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Markmelb's Edible Backyard

Joined: 04/03/13 Updated: 17/03/19 Frost: Low
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About My Edible Backyard


Why Markmelb Love's Edible Plants

I enjoy the challenge of getting my sub-tropicals to fruit in Melbourne and those that are in the ground to grow given the clay soil type in my area (great for the deciduous fruit trees as they hardly get a summer water)

Have to create raised mounds for those requiring good drainage etc

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andy11 says... [1182 days 20hrs ago]
Hey Mark! where abouts r u? mt waverly? im in the yarra valley (launching Place) and would love to catch up and come and visit ur place! u sound just like me... love trying to grow tropicals down here! this is my email. hope to hear from u soon! cactusnerd@hotmail.com
andy11 says... [925 days 10hrs ago]
Hey Mark! Seriously it would be great to meet up! Give us a call or email please! 0433090179
Dung57 says... [456 days 13hrs ago]
Hi mark love what you growing. I’m in sunshine 3020 and try growing tropical fruit. Love to meet up and visit your garden for tip and growing advice. My email boomdat@hotmail.com
Fruitylicious1 says... [456 days 13hrs ago]
Hi Mark I will be going home to Melbourne this coming weekend to visit my family. I have sent all my garlic bulbs at home for domestic use. Send your e-mail to me through my edibles page so we can communicate without much traffic. I might have some bulbs left in Melbourne. I will mail it to you from Melbourne. Happy Gardening :-)
Fruitylicious1 says... [411 days 13hrs ago]
Hi Mark Duly noted mate. I'll look you up on FB and on your new forum. Cheers!!!
tbcha1 says... [303 days 19hrs ago]
Hi Mark, Sorry didnt get a notification on your jackfruit replies. Just wondering if you trade or sell cuttings? im in wantirna as well and looking for some avocado cuttings this Jan. Havent been as game as you to grow so many tropical plants in melb.. thanks
Markmelb says... [301 days 19hrs ago]
Hi - Sorry the jackfruit is barely growing enough to keep itself alive let alone do cuttings and my Avocado didnt even supply myself alone for more than a few scions for even my own use so sorry unable to share as yet - cheers.

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King thai mango - Amanda they are only copyrighting the name maha Bliss which is pretty dumb name anyway not the CV itself as theirs isnt distinctly different from King Thai unless they grew this from seed?..6 days 20hrs
Lucs garcinia availability - Hi Amanda - our tap water is ok but mainly tank rainwater - slow release ferts like Debcos 9month or powerfeed. They will tolerate cold but not the hight 30s too well - may grow better in a root prune bag?..6 days 20hrs
Chillsensitive fruit truits and chlorosis - Miracle Fruit gets chlorosis if soil isnt acidic enough - could be similar for citrus?..9 days 21hrs
New lychee variety - Ive tasted some large Lychees last summer and weren't impressed - bland and quit thick skin. Couldn't find a box with variety on it. Its seed was also was quite large..18 days 14hrs
What to plant with a plumcott - Mariposa is what i planted but was still hit and miss - I ended up grafting 8 different including heritage CVs onto it as the Plumcot i had was a poor producer but when it did provide a couple they were huge. I like Shropshire Damson - Mariposa - Purple G..18 days 23hrs
Lychee tree - I use a 9 month slow release on my potted lychees i got last year and they look great - im only potting up gradually just once per year. pic of B3 on left i got for its precociousness and Red Ball on the right just to try it - B3 will do better here i bel..18 days 23hrs
Lychee tree - When you repot observe the roots and if they arnt white and healthy looking you have a root problem and the top shows it - it may have severely dried out but may take quite a while to show regrowth if some part of it is alive below - I had a lemon in a po..19 days 22hrs
King thai mango - BK - can you put some photos together here of all these mangos as you get them - not from stock internet pics - market pics also welcome - thanks :)..19 days 23hrs
Avacardo - Only available to Avo farmers as is Patented Cultivar - try find a Gwen which is its Mother and IMO better due to smaller seed therefore more flesh ratio...26 days 16hrs
Holiday avocado in australia - Mike - no idea if Holiday even exists in Australia but if it did and someone like Birdwood has the real deal it still may be under PBR and this person on EBay may have got some fruit they've planted maybe just to see what grew? Gwen would be a better CV t..28 days 17hrs
Holiday avocado in australia - The Holiday Avo advertised for $59.95 is only a seedling - don't bother..30 days 9hrs
Best blood orange for cool - I have a blood orange that has never gone red - could be wrongly labelled but has nice oranges - I got an Arnold Blood Orange to try as doesnt need the cold to go red but heat by the looks?..42 days 14hrs
Meluma avocado - http://www.maluma.co.za/ Is it all a Marketing Hype? also https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBikUF83r04..44 days 10hrs
Lucs garcinia availability - I saw a video from the California Rare Fruit Society and a guy there has a Lucs doing multiple flushes a year by moving into a cold area for a couple weeks and then into a warm area will cause flushing - no harm trying as Lucs will take 5c easy but not su..47 days 17hrs
Piper peppercorn - Szechuan and Japanese pepper also easy to grow in cooler climates ..47 days 23hrs

