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Pat1's Edible Backyard

Joined: 25/03/08 Updated: 25/03/08 Frost: None
Location: Perth

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pat1 says... [2129 days 14hrs ago]
Most fruit taste better when properly tree ripened. Unfortunately these won't last and they cannot travel well, so the best way to enjoy the taste sensation is to grow your own.

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Dwarf fruit tree competiton - Hi Leona, Where abouts in Perth do you live? You seems to have quite a collection of fruit trees. I am in Hillarys and would love to visit your garden sometime if you are not too far away...4118 days 5hrs
Dwarf fruit tree competiton - I've got 7 pawpaw trees in my Perth garden but only this one is a dwarf form. All the others are well over 4 metres tall but this one started fruiting last year when it was less than a meter tall with fruits down to ground level literally. This year it..4133 days 6hrs

Blueberry - Misty (Cutting)

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Update: 2119 days 13hrs

Comments: - Just planted this not long ago.  Will probably buy Sharpe as well when it is in stock.  Too early to tell if it will do well in my garden.  Will be updating later.


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Carambola Starfruit - Kary (Grafted) 3/10

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Update: 2119 days 13hrs

Comments: - I think my tree would have done better if it was in a less windy position.  I am surprised it has not died from the gusty winds.  Had a few fruits 2 years ago but they did not have enough time to grow and mature properly before it gets too cold.  I think Perth is probably too cold for this tree unless you grow it in a hot house.

Planted: 2005

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Question: Has anyone got any success stories with Carambola in Perth?


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Wampa says... [1402 days 21hrs ago]
They do need protection in their first year. Star fruit grow really well in Perth as do many tropical fruit trees.

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Longan Seedling

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Update: 2119 days 13hrs

Comments: - I have tried a few Marcotted varieties of Longan and Lychee but they have all died in my garden despite best possible care.  I have a few seedlings raised from fruits bought from the market.  These were very large fruits.  I was skeptical as seedlings are often inferior and the fruit may be small and worthless.  However, these trees are much tougher than the marcotted ones and they have survived the coastal gusty storms of Perth.  After 14 years it finally started to flower last year and had a few fruits which were amazingly large and fleshy and yummy.  Hoping for a larger crop this year but we have experienced record storm this year and a lot of the flowers are damaged... will see how it goes. I have high hopes for this tree.

Fruiting Months July

Planted: 1998

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

First Fruited: 14 Years from Seed

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: When Fruiting, Winter, Spring

Organic Status:Organic


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Nashi Pear - Kosui (Grafted)

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Update: 2119 days 13hrs

Comments: - This tree has been in the ground for about 5 years now and this year I have bend down a few lateral brunches and it seems to have helped with flower production.  Too early too tell if it will fruit well this year.  Will update later.

Height 2.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

First Fruited: 4 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Spring

Pollination: Cross Pollination

Cross Pollinator Variety: Nijiseiki

When I Fertilise: When Fruiting, Winter, Spring


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Nashi Pear - Nijisseiki (Grafted) 3/10

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Update: 2119 days 13hrs

Comments: - My tree is on a dwarfing rootstock and it is rather slow growing.  I still prefer the vigourous rootstocks and control the tree size by various training methods.  I am very impatient. This tree has been in the ground for about 5 years now and is still small and not productive.  I do see some flowers in Spring but so far only had 1 fruit!  Very disappointed considering how well the stone fruits are doing.

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Full Sun


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strawberry - Nagawase 9/10

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Update: 2119 days 13hrs

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Oops I typed in the wrong name in the title and now it will not let me change it.  It should read 'Hokowase' not 'Nagawase'.  Most flavoursome and sweetest and juiciest Strawberries I have grown.  Don't last when picked but taste superb from the plants.  I've had these for years and they seem to live much longer than I have expected.

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

First Fruited: 3 Months from Purchase in Pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Organic Status:Organic


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Cherry - Minnie Royal and Royal Lee (Grafted)

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Update: 2129 days 14hrs

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After reading all the hypes about low chill cherries I have found myself a Minnie Royal - Royal Lee double grafted tree this year.  There were some flowers at purchase but I am not sure if the tree had been grown in a colder area then Perth before I bought it.  I will be very happy if these are really low chill like my peaches.

Planted: 2013

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Question:

Has anyone fruited these successfully in Perth?


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Guava - Strawberry (Cutting) 5/10

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Update: 2129 days 14hrs

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Fruits readily but they are quite small.  Flavour is good in colder seasons but rather bland in hot weather.  Trees are easy to grow and carefree.  I still prefer the normal guavas.

Fruiting Months January, February, March, April, May, December

Planted: 2007

Height 1 metres

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Organic Status:Organic


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Plum - Sugar (Grafted) 1/10

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Update: 2129 days 14hrs

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The tree grew well but never fruited in my garden.  Well we really don't having the chilling hours these trees need in Perth.  So don't bother with them if you are in Perth.  Try other low chill fruit trees instead.  I gave mine the axe treatment in the end.

Planted: 2007


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Grape - Maroo Seedless (Cutting) 5/10

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seedless.  My first batch of fruit from this vine last year tasted very incipid.  I must say the Crimson Seedless and Sultana both win hands down.

