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KathK's Edible Fruits
Update: 94 days 8hrs

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Have red & yellow-they grow like crazy, produce lots of fruit for a couple of years then drop dead so try & have a new one on the go all the time. Lucky the fruit are delicious as the leaves smell disgusting!

Delicious on cereal, pavlovas and makes great jam with rhubarb

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Tamarillo - Red (Cutting) 9/10

Peter91's Edible Fruits
Update: 298 days 10hrs

Comments: - Extremely fast growing and attractive plant, bought from Daleys and over 1m already.

Planted: 2015

Qty: 2

Pollination: Self Pollination

Organic Status:Organic


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Tamarillo - Red 8/10

Jimmy2's Edible Fruits
Update: 330 days 15hrs

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a bit slow to start when young in cool weather but unstoppable after that. a great low maintenance tree. planted in heavy clay soil, never watered or fertilised. seems to always have a few new flowers. 2 red and 2 orange planted 5 yrs ago. both oranges have died but 5yrs is long for tamas. all trees produced kgs of fruit with little pest probs. requires staking, quite heavy cropping.

Fruiting Months December

Planted: 2011

Height 3 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 4

Fruit Harvest: 5 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 9 Months from Purchase in Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Summer and Winter

Pollination: Self Pollination

Question:

 


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Tamarillo - Red (Grafted) 6/10

Mwanzo151's Edible Fruits
Update: 543 days 10hrs

Comments: - had lots of these fruits as a child

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Dynamic lifter

When I Fertilise: Never

Pest Control: eco fungicide and eco oil

Question: my tamarillo has black soot which from my research is dur to aphids. I have applied ecofungicide plus eco oil but the problem persists. It now flowers but the flowers fall of before they form fruit. its abit frustrating to say the least


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Tamarillo - Red (Seedling) 4/10

Mehgz6921's Edible Fruits
Update: 575 days 20hrs

Planted: 2015

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Low Sun

Pollination: No


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Tamarillo - Orange

Peter91's Edible Fruits
Update: 595 days 8hrs


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Tamarillo - Red

Tanialyn1's Edible Fruits
Update: 698 days 15hrs


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Tamarillo - Red 6/10

Justin1's Edible Fruits
Update: 751 days 15hrs

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Originally started growing in a pot, but I couldn't get the drainage right as they hate wet feet.  I repotted a couple of times, and in the end gave up and gave it one last try in the ground.  It's a lot happier and grew quite rapidly over summer.  Needs to be sheltered from the wind, though, so I have surrounded it with stakes and clad the enclosing area in plastic. The tamarillo loves the protection from the wind and also the increased warmth. 

Has had some damage from frosts this winter (which can be seen in the photo).

UPDATE 2014: Gave up on this a couple of years ago as it was an aphid haven. Propagated a new plant from a cutting and gave to my father who now grows it in his backyard without too much problem, and produces lots of fruit.

Planted: 2008

Height 1.6 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Fruit Harvest: 3 kilograms per Year

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Winter

Pollination: Self Pollination

Pest Control:

Small snails are a problem and have consumed a large number of leaves.  I pick them off or use organic snail bait, but it doesn't work that well since the small snails tend to live up in the tree.

Occassionally aphid problems, which I ei&

Organic Status:Organic


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Tamarillo - Red 8/10

Waterfall's Edible Fruits
Update: 762 days 13hrs

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Very unusual looking yet attractive plant with some very large leaves. I have it in the back corner of my yard in a corner which is sheltered from wind. Doesn't get a lot of sun in winter but will get plenty in summer. Has grown very fast and is loaded with fruit now.

One branch with about 20 fruits got too heavy and snapped in the wind, its still half attached so I have strapped it up to prevent further damage, the fruit held on for a couple of months and fully ripened.


Fruiting Months July and August

Planted: 2014

Height 4 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Fruit Harvest: 30 Fruit Per Year

First Fruited: 1 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Summer and Spring

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: chicken poo and mulch

When I Fertilise: Yearly

Pest Control: Had some aphids and snails, yates product spray removed aphids, multiguard sorted out the snails. Will need to net for birds.


Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Tamarillo - Orange (Seedling) 8/10

Brenton's Edible Fruits
Update: 851 days 15hrs

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September 2014: Planted June 2014.  This plant was a real surprise.  Grown very strongly in winter and is doing well in spring.  Beautiful looking and can't wait for it to fruit.  Already doubled in size.  Surprised at how much it loves a good drink every couple days.  Bonsai bag is kept well drained.

