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Amanda19's Edible Backyard

Joined: 19/07/09 Updated: 27/02/11 Frost: None
Location: LESCHENAULT, WA,

About My Edible Backyard


Why Amanda19 Love's Edible Plants

Our property is now on the market - so we will be leaving this garden before too long. I started it from scratch (a bare, eroded 30acres, weed and rabbit infested) 5yrs ago. The fruit trees have been in 4yrs now and are my very first attempt. It 's been a very harsh boot camp, in a semi-arid zone.



But - I have learnt so much - and I'd like to take this opportunity to thank many of the Forum members who haved helped me along the way - Thank You :)



Water is a major problem here - along with very high temperatures and fierce winds. Our 30 acre block is also on a hill right by the ocean. Our scheme (tap) water is saline also. The soil is sand and highly water repellant. Testing showed it to be deficient in literally everything except sodium and chloride (salt) . Our rainfall has been around 200mm/yr - and we are in drought conditions. I have had no experience with drought before and I really empathise for those doing it worse than us.



Despite all this - and for what it's worth - here is what I have learnt (and it I hope it helps someone):



- Adding too much hard core organic matter, too soon, to sandy water repellant soils has only aggravated the problem. Ok for most natives but not fruit trees. Try not to disturb this sand and expose it to the sun and wind either - it becomes RE-water repellant within days.



- If you live in an arid/semi arid zone - consider choosing fruit tree varieties that fruit early - before the hot weather comes. You will save water and heartache. It's only mid-Nov now and reaching 40oC already. My stone fruit trees are currently loaded :(  It's a heartache to water and care for a fruit tree, year after year, and keep losing the crop.



- Add clay. It's the best thing you will ever do to increase water holding capacity and reduce water repellance in these kinds of sands. Wetta soil only works while the soil is moist. As soon as the soil dries out again - you have to re-treat. Expensive option. You can't make loam without some clay either.



- Shade! I wish I had more of it - particularly in the afternoon in summer. 3 months ago I dug up and bagged my subtropicals (jaboticaba, wampee, longon, rollinia, grumichama, kwai muk) and put them in an enclosed shade house - ready for relocation. They have never looked back in there!? Fresh new growth, flowers n fruit - happy plants. Maybe there is just too much sun from Perth and north?



- Choose wisely if water is/may become an issue. You may be better off growing vegetables and then a few selected, hardy fruit trees/bushes, for the amount of money that water now costs. Personally I have a dilemma with pouring drinking water on my apple trees, for example, now that I know they will never do well here (and no - I never wash my car - period)  I try to be discerning and be sustainable, not seduced. I just can't justify the water requirements for the taste of "homegown" apples, here. The "user pays" system may fail us in the long term (and check out the water usage rates in your local wealthy suburbs if u don't believe me....) Just my opinion though :)



-  I prune carefully now - a shaded soil is a cool soil and more biologically active/healthy. Branches and fruit need to be protected from sunburn also. I leave the lower branches on my trees to shade the soil around the root zone and also leave some branches inside the canopy to keep the framework shaded also. In these hot, dry climates fungal infections don't have much of a chance - even with a slightly crowded canopy.



- I have found pig manure to be the most sand friendly and non-hydrophobic (maybe because it's properly digested - unlike in ruminants) I work on building organic matter in the soil in winter - working in with the rains (when it deigns to drop on us)



- Keep your trees small - they use less water. With strong branches you will be amazed at the load of fruit they can carry!



- Dwarf fruit trees are marvellous in windy climates!



- I use liquid fertilisers in summer (diltuted and often) - it makes sense to me to water and feed at the same time. Get a venturi (fertigation) system and link all your fruit trees to the line. Solid fert's need water to take them into the soil - it just doesn't happen in dry climates and sits uselessly on the soil surface all summer. You can put Seasol, powerfeed and even filtered compost tea through a fertigation system (and put your feet up and have a beer while it's doing the work for you!)



- We have an aerobic total waste water treatment system. Any water that comes onto our block - stays on the block. We have no sewerage connection. I would not hesitate to install again. My fruit trees "cope" with sequential days of 40oC  only because of this sub surface reticulation.



- Encourage biodiversity if you can - I don't need to use pesticides (except on very rare occasions) the local fauna does a great job for me. We live side by side with it - even the snakes. I have a 6yr old and 2 dogs - and we are "snake-aware". Every living creature has a right to be on our block (except the rabbits, foxes and cats!) I try to work with nature - not against it. It's my friend :) Yes - I win some and I lose some too - there is still more than enough for us.  I have extensive native plantings to assist in keeping the "beneficials" here.



- Having said that - I don't have fruit fly. I think they must get blown away here!?



- I highly recommend a soil test. It will save you a bomb in fertilisers in the long run. It's also good soil stewardship.



 



So that's my blurb. I love my garden and everything that lives and breathes within it. I am stoked at the bird life that has chosen to make this patch home, any many other creatures. I grow it all as much for them, as for us. I hope to leave the block in much better shape than when I found it. The edible stuff is just a bonus :)



 



 



 



 



 



 

Comments

phil@tyalgum says... [2642 days 9hrs ago]
Great selection of trees you have there, I imagine it's a challenging location, but you seem to be doing just fine! Cheers, Phil.
Tom says... [2616 days 1hrs ago]
Hi Amanda, I really enjoy your common sense and kind advice and the humor (oops, "humour" on your side) with which you deliver it. No one took Wayne's goat - it probably ran away. All the best!
amanda19 says... [2615 days 22hrs ago]
He he - thanks Tom - Billy goats do tend to huff n puff a bit don't they.. :))
palitu says... [2452 days 22hrs ago]
Hi amanda, i saw you had a venturi fertigation system. Where did you buy the venturi from, they seem like a rare item and i cannot find any. I am in Perth.

