Fruit Trees

Cacti - growing and planting cacti cuttings

Growing cacti from calloused cuttings is an excellent way of establishing plants in your garden.
Select a sunny location in your garden.
Build your trellis - this is an important first step when planting pitayas or dragon fruit as your vine will require a sturdy support to establish and attach itself to as it grows. A wooden round post that is chest high is ideal and if you are growing more than one plant you can join the posts together with a wooden cross bar. Timber is the perfect support as pitayas can easily attach their aerial roots to the rough service of the timber.

Don't make the mistake of planting them up a tree for support as it is very difficult to pick the fruit from the top of a cacti covered tree and your vine will be most productive if the arms are allowed to hang downwards, this encourages flowering and will give you more fruit.

Apple cacti are columnar cacti and will support themselves once they are established, however you will need a small stake to tie them to until they are firmly rooted in their position in your garden.

Make sure that the soil where you are going to plant your cutting is friable and well drained, cacti will not tolerate wet feet at all. You may need to use a pair of heavy gloves to protect your hands from the spikes on your cactus cutting or use a wad of newspaper wrapped around the cutting to make handling your cactus cutting painless.

Plant your cutting in the prepared soil to a depth of 5-10 cm, do not plant it too deep. You will then need to tie your cutting to its support with a soft stretchy tie, old tights are perfect for this as they are strong yet stretchy and they will not damage your cutting. You can if you wish root your cutting before planting it into the final position by following these same planting instructions and putting your cutting into seed raising mix until it forms roots. The roots of your new cutting should be well established after 90 days.

Apple cactus cutting

Pearl Pitaya cutting

Happy gardening

Video: Blood Orange Tree the Cara Cara - Large with No Seeds

Quickly becoming the Orange Tree of choice all across Australia. It has Large Oranges with No seeds and Red Flesh. Which is why it is a Blood Orange Tree. It also fruits quite early in the season. Our Staff Member Carla in this video calls it the Perfect Orange Tree in this 50 second video.

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Video: The Amazing Jaboticaba Tree - Growing Tips

The Amazing Jaboticaba Tree is a favourite because of the way the very sweet grape like fruit grows along the trunk.

This seedling Avocado Tree is discussed. If you didn't want a seedling you may like to purchase a grafted Jaboticaba Tree
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The Amazing Jaboticaba Tree - Growing Tips

Video: Avocado Tree - How does a flower turn into an Avocado

How does a flower turn into an Avocado.

The pollination of the Avocado Tree is fascinating. This video shows with a time lapse video exactly how it all works.

The basics are that each flower will open for about 3-6 hours as a female flower on one day. Then the next day it will open for 3-6 hours as a Male flower.

For pollination to occur we need to have both a male flower and a female flower open at the same time.

This is where A- Type Avocados and B- Type Avocados come into play.

The difference between the 2 types is when the female flowers open. A type they open in the morning and B Type they open in the afternoon. ( Visa Versa for Male ) 

So if you have an A type and a B type you are going to have your Male and Female flowers opening both in the morning and in the afternoon. Giving you cross pollination.

However as this video shows it is possible for both the male and female on the same tree to be open on the same Avocado Tree at the same time. It shows how self pollination can occur.

Fuerte Avocado Tree - Large Long Avocados with Creamy Flesh

Fuerte Avocado Tree

We are picking our Avocado fuerte Trees Fruit. They have big pear shaped fruit with smooth creamy flesh, perfect with a squeeze of lemon and a sprinkle of black pepper from the vine. What is your favourite avocado recipe?

#avocado #avocadotree #fruittrees #daleysfruit

Yellow Dragon Fruit Vine - Spiky But Best Tasting ( No Possums)

Yellow Dragon Fruit Vine

We had a feast of cacti fruits for morning tea today. The yellow dragon fruit were the best, they are great looking fruits and full of flavour. The formidable looking thorns are easy to brush off however not for the possums and should not deter anyone from growing these sensational fruits. We also enjoyed a Pearl pitaya as well as orange and pink apple cactus.
Apparently all cacti fruits are edible, do you have any growing in your garden that are eye catching and tasty?

#dragonfruit #pitaya #Peruvianapplecacti #cacti #cactus

Growing a Cocoa Tree in Australia ( Chocolate)

The Cocoa Tree - Red Beans
Just visiting my son Paul Daley in Samosir in Summatra. Growing Cacao Trees  to perfection is done in this Tropical fruit trees climate. I would be interested to know how far south has anyone grown Cacao in Australia.  #cacao #cocoatree

Buddhas hand

One of our more alien looking fruit trees

Guava Fruit Trees - The China Pear

In this Guava Video we introduce you to the China Pear. Creamy and delicious and the tree looks the part. This tree is packed with guavas.
#guava #guavatree #guavafruittree #guavachinapear