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Tuten's Edible Backyard

Joined: 13/08/09 Updated: 15/08/09 Frost:
Location: Clear Mountain

About My Edible Backyard


Why Tuten Love's Edible Plants

We are a family living in a semi-rural area of SE Qld.  We try to grow as much of our food as we get around to (ha, ha).  We are somewhere between being organic and biodynamic.

We have lovely rich red clay/loam.   Annual rainfall somewhere around 1000mm.  My orchard is on the eastern boundary of our property and gets full sun.

We grow coffee, mulberries (white and black), Atherton raspberries, mangoes, avocadoes, low-chill nectarines, longans (no crop yet), lychees, apples, oranges, lemons, Tahitian limes, Lemonade fruit, mandarins, blood oranges, paw paws - orange and red, lilly-pillies, grumichamas, black sapotes, passionfruits, pumpkins, chockos, cucumbers, sweet peas, leafy greens, Asian greens, capsicums, tomatoes, asparagus (that never makes it to the kitchen!), herbs (most herbs), galangal, ginger, green onions, garlic greens and more but the list is already too long.

I compost horse manure, cow manure and weeds/clippings and also have two bathtubs full of worms that convert horse manure and scraps. I mulch the gardens with sugar cane mulch which is about all I buy in from outside, everything else I use is from within our place.

My biggest challenge has been stopping the free ranging chickens from scratching the roots up on new plantings and also stopping the horses from eating the foliage they find tasty.  Some years keeping up the water can be challenging.

The rewards are watching my kids wander around eating as they go.  I also enjoy fruit warm from the sun, although most people think that is a bit much!  I can't think of many better things than eating a nectarine straight off the tree - yum!

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Finger Lime (Seedling) 5/10

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Update: 4172 days 7hrs

Comments: -

I'm not 100% sure this is the same species as what I am growing.  I bought it as a native lime.

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: Yearly

Pest Control:

None

Organic Status:Organic


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Peanut Tree (Seedling) 7/10

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Update: 4172 days 7hrs

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I have a few of these trees, some are doing really well, some look a bit leggy.

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: Yearly

Pest Control:

None

Organic Status:Organic


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Pineapple - F180 10/10

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Update: 4172 days 7hrs

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They take a while to fruit, but the tiny fruit looks wonderful and the mature fruit tastes so good!  A great looking plant and I use it as a border plant as well.

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: Yearly

Pest Control:

None

Organic Status:Organic


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Plum Pine (Seedling) 3/10

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Update: 4172 days 7hrs

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This plant was sold as a Christmas Tree in our local community nursery, has grown well considering it was in a pot for so long before I put it into the ground.  I love the glossy leaves.

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: Yearly

Organic Status:Organic


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Common Mint

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Update: 4172 days 7hrs

Pollination: No


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Comfrey

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Update: 4172 days 7hrs

Pollination: No


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Native Mulberry (Seedling) 5/10

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Update: 4172 days 7hrs

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Low Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: Yearly

Organic Status:Organic


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Rosemary

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Update: 4173 days 6hrs

Pollination: No


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Tuten says... [4174 days 8hrs ago]
This plant has been in our family for 4 generations and came with us interstate. Is doing well considering I kept it in a pot for years. Is now in ground.

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Burdekin Plum

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Update: 4173 days 6hrs

Pollination: No


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Tuten says... [4174 days 8hrs ago]
Is troubled by leaf eating insects. Growing tall but doesn't look so healthy.

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Lemon Grass

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Update: 4173 days 6hrs

Pollination: No


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Tuten says... [4174 days 8hrs ago]
I planted around citrus plants as a companion but Lemongrass grows so tall, I have to cut it back regularly.

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Lemon Myrtle

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Update: 4173 days 6hrs

Pollination: No


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Tuten says... [4174 days 8hrs ago]
The most wonderful scent. Leaves retain scent well in long term storage.

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Bay Tree 10/10

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Update: 4174 days 7hrs

Planted: 2007

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: Yearly

Pest Control:

None

Organic Status:Organic


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Tuten says... [4174 days 7hrs ago]
Grows faster than I expected, plenty of leaves to harvest.

