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Joined: 07/07/10 Updated: 07/07/10 Frost: Low
Location: Orlando, Floria,

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Guava tees in melbourne - Our Hawai'ian guavas have a strong, sweet taste, which is what I expected from all that I'd heard about them before we put them in. We use fish emulsion, cow manure, grass clippings, and wasted coffee grinds as fertilizer / mulch; so maybe that helps t..2697 days 22hrs
Pruning white sapote - We found the only way to get our three young white sapotes to branch out was to hard prune them. They were three whips, two already eight feet tall before we learned to snip the trunk to get branches started. I've always wondered just how high they'd..2705 days 10hrs
How to plant a tree - Super to hear it, N! Hope you have good weather while you dig. Summer in Melbourne must be a treat. Hey Phil - much thanks for the honour bestowed upon me of honorary Aussie (or at least the hope of it.) How come there's that extra "u" in "honou..2709 days 9hrs
How to plant a tree - Hi N, My "Australian" is reasonably good (I understand most of the time), so here's a go at responding to your questions. 3. Kath said clay soil or "heavy soils"; these are soils which do not drain well and would hold the water rather than let it ..2711 days 16hrs
Yellowish leaves on black passion fruit plant - This is one I know a good deal about. Concrete leaches lime for many years, and the more porous the mix and abundant a water source, the more leaching. Driveways are seldom poured from especially hard mixes, so if your driveway is still young (in concre..2738 days 23hrs
Shade tolerant fruit tree1 - Here are some which we have in nearly full or complete shade all year, and they're doing well: Ceylon Gooseberry, Miracle Fruit, Bolivian Mangosteen (which I think you might call Achachairú or Achacha), Giant Leaf Madrońo (which you might call Bacupari)..2782 days 23hrs
Snow - CA Tom, although our climates are seriously different, nearly every January we have to skim the leaves off our apple trees to make them go dormant; they'd otherwise hold the leaves through the winter and even sprout new ones. If we didn't, they won't..2796 days 23hrs
White sapote3 - Hey A! You're right - it's a puzzle to prune a white sapote. You never know which way they'll grow out from the cut. That's my experience too. We're lucky with one and not so much with another which is determined to grow lopsided. Off subject..2802 days 12hrs
White sapote3 - Hi Amanda, That's what we've done with ours. I snipped off the small ones and kept snipping branch shoots until we had a tall whip. Then I bought a similar tall stick from Alex at Papaya Tree Nursery near Los Angeles, and he told me that it's good..2802 days 23hrs
Roselle crop - Hi Pauline, Do you still make the trip? Wish I still traveled there; but our work is done, and it's not likely we'll be back any time soon especially under the changing political circumstances. We were always served hot tea, and I didn’t start mak..2808 days 1hrs
Roselle crop - Thanks for the info, Phil. If I run across the "Arab" cultivar you're looking for, I'll let you know. I used to travel often to Cairo (it's where I got turned on to Hibiscus tea); and the brew there from the calyxes was substantially darker red th..2808 days 20hrs
Roselle crop - In May I ordered Roselle seeds from Australian Seed (www.australianseed.com). It was listed as a species I hadn't heard of before, Hibiscus subdantta; and I thought it might just be the same species which we grow up here along the Gulf of Mexico, H. sab..2810 days 23hrs
Davidsons plum root system - Our oldest one is just about five years old now, and it's been our experience that the roots are shallow but spread far. A lot of the big roots ride the surface, and I've heard that's a common trait of rain forest species. Although all of ours are st..2812 days 0hrs
Jujubes3 - Hi sara, I don't think AQIS will let them into Australia even if an American vendor sells them to you and sends them; but that's an outsider's guess based on discussions with friends on this forum. I posted the response for Mohammed in Fresno CA USA ..2813 days 11hrs
Jujubes3 - I'm sure you meant to say "please", Mohammed (otherwise, your demand is just plain rude.) There are several nurseries around Fresno which sell many varieties of Jujubes and can provide info to you, including Riverside Nursery and Dave Wilson Nurse..2817 days 17hrs

Fuyu Persimmon 9/10

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Update: 3213 days 13hrs

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Non-astringent & crisp.  Our tree came bareroot and took a full year to make a leaf, but it made up the slow start with profuse flowering and a decent crop in its first fruiting year.  Second year crop was about the same.  Increased water (we irrigate twice a week only - restrictions), by locating a sprinkler head nearby, and the thrid crop is much improved in quantity.

Fruiting Months October and November

Planted: 2007

Height 3.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

First Fruited: 1 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

After Fruiting

Pollination: Cross Pollination

Cross Pollinator Variety: Giant Fuyu & Tanenashi

When I Fertilise: Winter and Spring

Pest Control:

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Davidsons Plum - QLD 9/10

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Update: 3229 days 22hrs

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It's extremely rare on our side of the world, and it reminds me of a country I love.  We intend to make d. plum membrillo and jams when they begin fruiting.  We have one in the ground (pictured) and 20 babies in pots to spread around the property under tree cover for cross poliination.

Planted: 2010

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 20

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Cross Pollination

Cross Pollinator Variety: D. pruriens

Fertiliser or Organics Used: fish emulsion, coffee grinds, grass clippings


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