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Amanda19 Forum Contributions
Morus nigra1 - You might prefer to get yourself a Red Shatoot Brian - they are naturally dwarfing...they make their appearance in the nurseries in winter...and good fruit from most accounts. I also have what I think is a "Black Beauty" mulberry tree - which is also a..1279 days 2hrs
Favourite tree - JohnMc - are you going to use that polycarbonate sheeting that is has more solar insulation properties..? I am also trying to decide what to use to clad mine..? http://www.bunnings.com.au/sunlite-polycarb-roofing-8mm-3m-clr-twinwall-sl8cl3-0_p1010565 ..1294 days 12hrs
Going bananas at last3 - Thanks Brendan - it will make a good present for someone - there's very few varieties over this side...I don't know why we are not getting any of the new dwarf varieties etc... :-(..1300 days 12hrs
Going bananas at last3 - Yay SG!! Thanks for the post - as my Plantain has just put out 2 new pups - so I should remove one do you think guys..?..1301 days 14hrs
White sapote3 - I vaguely remember the same with mine Julie..(in Geraldton) they will ripen no problems - maybe in April/May...? Memory foggy now ;-) The commercial crop from the orchard in Metricup should hit the shelves soon-ish too.....1308 days 12hrs
Canistel fruit - Hi Mike Tr..! Not sure if you are still at the email address I posted to - but just wanted to make sure you get this..?! Many thanks for the treasures that you gave me :) The canistel seeds have done well (once I dug them up and scratched up their seed c..1308 days 12hrs
Grapes brown blotches - That's interesting...I was going to say sunburn or boron deficiency myself... What do the leaves look like tho..? ..1413 days 4hrs
Display name - my old photo has been resurrected...urghh! ;-) and I wish I was 19.....1414 days 12hrs
What is it1 - I'd love to help but it's not my tree sternus...this belongs to someone on a very huge gardening facebook group...and she is up in Perth...? ..1414 days 12hrs
Jaboticaba growers take heart - That's nice dirt in your neighbours paddock tho sternus..? They don't seem to like sandy soils nearly as well, over here in the west..? I wonder if that's why the suffer so much here.... Mine are in gorgeous rich loam now - that I have added lots o..1414 days 12hrs
What is it1 - Thanks for the Prunus lead folks :) Showed the owner of the tree the nanking cherry pics and she is pretty certain that's it...but without the prunus lead it would have been a long task..! ..1414 days 12hrs
What is it1 - and then there is this named one... Scientific Name: Prunus tomentosa (manchu)..1416 days 0hrs
What is it1 - I wonder if it might be a Nanking Cherry then...? Here's a site with pics and also this pic... http://www.waldeneffect.org/blog/Nanking_Cherry:_Prunus_tomentosa/ ..1416 days 0hrs
What is it1 - Hi all...I wonder if anyone knows what this tree is please..? It's not mine - so I don't have any other info other than it appears to be cauliferous..? (that's a 10cent piece - and there is a stone/seed in the fruit..not sure how many tho) Thanks! ..1416 days 10hrs
Plum tree problems - You will be able to grow the Japanese types of plums in Mandurah - Satsuma, Mariposa, Santa Rosa, the Gulf Series..etc as they are low chill... The Gages, Prunes and European plums you may struggle to get any fruit from as they require a great deal mor..1451 days 10hrs

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Blueberry burst - For my 2 Blueberry Burst plants,I mixed 50% Azalea potting mix with 50% Premium Potting Mix that had 20% more washed filling sand added to it then blended in about 25% chicken manure added to the whole lot.I mulched them with some autumn leaves.I checked ..Liked Answer 1258 days 24hrs
Graviola tree or soursop - My three year old "Cuban Fibreless" soursop is flowering in Tyalgum, at the base of Mt Warning, Northen New South Wales. Pleased as it is an area with cool winters, the tree normally loses its leaves by September..Liked Answer 1308 days 13hrs
Grapes brown blotches - Update for those interested: It was suggested it might be Potassium deficiency so I applied a Potash foliar spray about one week ago. And the problem has shown no progression since then so I think I've got it solved. Thanks again to all who contributed. ..Liked Answer 1413 days 4hrs
Grapes brown blotches - Chemical burn, sun burn and wind burn can all look like that. Whatever it is heavy mulching, macro and micro nutrient without chlorides and an organic fertilizer would help...Liked Answer 1413 days 4hrs
Grapes brown blotches - How about spray injury from phos acid, sunburn, or combination, ie water drops act like a lens on the fruit skin ?? Is there any pattern to the damage, ie all on the sun side, or from the direction you spray ?..Liked Answer 1413 days 4hrs
Grapes brown blotches - It looks like sunburn to me- the same side of each one is cooked (then rots, infecting the rest of the fruit). Diana...Liked Answer 1413 days 4hrs
And thats why you dont - ...plant pitaya against large trees...Liked Answer 1415 days 12hrs
Jaboticaba growers take heart - I had some overcrowded jaboticaba trees about 18 years old, big but not flowering but as soon as I did culling and trimming to let light in they flowered straight away. So you may be waiting forever to wait for flowering first. They need good root space t..Liked Answer 1415 days 12hrs
Jaboticaba growers take heart - Mine flowered for the first time this year and I am in Gippsland which is about an hour east of Melbourne. It is only about 5 years old and is growing in a large pot. I did this because I saw one growing very well in a pot at Perrys nursery a few years ag..Liked Answer 1415 days 12hrs
Jaboticaba growers take heart - Mine has fruited for the very first time this year, after, I'm guessing now, probably 6-8 years. There is only four fruit......but, there IS fruit. I'm surprised on just how quick the fruit forms. Mike, those Rio red seeds you sent are now nice vigor..Liked Answer 1415 days 12hrs
Jaboticaba growers take heart - Sternus it is the small leaf sabara alright as 98% of jaboticabas in Australia are.They grow slow at first and get their ship together after 5 or 6 years...Liked Answer 1415 days 12hrs
Jaboticaba growers take heart - A few pictures f the (small leaf?) jaboticaba growing and fruiting in my neighbor's paddock. This tree is growing in clay, is never mulched, fertilised, pruned, and is watered only when it rains. It is in a fairly baking hot spot. I cannot even imagine ..Liked Answer 1415 days 12hrs
Grumichama6 - These are from my current 2nd crop this year ,, and a mate tells me his tree is covered with flowers just down the road . dead tips seem to happen a lot in the lead up to the wet , even with irrigation .. any suggestions ? or is it just natural prunin..Liked Answer 1415 days 12hrs
What is it1 - After a perusal of obscure prunus, I think it might be a variety of cherry plum (prunus cersifera). See image below. Lucky you if it is--very rare, and apparently delicious...Liked Answer 1416 days 0hrs
What is it1 - It looks like a relative of the plum, peach etc., I'd say some kind of Prunus species :)..Liked Answer 1416 days 0hrs
What is it1 - fruit looks to have a seed, so not muntingia. Looks like a prunus by the branch and form of fruit. ..Liked Answer 1416 days 0hrs

Amanda19's WISH LIST

Palm - Jelly or Wine Palm

Why Amanda19 wants it: -

I know it thrives here and it sounds like it makes good grog! :)







Apricot - Glengarry 3/10

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Update: 2424 days 2hrs

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No action here - still.

