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Phil@tyalgum's Edible Backyard

Joined: 16/12/08 Updated: 01/05/17 Frost: Low
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About My Edible Backyard


Why Phil@tyalgum Love's Edible Plants

 12 acre property in the foothills of Mt Warning/Lamington plateau, far north NSW. High rainfall, some chill factor present in winter months. 

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GardenofWeedin1 says... [2752 days 19hrs ago]

GardenofWeedin1 says... [2752 days 19hrs ago]
just a note to say I appreciate your effort in detailing your plantings and am amazed at the variety in your selections - very impressive. mike
Marguerite Bundaberg says... [2197 days 7hrs ago]
Are they really real butterflies???!!!

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Dragon fruit rotting - When putting in your plant it's best to just sit them touching the soil at the base, the roots will develop and enter the ground readily. If the stem is buried it is more likely to rot, so secure it above ground against the support. ..4hrs56mins
Apple dwarf tropic sweet - What a great tribute to a fantastic cultivar..25 days 22hrs
Rare corn seed stash - I have a stash of Ancient Anasazi coloured corn if you want it...35 days 11hrs
Papayuelo1 - I have a number this season, would you like to try again? I also have small seedlings, maybe they weill transplant ok...42 days 7hrs
Dwarf casuarina cousin it - Would you be able to supply a photograph, someone should be able to help out..43 days 5hrs
Elusive palms - The best place to find them is in a large botanical gardens. Maybe Adelaide or another major city. I know there are some in Victoria/Melbourne, worth checking out as they are easy to spot...46 days 22hrs
Apple pests - Leafcutter bees are also around at this time of year. They cut a crescent shaped piece out of multiple leaves to line their nests, leaving a scalloped appearance...49 days 8hrs
Kiwiberry trellis - They are more likely to be successful if you can grow them horizontally, like over a pergola or something similar, so the fruit hang underneath for easier access...56 days 2hrs
Yarrahapinni plum - Reputedly almost the size of a goose egg, comparable with most of the other commercially available blood plums seen in fruit shops..56 days 6hrs
Grapevine issue - You'd be best to attach a photograph if you have one to help identify it..56 days 8hrs
Jarilla species rare papaya relatives - J. chocola looks like the pick of the bunch. I haven't ever heard of this genus but they are certainly a valuable addition to the Carica group in this country. I'd be happy to purchase some when they become available...56 days 8hrs
Flowering treesplants rare sightings - Whilst trying to identify it, I noted there was a lot of variation of the foliage contained in images on line. I wonder if it'll do any good down here...57 days 10hrs
Flowering treesplants rare sightings - I have seeds of an interesting species from Central America, Crescentia, the Calabash Tree. Used medicinally in the Philippines, it has cauliflorous flowers along the trunk and branches..61 days 22hrs
Kharoub tree for sale - Do you know which cultivar it is, or male/female/hermaphrodite..61 days 23hrs
Visit the aussie fig and fruit forum - Does anyone know why this site closed down? It had a lot of interesting threads..62 days 7hrs

White Sapote Vista

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Update: 260 days 21hrs

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A small grafted tree originally from the famous specimen in Louis Glowinski's Melbourne garden. Struggled in the dry conditions for a few years in Victoria, now growing in a more suitable climate.

Update March 2010

Disaster - this tree was run over by the ride-on mower. No hope of salvaging it as it was chopped below the graft. Have managed to source another from Perry's in SA. Lucky for me, a difficult plant to find.

July 2010

The long awaited replacement tree has finally arrived from Perry's, and has taken prime position in full sun, just outside the gates of the swimming pool. Have married it off to a 'Lemon Gold" so here's hoping for a fruitful union.

