Fruit Trees

The Richmond Birdwing Butterfly and Vine

Who am I?
Who am I ? ..... I am not a pest, I don’t always look like this, I am like the ugly duckling 🐥, there is only certain vines I like, if you plant them I will come. Who am I?


Richmond Birdwing Vine:
Answer from last post: I am the caterpillar of the Richmond Birdwing butterfly. I only like the Richmond birdwing vine and I am one of your largest butterflies in Australia my wingspan can be 16cm. Grow my vines and I will come.

Who am I? caterpillar

Who am I ? ..... I am not a pest, I don’t always look like this, I am like the ugly duckling 🐥, there is only certain vines I like, if you plant them I will come. Who am I?
Who am I?

Making Potting Mix at Home and in a Nursery.

Video: Making your own potting mix
Video Transcript
We're often asked about our potting mix
we make our premium potting mix here at
Daley's nursery
Keep in mind that we do make
different mixes for specific plants so
I'm just going to show you a general
potting mix that you can also make in
your garden to pot up your beautiful
fruit trees and any other plants that
you're growing in containers so firstly
we start with basic ingredients and we
buy ours in bulk of course so this is
Coir and you can buy it in blocks like
this it's dried out it's pressed
together and it's quite compact so what
you need to do when you get your block
of Coir is to wet it down so you can pop
this in a wheelbarrow put in about ten
litres of water twenty litres of water
and it expands so you can see how much
it expands here so this is one block
once it's expanded so we actually put a
little sprinkler over lots of blocks of
koi and we wet them all down together so
we're ready to mix our potting mix now
as soon as you move this block it's
going to break up so I've got one here
that we've just moved over and you can
see it just becomes like a powder so
this is one of the basic ingredients of
our potting mix now next to us here
we've got composted pine bark and this
is just medium pines of composted pine
bark and it's the other main fundamental
ingredient in our potting mix and we're
going to actually mix these together so
what we do here at the nursery is we mix
about one-third of Coir to two-thirds of
pine bark we use a tractor and a scoop
and we actually put them in a big old
cement mixer so they get fed into this
chute we mix it all up with fertiliser
so we add slow-release fertiliser gypsum
we add Nutrimin and then we feed it up
this chute into our potting machine once
it's all really well mixed and then the
potting machine feeds the Potters to pot
up the plants so I'll show you that next
so this fabulous machine is our potting
machine and this is where we pot up the
majority of our plants here at Daley's
nursery
so it's a two-person operation and we'll
show you how it works but basically when
you turn it on it feeds out the potting
mix and people pot up here it's a really
fast and efficient way of potting up
plants
so if you want to make your own potting
mix at home you're going to need a
wheelbarrow some basic ingredients some
coir some pine bark if you can get it or
you might want to just use a bag of
premium grade potting mix so that's
going to be similar and it's already
going to have the fertilizer if you're
using plain pine bark you're going to
need some slow-release fertiliser so
we've got a couple of cups of Osmocote
and Nutricote coat these are slow-release
and they're going to last about eight to
twelve months so mix it all up in your
wheelbarrow
sprinkling my slow-release fertiliser so
I've got about two cups
and then mix it all through.
so you can see that the
fertiliser is sort of nicely spread
through the mix you can see the Coir is
pretty much broken up and I've got a
really beautiful mix of ingredients so
this is excellent we're going to use
this to pot up some of our beautiful

fruit trees

R2E2 Mango Fruit Tree - Shaking to harvest (Slow Mo)

Seedling R2E2 Mango Fruit Tree

Video Transcript

This is one of our favourites this is the
r2e2   mango and you can see it's a
really big colourful fruit
it's delicious eating fresh and we also
use this as a seedling tree so it's an
excellent choice if you've got space for
a big mango tree and you love mangoes
enough to be able to eat a beautiful
big fruit like this

Pearl Dragon Fruit the Pitaya for Full Sun positions

Pearl Dragon Fruit Pitaya
Our Pearl Dragon Fruit this morning. We find they are better than the yellow varieties in full sun positions. Yellow skinned varieties can get sunburnt in harsh sun like we got over the weekend. Growing them over an old stump like we have done here is ideal. Looks very rustic while staying small and means that they quickly start drooping down telling your plant it is time to flower and fruit rather than exploring new heights by climbing up a tall tree. 

Internship Job at Daleys Fruit Tree Nursery


Would you like to do an Internship with Daleys Fruit Tree Nursery, with the possibility of long term employment and eventual managing role.

The 3 Daley Brothers that established the nursery nearly 40 years ago are looking at succession planning in the next 10 years. Hence we have an opportunity to train up the right persons to take over management roles and continue to build on what we have achieved at Daleys.

If interested in this opportunity to work in a very positive workplace and live in the best address in Australia (well we think so), then please apply for this position. The Internship would be for 12mths working full time at the Nursery Award.