November 2014: Living in coastal QLD results in a lot of harsh sun.  Be very careful with these when placing in full sun - they get sunburnt very easily.  Finding the right balance is crucial, I suspect a Western facing wall would be the perfect spot so that it doesn't cop full afternoon sun.  These have recovered from their sunburn and been growing well again.  I have had less success making these multi-stemmed than all the other plants in my garden.  I would tip these and the extra stem, after forming, often died back.  I will keep persevering.

May 2015: The two plants that I have survived the very warm summer.  Not only did they get sunburnt but they also got devoured by aphids when I moved them to a more suitable location.  Currently they are between two houses, facing north, and will get sunlight for 2-4 hours a day depending on the season.  The amount of growth on them since planting them out of the pots has been tremendous.  They appear to be healthy and pest free (for the moment).  A great plant and one the proves hard to kill - thank goodness.  Hoping to get some fruit shortly.

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 2

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Seaweed, compost and blood and bone

When I Fertilise: Spring

Organic Status:Organic


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Tamarillo - Orange (Cutting) 10/10

Waterfall's Edible Fruits
Update: 857 days 19hrs

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Love these trees, they grow super fast and the huge leaves look so nice. I have a red one also which is loaded with fruit, this one is yet to fruit.

Height 2.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Summer and Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: chook poo

Organic Status:Organic


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Tamarillo - Red

Krydoll4610's Edible Fruits
Update: 998 days 16hrs


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Tamarillo - Red (Grafted) 7/10

Highwaytraveller's Edible Fruits
Update: 1046 days 1hrs

Comments: - Beautiful flavour that is nothing like the rubbish you get from the supermarket. Sweet and juicy.

Fruiting Months March, April, May

Planted: 2010

Height 2.4 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Fruit Harvest: 5 kilograms per Year

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

After Fruiting

When I Fertilise: When Fruiting


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Tamarillo

Lily's Edible Fruits
Update: 1068 days 10hrs

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Cyphomandra betacea Denmark Gold

HxW 3x2, medium sun, frost sensitive


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Tamarillo - Red 9/10

Ahimsa Cottage's Edible Fruits
Update: 1156 days 20hrs

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I love the large felty leaves of the tamarillo. I found due to its thirsty nature that it was a useful indicator for wateing the rest of my potted plants prior to planting them out -if i saw the tamarillo wilt then i knew the rest of the plants also needed a drink. Our local mushroom grower uses Tamarillos as a sun shield for establishing a garden bed (here in queensland) especially for young seedlings. Now that i am famliar with canopy which the tamarillo generates i will definitely use his tip for the rest of my garden.  

Planted: 2011

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Tamarillo - Red

Alicia's Edible Fruits
Update: 1265 days 13hrs


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Tamarillo - Red 5/10

Rob19's Edible Fruits
Update: 1322 days 23hrs

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Struggles to hold most of its fruit

Height 3 metres

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

Organic Status:Organic

Question:

How do I help the plant hold more of its fruit?


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Tamarillo - Red 8/10

KitschWitch's Edible Fruits
Update: 1358 days 12hrs

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I grew tamarillo previously on Mid Nth Coast NSW, and wanted to see if it would grow in Canberra. It has taken a few years, but now we have success! It's planted in front of a north facing brick wall.

The winter frosts knock it back each year. First year frosted all leaves off and the trunk began to rot. Cut it back and it resprouted and grew very fast. No fruit. Next winter it was taller, frosted again, but didn't lose so much trunk. We had flowers and some fruit, but there wasn't  enough time from flowering to fruit before winter set in, for them to get big and sweet.

This winter was a bit milder, and the plant is now up to the eaves. A few leaves were lost nut very few, and flowers developed during winter and hung on. The photo is from August showing the condition after frosts. Now (November) its covered in big, new leaves again, thousands of flowers survived through winter, and I'm expecting a bumper crop next autumn.

My advice to others in frosty areas:

1/ definitely choose a protected spot, preferably with a solid wall facing north, and eaves are an added benefit.

2/ either be patient for fruit until your plant gets tall, or be very vigilent with covering on frosty nights.

Needs quite a lot of water in summer--you can tell because the leaves wilt.

It always gets aphis but I haven't bothered to do anything about it. The plant survives and the bugs bring lovely birds to feed on them. This winter, two superb fairy wrens spent a lot of time on the tamarillo eating aphis and entertaining us outside the kitchen wihndow.

