It got it's first harvest in the first 3 years when it was small however when it was 10 years old it got a disease which caused a lot of the leaves to fall off. Maisy was going to cut it down however it came good and ever since it has been getting huge crops like this one. She says she never waters it.
2 years ago a flying fox got caught in one of the nets and luckily my brother visited that day. He freed the bat and took off all the nets. Although it was uncovered not one bat visited the lychee that season.
Unfortunately their memory is only for a season and last year the Bats came when the lychees were the same size as the ones pictured, they ate every single lychee even though they were green.
Because the tree is huge Nanna has placed only a few nets over the lychees at head hight. The bats came again the last 2 nights and each morning nanna is picking up 2 buckets full of half eaten green lychees they have however not eaten the ones at the bottom with the nets.
After it crops I am going to visit and give it a very aggressive prune to about 2.5 meters so that it can become mananageable again.
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I am one of those people who dreams of the perfect cup of coffee. Here is a picture of my k7 coffee plant that I have had for 2 years now in a pot. I can't wait till they turn red.
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The first thing to do is choose a variety:
Colder Climates (eg Victoria)
- Mango R2E2 Seeding - More Hardy but takes longer to fruit
- Mango Nam Doc Mai - Good cropper in cooler climates
Subtropical or Tropical Climates (eg Northern NSW and QLD)
- Dwarf Irwin Mango Tree - Resistant to Black Spot
- Glenn Mango Tree - Semi Dwarf Variety and My Mango Tree pictured It is also resistant to Black spot
- R2E2 Grafted Mango Tree - We have all seen this variety in the supermarket and they are huge, non-stringy and taste great.
Choosing A Pot
I would suggest getting one of similar size to the one in the picture. How it works is the smaller the pot the smaller your plant and the sooner it will flower. The bigger the pot the bigger your mango tree and the mango tree may take a bit longer to flower.
Growing Mango Trees in Cooler Climates
Now is the best time to get your Mango Tree (Oct-Jan) Or I would suggest as soon as Spring breaks. The longer your mango tree has to establish and harden up the better. Ask your nursery to choose you one that is well established. That way when winter comes your mango tree is settled in. Working out ways to protect your mango tree from frosts while it is young will be your biggest challenge.
Potting Mix - The best quality you can afford.
Mulch - Lucerne is best but Sugar mulch will do to keep moisture in.
1st Year Flowering
If you purchased a grafted variety your mango tree will want to flower straight away. You should cut all these flowers off and encourage new foliage to grow.
2nd Year Flowering
The pictured mango is a second year mango tree grown in a pot and flowered profusely when Spring broke. There is no way that all the flowers will turn into mango's so I would cut half the flowers off and encourage new growth and the other half perhaps thin out leaving a maximum of 3 flower heads which could produce 5 mango's in the 2nd year.
3rd Year Flowering
Your mango tree should be well established by now and you can be the judge.
Pruning your Mango Tree
Because it is in a pot it's growth will be bonsaied even if you chose a variety that could normally grow very tall. Nevertheless I am a huge fan of pruning fruit trees because when you prune the tips instead of growing upwards which it does so instinctively it will start bushing out which is what you want.
Fertiliser and Watering
When Spring comes on you should start applying the fertiliser and when the fruit starts forming you should give it some water. If possible avoid watering in the late afternoon due to the water sitting on the leaves and developing a fungus.
Mango's have come a long way since the old Bowen's became a huge favourite for Australians upcoming varieties such as the Irwin and Glenn can be grown with much less damage from fungal diseases which required you to be attentive come early spring with your spraying regime.
Mango Trees grow very well in pots and allow you to position them to get the Sun in Spring and protection from frosts in Winter.
Don Burke does a fantastic show which features Dwarf Fruit Trees. He takes a small backyard and transforms it into a permaculture haven.
Don Purchased Dwarf Fruit Trees From Daleys Fruit Tree Nursery which were featured in His Program on Channel 9.