Planted: 2009


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phil@tyalgum says... [2296 days 0hrs ago]
Too much sappy top growth, pruned to allow better framework of branches
phil@tyalgum says... [260 days 21hrs ago]
This tree is now large and shades part of the front area of the pool. Fruits in early summer however it is very attractive to flying foxes and I need some strategies to stem the losses. I hear laser lights sold at Christmas are an effective repellant. The fruit are as large as a navel orange with a rich complex flavour

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American pawpaw

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Update: 260 days 21hrs

Comments: - Seedlings from superior varieties I had imported from a breeding program in the US - Shennandoah, Pa Golden, Susquehanna and Allegheny. Hoping enough winter chill here in Tyalgum to initiate flowering

Planted: 2009


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ANDY1 says... [2367 days 23hrs ago]
i would be interested in seeds ... if you could help cheers
frenchie says... [870 days 4hrs ago]
Hi Again Phil, how did these work for you? Any luck, how do they taste? Another tempting fruit!
phil@tyalgum says... [780 days 8hrs ago]
I have some healthy looking seedlings but they are very slow, planted out some into the ground and just waiting for some decent growth to occur. Some years off fruiting it would seem. Seeds come up on eBay most times of the year, generally from the US - they are approved for import.

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Davidson Plum NSW

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Update: 260 days 21hrs

Comments: - Young plants bought after tasting jam made from a friends' fruiting tree. Also have a specimen of the Nth Queensland species which has different (less hairy) leaves and flowers more on longer panicles.

Planted: 2009


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sserendipityy says... [2566 days 5hrs ago]
Hi Phil, I live in Lismore and have just begun the journey of growing my own fruit. I love plums but thought they required chilling hours???? Are these plums sweet/sour/tangy? I am growing my plants mainly in pots because I rent and want to take my plants with me if need be - would this suit the davidson? Also could you advise me as to a local market that has some of these fruits for sale? Thank you Phil :-)
phil@tyalgum says... [2565 days 8hrs ago]
They are not related to European/Japanese plums at all, so don't require chilling as they are native to Northern NSW. You often see the fruit for sale at the farmers markets, I have some seedlings coming on if you want some.
sserendipityy says... [2564 days 1hrs ago]
please see my comment re: tropical apples and yes please and thank you. How is your garden coping with all this rain?
phil@tyalgum says... [2562 days 5hrs ago]
Yes fortunately we are on an elevated site, soggy but everything looking ok

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Fig \"Blue Provence\"

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Update: 260 days 21hrs

Comments: - Rare fig with blue flush to skin. Once popular, listed in Australian catalogues in 19th century. Now listed " whereabouts unknown". Two precious cuttings kindly sent by fellow gardener, growing well and strongly in this climate.


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vlct says... [1609 days 20hrs ago]

vlct says... [1609 days 20hrs ago]
Hi any colour from these fruits yet
phil@tyalgum says... [260 days 21hrs ago]
I transferred this to a large glazed container as it was very slow in the ground, and growth has been rapid and healthy since. Hoping it will start bearing this coming season

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Garcinia humilis

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Update: 260 days 21hrs

Comments: - Promising new fruit now seasonably available in selected market outlets as "Achacha". Seedlings I have were germinated about three months after receiving seed from a co-forum member. 


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frenchie says... [870 days 4hrs ago]
Hi Phil, have these worked for you? I have been tempted to try them in Alsonville, but unsure if that would be successful. How would you rate the fruit? Thanks!

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Jujube Li

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Update: 260 days 21hrs

Comments: -  A dry climate species, hasn't done well but am shifting them into pots as the summer rainfall and humidity don't suit it.


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Cam says... [2664 days 19hrs ago]
Hello Phil, may I ask where you bought your jujube plants from? Are they grafted? Regards, Cam
phil@tyalgum says... [2664 days 7hrs ago]
Cam there is a forum user called jujubesforsale" and she normally sells grafted trees over the winter months. You should be able to find some posts from her or if you'd like to leave your e-mail address I'll contact her on your behalf.
Cam says... [2660 days 9hrs ago]
Hi Phil, I've read some posts from her but I thought of finding a few other places before deciding where to buy from because these plants are quite costly. Looks like JujubeForSale offers the most variety. Will contact her again. Thanks for your help.
Wenny says... [2449 days 22hrs ago]
Hi,Phil,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.
phil@tyalgum says... [260 days 21hrs ago]
I think I lost the graft on this cultivar, however the rootstock is now around twelve feet tall and due to a late wet season I had a huge crop of smallish but tasty fruit to share - more suited to a mediterranean climate than I have here but grows well.