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Chillsensitive fruit truits and chlorosis - If only it were that simple David01 - I would be able to spray some zinc-chelate around and be done with it. But certainly, zinc deficient leaves are more photosensitive - but other research has turned has turned up Magnesium and/or Boron deficiency. The..Liked Answer 4 days 19hrs
Lucs garcinia availability - Hi Markmelb - what are you feeding your tree please? Do you water with tap water and is it decent tap water? I was amazed that our seedling survived our winter in the ground outside here - it pushed to lots of new leaves come summer - but it's strugglin..Liked Answer 6 days 20hrs
Chillsensitive fruit truits and chlorosis - Markmelb - yes it could be why some citrus get the winter yellows - but you would need to shade a part of the tree or a branch - to be sure. It's about photo-oxidative stress and chlorophyll bleaching. In winter where the soils get cold the chlorosis ca..Liked Answer 6 days 23hrs
Chillsensitive fruit truits and chlorosis - Hi, have you considered that the plants inactivity protects it somewhat from cold and frost injury. Frost can be much worse in spring if it hits active new growth of the spring flush...Liked Answer 8 days 19hrs
King thai mango - Just to follow up on my King Thai/Mahachanok mango down here in Bunbury in WA: It's turned out to be a star performer - the fruit is large and tastes absolutely superb. The tree is compact and healthy - even in our cooler climate. It does appear to be a..Liked Answer 27 days 22hrs
The best potting mixsoil mixes for large - If you are using a potting mix with lots of organic material such as bark, peat, soil, compost they will eventually break down and the result is poor drainage. So if the plant is going to stay in the pot for a long time, or if it cant tolerate wet roots,..Liked Answer 39 days 20hrs
Lucs garcinia availability - I have grafted 2 Luc’s scions (from a tree that has had its first fruit so I’m informed from a reliable source) onto my inground Achachas and both have taken. One is pushing its second lot of leaves. Interestingly I also grafted onto seedling Luc’s..Liked Answer 42 days 18hrs
Mango tree identification3 - Markmelb.... Those mangoes are not King Thai .... King Thai or the proper name is Ma Ha Chanook are long and thin & when ripe colour up with a red/yellow blush like a great sunset..... They look like Glenn to me.....Mike..Liked Answer 47 days 23hrs
White sapote pruning - Wilson White Sapote fruiting now is the biggest and the best type, absolutely delicious, better than the others. In my humble opinion and compared to all the others I grow, Wilson has the best flavour with large size. These are whoppers, bigger than te..Liked Answer 74 days 23hrs
Currant grape vine - I think some people do call dried sultanas, currants. In which case Markmelb has given the answer. Just out of curiosity, I dried a bunch of sultana grapes from the last crop (semi-intentionally). I know nothing about drying fruits, but am interested i..Liked Answer 75 days 22hrs
Young mossman black sapote not looking it - Looks fine to me. Hopefully you've tasted them before choosing the tree. ..Liked Answer 77 days 19hrs
Cotton candy - Hi Markmelb, Good to hear reports like this. I think the 'seedless' part may disappoint. I compare it to bones in fish. I like fish, but I know many people who don't, and it's primarily because they don't like fiddling with the bones. I've never come a..Liked Answer 86 days 15hrs
Kiwiberry - Can definitely be grown, along with all other species of Actinidia. The main issue will be the need for a male vine. Any male kiwi will suffice, some have better bloom overlap than others...Liked Answer 98 days 20hrs
Achacha taste - Great marketing though, Jason. They used to play an ad at the cinema to make the achacha seem exciting. I've been eating yellow cherry guavas off my tree that are so much better; not to mention the figs...Liked Answer 119 days 10hrs
Kadsura coccinea good to eat or not - Attention Anileve: Dear Anileve how you going? Yes Kadsura coccinea is grown in Australia and they are easy to grow in Melbourne's temperate climate but don't seem to do quite so well in warmer zones. My vines are currently flowering as it is summe..Liked Answer 119 days 21hrs
Bread fruit seedling - Your Zen master has set you an impossible task...Liked Answer 126 days 23hrs
New growth at graft on seconda avocado - That's good advice from Markmelb. You're probably just confusing a spot where previous growth looks like it has been torn off and it is trying to regrow there. Another good reason to keep them is because they are in a direction that will balance the tr..Liked Answer 128 days 11hrs
Do you know - Why? do you like Furry Dolmades? ..Liked Answer 175 days 15hrs
Low chill kiwifruit male - Hi Mark Melb I am happy to send male scions.I would suggest getting the Forbidden Fruits low chill male as well I got mine from tomoz. My early male finished flowering over a week ago but Thw FF male took up were the erly male left off my high chill males..Liked Answer 203 days 0hrs
Possible root rot in avocado seedling - There is a problem with the long planter bags that nurseries use for avocadoes. Often when they are underwatered the lower part dries out killing the roots, If they are overwatered a few times in a row the soil loses aeration also affecting the roots. It..Liked Answer 209 days 23hrs
Avocados lumps in flesh - Sclerocarpelosis is the term for this ailment for avocado, see link below. http://www.avocadosource.com/CAS_Yearbooks/CAS_65_1981/CAS_1981_PG_125-132.pdf No known cause or treatment.....Liked Answer 256 days 13hrs
Blueberry - Blueberry Burst the worst of my blueberries - it had small, tasteless fruit and was not very productive. Total ripoff! Gone now...Liked Answer 292 days 12hrs