Fruiting Months March

Planted: 2009

Qty: 1

First Fruited: 3 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Pawpaw - Bisexual and Female (Seedling) 7/10

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Update: 2129 days 14hrs

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These trees have been grown from seeds taken of fruits from the market.  I used long bisexual fruits.  I renew these plants every few years.  They are quick growing and productive but the winter wind in Perth make them bold in winter.  They come back in Spring though and the fruits are nice in Spring and Summer.  I now keep both bisexual and female plants.  The female is gigantic with about 20 side branches!  I thought they were meant to be single stemmed.

Fruiting Months January, February, March, November, December

Planted: 2008

Height 4 metres

Fruit Harvest: 20 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 18 Months From Seed

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

When I Fertilise: When Fruiting, Winter, Spring

Organic Status:Organic


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Loquat - Enormity (Grafted) 8/10

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Does not need full sun.  Large sweet fruit when thinned.  Reliable producer.  I never had problems with birds eating my fruit until last year and this year they were early and vicious.  I had to net the tree this year.

Fruiting Months September, October, November

Planted: 2006

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Fruit Harvest: 200 Fruit Per Year

First Fruited: 12 Months from Purchase in Pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: When Fruiting, Winter, Spring

Organic Status:Organic


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Guava - pink fleshed (Cutting) 9/10

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I presume the tree is a cutting as when I bought it there was a huge batch and all the trees look the same and there is no grating evident.  These trees fruit like mad in Perth.  I make so much juice from them it's crazy!  I like it when they are soft ripe.  Rats love them too but baits work well. I trim the tree heavily to keep the fruits at picking level.

Fruiting Months April, May, June, July, August

Planted: 2005

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Fruit Harvest: 600 Fruit Per Year

First Fruited: 18 Months from Purchase in Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: When Fruiting, Winter, Spring

Pest Control:

normal fruitfly schedule

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Grape - Crimson Seedless (Cutting) 8/10

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This seedless variety is very vigorous and the fruits are large and sweet and crunchy with good flavour.  My favourite grapes so far. Grapes are hard work with all the pruning and spraying required.  And then you have to protect the fruit from birds and rats.  Still, the quality fruit is worth it.  My vines are cane pruned.

Fruiting Months March, April, May

First Fruited: 36 Months from Purchase in Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

Question:

The flowering seems to be unpredictable.  Some years it flowers heaps and other years very little.  Some first year canes will produce flower shoots while other first year canes won't.  I still cannot figure it out.  Anyone's got any bright ideas?


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Mulberry - Black English (Cutting) 8/10

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Update: 2129 days 15hrs

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I have no idea what variety of black mulberry I have but they are absolutely massive and I have never seen any bigger.  Mine was grown from a cutting given by a friend.  I hack the tree back every year after fruiting and bend down all the fruiting wood in winter to keep it at picking level.  They are so yummy when cooked and juiced.  So low maintenance and prolific!

Fruiting Months October and November

Planted: 2006

Height 4 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Fruit Harvest: 5000 Fruit Per Year

First Fruited: 12 Months from Purchase in Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

After Fruiting

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Yearly

Organic Status:Organic


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Mulberry - White Shahtoot (Grafted) 6/10

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very fragrant and sweet and yummy when fully ripe.  A lot of fruit will drop before ripening though which is disappointing.

Fruiting Months January, November, December

Planted: 2008

Height 4 metres

Growing: In the Ground

First Fruited: 12 Months from Purchase in Pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

After Fruiting

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Yearly

Organic Status:Organic

Question:

any ideas how to minimise fruit drop?


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Passionfruit - Select Black (Grafted) 9/10

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Update: 2129 days 15hrs

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i am a big fan of passionfruit juice.  I had the Nellie Kellie vine for 5 years and it produced around 600 fruits every year before it died.  It likes lots of feed and water and hand pollination will enhance fruit set and fruits full of pulp.  Totally yummy when juiced.  Also taste fantastic with Miracle fruit!

Fruiting Months March, April, May

Planted: 2006

Fruit Harvest: 600 Fruit Per Year

First Fruited: 12 Months from Purchase in Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Hand Pollination

When I Fertilise: When Fruiting, Winter, Spring

Organic Status:Partially Organic

Question:

 


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Miracle Fruit (Seedling) 7/10

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a real talking point.  Really works as it should!  Loves heat so grows well in summer but struggles with Perth winter.  I treat it as a deciduous tree in Perth.  Fruits every year though. Semi-shade required in Perth. These fruits really enhance the flavour of strawberries and guavas - they taste like lollies with miracle fruit!

Fruiting Months January, February, March, April

Planted: 2008

Height 2 Feet

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Fruit Harvest: 100 Fruit Per Year

Sun/Shade: Low Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Yearly

Organic Status:Organic


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Peach - Flordagold (Grafted) 10/10

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extremely prolific, large fruit and taste great, reliable year after year. Covered in pink flowers in spring and fruits need to be heavily thinned after flowering to produce large sweet juicy yummy fruits.  Precocious - started harvesting within 12 months from planting. (only a 2 feet stick at planting). I pruned my heavily when young to keep the tree nice and low and an open vase shape for easy picking.

Fruiting Months November and December

Planted: 2007

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Fruit Harvest: 100 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 18 Months from Purchase in Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

After Fruiting and Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Yearly

Pest Control:

fruitfly spray before picking

Organic Status:Pesticides Used


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