  • Honest with an enthusiastic work ethic, that is motivated and genuinely interested in establishing a long term career.
  • Ability to contribute to a positive team environment
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Strong organisational skills
  • Ability to supervise and motivate employees.
  • Physically fit and have the capacity for physical outdoor work. Work would include all aspects of the Nursery from Propagation, Potting, Dispatch, Fruit tree maintenance, Irrigation management., Machinery Maintenance, Liaison with Suppliers and customers, Pest and weed Control,
  • A passion to read, learn and research. With over 500 different varieties we sell, so very important for the right applicant to want to educate themselves.
  • Ability to work full time (38hrs per week)

You may not have all these skills now, but if you genuinely think you have the ability to develop these skills then please apply. After the 12mth Internship we will look at the opportunity to move into a full time position with Daleys. We have a profit sharing incentive with all permanent staff after they have worked with us for 12mths. If you feel this Internship is right for you, please send in your Resume and a cover letter why you think you would be right for this position. info@daleysfruit.com.au

Dragon Fruit Pitaya Zomovanao Trial

Pitaya Dragon Fruit Zamovano
Pitaya Dragon Fruit Zamovano
New Trial: This is the Dragon Fruit Pitaya Zamovanao that we have been trialling in our nursery. Purpose is we want to make sure that it crops well, Can produce fruit in isolation ( Please note we did hand pollinate from the same pitaya plant ).

Once we get fruit it was my job to taste it today.

My subjective Taste Analysis: 2x more flavour than white pearl with soft seeds which often need a lime to bring out the flavour. On a hot day like today it was very refreshing and juicy.

Look: From the photo on the inside you can see it is quite spectacular translucent purple flesh with dark crunchy seeds inside.

When will it be available: Sorry not for another year. We will use this plant to reproduce it exactly the same so you know you are getting the same plant that we trialled in our nursery.

When it is ready it will appear on our Dragon Fruit Pitaya Fruit Tree Page

Buy Fruit Fly Lures and baits to control this pest

Control Fruit Fly with Lures
You can control and reduce the number of fruit flys in your orchard using Fruit Fly lures,

Some good Lures and bait are
Eco naturalure Male Fruit Fly Trap
Eco Naturalure - Organic Fruit Fly Control
Wild May Fruit Fly Attractant
Wild May Fruit Fly Trap

Video Transcript

So fruit fly is an example of a bad bug
they will just crucify your fruit they
infect it with maggots they make it go
off they ruin a beautiful crop so we
actually use lures so we're not spraying
our trees we're not using toxic poison
we're just putting out a tiny pheromone
bait and what that does is that attracts
the fruit fly into this trap and we trap
the fruit fly in there so one way you
can control your fruit fly is to net
your trees so you actually eliminate the
fruit fly from getting to your fruit
which is a great organic way of doing it
and another way is to use lure bait so
get some pheromone lures there are
different products on the market
you can make your own trap just plastic
bottle with some holes in it put a bit
of that lure in there and attract those
fruit fly to your bait and you'll help
to reduce the numbers in your orchard

But Acerola Cherry Fruit Trees - Cherry of the Subtropics


Your Answer to a Cherry Tree when you live in the subtropics is the Acerola Cherry Fruit Tree. It's a great cropper with off the chart levels of vitamin C. A more diverse flavour with tang and sweet than run of the mill cherries. We show you a very well established tree. And show how it can suit many Australian Backyards.

Acerola Cherry Trees are for Sale at Daleys Fruit Tree Nursery
Buy Acerola Cherry Trees here

Botanical Name | Scientific Name
Malpighia emarginata

Video Transcript

It's late Spring and we're just
starting to pick Acerolas
and these are these beautiful red little
fruits and they're packed in vitamin C
so one of these is like eating an apple
and they're really delicious they're
quite juicy and they've got a lovely mix
of sweet and sour so if you like things
with a little bit of tang you're going
to love the Acerola they also grow in
quite a beautiful shrub so you can see
behind me it's very dense and it can be
quite heavy so if you want to grow one
in your garden it's a good idea to put a
nice sturdy stake to it to keep it
strong in the ground they can have a
tendency to pull themselves over with the
weight of the plant if the soil gets very
wet so during wet weather that we get
here in the subtropics they can topple
unless you have them well staked the
other thing you can do to avoid that is
keep it prune so keep it well maintained
cut it back once it gets to about this
size so when it finishes fruiting take
about a third or half off it and that'll
keep it nice and vigorous and keep it
small and compact but when you're
pruning it's a good idea to wear long
sleeve shirt and gloves cause the
foliage is covered with tiny irritating
hairs so if your wear a short sleeve
shirt you'll find yourself quite itchy afterwards they're like stinging
nettles but not as severe so they give
you tiny little stings they're quite
irritating on the skin and so it'll make
you very itchy. So if you're working
with this plant make sure you do protect
your skin with a long-sleeve shirt you
can see it's quite a beautiful plant
when it's got the fruit on it and also
in flower it has lovely pastel pink
blossoms that make it look beautiful
when it's in flower early spring so this
is the Acerola we love it.
and you're going to enjoy those beautiful little
tasty fruits
mmm lovely mix of sweet and sour
I adore these that's the Acerola
you