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Neem Tree

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Update: 4174 days 8hrs


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Tuten says... [4174 days 7hrs ago]
Has only been in ground for a few months, looking forward to seeing it start to grow in Spring.

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Fig - Deciduous

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Update: 4174 days 8hrs


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Davidsons Plum - QLD

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Update: 4174 days 8hrs


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Tuten says... [4174 days 8hrs ago]
Only a couple of years old but growing strongly, large compound leaves - attractive.

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Native Ginger

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Tuten says... [4174 days 8hrs ago]
Great as a screen in shady areas.

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Sweet Potato - Sweet n Gold

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Tuten says... [4174 days 8hrs ago]
Keep ducks and chickens away from beds with sweet potato - they love digging them up.

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Blue flax-lily

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Update: 4174 days 8hrs


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Tuten says... [4174 days 7hrs ago]
The colour of the berries really stands out and looks wonderful.

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Arrowroot

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Update: 4174 days 8hrs


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Tuten says... [4174 days 8hrs ago]
Great screen in full shade. Grows quickly and multiplies well.

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Turmeric Orange

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Update: 4174 days 8hrs


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Tuten says... [4174 days 8hrs ago]
Great looking leaves, rhizomes fragrant and gives good colour and taste to dishes.

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Ginger QLD

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Update: 4174 days 9hrs

Pollination: No


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Tuten says... [4174 days 8hrs ago]
I think Ginger would do better with more water than we can supply.

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Cardamon Ginger

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Update: 4174 days 9hrs

Pollination: No


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Tuten says... [4174 days 8hrs ago]
Tough and pretty plant.

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Galangal

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Update: 4174 days 9hrs

Pollination: No


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Tuten says... [4174 days 8hrs ago]
Tough as nails, survives on rainwater only. Can be divided regularly.

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Asparagus - Mary Washington

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Update: 4174 days 9hrs

Pollination: No


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Tuten says... [4174 days 8hrs ago]
One of life's joys, eating asparagus while standing in the garden!

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Choko - White

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Update: 4174 days 9hrs

Pollination: No


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Tuten says... [4174 days 8hrs ago]
Tough, spreading vine. We use it to cover animal enclosures for shade and aesthetics.

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Passionfruit - Black

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Update: 4174 days 9hrs

Pollination: No


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Tuten says... [4174 days 8hrs ago]
Delicious passionfruit, large vine.

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Passionfruit - Panama Sweet Gold (G)

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Update: 4174 days 9hrs

Pollination: No


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Tuten says... [4174 days 8hrs ago]
Good tasting fruit, fruits for a long period with abundant fruit. Large, spreading plant.

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Passionfruit - Panama Red Pandora

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Update: 4174 days 9hrs

Pollination: No


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Tuten says... [4174 days 8hrs ago]
Good tasting fruit, abundant fruit over a long period. Will grow well over sheds, up trees etc.

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Black Sapote - Chocolate

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Update: 4174 days 9hrs

Pollination: No


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Tuten says... [4174 days 8hrs ago]
Make sure fruit is well ripened as it can burn mouth and throat if underripe.

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Grumichama - Black

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Update: 4174 days 9hrs

Pollination: No


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Tuten says... [4174 days 8hrs ago]
one of my favourite fruits. Absolutely delicious.

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Lilly PIlly - Cascade

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Update: 4174 days 9hrs

Pollination: No


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paw paw

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Update: 4174 days 9hrs

Pollination: No


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Tuten says... [4174 days 8hrs ago]
Great fruit, goes well with a bit of lime juice.

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Papaya - Sri Lankan Red

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Update: 4174 days 10hrs

Pollination: No


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Tuten says... [4174 days 8hrs ago]
Skinny plant, not much fruit so far.

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Mandarin - Imperial

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Update: 4174 days 10hrs

Pollination: No


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Tuten says... [4174 days 8hrs ago]
Nice juicy fruit, tough plant.

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Lemon - Eureka

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Update: 4174 days 10hrs

Pollination: No


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Lime - Tahitian

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Update: 4174 days 10hrs

Pollination: No


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Tuten says... [4174 days 8hrs ago]
Masses of fruit, fruits a few times a year, good looking tree.

