BloodPlum1's Edible Backyard
30/11/13 Frost: None
About My Edible Backyard
Why BloodPlum1 Love's Edible Plants
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Avocado leaves going yellow - HELP please! This tree was planted by the previous owners so we don't know exactly what it is, think it's an avocado. As soon as we moved in about 7 years ago a very hungry possum basically destroyed it. It has taken 7 years! for it to show any signs ..177 days 23hrs
BloodPlum1's Edible Fruits
Update: 178 days 1hrs
Update - Just got my first harvest of blueberries! I did lose one to a bird but I quickly netted the plant and protected the rest. The taste of the berries is very subtle with a hint of sweetness and none of the tartness of the store-bought blueberries.
Previous update - lots of little fruits have started forming all over where the flowers used to be. I applied some acidic fertiliser once the berries stated started to develop. Looking forward to heaps of tasty fruit, provided the birds don't get to them first!
I bought this as a seedling from my local nursery this year. After a number of friends had failed attempts with their blueberry plants, I thought I'd give it a go. I did a lot of research before buying it as I had heard that they can be very fussy plants, but hardy, if they like the conditions they're in.
It is important for the soil to be sufficiently acidic. I potted it in a large 50cm glazed pot, with camellia/azalea potting mix and mixed through peat moss (which is acidic). I mulched with pine needles and every now and again throw on ground coffee which also helps to lower the ph in the soil. It's also important to only water with rainwater as tap water can be quite basic with all the chemicals they add to the water these days.
So far it seems to be doing well. It has grown quite vigorously even in the short time I have had it. It has dropped all its leaves in the winter. Melbourne has had a particularly cold winter so I'm hoping for a good crop this year!
Update - just last week it started flowering following Melbourne's warmest August days on record! The flowers are stunning as you can see in the photo below. I've got my fingers crossed I get some fruit as the flowers are very sensitive to frost and reports of freezing winter days ahead
Fruiting Months January, November, December
Growing: In a Pot
First Fruited: 1 Years from purchase in pot
Sun/Shade: Full Sun
Water Given in: SpringSpring
Pollination: Self Pollination
When I Fertilise: When Fruiting and Spring
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