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Update: 3339 days 13hrs

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Sharing hole with 'Lemon Gold for pollination. Hawaiian is heavily infested with brown scale while Lemon Gold is untouched.


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Lilly Pilly - Riberry

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Update: 3339 days 13hrs

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Beautiful new growth. Thriving in fairly heavy shade.


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Mulberry - White Shahtoot

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Update: 3339 days 13hrs

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In two years it has not retained one fruit to ripeness. They all fall off in the wind. However, vegetative growth is amazingly rapid.


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Davidson Plum - NSW

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Update: 3340 days 6hrs

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I have two. One is in fairly heavy shade and still grows well.


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Dianella revoluta

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Update: 3340 days 6hrs

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Not as tasty as Dianella caerula.


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Guava - Strawberry

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Update: 3340 days 6hrs

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Many flowers but no fruit as yet.


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Bolwarra

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Update: 3340 days 6hrs

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Does not enjoy full sun.


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Papaya - Southern Red

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Update: 3340 days 6hrs

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Grows and flowers very quickly.


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Palm - Walking Stick

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Update: 3340 days 6hrs

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Very happy growing around Bangalow palms. Slow for a palm but look great.


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Grape - Golden Muscat

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Grape - Pink Iona

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Cordyline - Broad leaved palm lily

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Update: 3340 days 6hrs

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Very attractive, sculptural plants. No fruit as yet.


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Cedar Bay Cherry

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Update: 3340 days 10hrs

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See Eugenia reinwardtiana


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Lilly Pilly - Blue

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Update: 3340 days 16hrs

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Brown Scale and ants won't leave this plant alone. -Suffering.


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Austromyrtus tenuifolius

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Update: 3340 days 16hrs

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Cousin to A. dulcis.


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Lemon Myrtle

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Update: 3340 days 16hrs

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A great  native plant! Great for cooking, fabulous flowers too.


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White Sapote - Lemon Gold

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Update: 3340 days 16hrs

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Sharing hole with 'Hawaiian Supreme'. Seems quite hardy.


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Native Tamarind

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Update: 3340 days 16hrs

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Great leaves but slow to take off.


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Small leaf tamarind

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Update: 3340 days 16hrs

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Seems to grow as well in shade as in full sun.


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Lots a Lemon

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Update: 3340 days 16hrs

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Koda

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Update: 3340 days 20hrs

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Regularly defoliates and regrows leaves. Absolutely sprints off in spring.


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Banana - Cavendish

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Update: 3340 days 21hrs

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I learned that lots of rain when it's close to harvest-time will split almost all of the bananas.


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Cherry - Stella

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Update: 3340 days 22hrs

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Poorly shaped graft that I naively bought from the hardware shop that starts with a B.


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Mango R2E2 Seedling

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Update: 3340 days 22hrs

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 I have three mangoes in one hole (K.P, R2E2 & ?) to reduce their eventual size. All were grown from seed because of their particularly excellent flavour... I'll see what happens.


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Native Ginger

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Update: 3340 days 22hrs

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In culinary terms the rhysome is not a patch on Chinese ginger but an attractive native plant all the same. Looking forward to tasting the fruit.


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Pomegranate - Wonderful

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Update: 3340 days 22hrs

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Seedling grown from Wonderful seed. Who knows what I'll get.???


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Cape Gooseberry

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Update: 3340 days 22hrs

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Potato beetles decimate these so I get very few fruit but each year another plant appears somewhere in the garden.


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Sapodilla - Seedling

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Update: 3340 days 22hrs

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I have seen artificial flowers that grow faster than this. I think it's dead but it doesn't know it.


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Jaboticaba - Yellow

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Update: 3340 days 22hrs

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Slow


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Pineapple - F180

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Update: 3340 days 22hrs

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Believe it or not, these are growing beside two Apple trees. -Crazy experiment.