Aug 2010: has not lost any of last seasons leaves yet....

Feb 2011: it flowered well in spring but set no fruit (again!)

Planted: 2009

Height 2 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Autumn and Winter

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Winter and Spring

Organic Status:Partially Organic

Question:

 


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Cape Gooseberry (Seedling) 8/10

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Update: 2424 days 2hrs

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I find this plant likes it's manure and good watering. Too much water may make the fruit less tasty though.

Incredible root system that spreads wide and far!  Red spider mites love them - so hose under the leaves with a good jet of water - and grow in different spots around the garden each time....

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Jimmy says... [2924 days 5hrs ago]
Doin it old school !

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White Sapote - Lemon Gold (Grafted) 10/10

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Update: 2424 days 2hrs

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Both of my Casimiroas are lemon golds.

I am thrilled with them - they are tough and cope with everything Geraldton throws at them.

Only problem so far has been trying to prune them...they are very 'whippy'.

Flowering and fruiting madly (Winter 2010) Easy tree to grow.

Nov 2010: took the wind protection away from it - it's getting bashed around a bit now. There is about a doz fruit hanging in there though.

Feb 2011: fruit still growing - tree drops most of it leaves after it sets fruit - don't panic - they grow back.

Planted: 2007

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 2

First Fruited: 3 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Manure, straw, clay, blood n bone 10% potash

When I Fertilise: Winter

Pest Control:

None needed as yet.

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Guava - Beaumont Pink 9/10

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Update: 2424 days 2hrs

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Tree is growing well. Treated the same as the Indian cream and Hawiian Pink. Has a few fruit this season - looking forward to the taste test!

Fruiting Months February

Planted: 2010

Height 1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

First Fruited: 1 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Usual mix

When I Fertilise: Winter and Spring

Pest Control:

None as yet - but may need exclusion bags for fruit fly...

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Custard Apple - African Pride (Grafted) 8/10

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Update: 2424 days 3hrs

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I have two atemoyas - an african pride and hilary white.

They have been recalcitrant plants to get established! I don't think the wind has helped though. I am waiting for the tap root to establish more strongly.

They also suffer burnt leaf magins. The A.pride has decided to flower this week...(it's July).

I had 4 fruit off the A.pride this season and they were lovely. It was too soon to let it fruit - but I was greedy! They pollinated on their own.

My pruning job not too good on these guys.

Floweredall winter long (2009) and set no fruit by spring when flowers finished.

Nov 2010: Flowering madly. I put an extra microsprayer on it and the extra water has really helped it along.

Fruiting Months February

Planted: 2007

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 2

First Fruited: 2 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

After Fruiting

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Man


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Persimmon - Fuyu (NA) (Grafted) 8/10

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Update: 2424 days 3hrs

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What's there not to like about a Fuyu. Even kids like them!

I think it may be a bit to harsh for them here though.

Fruited 1st season in (was an advanced plant ) They got really sunburnt though.

In the Biolytix zone.

Nov 2010: still struggling with this one. Flowerd well and aborted all the fruit. I think it hates it here :(

Feb 2011: The hottest summer ever - and the tree a matter of weeks away from dying... :(

Fruiting Months January

Planted: 2009

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Pest Control:

None needed.

Organic Status:Organic


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Feijoa (Cutting) 9/10

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Update: 2424 days 3hrs

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A Bunnings "home brand" feijoa - will likely never do anything...

Had trouble with my first 4 due to wind exposure - they are naked on windward side!. They were also prone to collar rot. The two in the orchard doing much better.

Nov 2010: The orchard plant is now flowering well - I think they like a bit more water than what is generally indicated (but likely decent drainage) as this one is sub surface reticulated also. It's healthy and happy, tolerates the heat here well.

Jan 2011: None of the many flowers set fruit :(

Planted: 2008

Height 1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 6

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Manure, clay, straw, blood n bone 10% potash

When I Fertilise: Winter

Pest Control:

None as yet.

Organic Status:Organic


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Capulin Cherry (Cutting) 7/10

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Update: 2424 days 3hrs

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Only planted a few months ago Aug09 - so nothing to report.

Is in the Biolytix zone and also gets Amandas standard treatment of Manure, clay, straw, blood and bone and 10% potash (this actually makes up the mulch for all of my fruiting trees)

July 2010 - this tree grows fast!

Nov 2010: Flowered profusely this spring! Bees don't like it but the bush flies loved it! I have just 6 fruit hanging in there!

Jan 2011: fruit stayed the size of a pea and tasted terrible! :(

Planted: 2009

Height 2.5 metres

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Curry Tree (Seedling) 10/10

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Update: 2424 days 3hrs

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For cooking curries of course!

Is happily growing inside on the ktichen window sill.

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Low Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pest Control:

None

Organic Status:Organic


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Fig - Brown Turkey (Cutting) 10/10

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Update: 2429 days 18hrs

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Got eaten by the staffy when planted. 

Fertilised with manure, woodchip, Blood n bone 10% potash.

Seems to have fruit all year round? Anyway - the fruit is really lovely - highly recommend.  Water heaps when fruiting to get that delicious jelly like centre.... an often under rated fruit.

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

Planted: 2008

Height 1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

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: Winter

Pest Control:

No pest problems at all.

