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Glennis's Edible Backyard

Joined: 30/11/13 Updated: 30/11/13 Frost: None
Location: Manly West

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Glennis1 says... [2737 days 11hrs 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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Peanut butter tree1 - My peanut butter tree is about 3.5 mts tall . I pruned all the lower branches off . Berries all over it at times . Small plantlets all over the place growing where the fruit has dropped ...317 days 6hrs
Davidsons plum jerseyana - Rainforest plants like all plants need sun to grow. So if its in full sun and sheltered position (never frost) it should get a meter or so in the first year . Definately not that fast growing . Thats what my davidsons plum did in Brisbane . If you can put..366 days 13hrs
Little evodia2 - They smell kind of pungent citrus . I certainly wouldnt eat them and not sure if they are suitable for humans . Never seen anything eat them ...366 days 13hrs
Fruit fly control - Are fruit flies healthier than normal flies ?..510 days 8hrs
Red silky oak - Yuruga nursery . http://yuruga.com.au/..589 days 7hrs
Is malabar chestnut toxic - I have the one from Daleys . Should i stop eating the nuts ? ..590 days 14hrs
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 . ..595 days 5hrs
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 ..679 days 16hrs
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 ..858 days 15hrs
Piper nigrum question - Give it time . My vine is very slow growing here in Brisbane . Even slower now that the dog chewed it . ..871 days 14hrs
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 . ..2019 days 14hrs
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 . ..2020 days 5hrs

Cardamom 7/10

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Update: 365 days 15hrs

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

Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring

When I Fertilise: When Fruiting and Spring


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Banana 10/10

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Update: 470 days 12hrs

Comments: - Lots of bananas .

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Full Sun


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Davidsons Plum - Smooth 10/10

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Update: 470 days 12hrs

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

Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring

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: 470 days 12hrs

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

Spring

Fertiliser or Organics Used: low phosphorous


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Kato the dog .

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Update: 481 days 16hrs

Comments: - Kato the guard dog passed away 2018 (5 years)  . The guarder of the food forest . 


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Mandarin - Emperor 10/10

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Update: 483 days 5hrs

Comments: -

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



Planted: 2003

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Spring


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Lemon Myrtle 10/10

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Update: 483 days 5hrs

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 discard the leaves then freeze it .



Planted: 2003

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Spring

Fertiliser or Organics Used: low phosphorous


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Peach - Angel Subtropical

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Update: 483 days 5hrs

Comments: - I love peaches and so do fruit flies , bats birds and possums . I am using Wild May male fruit fly lure and it has cut the male flies dramatically (no males for the females to mate and then sting fruit)(you have to use it all year for a few years at least to cut the population down) . I notice not as many stings as i had 5 years ago before using it .  In conjunction with this i will buy some fruit fly netting now that i have a peach tree .

Planted: 2016

Height 2.5 metres

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Winter

Autumn and Winter


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Miracle Fruit 10/10

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Update: 483 days 5hrs

Comments: -

I have it growing in the ground . Morning sun only . Red clay/loam soil that i keep moist .

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

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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Cinnamon Tree (Cutting) 10/10

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Update: 483 days 10hrs

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 . It is a Graphium magnet here in the subtropics .

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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Macadamia 741 8/10

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Update: 503 days 7hrs

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

Fertiliser or Organics Used: low phosphorous

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


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Loquat - Nagasakiwase 10/10

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Update: 503 days 7hrs

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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

Spring


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Wampee 5/10

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Update: 503 days 7hrs

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

Spring


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orange joppa 10/10

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Update: 503 days 7hrs

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

Spring

When I Fertilise: When Fruiting and Spring


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Malabar Chestnut 6/10

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Update: 503 days 7hrs

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

Spring


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Dwarf Mulberry - Black 10/10

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Update: 503 days 7hrs

Comments: -

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

Spring


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Jaboticaba - Grafted 5/10

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Update: 503 days 7hrs

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

Spring


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Lime - Tahitian 5/10

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Update: 503 days 7hrs

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

Spring


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Peanut Butter Tree

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Update: 503 days 7hrs

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

Height 3.5 metres

Qty: 1

Water Given in: Spring

Spring


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Cacao

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Update: 503 days 7hrs

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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Arrowroot

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Update: 503 days 7hrs

Comments: - Awesome mulch .

Height 2.5 metres

Qty: 50

Water Given in: Spring

Spring


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Fraser Island Apple 10/10

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Update: 595 days 3hrs

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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Zig Zag Vine 10/10

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Update: 595 days 3hrs

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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Comments

Linton says... [1130 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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Syzygium Malaccense 8/10

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Update: 595 days 3hrs

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: 595 days 5hrs

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


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Johnstone River Satinash 10/10

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Update: 595 days 10hrs

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 .

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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native stingless bees

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Update: 595 days 11hrs

Comments: -

Native stingless bee hive .

Trigona .

 


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