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Glennis1's Edible Backyard

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Glennis1 says... [2230 days 12hrs ago]
I live at manly west on red loam soil . The plot is a standard size suburban block . Its a sloping block so excellent drainage . I am 5 klms from the bay so i dont get any frost . The coldest it gets is about 5 degrees for a few days in winter . My back yard is protected from westerly winds in winter . I grow Tropical and subtropical fruit , native rainforest olants from cape york , butterfly host plants .

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Fruit fly control - Are fruit flies healthier than normal flies ?..3 days 8hrs
Red silky oak - Yuruga nursery . http://yuruga.com.au/..82 days 7hrs
Is malabar chestnut toxic - I have the one from Daleys . Should i stop eating the nuts ? ..83 days 15hrs
Relocating davidsons plum1 - When moving native plants you need to move them and then water them in within a minute or two . Air around the roots for longer than this will kill them . ..88 days 6hrs
Ylang ylang how much sun - I am in manly west . My ylang ylang is in full sun . It would be about 12 mts tall . Sparsly branched and the wood is almost as light as balsa . It needs full sun to grow properly . Once it gets too tall lop the top off and it will coppice a bit . I have ..172 days 17hrs
Paw paw bunch top - We havnt had a good soaking rain in Brisbane for months . Put the garden hose onto spray pattern and soak them for at least a couple of hours at least a couple of times a week while its still hot . They have quite a big spread as far as roots area . Soak ..351 days 16hrs
Piper nigrum question - Give it time . My vine is very slow growing here in Brisbane . Even slower now that the dog chewed it . ..364 days 15hrs
Loquat grafted nagasakiwase - Those branches that are not flowering yet are probably just not old enough . Or that's just what they do . Not every branch on my plant flowers either . ..1512 days 15hrs
Dwarf mulberry what size pot - I would say around 500mmx500mmx500mm . I have a dwarf mulberry and you can keep them at around 2 meters by pruning 2 times a year . Look at my edibles to see it . ..1513 days 6hrs

Arrowroot

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Update: 3 days 8hrs

Comments: - Awesome mulch .

Height 2.5 metres

Qty: 50

Water Given in: Spring


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Noni Fruit

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Update: 3 days 8hrs

Comments: -

Nope , i cannot stand the smell of the fruit .  

Added some iron and it has corrected the yellowing leaves . I dont know if that was the problem or i was over watering it . I stopped watering it as much as well .

Planted: 2015

Height 1.8 metres

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Fertiliser or Organics Used: low phosphorous


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Seed of Heaven

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Update: 3 days 9hrs

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I am growing this as a pepper vine replacement . I have no idea about it at all ,  size/spread , growing conditions /taste / edibility/ /seed preperation . I dont know if it will ever flower or fruit . Its spreading like bamboo and i am freaking out about that although it is fairly easy to hack out . It seems to run just under the surface and is  like ginger . It will be interesting to see how unwieldy it gets . Could be a good alternative to tiger grass . 

22/02/2018 OMG i just noticed a flower spike .

Height 1.5 metres

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun


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Miracle Fruit 10/10

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Update: 83 days 7hrs

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I have this growing in a pot with just peat moss . Strictly morning sun only and keep the peat moss moist . Spray the leaves once or twice a day to keep them wet .  I  have my solar hot water overflow dripping into the pot . Even though i get hundreds of berries every year i have only tried it once . I am not game to eat anything after i try one as it lasted 12 hours . Other people say it only lasted for an hour , it varies between diffrent people i guess . I always have plantlets coming up in the pot which i get rid of .

I transplanted it into the garden (red loam clay soil) It hates it . 

Planted: 2005

Height 0.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Fruit Harvest: 1 kilograms per Year

Sun/Shade: Low Sun

Question: Any ideas what i could use to acidify the soil a bit around the plant ?


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Lemon Myrtle 10/10

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Update: 83 days 7hrs

Comments: -

Height 4 mts (20/11/2012) 

I have used the leaves to make lemonade ice block s for the kids . Infuse some in boiling water and then discrd the leaves then freeze it .

No mytle rust but here is a picture of myrtle rust on a native tree that is next to the lemon myrtle . I have sprayed Triforine on some other plants a year ago and they havnt had myrtle rust as bad . I will spray it on this syzygium as well . 


Planted: 2003

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Fertiliser or Organics Used: low phosphorous


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Drumstick Tree ( Moringa ) 7/10

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Update: 83 days 15hrs

Comments: -

19/11/2012 .4mts

Absolutely hates red loam/clay soil . The base is about 6" dia but the top hardly  grows until its really hot here . Very spindly at the top . Never had a flower or a bean on it . Its due to the soil type/climate conditions . 

