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KathK's Edible Backyard

Joined: 19/04/09 Updated: 10/03/18 Frost:
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KathK Forum Contributions
Gardening in perth sands - I’ve spent the last 17 years transforming a 5 acre bush block in Karnup into a fruit producing spot but it's now time to downsize & I was dreading missing all my fruit trees I’ve been nurturing. But after reading this http://www.abc.net.au/news..647 days 10hrs
Fruit trees in perth wa - Anyone in the Rockingham/Mandurah area have a kaffir lime I could have a cutting from to try grafting onto one of my citrus trees please? Can swap for eggs...831 days 3hrs
Kiwiberrys in perth - Just wondering if anyone has had much success with kiwiberrys in Perth? thanks..831 days 3hrs
Apricots in perth - Hi there, I have Trevatt/Newcastle & Glengarry apricot trees & they've never really done well-think I've had one apricot! Has anyone in Perth had success with apricots & if so, what variety is it please? Am wondering if it's just not cold enough? Tha..2099 days 10hrs
Radium weed aka milkweed - Hi Julie, yep I have plenty thanks. A couple of months ago I was pulling it out! Did your neighbour's plum tree transplanted from here ever fruit?..2181 days 6hrs

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Apricots in perth - Newcastle early usually does well in Perth, as it requires less chill. I have one, but Roleystone is a lot cooler than where you are. It is next to another variety, but no idea what that one is. I believe someone has N.early in Kelmscott, which is war..Liked Answer 2097 days 10hrs
Apricots in perth - Hi Kath We have an old apricot tree, not sure of variety as it came with the house, but its very prolific - only time it doesn't fruit is when we prune too heavily and at the wrong time. ..Liked Answer 2097 days 10hrs

Rhubarb 9/10

KathK's Edible Fruits
Update: 617 days 6hrs

Comments: -

grow in ground 

Cook a heap at a time and then freeze it

Makes great jam on it's own or with tamarillos,great on muesli with Greek yoghurt, in crumble or on ice cream

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

Organic Status:Organic


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Fig White Adriatic (Grafted) 5/10

KathK's Edible Fruits
Update: 624 days 1hrs

Comments: - Never had much fruit from this-much more from an un-named variety I was given

Planted: 2005

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

Organic Status:Organic


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Fig Black Genoa 5/10

KathK's Edible Fruits
Update: 624 days 1hrs

Comments: - Never had much fruit from this-much more from an un-named variety I was given

Planted: 2009

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Guava - Strawberry 3/10

KathK's Edible Fruits
Update: 624 days 1hrs

Planted: 2010

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Brad1 says... [3352 days 2hrs ago]
Go chook!

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Guava-Indian 5/10

KathK's Edible Fruits
Update: 624 days 1hrs

Comments: - Birds love them !

Planted: 2009

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

Organic Status:Organic


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Loquat

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Update: 624 days 1hrs

Comments: -

Great shade for the chooks plus tasty fruit

Have to keep it pruned quite short as under chicken wire 

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

Organic Status:Organic


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Mulberry - Black English

KathK's Edible Fruits
Update: 624 days 1hrs

Comments: - doing well, give it a radical chainsaw haircut each winter

Planted: 2008

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Mulberry - White Shahtoot

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Update: 624 days 1hrs

Comments: - from Daleys-doing well, give it a radical chainsaw haircut each winter

Planted: 2009

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Brad1 says... [3352 days 2hrs ago]
tasted fruit from this? I'm wondering about this tree - sweet I believe
KathK says... [3351 days 9hrs ago]
I only got a couple last season as it was it's first year and they were really sweet-is just starting to fruit now.

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Pomegranate - Wonderful 9/10

KathK's Edible Fruits
Update: 624 days 1hrs

Comments: -

Slow to start but having beautiful fruit now

Drops all it's leaves in winter

In chook yard

Planted: 2012

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

Organic Status:Organic


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Curry Tree 8/10

KathK's Edible Fruits
Update: 624 days 1hrs

Comments: -

Grows really quickly-prune it regularly

Have no idea why I grow it as can't stand the smell !

A few have self seeded so potting them up

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

Organic Status:Organic


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Mango - Bowen Seedling 2/10

KathK's Edible Fruits
Update: 792 days 3hrs

Comments: - Slow! very few fruit and they are small & drop off before ripe

Planted: 2008

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Olive - Kalamata (Grafted)

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Update: 792 days 3hrs

Planted: 2017

Growing: In a Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

Organic Status:Organic


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Bananas 10/10

KathK's Edible Fruits
Update: 809 days 7hrs

Comments: - Have some Cavendish and an unknown thriving in the chook yard

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

Organic Status:Organic


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Orange - Washington Navel

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Update: 809 days 11hrs

Comments: -

finally getting fruit (if I beat the parrots!)-beautiful juicy sweet oranges


2 of these

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 2

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

Organic Status:Organic


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Passionfruit (Grafted)