Don Burkes Website:
Featured on Channel 9
Don Burke speaks to Kath from Daleys Fruit Tree Nursery about growing Dwarf Fruit Trees. Recorded from Glenn Wheelers radio program on 2ue. You can listen live to the program at:
between 4-6pm on Saturday or by radio on 2ue.
Detailed instructions on tree planting. Aspects such as the size of the hole, how to do a drainage test, What fertilizer and other considerations.
After Care of Your Tree
How to care for you tree after planting such as storing labels and staking your tree.
For more information:
Guide to Care and Planting of Fruit Trees
You can eat this berry when it turns black fresh off the vine or concoct a tart. I haven't tasted it myself but it is only a matter of time as I am a berry fan.
This spring I have noticed that berries such as blueberries and raspberries are also very popular among fruit enthusiasts.
I guess competing with bats, possums, birds and your family to eat these berries fresh from your orchard is worth it.
We have 40 coming of the new Blackberry - Thornless Chester so it will be interesting to see how this new American berry perform here in Australia.
Now when you click this you will have the option to enter your Mobile Phone Number. Once the fruit tree becomes available we will send you an sms as well as an email to tell you that it is ready for sale.
Home Garden Waterwise Rebate Scheme
The Queensland Government is offering up to a $50 rebate when you purchase drought tolerant plants. It works like this you get 50% off any plant that your nursery recommends as drought tolerant. This is capped once the rebate reaches $50. It is open for both renters (OK it with your landlord) and of course home owners. (Full Details)
Click To View all the plants suitable for this scheme from our nursery:
Further Discussion about the scheme
In the last few years there has been more talk about looking after our environment. The best ways are usually:
1. Use our resources wisely.
2. Plant trees suitable for their climate.
The Queensland Government Home Garden Rebate we think is the best response yet because rather then just rebates on energy efficient washing machines, water tanks etc They actually are encouraging the people in their state to plant more trees. (of course we are biased to this solution) If you are from another state why not ask your local member to do something similar.
How it works: Click to go to our Queensland Home Garden Waterwise Web Page and add any of the plants on this page to your shopping cart. You will notice that each item when added to your shopping cart will have underneath it "Suitable for the QLD Waterwise Rebate Scheme".
When we mail order your plants to you we will include this invoice with the plants. You then fill out this form and attach your invoice and send it to: Home WaterWise Rebate Scheme, GPO Box 2454, Brisbane, QLD, 4001. And they will send you back up to $50.
You can certainly order other plants from us such as fruit trees that are not suitable for the scheme on the same invoice. However only the plants marked "Suitable for the QLD Waterwise Rebate Scheme" will receive the 50% rebate.
Instead of taking 18 months to fruit a cutting grown paw paw takes only 4 months.
Sick of getting a ladder to pick your paw paws? Cutting grown pawpaws fruit at ground level.
You can even grow them in a pot.
Cost. There is a lot more work involved in preparing the cuttings so they would cost $29 each as opposed to $10 for the seedlings. If we get enough people interested we will start making them a regular selection from our nursery.
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There is a lovely place in our orchard at the moment near the passionfruit vines. The aroma is the first thing that I notice as I near the trellis, there is a heady spicy scent in the air. I am then stopped in my tracks by these strikingly beautiful flowers which are produced in great numbers. We have the hybrid vines in the orchard these are a cross between the Giant Grandilla, Passiflora quadrangularis and the Sweet Lilikoi, Passiflora alata, both of which have equally beautiful flowers. It can be a little difficult to get them to set fruit and often hand pollination with a soft paint brush is the only way to ensure fruit set but they are worth the effort for their delicious fruits and are stunning if grown for the flowers alone. Picked flowers can be used in shallow saucers as table decorations or they are gorgeous when used to scent rooms with their magnificent fragrance, I often bring them up to the office to enjoy both the amazing complicated flower and the unusual perfume.
A current affair did a video estimating price hikes once the restrictions are in effect (per kilo)
Oranges - $4.97 - $8.70
Apples - $2.71 - $4.74
Pears - $3.98 - $6.97
Plums - $5.94 - $10.40
Macadamia Nuts - $19.98 - $34.97
To combat prices they suggested some people would eat canned fruit or buy imported fruit.