Bought this moringa from daleys . Didnt make the same mistake as the last one (mulched right to the stem and watered it and rotted) . Just planted it and put mulch around it . No fertiliser or water . The daleys one was actually ready for the ground unlike the ebay one.I have red loam soil with a clay base . I think the problem people have with moringa seedlings dying when transplanting into the gound is the ground soil isnt warm enough . The seedling isnt in a deep pot so the rootball isnt developed enough . Overwatering and rotting the plant . afaik . I tip pruned the shoots when the tree was small and this gave it 2 top shoots .  Once the tree reached 1 mtr i cut it back to half a mtr . Now the tree has a big bunch of top shoots (31/01/2013) . The stem is about 7cm in dia and has been cut back to half a metre . New shoots appearing but slow , oct 2013 > Slow growing in early november , i think the weather needs to get a lot hotter for this plant to grow well here . The pic shows the tree as big as it gets . Then when the weather cools off it looses all foliage . Could be the soil holding too much moisture or some sort of disease . I really dont know . 

Planted: 2012

Height 3 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

When I Fertilise: Never


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Cacao

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Update: 83 days 15hrs

Comments: - Equatorial growing conditions . Hates everything in the subtropics including wind , sun , cold , heat , lack of water , lack of humidity . 

Planted: 2015

Height 1 metres

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Shade

When I Fertilise: Yearly


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Cinnamon Tree (Cutting) 10/10

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Update: 87 days 15hrs

Comments: -

Cinnamomum Verum  

I am growing this to put the leaves in my coffee . OMG , what a difference it makes to the coffee . No bitterness . 

Very very slow growing here . Red loam / clay soil . Tons of water . Whole trees mulched and spread around the base . Occasional fertiliser but kept away from the base . OMG its slow growing . Looks like it could die from root rot anytime . Needs humid wet climate but allowed to dry a bit at the base . It is on a north east facing slope so gets a lot of sun hours . How it will do in full sun as i grows is anyones guess .  Afaik from google lol the plants roots need to be in a lot of green mulched matter to give a better flavour . I also use a bag of well rotted cow manure from Bunnings $3.5 per bag . Never dig the mulch into the soil just spread it on top but keep it away from the trunk . I use a wire cage to keep the dog away and to keep the mulch away from the trunk . Lets the top soil near the trunk dry out a bit as well . It seems to me that the hotter the day the more water it needs . I mean lots more . 

Planted: 2016

Height 0.4 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

When I Fertilise: When Fruiting and Spring


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Fraser Island Apple 10/10

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Update: 88 days 4hrs

Comments: -

Acronychia imperforata

I planted this tree/shrub to attrack lorikeets . It grows to 15 mts but i will keep it pruned back to 3 mts . The plants has orange fruit and is edible . The plant already has numerous buds and is only 1 mtr high (18/01/2012). I have 4 of these plants and i think they are a valuable addition to my garden . Thge fruit are edible .

Planted: 2011

Height 6 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 2

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Fertiliser or Organics Used: low phosphorous

When I Fertilise: When Fruiting, Yearly, Winter, Spring


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Davidsons Plum - QLD 10/10

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Update: 88 days 4hrs

Comments: -

The tree has had fruit . It loves native fertiliser but bust be low phosphorus . I experimented with some well aged cow manure and some blood and bone . A lot of leaves are burned IE: phosphorus toxicity . Dont use anything with high phosphorus content on natives . 

Planted: 2010

Height 3.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 2

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Fertiliser or Organics Used: low phosphorous


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Flacourtia (cape plum) 10/10

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Update: 88 days 4hrs

Comments: -

I grow this native because it is a host plant for the australian rustic butterfly . The plant flushes with new growth most of the year and the butterflies hang around the garden most of the year . You need a bisexual one if you dont have male and female plants if you want fruit . It is a rainforest plant so it needs lots and lots of mulch . I read that jam is made from the fruit . The 2 large plants i have are not bisexual so will not have fruit . Thats ok because i bought a bisexual one but it will take 5 year to get big enough to fruit 3/2/2012 .