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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KMP says... [2445 days 7hrs ago]
Must be a thing with dogs and brown turkey fig trees- we lost the first one to our Schnauzer puppy- ate every leaf! New one has a wire cage!!

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Passionfruit - Panama Red (Grafted) 9/10

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Update: 2469 days 22hrs

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Why do I worship Passionfruit?? Let me count the ways:

Easy to grow, looks great/lush, perfect flower, no pests, versatile fruit - can even chuck the whole fruit in the freezer when there is a glut - no prep or packaging required!

In order to save space I have:

Panama Gold - grafted

Black/purples - grafted (Nelly kelly brand)

Pan Red seedling (photo)

Sunshine special seedling (has a mild woodiness virus)

Common red seedling (cinnabarina - sp?)

The panama red and golds are great. They do tend to flower much later in summer (as we are semi-tropical) and carry fruit right thru till next spring - with them slowing ripening and dropping thru winter. The winter ripened one's are not as sweet as in those that ripen in the warmer weather. The pan red seedling is out of control and fruits madly.

The purple Nellie Kellies: it took 4 vines before I got a "go-er" - I love the intense flavour of any of the purples the best.  Nov 2010: I am probably less than a month of harvest - so they are much earlier than the panamas.

The sunshine special is a lovely large fruit that tastes more like a purple. It's about a month behind the the NK purple. Lorna in Albany is growing these - so they can handle cool climates. Very tasty fruit and a little sweeter than NK purple.

My common red (Big Red) is a dud - produces very round, very heavy, yellow fruit that is as sour as a lemon! yukk.

I lavish lots of water and manure on my vines. They have very shallow and  searching roots so it doesn't pay to be tidy around them - I leave all the leaf litter and give them a wheelbarrow load of manure at a time (out to radius 2m from trunk)  Some late winter/early spring dynamic lifter or blood n bone, trace elements and potash good too. Need lots of water when holding a big crop. A little magnesium also helps to sweeten them. A very hungry and thirsty vine - and with the huge size they get to and the fruit load they can carry - it's not surprizing!?

I believe passionfruit like their roots in the shade and their head in full sun. They seem to appreciate a cool root run and training against a warm masonary wall is perfect in a cool climate.

I have not needed to hand pollinated to date.

 

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

Planted: 2008

Height 4 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 7

Fruit Harvest: 30 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 1 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: See text

When I Fertilise: Spring

Pest Control:

None needed as yet.

Organic Status:Organic


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says... [2629 days 20hrs ago]
Just planted 2 of them 2 days ago August 3rd 2010 :)Mira

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Jaboticaba (Seedling) 7/10

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Update: 2517 days 0hrs

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I think these are small leaf one's.

They are very slow! They seem to be ok - have some burnt margins - my research indicates they don't like salinity.

At present they just sit there putting out a little new growth constantly. They do seem to be happier when their mulch is kept moist.

Nov 2010: they are now in 35L tree sacks in a fully enclosed shade house - and they have never looked better! Obviously they don't like the hot dry climate here.

Planted: 2007

Height 0.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 4

Sun/Shade: Low Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Manure, clay, straw, blood boe 10% potash.

Pest Control:

None needed as yet.

Organic Status:Organic

Question:

To anyone successfully growing these - what kind of feeding should they get?


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Custard Apple - African Pride (Grafted) 8/10

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Update: 2517 days 0hrs

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I have two atemoyas - an african pride and hilary white.

They have been recalcitrant plants to get established! I don't think the wind has helped though. I am waiting for the tap root to establish more strongly.

They also suffer burnt leaf magins. The A.pride has decided to flower this week...(it's July).

I had 4 fruit off the A.pride this season and they were lovely. It was too soon to let it fruit - but I was greedy! They pollinated on their own.

My pruning job not too good on these guys.

Floweredall winter long (2009) and set no fruit by spring when flowers finished.

Nov 2010: Flowering madly. I put an extra microsprayer on it and the extra water has really helped it along.

Fruiting Months February

Planted: 2007

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 2

First Fruited: 2 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

After Fruiting

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Manure, straw, clay, blood n bone 10% potash.

Pest Control:

None needed as yet.

Organic Status:Organic


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Pitanga (Seedling)

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Update: 2517 days 0hrs

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Also called Brazilian Cherry.

Aug 2010: flowering well at present....

Nov 2010: didn't set any fruit. Still a beautiful looking plant though - and incredibly tolerant of the wind and heat.

Planted: 2008

Height 0.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

First Fruited: 2 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Pest Control:

None needed as yet


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Apple - Pink Lady (Grafted) 8/10

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Update: 2517 days 0hrs

Comments: -

We have a Fuji and a Pink lady.

The fuji had half dozen fruit this season but dog stole two!

It was a bit young really - I should have let fruit wait till yr 3...but I was greedy once again.

The Pink lady has not borne fruit yet.

Nov 2010: These guys are not suitable for this climate unless I can shade them. They bear fruit throught he hottest months also. An earlier variety might do better.

Fruiting Months January and February

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 2

First Fruited: 2 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

After Fruiting

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Manure, clay, straw, blood n bone 10% potash

Pest Control:

None as yet.

Organic Status:Organic


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Kaffir Plum (Seedling) 9/10

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Update: 2517 days 0hrs

Comments: -

I quite like these sour fruits...plus the tree thrives here.

I have planted them more for shade and shelter than anything.

This one is only 6 months old and I chopped the top off just recently to encourage branching. The dog is for size comparison.....

Nov 2010: Lots of flowers, grows very fast, is very strong and tolerant of heat, wind and salinity. A great windbreak tree.

Planted: 2009

Height 3 metres

Qty: 4

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Usual mix

When I Fertilise: Winter

Pest Control:

None needed as yet.

Organic Status:Organic


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Acerola - Florida Sweet (Seedling) 10/10

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Update: 2517 days 0hrs

Comments: -

Bumper crop this year (2010) flowered in two big flushes thru summer and the fruit delicious. Tastes like a cross between apple and raspberry, is firm and juicy. Birds like it too. I like it best when it turns quite dark red.

It's a very undemanding plant - although it needs pruning - the branches get quite heavy and britttle in the wind.