Apple branch squeezed - Hi Xu I might add a third approach to your damaged stem conundrum. You can cut the damaged part and graft a cross pollination compatible apple variety to your espaliered apple tree. You can graft a long mature fruiting stem with almost the same diamete..Liked Answer 302 days 19hrs
Mango varieties1 - Hi Markmelb, Sorry for butting in. Haden is mono, and as you know Bailey's is a progeny, which I'm also sure is mono. I'll let you guys confirm that. Edit: Actually, first stop - the Wikipedia article for Bailey's Marvel says it's mono. https://e..Liked Question 303 days 24hrs
Pomelos grown in melbourne - Hi Mark I think it still a good effort from you. Probably, you can expose the ripening fruit from more sunlight by pruning any vegetation that are shading the fruits. Or you can tie them aside. Heat will hasten the ripening process as well as it will i..Liked Question 329 days 24hrs
Kensington pride prune - I cut mine very low to the ground and it has now grown with a very compact and bushy shape...Liked Answer 375 days 19hrs
Anyone ever heard of this cultivar - Hi BlackThumbed, Dealing with Yalca you mean? Before purchasing from Yalca, I had previously purchased bare root trees from other suppliers, so I was accustomed to how other suppliers did business and how their products where represented, as far as ..Liked Answer 377 days 11hrs
Chempejack - My best eating Jackfruit variety is not really a pure jackfruit, but a chempedak x jackfruit hybrid called "e;Cheena"e;. This variety has minimal rags compared with most other varieties and the arils are very large. Flavour is excellent and flesh ..Liked Answer 387 days 23hrs
Probably the best durio for sale on - MMMMMMMM my place smells divine with the Durio dulcis sweet fragrance wafting around . ..Liked Answer 419 days 12hrs
When are bacon avocados ripe - Avos usually lose their shiny skin and turn a bit dull. Also, their stem (near the fruit), turns slightly yellow. That's when I pick mine...Liked Answer 419 days 23hrs
Relocating a mango tree - With transplanting any tree you need to cut down a circle around the tree weeks in advance so it lessens the impact of removal. When cutting a rootball of 1.2 mters or more there is a risk of the heavy mass breaking up when lifting as it is all quite heav..Liked Answer 452 days 0hrs
Biochar - Hi agbiochar Why are we talking in here about animal detoxification? This is a gardening forum not a livestock farming info center. It's better to talk in here about biochars' agricultural application in soil improvement like carbon fertilizer, comp..Liked Answer 456 days 19hrs
Which seedling do i keep on a - HI Libb According to the Government of Western Australia Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, "e;The polyembryonic mango seed produce a number of shoots, one of which originates from fertilization. The fertilized seedling is o..Liked Answer 457 days 10hrs
Chewing on chufas - I grew a couple in styrofoam boxes the year before. Even though I planted a good handful, I didn’t get many come up. It’s because I made the silly mistake of planting them with the point up and the crown-looking part down like planting garlic. 🤪 Tu..Liked Answer 457 days 18hrs
Dragon fruit - Hi Mark What? Bunya Pine? You might need a helicopter to harvest your DF fruits. These guys can grow up to 150 ft. Well anyway its an excellent showpiece and a superb talking point if somebody has actually did it or contemplating to do it. Happy Gar..Liked Answer 457 days 18hrs
My new sour sop fruit - Hi Markmelb, My grafted Kary has not fruit yet as I want it grows stable first before fruits, the same for Hog Plum and Rollinia. May be I can tell you next year. However, in my opinion if you can grow it in the poly house with the temp is around 15c abo..Liked Answer 460 days 15hrs
Dragon fruit - Hi Linton Dragon fruit tree is an epiphyte as opposed to parasitic. Before i go on further let me define epiphyte - according to dictionary.com epiphyte means a plant that grows above the ground, supported NON-PARASITICALLY by another plant or object, ..Liked Answer 460 days 15hrs
Avocado tree dying1 - Hi Hyoruki Your avo is slowly declining because it is constricted by the paving around it. Normally we don't put fertilizer and water at or too near the trunk of a mature tree. Mature trees are watered in or near their drip line. Drip line is the ar..Liked Answer 462 days 22hrs
Ross sapote tree or seeds - I have 4 grafted Ross on canistle tree's you can have...pickup in Bangkok. Or make your own, grow canistleseed 15 cm tall, get it out of the soil, graft a scion Ross on it, put back in soil and grow it in full sun (if you use parafilm or buddytape). ..Liked Answer 463 days 24hrs
Growing avocado trees in half wine barrels - Hi Danny333 I think you are a bit confused about the root pruning subject. I just explain it in a simple way: Tree growth healthy based on the big root system. There are 4 basic types of pots: plastic, ceramic, air prune, and fabric. The plastic is worst..Liked Answer 465 days 12hrs
Dragon fruit - I dont get frosts here on the Gold Coast so I have no experience with that. My Dragonfruit plants got minor blisters due to harsh sunlight in summer but they didn't go yellow...Liked Answer 468 days 19hrs
Acha cha fruit seeds - Achacha fruiting for the first time. 8 foot tall, 8 years old and 22 tiers of branches. 25 flowers became 23 fruit. Growing in full sun and gets a couple of light frosts a year...Liked Answer 472 days 14hrs
My new sour sop fruit - I recently picked my first Kyogle grafted Soursop after three years, in a pot, and another on the way. It had a very pleasant taste. The fruit was a hit with some Filipino friends that just happened to show up at the right time. The tree lives permanently..Liked Answer 480 days 22hrs
Queen garnet plum - Hi Mark Congrats Mark for having persevered in your QGP seedling experiment til the sweet, luscious and mouth watering end. To that I salute you. Well Done Mark !!! Happy Gardening :-)..Liked Answer 484 days 9hrs
