Fruit Trees

Dwarf Red Shahtoot Mulberry Fruit Tree Espalier

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We grew our Red Shahtoot Mulberry tree along 3 lengths of wire. This technique is known as espalier. It gets more Sun into a smaller space producing more mulberries that are easier to pick. Here is an old video from 3 years ago of this exact same mulberry tree in the early stages. https://youtu.be/qyQreB8qd4k

Why Paint Avocado Plants - Sunscreen for your Avocados

Avocado Trees will get sunburnt and die in Australian Summers. If you don't do this when they are young and prepare an adequate shelter it is very likely it will not survive until it has produced and adequate canopy.

We demonstrate how we paint our avocado Trees and set up a shelter for them.

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Video Transcript
so today we're painting Avocado trees
and the reason that we're doing this is
we are protecting our trees from sunburn
so this is basically sunscreen for your
Avocado. Now if you look at this stem of
your avocado tree you can see it has
this beautiful green stem and this is a
really healthy looking plant and it's
very susceptible to sunburn when it's
this age because you can see it's quite
sparsely leafed it doesn't have a full
canopy and it's not going to have a full
canopy of life to protect it until it's
well established and about 2 or 3 years
old so young trees like this it is
really important to protect them from
hot Summer Sun so as the weather is
warming up here in the spring we're
going to paint our avocado trees we're
going to give them a coat of sun
sunscreen to protect them from the hot
Summer Sun the other thing you need to
do at this time of the year is if you
see any flowers just pick them out you
don't want a tree this size making fruit
I know it's heartbreaking but you do
need to leave it until it's well
established to let it fruit so just note
that as well so the first thing you need
to do is you need to locate the graft on
your trunk of your tree and the reason
you need to do this is because anything
that shoots below the graft you need to
remove that's desuckering so this is
the Scion this is the grafted part of
your tree it's the variety which has the
good quality for it you want and in this
case it's a Sheppard avocado this is a
seedling avocado so anything that shoots
from below this point you need to remove
so when you paint your tree and I've
done one here you can see it's quite
difficult to see the graft Union so it's
really important before you start locate
the graft make a note where it is and if
necessary you can just put a little bit
of different coloured paint on that part
of the tree so you know exactly where it
is this is our Sun screen this is the
paint that we're going to put on our
tree the trunk of our tree to protect it
and it's just house emulsion so if
you've got some acrylic wall paint that
is perfect but you're going to dilute it
about one part paint to three parts
water and what you get is a very liquid
mix of
paint that goes on very easily it's
going to be a bit messy so just be careful
where you get it try not to get it all
over yourselves
and we're just going to paint the trunk of the tree
So even once you've painted the stem on your Avocado Tree.
you're still going to need to protect it
from the very hot summer weather that we
get here in Australia and this is a
great thing to do it with this is a
sock made out of shade cloth and it's
just been sewed together in a double
width so it's basically a tube of double
shade cloth and it's the height of the
tree once you plant it in the ground so
you just put three star pickets in the
ground and put that over your avocado
tree and it's going to protect it during
very hot weather on very hot days when
it's going to be 35 40 or more make sure
you put an additional cover over the top
of that just to protect that tree during
the very hot part of the day you can
take that cover off in the morning and
late in the afternoon once the weather's
cooled off but that's going to protect
your tree during summer and get it well
established which is a really important
thing to do with our Avocado trees make
sure they don't get sunburned because it
is a very damaging thing and you will risk
losing your graft Rodney has generously
offered to hammer in the star pickets
for me to show you how to do this
and it lets the air flow through but it
protects your tree from the sunshine and
then once you've got your shade cloth
over bang in your other star pickets to
make a nice tight triangle
so if you've got your avocado planted
and you don't have the gear on hand to
make your little shade house you can do a
quick cheap fix just to protect it while
you get everything organized so you just
need to cut some nice bushy foliage off
an existing tree from your garden
Callistemons are great melaleucas are
great this is Nandina it's just going to
work as a temporary shade wall and
you're going to pop it in on the western
side so if I can just push these in it's
a little bit hard in our demonstration
spot here so the idea is that you just
want to create a shade wall that's going
to protect your tree while you actually
get your shade house establish so you
can then go off and build your little
shade shade cloth house and get your
star pickets and you're ready to protect
it on a more permanent basis so this is
just a temporary fix that works quite
well just to save it from a hot day in
the meantime

Welcome to Spring 2017

Welcome to Spring


🌻Welcome to Spring Everyone 🌷. We are enjoying some lovely weather at the nursery today.