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Lemonade Tree

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Update: 4174 days 10hrs

Pollination: No


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Tuten says... [4174 days 8hrs ago]
Lovely tasting fruit.

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Dwarf Orange - Navelina

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Update: 4174 days 10hrs

Pollination: No


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Orange - Blood

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Update: 4174 days 10hrs

Pollination: No


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Tuten says... [4174 days 8hrs ago]
Fruit flesh is streaked with red, rather than fully red. Could be temperature related?

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Orange - Valencia

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Update: 4174 days 10hrs

Pollination: No


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Dwarf Apple - Tropic Sweet

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Update: 4174 days 10hrs

Pollination: No


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Tuten says... [4174 days 7hrs ago]
First tree died - root rot? Have planted another one a few months ago.

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Dwarf Apple - Tropical Anna

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Update: 4174 days 10hrs

Pollination: No


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Tuten says... [4174 days 7hrs ago]
Fruit tastes good, tough tree.

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Lychee - No Mai Chi

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Update: 4174 days 10hrs

Pollination: No


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Tuten says... [4174 days 8hrs ago]
Brilliant taste, attractive foliage.

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Longan - Biew Kiew

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Update: 4174 days 10hrs

Pollination: No


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Tuten says... [4174 days 7hrs ago]
Tall thin tree, no fruit yet. Has been in ground for about 3 years.

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Nectarine - Sunwright

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Update: 4174 days 10hrs

Pollination: No


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Tuten says... [4174 days 7hrs ago]
Delicious fruit. Abundant fruit on young tree. Flowers prolifically and attracts so many bees you can hear the tree buzzing from a distance.

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Dwarf Avocado - Wurtz (A)

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Update: 4174 days 10hrs

Pollination: No


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Tuten says... [4174 days 7hrs ago]
Still too young to fruit.

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Avocado - Hass (A)

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Update: 4174 days 10hrs

Pollination: No


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Tuten says... [4174 days 8hrs ago]
This even survived me, I had no luck with Avocadoes until I planted them in a raised mound. Tree is doing well and fruiting well.

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Mango - R2E2 (Grafted)

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Update: 4174 days 10hrs

Pollination: No


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Tuten says... [4174 days 7hrs ago]
Only a few years old, so not fruiting yet. Tall so far but has large area to grow into.

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Mango - Kwan

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Update: 4174 days 10hrs

Pollination: No


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Tuten says... [4174 days 7hrs ago]
Small tree, only a few fruit and those fell off after a few weeks. Still, only a few years old.

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Mango - Bowen Seedling

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Update: 4174 days 10hrs

Pollination: No


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Tuten says... [4174 days 7hrs ago]
Got ringbarked by whipper snipper (enthusiastic worker) but has suckered and is regrowing strongly. Was only a sapling when ringbarked.

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Raspberry - Atherton

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Update: 4174 days 10hrs

Pollination: No


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Tuten says... [4174 days 7hrs ago]
Don't plant directly into ground unless you have a root barrier. I made this mistake and the canes have popped up in a large area now.

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Dwarf Mulberry - Black 5/10

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Update: 4174 days 10hrs

Planted: 2009

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Winter

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: homemade compost

When I Fertilise: Yearly

Organic Status:Organic


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Tuten says... [4174 days 7hrs ago]
Family favourite, hard to find any fruit left after kids are finished. Tough as nails tree, no extra water needed, survives on rainwater.

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Dwarf Coffee - Catuai 10/10

Tuten's Edible Fruits
Update: 4174 days 10hrs

Fruiting Months July, August, September

Planted: 2007

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 2

Fruit Harvest: 2 kilograms per Year

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: home compost

When I Fertilise: Yearly

Pest Control:

None

Organic Status:Organic


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Tuten says... [4174 days 7hrs ago]
Gorgeous looking plant with glossy leaves and bright red fruit all along the branches. No pests.

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Mulberry - White Seedling 10/10

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Update: 4174 days 10hrs

Fruiting Months August and September

Height 3 metres

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: home compost

When I Fertilise: Yearly

Pest Control:

None

Organic Status:Organic


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Tuten says... [4174 days 8hrs ago]
We prefer black mulberries, but these are very sweet.

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