I have a better idea: Why not Grow Your Own Fruit
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I love my panama berry it is my favourite fruit tree, especially at the moment when it is fruiting. The tree itself is very attractive with soft foliage that hangs almost to the ground it is evergreen, fast growing and always looks beautiful. Fruits are produced for months so at this time of the year the tree is adorned with both the delicate white flowers and the pretty red fruits that are about the size of a small cherry. In ideal conditions the trees can grow to about ten meters but I have no intention of letting mine get that tall as I would not be able to reach the tempting little fruits.
It is a browsing tree, none of the fruit that my tree produces ever make it inside, all my fruits are eaten in the shade of the tree. My birds have not yet realized that the fruits are delicious, I am not sure if this is because they are hidden under the soft weeping foliage but I feel lucky about that. My neighbours wallabies feed on the foliage of his tree but mine have never munched a single leaf on my tree so the foliage weeps to the ground. The fruits are very sweet, I think they have the flavour of vanilla ice cream and I just love to suck the inside flesh out of the skin even though the skins are edible.
Correy will want to know if he can grow a panama berry in a pot in his garden and yes they grow beautifully in large containers, as with any fruit tree in a container it will require regular watering, a good quality potting mix and a healthy layer of organic mulch to keep the moisture in. The panama berry is a must have as a snacking tree for children and adults alike, anyone who like sweet think will love the panama berry.
We have been enjoying a bumper crop of feijoas from our orchard at the nursery this year. Our fruit fly controls are certainly paying off as the fruits are 90% free of fruit fly grubs. Greg has been spraying the orchard with eco-naturlure since August 2006 on a weekly basis. The underside of the leaves of selected trees are sprayed so that it sticks to the back of the leaf and does not get washed of in rain. Feijoas and guavas are particularly attractive to fruit flies so it is wonderful to be eating fruits that are not infected with fly. This is an Apollo feijoa, it has large elongated oval fruits that are delicious and it has cropped well in the orchard this year. They are sweet and have a delicate flavour that is a combination of pineapple, guava, strawberry, passion fruit and lemon. Fruits are refreshing and delicious eaten fresh and they can be used in desserts and preserves.
Feijoas are well known and popular in New Zealand where many of the modern cultivars have been developed, they do however originate from south America where they are common in the mountains of Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay.
Feijoas are easy to grow, they are hardy and can be grown in full sun or part shade, they are even tolerant of maritime conditions although this will slow their growth and will reduce the crop. They are ideal to use as a wind break, flowering and fruiting hedge to protect more sensitive plants in your garden.
Notice how the yellow flowers are drooping. This is because it is night flowering. The dragon fruit is quite happy to hang itself off this tree and it loves getting all the sun near the pool. It climbed to the very top of the palm tree with ease.
Because the Dragon Fruit is self pollinating it does need ants or bees to pollinate it so sure enough it was covered in ants.
The above pictures are of a Yellow Dragon Fruit and it will still be a while before you can pick the fruit. However they had another Red dragon fruit again on a palm tree which was fruiting.
I notice that in Brisbane at the moment some shops are selling imported dragon fruits (around $4 each yet you can grow your own for $12.90) from Vietnam however after seeing these huge dragon fruit vines there is no reason why in the near future we will be eating commercially grown dragon fruit from Australia hopefully a bit cheaper as well.
Another thing I noticed is that they don't have any roots in the ground. I could be wrong but once they are established they seem to dig themselves into the host tree and I assume feed themselves this way perhaps like a strangler fig however not as aggressive as they rely on the host tree for survival. Am I right?
Figs have an amazing flavour but you need to eat them at the right time as they are highly perishable once picked so I am guessing that is why supermarkets and fruit markets have a hard time keeping them on their shelves and charge like a wounded bull for them.
Because I live in the city I am growing it in a pot to keep it dwarfed and also it means that I can move it into the perfect sunny position. I have 5 figs coming on even though it is only a baby. No wonder people like the fig black Genoa so much they fruit from a young age and for a large part of the year as well - October through to March.