Queen garnet plum - If QG seedlings have lower levels of fruit antioxidant, you can simply eat more peices, ie 50% lower, eat 2 fruit...Liked Answer 484 days 9hrs
Lychee tree - The water delivery folk and ice companies will no doubt be hi fiving and fist pumping after looking at the BOM 3 month rain and temp outlooks...Liked Answer 484 days 19hrs
Garcinia forbesii - Al, it's Kris at Burringbar. He also does Bangalow Market sometimes. He has quite a bit, but only those and yellow in stock now I think. Mike, I thought you said they were worth growing? I've heard mixed reports, but also that many folks might be mix..Liked Question 512 days 14hrs
Marsdenias bush banana - Just an update on the Marsdenia plants which have now grown as high as the roof of my house. They are now having their first flowers so if they make fruit I need to find some recipes for them. All that I've found so far is that the young fruit can be ..Liked Answer 517 days 23hrs
White sapote cherimoya persimmon scion swap - White sapote Vista. A heavy crop this year, still a little firm but they will soften over the next few days. This one I had shipped from Perry's in Adelaide here to the subtropics...Liked Answer 553 days 22hrs
Tropical fruit trees successfuly grown in sydneywollongongnewcastle3 - Most of these are subtropical really but here are some photos of fruit we have grown in Sydney. Check out more photos on my FB blog page. https://www.facebook.com/urbanfruitfarmer/..Liked Answer 604 days 11hrs
Fruit trees in black pots - Thanks Mark, appreciate the insight -- I have made a decision that I will move the pots into the shaded area behind a hedge that shelters my deck, whilst leaving the remainder of the plant (stem, leaves etc) in the full sun -- this will prevent the direct..Liked Answer 607 days 16hrs
Miracle fruit - Miracle fruit is fairly tough and doesn't need as much fuss as people think. Mine is potted in regular potting mix with a couple of teaspoons of sulphur mixed in. Only been repotted twice in 8 years. It stays outside in the cold and wet in winter in Perth..Liked Answer 680 days 19hrs
First fruit sugar apple seedlings - About 1.5 years ago, took pity on 2x sad looking, 6-inch annona squamosa seedlings in Bunnings bargain bin... Now at only 2 years old, with no hand pollinating required, they have put on several nice looking, decent sized fruit. Very different from each o..Liked Answer 732 days 21hrs
Avocado woes - Hi guys, Well, it's been a while, but finally, after almost a decade, we've got a decent crop of fruit on our long-suffering avocado tree. The key (I think) was to keep possums out of the tree. Last year, ringtails got into the tree as the new shoot..Liked Answer 735 days 11hrs
Pacific plantain - Very attractive dark trunk and large delicous fruit make this a worthwhile addition . ..Liked Answer 743 days 22hrs
Asimina1 - The Pawpaw harvest has just finished now and have been eating them nearly every day for the past month. These are a few from the grafted tree of a large fruiting type, sometimes known as 'Louis' or 'Melbourne'. Cheers!..Liked Answer 773 days 21hrs
Gac fruit anyone - I have two vines growing at the moment and they are going crazy with the hot weather. Just wondering where I can plant them where frost can not touch them. You can buy fruit or seeds from a girl in innisfail qld, Lucy. She sells on evil bay...Liked Answer 802 days 14hrs
Growing avocado in melbourne - Thanks Jason, they look great. Has your mac fruited yet? It looks a similar size to my seedling that is about 9 years old and it flowered last year for the first time. I got only about 20 nuts or so, but this year it has heaps of flowers and so I am expe..Liked Question 802 days 17hrs
Growing avocado in melbourne - Hello all, I posted back in 2012 with pics of my bacon avacado tree. Here is an update in 2017 with pics of tree and fruit. Plant protected (frost,wind,hot sun)with shade cloth on top and sides when smaller for 4 years, fertilized with horse manure and sl..Liked Answer 804 days 14hrs
Ongo - YES coming from equatorial areas of Africa , I imagine they would struggle in Melb. Quick send them up to me in the tropics ;) You will have visiting rights . ..Liked Answer 827 days 22hrs
What is this vine - It looks like the pot label says gac. That could be Gac Fruit, which is another topic on this forum http://www.daleysfruit.com.au/forum/gac-fruit-anyone/ ..Liked Answer 861 days 17hrs
Pouteria lucuma - I did see some on ebay ex peru but not sure I trust them for seed type. Any reccommendations for source?..Liked Answer 1041 days 18hrs
Pouteria lucuma - I've still got my name down for a seed !: ) ..Liked Question 1043 days 23hrs
Wrinkled olives on tree - Have you been watering the tree & then stopped? Try watering & see if the tree improves. Yes pick the unwrinkled fruit, suggest you wait to see how watering affects the wrinkled fruit...Liked Answer 1103 days 7hrs
Pouteria lucuma - Jantina, that book you mentioned, LOST CROPS OF THE INCAS, can be read in its entirety online here. http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?isbn=030904264X..Liked Question 1158 days 12hrs
Is this chlorosis on citrus leaves - I Don't have Myer lemon, but has a few limes and lemon trees, they are quite cold tolerant though. I did apply a few handful of citrus food for my eureka and sublime and a few other citrus trees roughly about a month ago, I noticed today that the subli..Liked Answer 1436 days 8hrs
Mexicola avocado - Dear Markmelb, Here is a picture of the cut fruit. Thank you. ..Liked Answer 1946 days 13hrs
Banana disease - Hi Markmelb, in pic 2, the dwarf cavendish, you have too many suckers growing mate. Select your best one, then remove the rest. that will help it bear. Don't worry, extra suckers will emerge when the tree is bigger. Pic of mine...Liked Answer 1946 days 23hrs