Nov 2010: Eating first flush now - I just love this plant. The fruit is so refreshing to pluck when working in the garden, it's a hardy bush/tree, nothing eats it here and it never complains in the heat and wind. A wonderful grazing plant. Everyone who has tried it (so far) has liked it.

Probably not very sculptural for some - looks a bit scraggly. Would be wonderful if someone could breed one with a larger fruit!

Fruiting Months January, February, March, April

Planted: 2007

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Fruit Harvest: 5 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 2 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: The usual mix!

Pest Control:

None needed as yet.

Organic Status:Organic


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Plum - Satsuma

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Update: 2517 days 0hrs

Comments: -

Fruited in 2009 - I can't remember if I liked them or not - oops.

Nov 2010: flowers later than the sunrises - and too late this year as the spring got too hot and windy very fast - no fruit set.

 

Height 2 metres

Qty: 1

Pollination: Self Pollination

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Peach - Tropic Snow (Grafted) 9/10

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Update: 2517 days 0hrs

Comments: -

A low chill white peach - does really well and never fails to impress me with it's fruit - which needs a lot of thinning. The fruit is lovely - run-down-your-arm juicy and sweet.

In biolytix zone so receives subsurface food and water also.

Fruiting Months November and December

Planted: 2007

Height 2.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Fruit Harvest: 15 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 1 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

After Fruiting and Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Manure, clay, straw, blood n bone 10% potash

When I Fertilise: Winter

Pest Control:

Routine winter spray with copper for leaf curl only.

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Jimmy says... [2924 days 5hrs ago]
Please tell me youve thinned !
amanda19 says... [2642 days 21hrs ago]
argghh..I just canna' do it Jimmy! what's wrong with me??

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Nectarine - dwarf (Grafted) 7/10

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Update: 2517 days 0hrs

Comments: -

Still no action here. Plants really thriving though. They handle the wind and heat beautifully - I am so surprised. Dwarf trees are jsut so much easier in a windy climate.

Aug 2010: flowering now...this may well be their last goodbye..and then off to friends in Perth....

Nov 2010: Finally! fruit at last! Not ready yet.

Fruiting Months October, November, December

Planted: 2006

Height 0.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 3

First Fruited: 4 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Winter

Pest Control:

None needed as yet (apart from winter copper wash)

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Dwarf Peach - Standard

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Update: 2517 days 0hrs

Comments: -

Still no action here but plants thriving.

Same as dwarf nectarine... I reckon I have been sold high-chillers.

Nov 2010: flowered far too late - no pollination in the dry heat and wind :(

Fruiting Months December

Planted: 2006

Height 0.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 3

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Winter

Pest Control:

Winter copper wash.

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Lemon - Eureka (Grafted) 8/10

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Update: 2517 days 0hrs

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First year in...needs flowers removed. Easy to grow.

Powering along Aug 2010: flowering, fruiting - doing what it does.

It has a more intense lemon flavour than the Meyer and better for that lemon "tang" in cooking.

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

Planted: 2008

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Fruit Harvest: 1 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 1 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

After Fruiting

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: usual mix

When I Fertilise: Winter

Pest Control:

Eco oil for leaf miner on occasion.

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Lychee - Bosworth 3 (Cutting) 9/10

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Update: 2517 days 0hrs

Comments: -

Just planted (Aug09)

July 2010 - doing very well. I think it loves the constant subsoil moisture from the Biolytix. Not phased by the scorching summer or wind.

Nov 2010: Now in a 35L tree bag in an enclosed shade house. Has a dozen fruit at present and likes the shadehouse. The ants loved the flowers so I am guessing they did the pollination job.

Fruiting Months January

Planted: 2009

Height 0.5 metres

Growing: In a Pot

First Fruited: 1 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Low Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Pest Control:

None needed as yet.

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Longan - Kohala Seedling (Seedling)

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Update: 2517 days 0hrs

Comments: -

Just planted (Aug09)

Nov 2010: now in a 35L tree bag in the shade house and happy for the first time ever. It's too harsh fo it here without shade.

Planted: 2009

Height 1 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Sun/Shade: Low Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Wampee - Guy Sam (Grafted)

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Update: 2517 days 0hrs

Comments: -

Just planted (Aug09)

Nov 2010: Now in a 35L tree bag also - and in the shade house. They have never looked healthier either. Must be to hot n dry here in full sun.

Planted: 2009

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Sun/Shade: Low Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Kwai Muk (Seedling)

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Update: 2517 days 0hrs

Comments: -

Just planted (Aug09)

Nov 2010: also in a 35L tree bag in the shade house and much happier.

Planted: 2009

Height 1 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Sun/Shade: Low Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Rollinia - Brazilian Custard Apple

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Update: 2517 days 0hrs

Comments: -

Planted Aug 09 and doing surprisingly well.

Nov 2010: in a 35L tree sack (had an impressive tap root!) and in the shade house. Doing much better.

Planted: 2009

Height 2 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Low Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Grumichama - Black (Seedling)

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Update: 2517 days 0hrs

Comments: -

Just planted (Aug09)

My large one just gave me a doz fruit (nov 2010) and I thought they were great! The flvour of the skin may be a little intense for some but the fruit pops out of the skin easy. Yum!

Both plants in 35L tree bags in the shade house. They were ok outside but are doing better in the shade house. Would recommend late afternoon shade in summer in hot, dry climates.

Fruiting Months November

Planted: 2009

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 2

First Fruited: 1 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Low Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

Pest Control:

None needed as yet.

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Plum - Gulf Ruby (Grafted) 4/10

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Update: 2517 days 0hrs

Comments: -

These trees are not really suited to this climate unless you can shade them. The fruit gets badly sunburnt very easily. They have been very difficult trees for me.

The fruit I do get is not bad though - well flavoured and sweet - but doesn't have the character of an European plum.

Fruiting Months October, November, December

Planted: 2007

Height 3 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Fruit Harvest: 10 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 2 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

After Fruiting

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Winter

Pest Control:

Copper spray in winter.

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Plum - Sunrise Gulf (Grafted) 9/10

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Update: 2517 days 0hrs

Comments: -

Flowering for first time now (Aug09)

Bumper crop - will need to thin next time. Suffered fruit loss due to boron deficiency.