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White Sapote - Dade

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Update: 260 days 21hrs

Comments: - Discovered by chance at a run-down nursery at Surfers' Paradise, an established tree which looked like it had been there for some time and overlooked. Already in flower, have started hand pollinating with pollen from the Ortego planted nearby. Having only just gone into the ground, flowers may abort before the fruit develops.


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White Sapote - Lemon Gold

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Update: 260 days 21hrs

Comments: - Another find at a local fruit stall, this plant was so pot bound it was growing through the plastic into the ground below. Seemed to have transplanted ok, have bought it as a pollinator for "Vista".


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amanda19 says... [2734 days 20hrs ago]
Is it iron deficient? Phil - your plants are beautiful! The colour of them says it all..
phil@tyalgum says... [2296 days 0hrs ago]
Grew so fast the wind snapped off the sappy new growth - it was a little top heavy anyway
phil@tyalgum says... [260 days 21hrs ago]
Now a sturdy productive tree, the skin thicker and less likely to split than other cultivars, more shell-like. I find the flavour exceptional, very rich although the fruit are never quite large enough!

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White sapote - Pike

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Update: 260 days 21hrs

Comments: - Planted in dappled shade, the tree appears healthy so far and flowering, especially on older wood. Sourced from at nursery at Tweed Heads, have planted it in close proximity to "Ortego" which is in full bloom. Ants seem to like the flowers, maybe they will be useful pollinators.


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Pepino Gold

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Update: 1715 days 0hrs

Comments: -

I have a lot of space for this species - productive and rewarding. Cuttings take root within days, and have recently begun trialling seedlings from this plant to try and add something a little different to the narrow selection available in this country.

July 10

I have successfully germinated around 40 seedlings which I plan to trial for some genetic variation. I never see this fruit offered for sale, may sell off excess produce through the local store who seem happy to barter with local growers, a good outlet for organic produce.

May 13

Have found these plants attract many pest species, much to the detriment of the plant. Some fruit in autumn seems to develop ok but spring foliage normally covered in the larvae of leaf eating ladybirds and beetles. Have let my plants decline  - may trial organic pest control next season.


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davewastech says... [952 days 21hrs ago]
Wow, how did you get it to produce that density of fruit? Is it planted in a big pot?
phil@tyalgum says... [780 days 8hrs ago]
Yes I have it in a large cermaic planter, have had little pest damage this season. Fruit are delicious, especially for breakfast.
davewastech says... [779 days 21hrs ago]
Mine's loaded too at the moment. But I get quite a few fruit fly, so I put each fruit in an Organza bag. Mine's just growing on the ground.

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White Sapote - Chris (Grafted) 6/10

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Update: 1774 days 6hrs

Comments: - A small plant I originally had sent to Country Victoria, in the ground for three years with no growth during a prolonged drought. Now replanted in deep soil at the base of Mt Warning, looks like some promising new growth already in the damper conditions

Planted: 2009

Height 1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Pest Control: Nil to date

Organic Status:Organic


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phil@tyalgum says... [2296 days 0hrs ago]
Still the same size as it was three years ago... growth always yellows off midway through the season

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Rollinia deliciosa

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Update: 2677 days 9hrs

Comments: -    A well established tree, 5 ft tall seedling purchased while still dormant at Bangalow market. Have pruned a few inches off to encourage branching, new leaves emerging already. Have given it the prime position at the front of the swimming pool in full sun for a tropical effect. 

Planted: 2010


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Sapodilla - Sawo Manila

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Update: 2677 days 9hrs

Comments: - Healthy looking young plant, although no sign of a graft visible, I suspect propagated by some other means. Small amount of scale insect present on purchasing treated with white oil.