Dwarf Mulberry - Red Shahtoot (Grafted) 10/10

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Update: 65 days 20hrs

Comments: -

Fruited soon after potting into 430mm pot - 2014 crop mainly fell off - i think i tasted 3 - Autumn crop its now holding well and has lots on it - cant wait to tast a few at one time - YUM

2019 - spent 2 years fixing a constricted rootstock with verticle cuts - see pic - now has a good Autumn crop - December crop was dry and terrible - lets see?


Fruiting Months February, March, October, November

Planted: 2013

Height 50 Centimetres

Growing: In a Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: When Fruiting and Yearly

Organic Status:Organic


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Lucs Garcinia - Limoncillo 9/10

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Update: 65 days 20hrs

Comments: - It is now I just over 2 year old from Nov 2016 - just love the bright new flush growth and thick leavesas well as how they exude  from the stem as they frow like toothpaste from a tube.- in a 2 gallon Geopot

Planted: 2016

Height 1 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Spring

Pollination: Cross Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: slow release

Pest Control: none


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410 says... [63 days 17hrs ago]
That looks nice and tall. How much taller did this get in the last year Mark? Certainly doesn't look like it got stunted by Melbourne winter. Mine is in its first year with me and only like 30cm tall with no flush of growth this year so far.
Markmelb says... [62 days 12hrs ago]
The top section flushed this year only one flush unfortunately - last year maybe did 2 - have y=to up pot in next sized Geopot

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Lamb Hass (Grafted) 9/10

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Update: 65 days 20hrs

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With luck got hold of 4 of these from Birdwood and is loving its location in the ground - supposed to be Semi Dwarf and better, larger fruit and later than Hass (the other 3 are in pots)

Update 27 Dec 2013 Lamb Hass grown well since March pic and putting out lots of growth - added raised bed surround with lots of pine mulch no flowers this year but hope lots next year

Update 23 Feb 2015 - Lamb Hass in ground going very well now holding 4 Avos

Cropped 10 avos from a LH in 100lt bag but unfortunately no fruit this year - Avos were great tasting at about 15 months from pollination - still have 1 to pick - they take about 2 weeks to ripen.

Update Jan 28 2016 - Has about 16 avos this year

2019 - took 2mt dia ring off last year and mulched heavily - after few Metalaxyl and Aliette treatments is coming back well into the new mulch and should crop better without the Phytophera? Only 1 Avo fruit this year which is a shame :(

Height 10 Feet

First Fruited: 3 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: Cross Pollination


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Macadamia G6 (Cutting)

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Update: 65 days 20hrs

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This is the so called Home Beauty G6 Macadamia

Planted Cutting which I think may be a Birdwood plant? Has kicked on well with several flushes already

2nd year in it has stopped growing height but is thickening up and growing branches - leave down low are quite long and some grow weird and twisted but leaves are getting smaller towards the apex - anyone know what causes gnarly twisted leaves? could it be bugs munching new growth as leaves form?

Worked out twisted leaves are due to cold but has acclimatised now and is holding 20 nuts March 2019 photo - tree seems to have topped out at 4.5 to 5mt which it is supposed to.do? Lets see? 2020 should be a way bigger crop?

Planted: 2013

Pollination: Cross Pollination

Question:

Anybody know what causes  Macca leaves to grow twisted and Gnarley looking??

Jan28 2016 pic growing well but stil twisty leaves - getting shorter leaves as it matures


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Dwarf Macadamia (Cutting)

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Update: 65 days 20hrs

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Planted in 500cm pot - tends to show variagated new leaves that turn green later - does anyone else get this on theirs?

Update 30/7/2015 Found first flowers on Macca - one spray about to bloom that was hidden with a few more forming - hoping for some nuts before winter 2016.

2019 - March has at least 20 nuts almost ready to harvest - see pic


Fruiting Months July, August, September, October

Planted: 2012

Height 50 Centimetres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

First Fruited: 3 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Cross Pollination

When I Fertilise: Yearly and Spring

Organic Status:Organic

Question:

Planted in 500cm pot - tends to show variagated new leaves that turn green later - does anyone else get this on theirs?


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Mindy1 says... [85 days 12hrs ago]
Hi Mark - I've found the same on my dwarf macadamia - new leaves definitely look variegated. Grateful it's not just me!
Markmelb says... [84 days 20hrs ago]

Markmelb says... [84 days 20hrs ago]
Use a low phosphorus native fertiliser will help Mindy1

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North American Paw Paw 9/10

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Update: 65 days 21hrs

Comments: - This is a Daleys seedling at the front and 2 seedlings from another source behind - its about 3,5mt now and has flower buds forming for fruit next spring 2019. Smaller Asimina is a Grafted Pennsylvania Gold planted in 2017.

