Fruit Trees

Acclimatising & Unboxing Fruit Trees before you Plant them

You just received New Plants

When you bring home new fruit trees and plants you need to acclimatise them. This involves making sure they have enough water and a sunny position. We recommend at least 1-2 weeks hardening them up before planting them.

Young Plants

For plants that you purchase that are small and young. It is also recommended that you pot small plants into a bigger pot size. You may need to do this 2-3 times each time going into a larger pot size. This is particularly important when growing plants outside of their climatic region.

Youtube  - Unboxing and Acclimatising Young Plants

We show you in great detail all these procedures to ensure that your young plants will have the best chance of survival.

Buy Scionwood from Daleys Nursery to Graft in Your Backyard

We have a new list of Scion wood products here at Daleys!

Get notified when our scionwoods are available for sale

Scion wood is the horticultural term for the wood being grafted onto a rootstock, generally rootstocks are seedlings, maybe a year old, and a matching thickness for the scion wood. Scions are collected from a mature branch from the selected variety. Grafting is one technique used to propagate known varieties of fruit and nut trees, the offspring tree will produce fruit that is identical to the parent tree. It will also start to fruit withing 2-3 years, where as seedlings may take up to 8 years to mature to fruiting age.

Scions can also be grafted onto existing mature trees, which gives you the opportunity to create multi-grafts or enrich your pollination potential with a male branch on a female tree. 

Our Shoshoni (B) scionwood will be available in August, for example. and can be grafted onto our pecan seedling products, Apache or Riverside, or as a multi-graft onto one of our other varieties. The video linked below shows Kath, our favourite YouTube host, demonstrating how easy it is to create a multi-grafted citrus tree.  

All you need to graft your first plants are a sharp grafting knife, some florists tape or parafilm, your rootstock, and your scion wood. 

Scion wood will be available to buy soon on our website, with the Shoshoni Pecan wood coming available in August. We have a special discount of 20% for buying 5 or more scions, and we want to encourage everybody to have a go, it's quite addictive once you start. Our other varieties will be coming available soon, so jump over to our website and search the hashtag #ScionWood to see what is on offer. Don't forget to sign up for our notifications so you can be among the first to each variety as they come up, and feel free to drop a comment or message us if you think we need to expand our range or want to recommend anything in particular. 

Propagate by Marcotting - Gardening Australia Article February 2019

 Marcotting Fruit Trees - Try This At Home

When Phil Dudman from Gardening Australia last visited us at Daleys Nursery we were in the process of creating our lychee marcotts. Phil took photos of Dave as he created our Wai Chi Lychee marcotts. Here is Phil's article in the Feb 2019 Gardening Australia Magazine, with photos to help guide you through the process. The magazine is out now for you to purchase.

Make sure you check out our video tutorial too, and our results 

And have a go at making your own fruit trees by Marcotting or Air Layering as it is also known. We would love to hear your results.

Happy gardening.

Christmas Cherries in Warm Climates

It's the silly season, the stores are full of Christmas cheer, and there are bright red cherries on every cake. No fruit cake is finished without the cherry on top, right? So how do we get our cherry fix here in warm temperate NSW? 
Growing Tropical Cherries when you're in a warmer climate. 

An Acerola Cherry fruit tree has beautifully open, dichotomous branching pattern lends itself well to holiday decorations, not that it needs it while it's shiny baubles ripen at the perfect time of year. Approximately the size of a cherry, the fruit has a single seed and tastes remarkably similar to their cold climate relatives. 

Multi Grafting Fruit Trees Top Graft Tutorial

Beginners guide to multi grafting fruit trees in 10 steps. Grafting can be done by anyone who wants to have a go.

Step 1 Cut out the dead wood 00:18
Step 2 Locate the rootstock 00:58
Step 3: Remove thorns 01:43
Step 4 Wrap the scion in tape 02:01
Step 5 Perform a top Graft 02:32
Step 6: Cut scion into 4cm spear 03:01
Step 7 Cut rootstock to match scion 03:26
Step 8 Fit scion into rootstock 03:46
Step 9 Tape Together 03:50
Step 10 Remove the tape 05:19

How to grow Kumquat Trees & Which is best?

We have grown side by side 3 different Kumquat fruit trees. Dwarf Kumquts, Semi Dwarf Kumquats and Regular Kumquat Fruit Trees.

We show you the differences between each one and how to get the most out of them by giving them the fertiliser they need to grow. We also explore their uses.