Planted: 2009


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phil@tyalgum says... [260 days 21hrs ago]
I left fruit to ripen on the tree, softens slightly and was brilliant when picked at this stage. Organza bags placed over each protected them from pest damage - flawless.

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Green sapote

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Update: 2799 days 2hrs

Comments: - Seedlings from fruit purchased at a roadside stall. Rapidly growing plants, bursting with vigour.


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Jujube Suimen

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Update: 2799 days 2hrs

Comments: - A further selection which will be adorning a veranda in full sun


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sserendipityy says... [2566 days 5hrs ago]
Phil are these types of pears?
phil@tyalgum says... [2565 days 8hrs ago]
No not related as far as I know but they do taste like an apple when green, more like a date when ripe.

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Pepino Kendall Gold

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Update: 2799 days 3hrs

Comments: - Another selection - yet to bear fruit. 


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Avocado Hass

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Update: 2799 days 3hrs

Comments: - Healthy young tree bought locally. Pictured is the original Hass tree in California from whence came the millions of Hass trees growing worldwide. It was a chance seedling in 1926 and unfortunately succumbed to Phytophthora in 2002.


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Finger lime \"Cheryl\'s Pink\"

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Update: 2920 days 4hrs

Comments: - Grafted variety. Reported to have no seeds.


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Burdekin Plum

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Update: 2991 days 9hrs

Comments: - Young trees used as part of an indigenous planting

Planted: 2009


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Chooks19 says... [2598 days 2hrs ago]
My Mum taught us to bury the purple Burdekin Plum fruits in damp sand until they became soft and sweet. I think fruit flavour varied tree to tree but the sand trick turns them all into edible fruit within a few days.
Chooks19 says... [2598 days 2hrs ago]
Makes great wine - like pink champagne.

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Lucuma

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Update: 2991 days 9hrs

Comments: - Kindly sent as seed from a fellow forum member, originally as part of a consignment from New Zealand.

Planted: 2009


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phil@tyalgum says... [2296 days 0hrs ago]
Now have two different sources of seedlings, will be interesting to see how they turn out

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Black apple

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Update: 2991 days 9hrs

Comments: - Seedlings from fruit collected in a local rainforest. Easily germinated.

Planted: 2009


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sserendipityy says... [2566 days 5hrs ago]
This plant is interesting. How do the apples taste? Where would I get a plant/cutting etc? Thanks
phil@tyalgum says... [2565 days 8hrs ago]
I think I have a spare seedling here if you want one.
sserendipityy says... [2564 days 1hrs ago]
Phil that would be wonderful - unfortunately I have just started and have nothing to trade. although i did study horticulture for 1 and 1/2 years so could offer some garden work? How do we arrange this?
phil@tyalgum says... [2562 days 5hrs ago]
If you're ever up this way will arrange for you to get hold of it.
sserendipityy says... [2561 days 21hrs ago]
Thank you Phil, will wait until i get a spare tyre before i drive up that way. I will look into nurseries along the way. cheers! I am excited to have the opportunity to expand my collection with two species that grow well nearby.

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Blue Quandong

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Update: 2991 days 9hrs

Comments: - Two different varieties, a white flowered specimen and two pink flowered plants.

Planted: 2009


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ANDY1 says... [2367 days 23hrs ago]
what does this taste like ? ... the fruit looks cool !
blazeaglory says... [1771 days 3hrs ago]
I would have to say this is the most eclectic and unusual bunch of fruits assembled but very good looking!! Would love to try some of them if not all of them! :-)
phil@tyalgum says... [780 days 8hrs ago]
Yes some hits and misses but most are doing ok. Thanks for the comment. This particular species is used as a street tree in my local town, drops its fruit all over the pavement.

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Fig - Sandpaper

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Update: 2991 days 9hrs

Comments: - A young plant used to assist in stabilizing an embankment along with other locally indigenous trees.

Planted: 2009


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