Fruiting Months March and April

Height 3.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 4

Sun/Shade: Low Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Spring

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Slow release green jacket

When I Fertilise: Yearly

Question: I would like to know where this seed was sourced and if its from a Premium selection like Overleese - Prima or Sunflower - the last 2 that are known to be self fertile types.


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Jakfruit - Brinsmead Special (Grafted) 9/10

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Update: 65 days 21hrs

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Planted Late December 2014 - Growing amazingly well in its Microclimate over shaded by pea eggplants for shade protection - doesnt like it too hot - tends to wilt and wants more water when this occurs - Updat March 2019 - I think it was getting root rot issues so put back in a pot in spring 2017 and is looking better now in 3/2019

Planted: 2014

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Low Sun

Pollination: Cross Pollination

Question:

3rd pic Jan 28 2016 - gave heat from a 5watt brewers pad under frost cloth over winter

is growing slow but ok.


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tbcha1 says... [334 days 9hrs ago]
hey mark. Just wondering how your tree is going? dont live too far from you and thinking of buying one thanks!
Markmelb says... [333 days 13hrs ago]
Its now in a big pot and alot happier - even growing atm inside thru winter 2018

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Custard Apple - Dwarf Tropic Sun (Grafted)

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Update: 231 days 19hrs

Comments: - Grafted this in Oct 2016 on my own Cherimoya rootstock to save a dying Daleys Plant ~ it should flower Summer 2018 / 2019

Planted: 2016

Height 50 Centimetres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 2

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Spring

When I Fertilise: Yearly


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Avocado - Reed (A) (Grafted) 8/10

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Update: 231 days 19hrs

Comments: -

Growing in 430mm Pot and doing well -

Update Dec 27 2013 Reed just finished flowering and set some fruit this time hope they hold as I know they get big - had no pollinators around as they finished well over a month ago

Planted: 2012


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Avocado - Bacon (B) (Grafted) 8/10

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Update: 231 days 19hrs

Comments: -

Growing very well in 430mm pot - bushy growth - Behind the Bacon is a KP Grafted mango thats had 2 full size fruit in about 15 Years went from Pot to ground and now back in pot (500mm) for last 3 years and had one fruit in that time - will soon get a pic of that up soon

Update 2016 - Now potted into a 230litre pot and really growing well - has only one Avocado on this year but hoping for a huge crop in 2017 - havnt picked as yet as they taste alot better left till they nearly fall in hand maybe in September.

Height 2 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Autumn

Summer


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Troy says... [432 days 23hrs ago]
Hi Mark, did your mexicola grafts take?

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Dwarf Avocado - Wurtz (A) (Grafted) 7/10

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Update: 231 days 19hrs

Comments: -

In a 430mm Pot and is absolutely flying in its growth at over 2mt in its pot

Update 27/12/2013 Potted up to 500mm flowered reasonably but didnt hold fruit still growing well.

Update 23/02/2015 - Still growing well in 500mm pot no fruit again this year after flowering

Planted: 2012

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

First Fruited: 1 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Cross Pollination

When I Fertilise: Spring

Pest Control:

Nothing really except yates antirot as preventative


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Billy78 says... [968 days 20hrs ago]
Hi Mark, how is your tree doing these days? I planted a dwarf Wurtz in September 2010 so it is been 6 years. The plant started to have some flowers 3 years ago but I am yet to see a single fruit. OVerall the plant looks ok, healthy. Any tips?

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Mango - Nam doc mai (Grafted)

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Update: 231 days 19hrs

Comments: -

Planted in 430mm pot after recieving December 2013 - slow to start - got thru winter very well no issues - now growing like crazy hoping for fruit next summer

Update spring 2017 - The Nam Doc had one really good fruit that I tried to let ripen on the tree - fell before getting alot of colour but was super sweet fibreless and between green and ripe but great tasting too - has spent winter in side without any issues at all - mangos make pretty good house plants :)

Planted: 2013

Height 115 Centimetres

Growing: In a Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

Organic Status:Organic

Question:

2nd Pic Jan 28 2016 - had to cut back due to cold burn last winter but is recovering with great new growth.


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Dwarf Mango - Palmer (Grafted)

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Update: 231 days 19hrs

Comments: -

growing slowly - holding one mango Feb 2015

May 2016 growing well - last flush hardened up for winter - may let it fruit next Summer?

Fruiting Months May

Height 150 Centimetres

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Autumn

Summer

Pollination: Self Pollination

Question: 3rd pic after Flush Jan 28 2016



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Mango - Kensington Pride grafted (Grafted)

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Update: 231 days 19hrs

Comments: -

This plant is 13 years old and has had 4 mangoes in this time usually its one per year - 2014 had 2  - 2015 holding 7 woohoo - has been in pot then ground and in 500mm pot last 5 years

Update 17/05/2015 - Looks like a mango - Tastes like a Mango

Update 24/09/2017 - had 9 fruit this year 4 of which were quite large

Planted: 1997

Height 2.2 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Pollination: Cross Pollination


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BedeB1 says... [466 days 1hrs ago]

BedeB1 says... [466 days 1hrs ago]
Transplant to larger pot,place in full sun and fertilise.
Markmelb says... [386 days 23hrs ago]
Its got 5 decent mangos this year 2018 soon to ripen - one is gigantic - biggest ever

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Sapodilla - BKD110 (Grafted) 9/10

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Update: 231 days 19hrs

Comments: -

Slow growing but looks good -

Has flowers Jan 2016

Flowers may have set a few - wont know till spring but a couple do appear to be swelling - Those didnt grow but in early Feb 2017 has alot of flowers growing and first could have set - will notify as I see fruit set.