Planted: 2003

Height 4 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 2

Fertiliser or Organics Used: low phosphorous


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Zig Zag Vine 10/10

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Update: 88 days 4hrs

Comments: -

Melodorum leichhardtii

I grew this  Zig-zag vine to attract the pale green triangle (Graphium euryplus) butterfly . It is a host plant . It also gets huge amounts of orange fruits on it . The fruits are edible . The flowers smell exctly like the confectionary banana lollies you can buy from the shop . I have had pale green triangle caterpillars on the vine and occasionally see the butterflies flying around . I have my vine growing in the front yard and it twines amongst other plants and stays a bushy climber . You can keep it a shrub if planted by itself but it is a large rainforest vine if you let it .

Planted: 2001

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Fertiliser or Organics Used: low phosphorous

When I Fertilise: When Fruiting, Yearly, Winter, Spring


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Linton says... [623 days 4hrs ago]
Hi Glennis I'm looking for some seeds of Zig Zag vine to grow. Wondering if you could send me some the next time you have fruit on your vine? Thanks, Linton. email: lintonius@hotmail.com

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Davidsons Plum - Smooth 10/10

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Update: 88 days 4hrs

Comments: -

Davidsonia johnsonii 

Height 3 mts (31/01/2013)

Height 4 mts (29/11/2017)
I planted this because i wanted to taste the fruit . No sign of any fruit yet (31/01/2013) .

No fruit yet , I am beginning to think it might never fruit .  I am sure I planted it more than 10 years ago .

Planted: 2003

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Autumn, Winter, Spring

Fertiliser or Organics Used: low phosphorous

When I Fertilise: When Fruiting, Yearly, Winter, Spring


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Macadamia 741 8/10

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Update: 88 days 4hrs

Comments: -

Height 1 mtr (18/01/2012)

Height 1.5 mts (20/11/2012)

Height  3.5 mts (29/11/2017)

This is in the back corner of the garden . Macadamia 741 is supposed to be able to be heavily pruned . Thats why i bought that variety . 

Because this is an Australian rainforest tree it needs a fertiliser with very little phosphorous . Less that 3% is good . Load the tree up with mulch , and because it is a rainforest tree it doesn't matter if the mulch is right up against the trunk . All plants need sun to grow including rainforest plants . When planting pretend its a rose and cultivate the soil well before planting . They have timid roots so needs a big loosened area to grow well . Excellent drainage in full sun .

 

Planted: 2011

Height 3.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pruned By: 20% in After Fruiting

Fertiliser or Organics Used: low phosphorous

When I Fertilise: When Fruiting, Yearly, Winter, Spring


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Syzygium Malaccense 8/10

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Update: 88 days 4hrs

Comments: -

This is the native pink satinash that is a small to medium tree . It is not the Malay    apple . The fruits are diffrent to the malay apple and are good to eat or make jam . Masses of flower buds on the branches Nov 2017 (cauliferous) .

It has had myrtle rust


Planted: 2001

Height 7 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Fertiliser or Organics Used: low phosphorous


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Curry Tree

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Update: 88 days 6hrs

Comments: - This curry tree is growing very well . I hope it doesn't get out of control later on .


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Peach - Angel Subtropical

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Update: 88 days 7hrs

Comments: - I love peaches and so do fruit flies , bats birds and possums . 

Planted: 2016

Height 2.5 metres

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Winter


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Dwarf Mulberry - Black 10/10

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Update: 88 days 7hrs

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Height 3 mts (20/11/2012) I keep it trimmed to this height . 

This mulberry gets massive amounts of mulberries on for its size . Those grey birds with the black head think all there christmases have come at once .

Planted: 2009

Height 3 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring


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Cardamom 7/10

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Update: 88 days 11hrs

Comments: - This is real cardamom and is on red loam/clay soil . It is on top of a small swale that collects rainwater from the roof of the house . Also waterered every day . The soil has mould on it . Thats how much water it gets . It is growing on coastal subtropical conditions . Flowered for the first time in nov 2017 . 

Planted: 2016

Height 0.5 metres

Qty: 2

Sun/Shade: Low Sun

Water Given in: Autumn, Winter, Spring

When I Fertilise: When Fruiting and Spring


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Johnstone River Satinash 10/10

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Update: 88 days 11hrs

Comments: -

Syzygium erythrocalyx This is part of my cape york rainforest collection of plants .  The fruits are small sized apple . The fruit grow on the trunk and branches .This tree is located beside a downpipe that goes directly to the base of the plant . Like 99% of all rainforest plants , they have to be in full sun to flower and fruit . Theyneed a well prepared hole at least half a metre wide and 300mm deep . Plenty of mulch at least 300mm thick and no competition from grass. Rainforest plants have surface roots and need mulch or they will never grow well . Mulch mulch mulch is the key . Unlike non rainforest plants they need to be watered so the mulch layer stys wet .  No need for deep watering . I also mist my plants with a fine spray on the garden hose to try and create humidity but is not essential . you can grow rainforest plants in a small garden if you choose the right variety , have a well prepared ground with mulch , the correct aspect . The fruit are edible but fruit fly magnet . Tons of fruit on this year spring 2017 . It has had myrtle rust

Most rainforest plants hate phosphorus .