Same as the Gulf ruby - not suited to my climate and the fruit burns badly. This one has nice fruit but the skin is really bitter - so we have to squeeze the insides out of them and discard the skin.

Fruiting Months October, November, December

Planted: 2007

Height 3 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Fruit Harvest: 10 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 2 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

After Fruiting

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Winter

Pest Control:

Copper spray in winter.

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Plum - Santa rosa

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Update: 2524 days 23hrs

Comments: -

See Satsuma - I don't like Santa Rosa's myself.

Qty: 1

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Mamey Sapote - Pontin

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Update: 2524 days 23hrs

Comments: -

Nov 2010: Has been in the ground (1yr) and was surprisingly tough. It's now in a 35L tree bag in the shadehouse and is flowering now.

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Sun/Shade: Low Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

Pest Control:

Nil as yet


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Tangelo - Minneola (Grafted) 10/10

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Update: 2525 days 22hrs

Comments: -

For details on feeding etc see Lemon - meyer.

Lovely fat fruit this year (2010) focussed on pruning for strong framework and removed flowers for first 2 yrs.

Carried an awesome crop this season no problems but had to thin some of the bunches. Needs a fair amount of feeding and watering.

Is fed manure, clay, straw, Blood n bone 10% potash and pine bark chips. Needs zinc, iron and manganese foliar sprays from time to time.

I do things "when I get around to it" - generally.

Aug 2010: just removed all the ripe fruit - many weighing half a kilo each....gave away. Covered in flowers again - but bummed as I really want to get in there and prune it?

Fruiting Months May, June, July


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Macadamia 741 (Grafted) 9/10

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Update: 2611 days 6hrs

Comments: -

We have a 741 and an 816.

They were planted last year and have put down impressively strong roots. They are very exposed to wind (check out the bend!) and have burnt leaf margins too.

Height 2.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 2

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: The usual mix.

Pest Control:

None needed as yet.

Organic Status:Organic


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Lemon - Meyer (Grafted) 10/10

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Update: 2613 days 23hrs

Comments: -

Has been exposed to strong winds over 3 yrs - I have focussed on pruning for strong framework and removed flowers for first 2 yrs.

Carried an awesome crop this season no problems but had to thin some of the bunches. Needs a fair amount of feeding and watering.

Is fed manure, clay, straw, Blood n bone 10% potash and pine bark chips. Needs zinc, iron and manganese foliar sprays from time to time.

I do things "when I get around to it" - generally.

Aug 2010: just removed all the ripe fruit - many weighing half a kilo each....gave away. Covered in flowers again - but bummed as I really want to get in there and prune it?

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

Planted: 2006

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

First Fruited: 2 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

After Fruiting

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: As above.

Pest Control:

Eco oil with pyrethrum added.

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Lime - West Indian (Grafted) 10/10

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Update: 2613 days 23hrs

Comments: -

Has been easy to grow.

For details see lemon - meyer. All my citrus are treated the same.

2010: I have 3 kgs of frozen juice (in ice cubes) and couldn't juice another 5kgs of fruit and it's flowering all over again - this tree is a machine!

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

Planted: 2006

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Fruit Harvest: 15 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 2 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

After Fruiting

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: See lemon - meyer

When I Fertilise: Winter

Pest Control:

See Meyer lemon

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Tangelo - Minneola (Grafted) 10/10

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Update: 2613 days 23hrs

Comments: -

For details on feeding etc see Lemon - meyer.

Lovely fat fruit this year (2010) literally bursting with juice. Highly recommend this variety.

Fruiting Months May, June, July

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Fruit Harvest: 10 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 2 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

After Fruiting

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: See lemon - meyer

When I Fertilise: Winter

Pest Control:

see lemon- meyer. Has not any pest problems as yet though.

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Grapefruit - Star Ruby (Grafted) 7/10

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Update: 2613 days 23hrs

Comments: -

Label doesn't say what type of red grapefruit it is. It's struggling a bit - had to severely prune to get the framework right.

For feeding n spraying see lemon - meyer.

Aug 2010: it's doing well now and flowering. May let it keep one or two fruit at most.

Fruiting Months July

Height 1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

First Fruited: 2 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

After Fruiting

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: see lemon - meyer

Pest Control:

See lemon - meyer

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Lime - Kaffir (Grafted) 8/10

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Update: 2613 days 23hrs

Comments: -

This plant very neglected! Have just pruned and got serious about looking after it. I only use the leaves - so I don't bother too much with it.

Has not fruited yet.

Feeding: see lemon - meyer

Planted: 2008

Height 1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

After Fruiting

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: See lemon - meyer

Pest Control:

See lemon - meyer

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Comments

TimBeck says... [2946 days 22hrs ago]
Not sure if the limes of the kafir are good for eating. The leaves are excellent in a thai curry though
amanda19 says... [2642 days 21hrs ago]
The juice is used too.
says... [2629 days 20hrs ago]
I used it a lot in my Indonesian cooking and got one in my garden. Hi Amanda...I am just like you...gardening junkie and just start growing 14 fruit trees in my garden :) also looking for a jackfruit tree to plant wonder if they have it at Bunning ?
says... [2629 days 20hrs ago]
Hi Amanda it's me again the Indonesian girl. My name is Mira and would love to learn from more about gardening you can send me message on my facebook gusmira mimi grant. Thank you :)
amanda19 says... [2615 days 22hrs ago]
Hi Mira - sorry I missed your post. My email is sunley@wn.com.au - would like to hear from you. I try hard to avoid Facebook - I have too many addictions in life as it is now.. :)))

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Lime - Tahitian (Grafted) 3/10

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Update: 2613 days 23hrs

Comments: -

Feeding - see lemon - meyer. 

Aug 2010: is recovering well from being transplanted, at last. Will be removing flowers this season though - it's not ready for fruit yet.

Fruiting Months August

Planted: 2007

Height 1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

First Fruited: 2 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

After Fruiting

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: See lemon meyer

Pest Control:

See Lemon - meyer

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Orange - Washington Navel (Grafted) 7/10

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Update: 2613 days 23hrs

Comments: -

This one has not flowered yet.