Fruiting Months May and June

Planted: 2010

Height 3 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Fruit Harvest: 1 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 2 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: chicken manure, compost, warm castings

When I Fertilise: Spring

Pest Control:

None so far. If aphis become a problem, I'll band the trunk to keep ants from farming them. So far the birds do the work.

Organic Status:Organic


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Tamarillo - Red

Feedingtimeatthezoo's Edible Fruits
Update: 1378 days 12hrs

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun


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Tamarillo - Orange (Cutting) 8/10

Paulaf1's Edible Fruits
Update: 1439 days 24hrs

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This tree is very easy to look after, but needs a good drink in dry weather, and a bit of protection from very strong winds.  It fruits a couple of times a year, and I find that if I take the fruit off just as they are turning orange, the fruit fly seem to leave it alone.  It is very shallow rooted, and a couple of mine have been blown over in strong winds.........and unfortunately they don't seem to recover very well.  From then on, they always seem to wilt, no matter how much I water them!!!  I have also had a couple fall over from termites in the roots.   But it's not too much of a problem, as I have seedlings coming up all around the garden, and they are also very easy to strike from cuttings.........and these fruit very quickly.

I live in a sub tropical area, and am only able to grow the orange variety, but in winter the fruits do go a lot redder.

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 3

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: horse manure, mushroom compost, bllod and bone and sugarcane mulch.

When I Fertilise: Spring

Pest Control:

The only thing that seems to affect the tree is aphids....but have also had 2 lovely trees about 2 metres tall, fall over......due to termites in the roots.

I  have found they are very short lived trees, and always have a couple of 

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Tamarillo - Orange

Jburkey1's Edible Fruits
Update: 1635 days 19hrs


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Tamarillo - Red

Jburkey1's Edible Fruits
Update: 1635 days 19hrs


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Tamarillo - Red (Seedling) 9/10

Treetopsdreaming's Edible Fruits
Update: 1643 days 4hrs

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This edible plant has very versatile fruit and has performed really well (in the subtropics). Our tamarillo is planted in part shade (low sun) and has been prolific in these conditions. So far, QLD fruit fly has not been a major issue...


Please visit our website at www.treetopsdreaming.com.au to learn about our family's slow journey towards a more self sufficient, sustainable and creative lifestyle, Enjoy!

Fruiting Months March

Planted: 2011

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 3

First Fruited: 1 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Low Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pruned By: 25% in After Fruiting

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: organic extra pellets

When I Fertilise: Yearly

Pest Control: no major issues


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Tamarillo - Red

Tommyz's Edible Fruits
Update: 1761 days 21hrs

Growing: In a Pot


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Tamarillo - Red (Cutting)

Ash's Edible Fruits
Update: 1844 days 9hrs

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1


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Tamarillo - Red (Grafted) 8/10

Nathan1's Edible Fruits
Update: 1851 days 18hrs

Comments: - Settling in happily and growing, in a bit of a precarious spot, near excavation and site of new retaining wall. Will just have to be careful :)

DOH.. After presenting some small fruit and looking quite promising through summer 2012, it declined rapidly, and seemed to go black-ish, lose all of its leaves, and die.. Have seen several with similar behaviour in the local area, but need to read up on what it might be

Planted: 2011

Height 40 Centimetres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Spring

Organic Status:Organic


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Tamarillo - Red

Aimz781's Edible Fruits
Update: 1871 days 9hrs

Comments: - Fast growing, nice big leaves. A bit different. Will report back after taste test ;)

Fruiting Months May

Planted: 2012

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

After Fruiting

Fertiliser or Organics Used: dynamic lifter, manure

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Tamarillo - Orange (Seedling)

VF1's Edible Fruits
Update: 1905 days 21hrs

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Tasted these orange ones at local produce market, (Tamborine Mt.)- delicious sweet-tangy taste, somewhat reminiscent of passionfruit but without the muskiness. Fruit must be fully ripe though, otherwise too tart. Good eaten fresh, but made into a very tasty chutney too. Have read that can be substituted for tomatoes in many dishes - have not tried this yet.

Planted: 2012

Growing: In a Pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Tamarillo - Orange

Natalie1's Edible Fruits
Update: 1924 days 19hrs

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Low Sun

When I Fertilise: Yearly


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Tamarillo - Red

Natalie1's Edible Fruits
Update: 1924 days 19hrs

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Low Sun

When I Fertilise: Yearly


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