Our Spring Fruit Tree Catalogue is ready.
It includes plants that will be ready in Oct/Nov ( Yellow ) as well as plants that are ready to send to you right now so you can combine them to get them all in one go to save on freight. Or place separate orders to get the ones in stock now if you wish.

Jucara Fruiting Palm Tree for Sale (Euterpe edulis)

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The Jucara Palm (Euterpe edulis) is a very close relative of the Acai Palm which everybody knows about thanks to these Acai bowls. The Acai palm is quite tropical so often dismissed as a plant to grow by many Australians but the Jucara Palm is a close relative that can be grown into the subtropics and the fruit is quite similar and can be used to make the pulp for these lovely smoothie bowls or juiced. Jucara is also preferred for harvesting a high quality "Palm Heart" which is used as an ingredient in steamed vegetables.

Top Grafting Citrus Fruit Trees

Top Grafting Citrus Fruit Trees
Rick Daley in an action shot here is demonstrating how to top graft citrus trees with Phil Dudman

Preparing Dragon Fruit Pitaya Plants for Spring

Preparing Dragon Fruit Plants
Paning from Daley's is busy preparing lots of Dragon Fruit plants for Spring. In the last few years they have become a very popular addition to Australian backyards.

Packaging Bare Root Fruit Trees


Dave Packaging Bare Root Fruit Trees
Dave just packaged up these bare root fruit trees while they are dormant. This one order will make a lovely fruit orchard providing fruit and nuts for the next 50+ years and will arrive ready to plant at our very lovely customers front door shortly.


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Buddhas Hand Fruit Tree for Sale


The Buddhas hand Fruit Tree or Citron is easily the most weird and unusual looking fruit we know of. We share uses and show you the quite small plant growing in our orchard.

Buddhas Hand Fruit Tree is for sale at Daleys Fruit Tree Nursery

Transcript from Buddhas Hand Video:


This really unusual looking citrus is
called a Buddha's hand and it's named
for these very unusual fruits that have
multi fingers and just really strange
shapes and protrusions. Now Citron
or the Buddha's hand is commonly used in
mixed peel so when you have a fruitcake
and you put mixed peel in it it's quite
often citron that's used in that it's a
very fragrant and aromatic fruit and you
can actually use them as a room
fragrance so if you just sit them in
your kitchen you'll get this beautiful
aroma that fills the room it's a very
clean citrusy smell and they're just
delightful and they're going to attract
the attention of anyone who comes into
your room and says what's that it's just
a really lovely thing to have so good
reason to grow them is just for the
unusual fruit to have them sitting
around to create interest so this is the
citron buddha's-hand a very unusual and
interesting citrus to have in your
garden


Buy: Dwarf RedLove Apple Fruit Tree for sale (Red Love)


**New** Dwarf RedLove Apple Tree has a STUNNING red coloured flesh. The tree is ready to be mail ordered to your door now while it is dormant. (bare root: It is sent with no soil and no leaves ).

Tree features include: Blackspot and powdery mildew resistant. In terms of pollination it will be fine with a Granny Smith Apple Tree or Pink lady Apple Tree. Usually only grows between 1 and 2 meters. The climate requirements are Cool Temperate to Warm Temperate. So only the colder parts of QLD & NSW and many places throughout VIC and SA.

What is more this apple has been developed using all natural cross-pollination techniques just like all the apples we have been enjoying for hundreds of years. Basically you choose certain apple trees to grow close together and pollinate each other. You then take these seeds and grow an apple tree in the hope of finding something very special. In this case the RedLove Apple Tree.