Feeding: see lemon - meyer

Also in Biolytix zone - gets subsurface food n water.

Aug 2010: flowering well - slow start like the blood orange - but off and running now.

Height 1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

After Fruiting

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: See lemon- meyer

Pest Control:

See lemon - meyer

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Orange - Arnold Blood (Grafted) 8/10

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Update: 2613 days 23hrs

Comments: -

This one has not flowered yet.

Is in the Biolytix zone - receives subsurface food n water also.

2010: ONE fruit! wow...

Aug 2010: Flowering like mad. Took awhile - but there u go.

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

After Fruiting

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: See lemon - meyer

Pest Control:

See lemon - meyer

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Guava - Indian (Cutting) 10/10

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Update: 2613 days 23hrs

Comments: -

This guava has been no trouble - bears prolifically. I'm not keen on it fresh (but the mice are) but is great stewed.

I haven't pruned it yet. It also suffers from burnt leaf margins - either due to elements or salinity.

Fruiting Months January, February, March, April, May, October, November, December

Planted: 2007

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

First Fruited: 2 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Manure, clay, straw, blood n bone 10% potash.

When I Fertilise: Winter

Pest Control:

None needed as yet.

Organic Status:Organic


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Nectarine - Sunlite 8/10

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Update: 2615 days 23hrs

Comments: -

A good tree - flowers and bears prolifically. Fruit good but I must (must) thin this year.

Fruiting Months December

Planted: 2006

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Fruit Harvest: 5 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 2 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

After Fruiting

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: usual mix

When I Fertilise: Winter

Pest Control:

None needed as yet

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Mandarin - Imperial (Grafted) 7/10

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Update: 2615 days 23hrs

Comments: -

Developed fruit through a very hot summer and they were dissapointing - very dry and sunburnt. Later varieties may do better here.

Fruiting Months January and February

Planted: 2007

Height 2 metres

Qty: 2

Fruit Harvest: 10 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 3 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

After Fruiting

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: see Lemon - meyer

When I Fertilise: Winter

Pest Control:

See lemon - meyer.

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Cedar Bay Cherry (Cutting) 7/10

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Update: 2615 days 24hrs

Comments: -

This has been easy to grow. I think it needs afternnon shade though.

I find the fruit can be a bit astringent tasting. It needs to be very ripe before I can eat it.

They don't bear much fruit but pretty much carry them all year round.

i haven't had to prune yet.

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

Height 0.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 2

First Fruited: 1 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Manure, clay, straw, blood and none 10% potash

Pest Control:

None needed as yet.

Organic Status:Organic


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Guava Hawaiian (Cutting) 9/10

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Update: 2642 days 7hrs

Comments: -

I love guavas!

This one fruited prolifically for the first time this summer but dropped almost all at golf ball size.

I did get a few to drool over tho'

Has burnt leaf margins either due to elements or salinity.

2010 - dropped it's fruit in the hot easterlies again this year....sob..

Fruiting Months November and December

Planted: 2007

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 2

First Fruited: 2 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Autumn and Winter

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Manure, clay, straw, blood n bone 10% potash.

When I Fertilise: Winter

Pest Control:

None needed as yet.

Organic Status:Organic


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Mandarin - Emperor (Grafted) 6/10

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Update: 2642 days 7hrs

Comments: -

Very dissapointing fruit. Juicy and sweet but no flavour! It may get the chop (09)

Much better crop this year (2010) but still a bit bland. Very juicy etc.

Fruiting Months May and June

Planted: 2007

Height 2.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Fruit Harvest: 10 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 2 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

After Fruiting

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Winter

Pest Control:

None needed

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Mango - Kensington Pride grafted (Grafted) 8/10

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Update: 2643 days 0hrs

Comments: -

These are doing ok - they have burnt leaf margins either due to wind or salinity issues.

There were pruned at 1m to encourage branching and strong framework. They are a bit slow growing - I think they need more water in summer to push them along.

This photo of 2 yr old.

Planted: 2007

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 3

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Ususal mix.

Pest Control:

None needed as yet.

Organic Status:Organic


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says... [2629 days 20hrs ago]
Just planted 3 mango trees last week and the leaves are burnt too. Was worried they want survive but now I water it everyday to make sure they are alright. :)Mira

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Midyim Berry 8/10

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Update: 2643 days 0hrs

Comments: -

Grown from tube stock.

Only young so not much to report.

2yrs on and no fruit!?

Planted: 2008

Height 0.2 metres

Qty: 2

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Not much - native.

Pest Control:

None needed as yet.

Organic Status:Organic


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Mulberry - Black English (Cutting) 10/10

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Update: 2934 days 2hrs

Comments: -

Easy to grow and handles wind, salinity, heat etc. Bob-tails love to eat the fallen fruit.

Fruiting Months September, October, November, December

Planted: 2007

Height 3 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

First Fruited: 1 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Winter

Pest Control:

No pest control needed

Organic Status:Organic


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Finger lime - Rainforest pearl (Grafted)

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Update: 2984 days 2hrs

Comments: -

Just planted (Aug09)

Planted: 2009

Growing: In the Ground

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Guava - Strawberry 10/10

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Update: 2984 days 2hrs

Comments: -

We have about 6 reds and 9 yellows. They are thriving, easy to grow and bear prolifically.

I think the yellows are sweeter n milder but the reds are a taste sensation.

The yellows planted this year, the reds over last 2 yrs. I haven't pruned as yet.

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

Planted: 2007

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 15

First Fruited: 1 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Manure, clay, straw, blood n bone 10% potash.

Pest Control:

None needed as yet.

I remove the leaf eating weevils by hand.

Organic Status:Organic


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Grape - Wortley Hall (black muscat) (Cutting) 10/10

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Update: 3009 days 2hrs

Comments: -

Personally - black muscats are my favourite grape - I love squeezing the jelly-like inside out..yummm.

This vine is great - no trouble, does well on the coast and in the wind, heat etc.

It produces 3kg-plus bunches and lots of them.

Much less hassel than the italian white muscat next to it.