2 fruit have been slowly growing thru winter and should continue into Summer and hopefully to be ready for picking before summer ends i hope?


Fruiting Months January, February, March, November, December

Planted: 2014

Height 1.4 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Yearly and Spring


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Wampee - Yeem Pay (Grafted) 9/10

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Update: 231 days 19hrs

Comments: -

Fruit last year after purchase  - none this year but hoping for next year - Planted in the ground Spring 2016 - flowered but didnt set or hold any fruit - in a good spot so hope 2018 is the year?

Height 1 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Pollination: Self Pollination

Question:

2nd Pic Jan 28 2016


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Papaya - Richter Gold 9/10

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Update: 231 days 19hrs

Comments: -

Couldnt apply real name for this but is a standard self pollinating I hope Yellow PawPaw Growing rather big but flowering so hoping for fruit this year

Growing: In a Pot

First Fruited: 2 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Papaya - Southern Red

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Update: 231 days 19hrs

Comments: -

Growing well and fruiting soon - flowering alot earlier than 2014 - Kept inside Winter of 2015 - watered very little - lost all but crown leaves - had some rot on a second top branch and treated with mancozeb plus paste - took outside mid November and fruit that stayed on started to pick when red mid January 2016 - see photo

Note - no seeds??

Fruiting Months June

Planted: 2013

Growing: In a Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Guava - Indian (Cutting)

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Update: 231 days 19hrs

Comments: -

Been in pot one winter  - got thru ok  - holding 2 fruit

Sold it to make room ~ concentrating on better tasting Guavas

like Mexican Cream & an Orange fleshed seedling. 


Planted: 2013

Height 1.4 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun


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Guava - Mexican Cream (Cutting) 9/10

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Update: 231 days 19hrs

Comments: -

Growing well in pot - will pot up in spring

Update 6 May 2016 photo of fruit close to ready - gong yellower and getting larger too. I cant wait to try it - hoping for soft edible seeds.

Fruiting Months May

Planted: 2014

Height 1 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Fruit Harvest: 4 Fruit Per Year

First Fruited: 2 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Spring

Pest Control:

None really here in Melbourne.

Organic Status:Partially Organic

Question:

2nd pic Fruit Growing Jan 28 2016


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Longan - Kohala Seedling (Cutting) 8/10

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Update: 231 days 19hrs

Comments: -

Growing Slowly but very well - put in a 430mm pot 2014 and has done one good flush  - hoping for a second flush this Autumn - may flower next spring - is in a 60% shaded area behind my large bagged Avocados - Plant did a second flush which is still hardening off from May 17 2015 photo

Planted: 2012

Height 1.4 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Sun/Shade: Low Sun

Pollination: Cross Pollination


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Citron - Buddhas Hand (Grafted) 10/10

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Update: 231 days 19hrs

Comments: -

They look so gnarly like something from an Alien movie

Fruiting Months May

Planted: 2013

Height 8 Feet

Growing: In a Pot

First Fruited: 2 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Spring

Pollination: Cross Pollination


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Pummelo - Flicks Yellow (Grafted) 10/10

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Update: 231 days 19hrs

Comments: -

Large sweet fruit

Planted: 2012

Height 7 Feet

Growing: In a Pot

First Fruited: 2 Years from purchase in pot

Water Given in: Spring

Spring


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mcmelb1 says... [566 days 20hrs ago]
how do they taste in comparison to other pummelos? I know Flicks Yellow is a hybrid pummelo
Markmelb says... [565 days 17hrs ago]
They taste really good - slightly sweeter but still with a Pomello taste & segmenting and need to peel - Handle Melbournes cold well.
mcmelb1 says... [564 days 17hrs ago]
Great! Thanks

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Jakfruit - Cutting No Name (Cutting) 8/10

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Update: 231 days 19hrs

Planted: 2012

Height 6 Feet

Growing: In a Pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Spring


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tbcha1 says... [334 days 11hrs ago]
how is your jack fruit tree doing now? i was just up in brisbane at my friends property. He had several jackfruit trees and the fruit and tree were big. Would be amazing if you got them to grow and fruit down here
Markmelb says... [333 days 13hrs ago]
Grows real slow here - still alive - no signs yet of flowers.

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Custard Apple - Paxton Prolific (Grafted) 8/10

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Update: 614 days 10hrs

Comments: - Got this in 2013 - but wasnt able to set any fruit till Dec 2016  - hoping for fruit to grow a tad more before picking sometime before november 2017?

Fruiting Months January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, December

Height 2 metres

Growing: In a Pot

First Fruited: 4 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Yearly

Pest Control: None needed


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ivepeters says... [559 days 16hrs ago]
Hi, any difference between the fruits of the Paxton & the Pinks ?

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Dwarf Avocado - Lamb Hass (A) 9/10

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Update: 1037 days 13hrs

Comments: -

Updating my Lamb Hass as didnt have available on Daleys 4 years ago

Growing very well in ground here in Melbourne - handles wind ok and hot summers with care while young (cover with sheet on 40c days)

I would still call it a Semi Dwarf at this stage as Birdwood Tag suggested this.

