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Joined: 24/04/12 Updated: 30/09/12 Frost:
Location: Wongawallan


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Mulberry- Black (Cutting)

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Update: 2512 days 15hrs

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I love, and now the children do too, the sweet and juicy fruit which is best eaten straight off the tree.  I'm not sure of variety I have, but fruit are about 30-35mm long, black and fat. Main fruiting is in spring, but can have some small, extra flushes of fruit in Summer and Autumn.  Can be messy due to staining fruit, and dropping  large leaves late Autumn (is deciduous).  Is a very fast grower and can be quite big - best to get a dwarf variety in an urban environment.  If in rural environment, go big! (Watch-out though, as livestock love the leaves and will "prune" quite heavily). 

Spring '12: Bumper crop this year with branches laden with fruit. Picking a strawberry punnet worth each day as well as stuffing ourselves at the same time. Such an easy and rewarding fruit to grow!

Fruiting Months September and October

Planted: 2010

Height 3.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

First Fruited: 2 Years after I planted Cutting

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Summer

After Fruiting and Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Manure

When I Fertilise: Yearly and Spring

Pest Control:

Fig birds have finally discovered the fruit - netting now applied.

Organic Status:Organic


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Persimmon - Fuyu (NA) (Grafted)

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Update: 2512 days 15hrs

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I love the delicious fruit without worry of astringency. The tree is also attractive, especially in Autumn with the bright orange fruit and the leaves changing colour (is deciduous).  Good to plant where you want some Summer shade and Winter sun. 

Planted early '10.

Update late April,2012: First crop, no bird or bug problem so allowed fruit to fully ripen on tree. Colour was so intensely orange, almost red - flavour just beautiful, and oh so sweet!(Eaten semi-crisp) Fruit large, only 2.  Hopefully much bigger crop next year, (excessive rain during flowering this year - lucky to have gotten any).

Fruiting Months February, March, April, May

Planted: 2010

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

First Fruited: 2 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Autumn

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Manure and Citrus fertiliser

When I Fertilise: Winter

Pest Control:

White oil used for scale, however thinking about trying barrier system against ants this coming spring.  Luckily I have no fruit fly or bird problem (yet), but at a previous property netting was a must .

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Pumelo - unknown graft (Grafted)

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Lost the label ages ago - can't remember variety. Taken a long time to settle in - didn't flower for 2 years, but covered with them this spring(2012). Interesting looking flowers before they open - green and furry - when open they look the same as other citrus except much bigger!

Planted: 2010

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Winter

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Manure and Citrus feed

Pest Control:

White oil used twice for scale.

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Guava Hawaiian (Seedling)

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Update: 2512 days 16hrs

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Guava aroma is fantastic- bit like passionfruit, sort of tropical musky smell. Tastes great juiced or in fruit salad.

This plant is a seedling sourced from commercial variety "Hawaiian Supreme".

Planted: 2012

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

Pest Control:

These fruits are fruit fly magnets. Prevention with exclusion nets is the best. Keeps the birds off too.


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Midyim Berry (Seedling)

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Update: 2512 days 16hrs

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This is supposed to be one of the few really tasty bush-tucker fruits so I thought I'd try it. Fruit is a small berry that is white with blue-black spots. Generally free of pests and diseases. Is low-growing (gen. 80-100cm) and can be planted in most spots as long as ground is constantly moist.

Fast growing even through our mild winter,but seem to really like water - have been leaving lots of water in the dishes under their pots, and the growth following is really fast.

Spring '12: Have had these in pots for about 5 months, and to my surprise I've noticed scores of flower buds growing.Hope they'll develop, as I'd love to taste these. (Now planted out a week later.)

Planted: 2012

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 3

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

Pest Control:

Should only need bird-netting for fruit.


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