KathK's Edible Fruits
Update: 810 days 24hrs

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Brad2 says... [3127 days 22hrs ago]
did you try a sunshine special? they seem to do well in WA. my theory is these are a bit finicky. when one goes, it will go nuts. I just planted 2 (panama red and gold) up the same fence a sunshine special is on. will be interesting to see what happens
KathK says... [3043 days 4hrs ago]
Have put in three mor-two from seeds & one grafted-fingers crossed.
arcobelina says... [2193 days 10hrs ago]
you need two lambs fry. bury one under your passionfruit as you plant it. lambs fry water is brilliant for the passionfruit = lambs fry water is what you soak the lambs fry in before you peel it. dont waste the second lambs fry - re-learn the great taste of lambs fry and onions. feed the plant with liver water onece or twice a year and things will improve.

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Avocado - Hass (A) (Grafted) 10/10

KathK's Edible Fruits
Update: 810 days 24hrs

Comments: - Had a radical prune as was too tall & had been butchered by the horse. 

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Grapefruit-Ruby

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Update: 850 days 5hrs

Comments: - very thick skinned fruit. Supposed to be pink but apparently this happens in warmer climates. Skin is yellow-flesh 'pinkish' Has dozens of big plump fruit on it each year-shame we all hate grapefruit-planted it for my sister who moved a 5 hour drive away the year it started fruiting !!!

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

Organic Status:Organic


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Fig - Deciduous

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Update: 859 days 3hrs

Comments: -

Unknown variety given to me by a friend years ago

Great tree-fruit good for both eating & jam

Prune each winter to keep fruit reachable & grow more trees from cuttings for friends

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Assorted herbs

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Update: 859 days 3hrs

Comments: - A mix of annual and perennial herbs & vegies-grown in worm castings

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Sugarcane

KathK's Edible Fruits
Update: 880 days 8hrs

Planted: 2009

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

Organic Status:Organic


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Brad1 says... [3039 days 2hrs ago]
looks like lemon grass. not like any sugarcane I've seen?
KathK says... [3038 days 2hrs ago]

KathK says... [3038 days 2hrs ago]
Since this was taken it's grown to about 1.5m-I keep cutting the top off to get it to thicken up. This is when it was a baby.

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Grape - Flame Seedless

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Update: 880 days 21hrs

Comments: - Growing along house verandah-have to fight the horse for the grapes !

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Grape-Italia

KathK's Edible Fruits
Update: 880 days 21hrs

Comments: - Growing along house verandah-have to fight the horse for the grapes !

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Olive-Correggiola 9/10

KathK's Edible Fruits
Update: 880 days 21hrs

Comments: - In horse yard-growing over trough to shade it in summer-lovely tree

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Never

Organic Status:Organic


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Pawpaw 2/10

KathK's Edible Fruits
Update: 880 days 21hrs

Comments: -

grown from seed 2009-slow growing

think we don't get enough warmth here-grew them in Darwin & they grew really fast

Planted: 2009

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

Organic Status:Organic


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Adrian1 says... [3569 days 5hrs ago]
What kind of paw paw are these?
KathK says... [3567 days 11hrs ago]
I don't know-I just bought half a pawpaw from the fruit shop, dried the seeds out & planted them. It was a orange oval shaped one.

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Orange - Lanes Late 8/10

KathK's Edible Fruits
Update: 880 days 22hrs

Comments: - finally getting fruit (if I beat the parrots!)

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

Organic Status:Organic


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Apple-Pink Lady/Gala 5/10

KathK's Edible Fruits
Update: 880 days 22hrs

Comments: - double grafted-think the apples would like somewhere colder to live but still get small amount of fruit

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: Cross Pollination

Organic Status:Organic


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Brad1 says... [3352 days 2hrs ago]
do they grow at similar rates?
KathK says... [3351 days 24hrs ago]
Pretty much but I cut them back so they're roughly the same so one doesn't take over the other.

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Apple-Granny Smith/Jonathon 5/10

KathK's Edible Fruits
Update: 880 days 22hrs

Comments: - Double grafted-think the apples would like somewhere colder to live but still get small amount of fruit

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: Cross Pollination

Organic Status:Organic


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Apple-Anna

KathK's Edible Fruits
Update: 880 days 22hrs

Comments: - think the apples would like somewhere colder to live but still get small amount of fruit

Planted: 2009

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: Cross Pollination

Cross Pollinator Variety: Dorsett Gold

Organic Status:Organic


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Apple -Golden Dorsett 5/10

KathK's Edible Fruits
Update: 880 days 22hrs

Comments: - think the apples would like somewhere colder to live but still get small amount of fruit

Planted: 2009

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: Cross Pollination

Cross Pollinator Variety: Anna

Organic Status:Organic


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Tamarillos-red

KathK's Edible Fruits
Update: 880 days 22hrs

Comments: -

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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KathK says... [3562 days 23hrs ago]