Here is a great link on how to grow rainforest plants .

http://www.yuruga.com.au/yuruga-info-sheets/

 

Planted: 2001

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Fertiliser or Organics Used: low phosphorus

When I Fertilise: When Fruiting, Yearly, Winter, Spring


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Jaboticaba - Grafted 5/10

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Update: 88 days 11hrs

Comments: -

Height 1.2mts (20/11/2012) 

Height 1.8 mts (29/11/2017) only a small tree but masses of fruit . The whole tree was covered in them . 

Someone said they start growing rapidly after 10 years or so .  


Planted: 2010

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring


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pepper vine 5/10

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Update: 88 days 11hrs

Comments: -

PiperNigrum 

I like the idea of having my own pepper vine . This is strictly tropical by the sounds of it so i will see how it performs in subtropical brisbane .

The dog freakin chewed it at the base and it died .

The pepper vine not the dog . 

Trying to grow seed of heaven as a pepper replacement . Very experimental as there is no info on it  afaik . No idea of how big / spread it will grow . No idea of growing conditions . No idea if it will ever flower or fruit . etc etc .



Planted: 2012

Height 0.3 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Low Sun

When I Fertilise: Never


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orange joppa 10/10

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Update: 88 days 11hrs

Comments: -

This is a commercial juicing orange afaik . Suited to coastal subtropical climate . The juice is awesome with no need to add sugar . Loaded with juice . Loads of oranges when fruiting . Absolutely suits the coastal climate . Has seeds . 

 

Planted: 2011

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 2

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

When I Fertilise: When Fruiting and Spring


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native stingless bees

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Update: 88 days 12hrs

Comments: -

Native stingless bee hive .

Trigona .

 


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Malabar Chestnut 6/10

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Update: 88 days 12hrs

Comments: -

Height .5mts (18/01/2012)

Height 1.8 mts (20/11/2012)

Height 6 mts (29/11/2017) The tree has loads of pods on all the time . I cannot recommend this enough . 


I was really impressed with the postage of this plant from Daleys . Not a mark on it . It is powering along nicely .



Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring


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Paw Paw

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Update: 88 days 12hrs

Comments: -

Bisexual

I am over the bats and possums grrrr .oct 2013

I dont like paw paw but other people do so i grow them . I just planted lots of them for shade for other plants and plenty for animals/humans .

Height 3 metres

Qty: 4


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Lime - Tahitian 5/10

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Update: 88 days 12hrs

Comments: -

I need this for my fish and chips Hahaha .

Always has fruit on it now . Sugar cane mulch and carp fertiliser . 

Planted: 2011

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Water Given in: Spring


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Mandarin - Emperor 10/10

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Update: 88 days 12hrs

Comments: -

I cut it right back , i dont know why . I shouldnt have done it . 

Pictured in the middle with native mulberry on the right and Cryptocarya triplinervis to the left .


Planted: 2003

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring


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Peanut Butter Tree

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Update: 88 days 12hrs

Comments: - Only just planted oct 2013 but looking good .

Height 3.5 metres

Qty: 1

Water Given in: Spring


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Wampee 5/10

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Update: 88 days 12hrs

Comments: -

Height 1 mts (18/01/2012)

Height 1.3mts (20/11/2012)

Height 2.0 mts (29/11/2017)

Beautiful sweet fruit , better tasting than a lychee (25/01/2013)

I left the fruit on the tree until the skin started to turn a slight brown color .


 

 

Planted: 2011

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring


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Loquat - Nagasakiwase 10/10

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Update: 88 days 12hrs

Comments: -

Height 3mts (18/01/2012) Its a nice compact size here in brisbane . The fruit are fantastic but i have to net them to keep the crows/bats/birds/fruit fly/possums out of them .

Planted: 2006

Height 3 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring


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Chilli - Birds Eye

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Update: 1851 days 6hrs

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Just came up wild . I crush a couple of fresh ones up and put in the stew . Just enough to give some heat but not too much .


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