Kumquats mentioned are
Nagami Kumquat Tree
Meiwa Kumquat Tree
Calamondin Kumquat Tree

Kumquat Fruit Trees are for sale at Daleys Fruit Tree Nursery here:

The Dwarf Calamondin Kumquat Fruit Tree featured is for sale here:

and a regular sized Calamondin Kumquat Fruit Tree variety here:

now everybody loves growing citrus trees
they're not only productive but they're
also beautiful ornamental plants to grow
as a potted ornamental plant this is the
Australian Calamondin and in the
Philippines it's also known as the
calamansi and it's a really popular
fruit to use in marinades and dressings
so this is a fantastic little juicy
fruit and you can squeeze all that
lovely acidic juice out it's used in all
sorts of Asian cooking and it's also
fantastic if you like making marmalade
so this is the Calamondin grow it
because it looks beautiful and grow it
to use these beautiful tasty fruit so
when you're choosing your Kalamunda nor
your kumquat to grow in your garden
knowing which is the best one for you
can depend on what your space is like so
here I have a dwarf Calamondin and you
can see that it's a really small and
compact plant and it's also perfect for
growing in pots so if you want a lovely
potted specimen or a small compact tree
choose a dwarf tree and that way you can
fit it into small spaces and if you want
something a little bit larger something
grafted onto a semi dwarfing rootstocks
like trifoliatia it's going to give
you a slightly larger tree so this is a
Meiwa and in the background there I
have a Nagami so these are different
types of kumquats and there are
different root stocks that you can
select them on so choose a dwarf for
small spaces and pots and go for your
regular root stock if you want something
a little bit larger

Kangaroo Paw Bush Pearl - Creating a Hedge

This striking plant has red coloured flowers that sometimes in certain angles resemble the the paws of a kangaroo.

This particular variety is special because of how many flowers it produces that will liven up a tiny portion of your backyard.

The Kangaroo Paw Bush Pearl Plant is for sale at Daleys Fruit Tree Nursery here:

Here's a beautiful little Ozzie Native
for anyone who likes a little
bit of colour in your garden.
and lovese growing Australian plants.
This is the Bush Pearl
Kangaroo Paw
And like all the kangaroo paws.
It's just a stunning edging plant
to have in your garden.I've just
got it popped in the corner of this
Herb garden and it just brings
a little bit of joy to everybody who
sees it during the day it's
absolutely stunning
To grow this all you need to do
is cut off the spent flowers
and you can actually lift and
and divide it so you can see
all these little plantlets that are
growing and if you want to
you can lift your plant when it
finishes flowering, divide these
into individual plants and you'll
end up with having 10
of these beautiful things in
your garden

Growing Grapefruits - The Honneffs Surprise

You can buy the Grapefruit Honneff Surprise Fruit Tree regular size and also as a Dwarf Grapefruit Honneff surprise fruit tree

I'm going to show you a beautiful citrus
here today this is called a Honneffs
Surprise looks like a grapefruit it
smells like a grapefruit but it's
actually a hybrid cross so it's a cross
between a grapefruit and an orange and
what that does is it gives the fruit
this beautiful blush so it's a little
bit more orange in color and it's also a
little bit more sweet so if you love
grapefruit you're going to love the Honneffs
Surprise. So like growing all citrus
trees you're going to need a full Sun
position and you're going to need good
drainage so they like plenty of
moisture they like really
well-drained soil and they're heavy
feeders so you're going to need to give
your tree some well balanced nutrition
about three or four times a year so lots
of compost lots of mulch and a balanced
NPK fertiliser and then in the winter
months when you most need your vitamin C
you're going to be picking these big
juicy beautiful fruits and eating them
for breakfast every day

Variegated Kumquat Fruit Tree - Stripy Fruit

Unlike normal Kumquats the Variegated Kumquat Fruit Tree has these green and yellow stripes. This plant is really going to stand out in your backyard. Often people use them as a feature plant. They are very popular grown in pots.

if you want to grow a beautiful
productive ornamental potted fruit tree
you can't really go past this which is a
variegated kumquat and even the fruits
are variegated so they have this
beautiful stripy fruits on them which
can be quite striking and the foliage
has that lovely variegation to it
beautiful little flowers and it makes an
absolutely lovely pot plant if you have
a pair of these at your front door it's
supposed to bring you good luck they
also make the most fantastic kumquat
marmalade so if you'd like something
productive something beautiful have a
look at the variegated kumquat