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Tangelo - Minneola

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Update: 880 days 22hrs

Comments: - Slow to get going but starting to produce, could do with more sun but running out of room

Planted: 2009

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

Organic Status:Organic


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Tangelo - Seminole

KathK's Edible Fruits
Update: 880 days 22hrs

Comments: - Slow to get going but starting to produce, could do with more sun but running out of room

Planted: 2009

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

Organic Status:Organic


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Mandarin-Clementine 8/10

KathK's Edible Fruits
Update: 880 days 22hrs

Comments: - produces beautiful, easy to peel fruit, ripens after Imperial

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

Organic Status:Organic


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Mandarin-Emperor 8/10

KathK's Edible Fruits
Update: 880 days 22hrs

Comments: - produces beautiful, easy to peel fruit, ripens after Clementine

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

Organic Status:Organic


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Mandarin - Imperial (Grafted) 8/10

KathK's Edible Fruits
Update: 880 days 22hrs

Comments: - produces beautiful, easy to peel fruit

Planted: 2008

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

Organic Status:Organic


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Lemon - Eureka

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Update: 880 days 22hrs

Comments: - Prolific fruiter, had a radical prune as getting too tall

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Gooseberry-Cape

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Update: 880 days 22hrs

Comments: -

Self-seeds all over the place

Really amazing how nature gives them a insect protective covering-interesting to watch it dry out & become net-like with the yellow berry inside

Chooks love them

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

Organic Status:Organic


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Quince - Smyrna 9/10

KathK's Edible Fruits
Update: 880 days 22hrs

Comments: - Cut right back 2009, lost most of leaves winter 2010, then shot again-produced beautiful flowers & in 2017 enough quince to make quince paste

Planted: 2009

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

Organic Status:Organic


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BJ11_old_address says... [3386 days 8hrs ago]
Kath, does your quince loose all its leaves in the warm Perth winter? I'm looking for something tough that will screen a window in summer but let light through in winter.
KathK says... [3385 days 11hrs ago]
Hi BJ-yes, it's pretty bare at the moment-I keep mine quite short so not sure how tall it would grow if left unchecked. I got mine from Tass 1 up the Swan Valley. Or what about a fig/mulberry? You can prune those really hard & they give great summer shade? Good luck with whatever you choose, Kath

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Feijoa

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Update: 880 days 23hrs

Comments: - pineapple quava/feioja -would like to try it but got to beat the birds

Planted: 2008

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Ellen says... [3567 days 10hrs ago]
why do you trimmed it off ?
KathK says... [3566 days 21hrs ago]

KathK says... [3566 days 21hrs ago]
I cut it back so it would get nice & bushy -haven't grown it before so just experimenting.

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Lemon - Meyer

KathK's Edible Fruits
Update: 881 days 1hrs

Comments: - Has been my best producing tree-100s of lemons over the years

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Lime - Tahitian

KathK's Edible Fruits
Update: 881 days 1hrs

Comments: - Got so big it split so attacked it with the chainsaw. Has  produced 100s of limes

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Goji Berry - Shrub

KathK's Edible Fruits
Update: 881 days 1hrs

Comments: - Loses it's leaves over winter-then reshoots in spring-has small but tasty fruit

Planted: 2009

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Choko

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Update: 881 days 1hrs

Comments: -

Grows each year like a weed, dies down for winter, cover with compost & it reshoots in spring.Have had literally 100s off this vine.

Fruiting Months April, May, June

Planted: 2007

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 2

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Blueberries

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Update: 881 days 1hrs

Comments: - Really alkaline soil here so in pots-Nellie Kelly

Planted: 2009

Growing: In a Pot

Pollination: Cross Pollination


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Comfrey

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Update: 3357 days 7hrs

Comments: - Great for mulching, compost & liquid fertilizer. Dies down in winter then reshoots twice as thickly each spring. Pull up a root, chop it up & plant-heaps more plants.


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Jaahda says... [3064 days 8hrs ago]
unfortunately just lost the last of my confrey :-(

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Raspberry - Heritage

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Update: 3567 days 11hrs

Planted: 2009

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Pepino - Kendall Gold

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Update: 3567 days 11hrs

Comments: - Amazing-dozens of plants from the original & heavy bearing

Planted: 2009

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Boysenberry

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Update: 3567 days 11hrs

Planted: 2009

Pollination: Cross Pollination


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Blackberry

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Update: 3567 days 11hrs

Planted: 2009

Pollination: Cross Pollination


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Elderberry

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Update: 3579 days 22hrs

Growing: In the Ground


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Jaahda says... [3064 days 8hrs ago]
I found that elders get serious die off when the temp hits >43C. Never got any berries either. Wouldn't mind a cutting ;-)

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