Only time will tell?

Fruiting Months December

Planted: 2012

Height 4 metres

Qty: 4

First Fruited: 2 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: Cross Pollination

Cross Pollinator Variety: B varietys

When I Fertilise: When Fruiting and Spring

Pest Control:

nothing really


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Loves Fruit Trees says... [1010 days 21hrs ago]
Hi there, thank you for updating your Avocado tree. I have been looking for a dwarf variety for some time. This is very good feed back - you must be happy!
baggy1 says... [954 days 20hrs ago]

baggy1 says... [954 days 20hrs ago]
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baggy1 says... [954 days 20hrs ago]
I planted Lamb Hass & Shep 2015. Going well but starting to yellow some leaves. Ph is 7.5 Applied iron chelates today. Any advise on lowering ph. Told chook poo may burn roots.
baggy1 says... [954 days 20hrs ago]
Also have not fertilized first year (planted Jan 2016) apart from compost and handfull of blood and bone. Will start compound fertiliser Dec 2016 10%. Jan 40%. Feb 40%. Mar10% is this correct. Some say fertilise in Autumn??
Markmelb says... [953 days 13hrs ago]
How did yours grow so far? Do you have some pics to put up on Forum of your experiences? From start to now - where do you live also?
Markmelb says... [953 days 13hrs ago]
Also Avos do best in Acid soils of about 5.25ph

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Jujube - Li (Grafted) 9/10

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Update: 1209 days 14hrs

Comments: -

Planted Jan 2015 in Full Sun has one set fruit

Planted: 2015

Height 1 metres

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Pomegranate - Ben Hur (Cutting) 9/10

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Update: 1209 days 14hrs

Comments: -

Growing well in pot

2nd Pic Jan 2016

Planted: 2014

Pollination: Self Pollination


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White Sapote - Reinecke Commercial (Grafted)

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Update: 1365 days 15hrs

Comments: -

This is a TRIPLE group planting with Vernon and Sue Belle alongside - the Reinecke looks like it may get too leggy as another growers is 15ft tall and not fruited yet


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Ish says... [1034 days 12hrs ago]
Where the heck did you find a Sue Belle? :)
Markmelb says... [1033 days 19hrs ago]
Hi ish - dont know where you are as seen you on a Sapodilla post recently but a guy in melbourne was selling these grafted a couple years ago - he has just about all including Rainbow but hes moving and may not be grafting in future but Bullen Art and Garden may have some now but not cheap and they dont post
Ish says... [1031 days 13hrs ago]
Hi Mark, thanks for that... Yes, I was trying to hunt down the fabled Krasuey Sapodilla ;) I am in Brissie. Any chance you might have details for the Melbourne guy? Love to catch him before he moves - Rainbow and Suebelle seem rare as hens teeth. Not knocking my Lemon Gold, but still.... ;) Ish
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dm5L3lrRmgg says... [1026 days 13hrs ago]
What fertiliser do you use, if any? Where at the tree do you put the fertiliser?
Markmelb says... [1007 days 8hrs ago]
I use slow release suitable for citrus & eco seaweed ish - the guy who grafts & sells white sapotes in Melb doesnt post plants and is moving home & may not be doing anymore for a while - i could be when my seedlings are grown enough
Ish says... [1006 days 13hrs ago]
Well, I would be very happy to pay for your grafting handiwork... Can honestly say I thought they were only available in the US!

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Custard Apple - Paxton Prolific (Grafted)

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Update: 1465 days 15hrs

Comments: -

Looks like a sturdy plant and handles the cold amazingly well - also maintains at least 80% of its leaves thru winter

Planted: 2012

Height 5 Feet

Growing: In a Pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun


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white Sapote - Wilson (Grafted) 8/10

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Update: 1548 days 13hrs

Comments: -

Been in pot 18 months growing well  - grafted Chris to middle branch 2015

Planted: 2013

Growing: In a Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun


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Safu (Seedling) 9/10

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Update: 231 days 19hrs

Comments: -

This plant may acclimatize in Melbourne

Planted: 2014

Height 1 Feet

Growing: In a Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Shade

Water Given in: Spring

Spring


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mcmelb1 says... [564 days 18hrs ago]
Is this dacryodes edulis???? How did you get seeds? How are the plants doing?
Markmelb says... [333 days 13hrs ago]
A mate got seeds in 4 years ago and these plants have now succumbed for me also 2017 - I hear they are growing them around Cairns and have at their yearly Fruit Festa.

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TRIED BUT DIED

Lychee Sah Keng (Cutting)

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Update: 231 days 19hrs

Comments: -


 Has died December 2017 - I read some Lychees can turn up their nose and kark it with no warning - Leaves curled and went totally backwards - will put a Mundu in its location in a year or so.

Was a Birdwood Lychee - Very slow growing but was growing well

2nd Pic  - one fruit Jan28 2016

Planted: 2014

Height 1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Bayberry - Chinese Red (Seedling) 5/10

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Update: 231 days 19hrs

Comments: - Watered by accident with seasol - didnt like that or tap watering - rainwater is best as they dont like chlorine either - they have nitrogen fixing roots and need little if any fertilizer- I pot up new ones in BASIC pot mix but now add some rock dust and some coir and peat moss - also pearlite/vermiculite to lighten mix up.

Height 1 Feet

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Spring


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