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Dwarf Apple - Pinkabelle

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Update: 3340 days 22hrs

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In same hole as Dwarf Granny Smith for pollination.


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Blue flax-lily

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Update: 3340 days 22hrs

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Much sweeter than I expected.


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Fig - Sandpaper

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Update: 3340 days 22hrs

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Great sweet fruit all year round. Beetles skeletise some leaves but if they want to help with pruning that's OK.


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Passionfruit - Panama Red

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Update: 3340 days 22hrs

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This plant was a recent gift grown from seed. Owner said the fruit are as big as cricket balls....Wait and see.


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Native Gardenia

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Update: 3340 days 22hrs

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Attractive looking plants. I'm told fruit is not very nice but will wait and see.


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brentvanstaden1 says... [141 days 18hrs ago]

branny1 says... [98 days 7hrs ago]
Did you ever get fruit off this? I've heard that it tastes very much like mangosteen, but cannot find much info. Insights?

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Midyim Berry

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Update: 3340 days 22hrs

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Native lolly bush.


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Warrigal Greens - Native Spinach

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Update: 3340 days 22hrs

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Can't speak highly enough of this plant. It smothers unwanted Wandering Jew, acts as a living mulch and tastes fantastic! 


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BerisM1 says... [1235 days 21hrs ago]
tastes like spinach when cooked. great in spinach pies. hard to get rid of once you have it.

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Grapefruit - Marshs Seedless

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Update: 3340 days 22hrs

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Beaut fruit!


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White Sapote - Hawaiian Supreme

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Update: 3340 days 22hrs

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In same hole as Lemon Gold. Hawaiian has problems with brown scale whereas Lemon Gold is untouched.


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Jaboticaba

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Update: 3340 days 22hrs

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Grows well, left alone.


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Mango - Bowen Seedling

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Update: 3340 days 23hrs

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I have three mangoes in one hole (K.P, R2E2 & ?) to reduce their eventual size. All were grown from seed because of their particularly excellent flavour... I'll see what happens.


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Giant Lau Lau

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Update: 3340 days 23hrs

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Attractive long leaves. Grows well in shade with little care.


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Monstera - Fruit Salad Tree

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Update: 3340 days 23hrs

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Handling full sun after removal of large tree. Produces many delicious fruit that leave the mouth a little 'itchy'.


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Kumquat - Nagami

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Update: 3340 days 23hrs

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Fruit taste like grapefruit/lemon inside with very sweet skin. More seeds than I was expecting.


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Finger lime - Rainforest pearl

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Update: 3340 days 23hrs

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Many flowers, no fruit.


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Rose Apple

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Update: 3340 days 23hrs

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I have two trees 3metres apart. One grows really well and the other is 1/4 the size of it's brother. One solitary flower last year.


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Lilly Pilly - Magenta Cherry

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Update: 3340 days 23hrs

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I'm growing the Lilly pillys for their fruit but I think maybe this one is an 'Astrale' in sheeps clothing. My other Paniculatum is a cutting from a known local tree that has delicious fruit best described as 'cherry-like'.


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Black Sapote

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Update: 3340 days 23hrs

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 I have Bernicker and an unknown seedling. The seedling produced one fruit last season (at three years of age) It grew to golf ball size then dropped.


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Aspen - Hairy acronychia

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Update: 3343 days 4hrs

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This plant appears to show constant symptoms of iron deficiency but still sends out new growth.


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Ceylon Hill Gooseberry

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Update: 3343 days 4hrs

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This small plant had been growing well for a bit less than a year when it was trampled and snapped. I rejoined it and secured with masking tape and now it has fully recovered and should bear this year.


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Kathy2 says... [2829 days 7hrs ago]
Heya Dekka, I'm from Newcastle too and was wondering if you got this plant locally? Thanks, Kath

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Fig White Adriatic

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Pepino - Kendall Gold

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Macadamia- Home Beauty

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Brazilian Cherry

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Panama Berry

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