Fruiting Months January and February

Planted: 2007

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Fruit Harvest: 10 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 1 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pruned By: 90% in After Fruiting

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Usual mix

When I Fertilise: Winter

Pest Control:

Routine winter copper spray and follow up for powdery mildew. Netted for birds.

Organic Status:Organic


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Grape - Golden Muscat (Cutting) 5/10

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Update: 3010 days 23hrs

Comments: -

I like the variety - but this one is hard work on the coast. It suffers from powdery mildew quite badly. I haven't had any fruit to eat yet as I haven't been on top of the spraying requirement...maybe this year.

Fruiting Months January and February

Planted: 2007

Height 2 metres

Qty: 1

First Fruited: 1 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pruned By: 90% in After Fruiting

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Usual mix

When I Fertilise: Winter

Pest Control:

Routine winter copper spray and then lots more.....Netted for birds.

Organic Status:Organic


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Banana - Cavendish (Cutting) 6/10

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Update: 3011 days 8hrs

Comments: -

I still can't decide if I am going to keep it! It needs to be moved as it's not sheltered enough here - the leaves get shredded in summer.

It is in the Biolytix zone and receives subsurface food and water also.

It is less than year old so nothing to report about it really.

Planted: 2008

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Manure, clay, straw, blood n bone 10% potash.

When I Fertilise: Winter

Pest Control:

None needed as yet.

In Biolytix zone.

Organic Status:Organic


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Herbs - general

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Update: 3011 days 9hrs

Comments: -

They are edibles too...

North (hot) and South (cool n shady) - depends on what I am growing when. Usually lots of mint, oregano, italian parsely, basil, lemon grass, thyme

Planted: 2008

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Organics

Pest Control:

None used.

Organic Status:Organic


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Vegetables

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Update: 3011 days 24hrs

Comments: -

Well...they are edible plants too!!

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Organics

Pest Control:

No sprays used.


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Loquat - Enormity (Grafted) 7/10

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Update: 2469 days 22hrs

Comments: -

This is a very sick loquat! It is very exposed and was a bad choice of plant from the start - as the graft was so low on the trunk. With the constant wind and salinity it has not fared well.

I recently discovered a large stem canker (collar rot) hiding under the bark at the graft point - which just peeled away. I have scraped it back and treated but it probably won't survive.

Fruiting Months July, August, September

Planted: 2006

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

First Fruited: 2 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

After Fruiting

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Usual mix plus trace elements

When I Fertilise: Winter

Pest Control:

None except for copper paint for canker.

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Ugni ( Tazziberry ) (Cutting) 8/10

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Update: 2611 days 23hrs

Comments: -

All 3 dried over a 2yr period. They were in full sun and it's very windy here. I would recommend a sheltered spot with afternoon shade in hot climates.

Planted: 2007

Height 0.25 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 2

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Usual mix.

When I Fertilise: Winter

Pest Control:

None needed as yet.

Organic Status:Organic


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says... [2629 days 20hrs ago]
Sorry to hear that keep on trying :)Mira

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Pitaya - Red Dragon Fruit

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Update: 2615 days 23hrs

Comments: -

I just couldn't be bothered with it... :(  I don't have the right place for it here - gets sunburnt too easily (I actually pulled it out and mulched it...)

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Goji Berry

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Update: 2642 days 24hrs

Comments: -

Got rid of it. Worried about weed potential here (plus it's as ugly as a weed)

Pollination: Self Pollination


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says... [2922 days 0hrs ago]

amanda19 says... [2642 days 21hrs ago]
yea - "says"...I can't be bothered with this plant either...

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Passionfruit - Banana (Seedling)

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Update: 2643 days 0hrs

Comments: -

Planted about 3 months ago. Gets afternoon shade.

No go here. The hot summer kills them.

Planted: 2009

Height 1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 2

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Manure, liquid seaweed, woodchip

When I Fertilise: Winter and Spring

Pest Control:

None needed as yet.

Organic Status:Organic


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Apricot - Newcastle

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Update: 2985 days 10hrs

Comments: -

Graft failure.


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Jimmy says... [2987 days 5hrs ago]
Yummy.

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Avocado - Hass (A) (Grafted)

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Update: 3009 days 2hrs

Comments: -

I had two grafted Hass and they both died at same time (1.5yrs old) (they were flowering at this stage too..)

I think my area and scheme water too saline for them - they are not a common sight in Geraldton at all.


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Goldcoaster says... [2900 days 10hrs ago]

Goldcoaster says... [2900 days 10hrs ago]
Hi Amanda Ihave grown Hass for 20 years, overlooking a saltwater canal with approx.200 fruit a year. What Hass do not like is wet feet, mine grow on sand with a natural fresh water level at 2-3 metres. There are many avocados growing in gardens around this area so air salinity is not your problem.
amanda19 says... [2642 days 21hrs ago]
Wow - thanks GoldCoaster! although don't your trees have wet feet at that water table level? Our natural ground water is saline too...can only grow "saltine" kikuyu grass with it...(for eg)
Goldcoaster says... [2629 days 2hrs ago]
Amanda the fresh water level is a natural phenomenon and is 10 15 centimetres in depth, it runs on a thin natural clay layer with corresponding fresh water levels about every 3 4 metres throughout the sand layer (about 30 metres thick) where fine clay particles build up - so no wet feet. The fresh water layer is heavy in iron, sulphur and other minerals. The base of my trees have been inundated several times when we have had moderate flooding with no ill effects. Have you tried mounding them with a porous base? Best of Luck.

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Tamarillo - Red (Seedling)

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Update: 3009 days 2hrs

Comments: -

I planted Red, Orange and Yellow - they all died.

Too much sun, wind and aphids...maybe another day when I have the right microclimate.


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Charlesstillcantspell1 says... [2847 days 7hrs ago]

Charlesstillcantspell1 says... [2847 days 7hrs ago]
Keep them low they dont like wind. I would build a shadecloth enclosure and an open roof, should be ok in full sun shouldn't it mine is fine (but to tall this time).
amanda19 says... [2642 days 21hrs ago]
Love ya CCS! but - it's the bloody aphids..Gero has a huge brassica weed problem - I live in a sea of it early spring...and until the ladybirds catch up ...all hell breaks loose...

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