Learn/Buy here: https://www.daleysfruit.com.au/Dwarf-Apple-Redlove-Malus-domestica.htm

Pruning Fruit Trees in Winter (Timelapse

Video Transcript of Pruning Fruit Trees in Winter

It's the start of winter it's a
beautiful sunny day it's a great time to
be in the garden.
so firstly it warms up
your body and you feel great and it just
makes the day feel better if you're
outside doing something it's also a
really good time to get on top of all
those jobs that have been neglected
through the year so I always say here in
the subtropics we have two seasons we
have an in control season which is
autumn and winter when you get things
under control and we have an out of
control season which is spring and
summer which is the growing season when
we get a lot of rain and it's very hard
to keep up on the maintenance so here's
a pretty good example of something
that's got out of control this is a
citron citrus and you can see the
rootstock are just taking over the tree
and if we leave this like this these
root stock are actually going to
dominate the plant and we risk losing
our graft and our Citron tree dying and
what we're going to get left with is a
Trifoliata so this is the Trifoliata
which is the root stock that our Citron
is grafted onto and it's a very thorny
plant we choose this as a root stock
because it's Hardy to heavy wet soils
it's cold hardy so it does better in
cooler conditions and it's a really
vigorous plant so it's perfect to graft
citrus onto but we do need to make sure
we cut off all the suckers and as you
can see in that out-of-control season
this has been neglected so we're going
to get it back under control today so
what we need is some tools good pair of
gardening gloves to protect my hands
I've got a pruning saw and I've got some
cutters and I've got my secretaries
which are always on my hip so you can't
go wrong maintain your tools keep them nice and sharp
we're ready to tackle this job
so here we have our same Citron or
Buddhas Hand tree as it's also called
after we've taken the red stock out and
you can see what a completely different
looking plant it is so I've got my pile
of rootstock behind me and it was nearly
the same volume as that tree but the
easiest way to do it is cut the top off
and that way it gets all the deadly
spikes from your head height and it
makes them easier to actually take from
the bottom or weave your way out of the
existing tree because you don't want to
damage your plant so what we can do now
is we can do a bit of pruning a bit of
shaping to this plant and then in a
couple of weeks time once the weather
starts to warm up we're going to
fertilize it so you're not going to
fertilize it in the dead of winter but
as soon as spring starts to show you're
going to give this tree a good complete
fertilizer so balanced NPK fertilizer
they're heavy feeders and they love it
so that's how to deal with your rootstock
starting get your trees back under
control
in the winter when you have some time
and you want to be outside getting warm
in the garden

Seedless Cocktail Avocado Fruit Trees (Fuerte)

Seedless Cocktail Avocados often come from a partially pollinated Fuerte Avocado

Transcript of Seedless Cocktail Avocado Video 

oh look at that there's a whole bunch of them

I'm often asked if we sell a cocktail
avocado tree and these little finger

sized avocados are cocktail avocados but
they're off the same tree as this

particular avocado which is a fuerte so
these are furte avocados that haven't

got complete pollination so what happens
is we get seedless some shaped fruits so

that these beautiful seedless creamy
fleshed avocados just like the Fuerte but

they're not as large and they don't have
the seed in the middle and this is what

a cocktail avocado is so if you want to
grow these cocktail avocados if you grow

a Fuerte avocado on its own so without a
companion plant so it doesn't get

cross-pollination there's a good chance
that you'll get cocktail avocados on

your tree as well as full-sized fruits
so this tree here we're in the exclusion

orchard and this is the only avocado we
have in here so it's pollinated by

native bees and honey bees but they
don't completely pollinate all the

flowers and they don't cross pollinate
so they don't introduce the pollen from

another variety so what we get is a
really good crop of full-sized avocado

and a small crop of cocktail avocados
and these are just great they're little

bite-size delights

so what's the appeal of the cocktail
avocado so firstly they're a little bit

unusual a seedless avocado it's very
appealing you don't waste anything can

use it all at once you don't have
that problem of half an avocado in the

fridge that you often have because you
don't want to eat a whole fruit and

they're really appealing to
restauranteurs and chefs who use them

all in all sorts of interesting ways so
you're limited by your imagination in

how you can use an avocado but the
cocktail avocado is quite an exciting

thing to have in your kitchen and you
can present them beautifully on a plate

for your friends when they come round
for dinner

Slow Food: Brandied Kumquats - 6 Months from Winter Solstice to Summer Solstice

Kumquat Brandied Fruit
Our "slow food" task today uses the timing of the Winter Solstice to create Brandied Kumquats.

They're easy to make, look great and make nice little gifts. Here's how: Sterilise jars with hot water, fill with pierced kumquats, add spices, I used cinnamon, vanilla, cardamons and star anise, add some sugar, depending on the size of your jar, these small jars have a tablespoon or so and fill the jar to the top with brandy. 

Now for the hard bit, they will not be ready until the Summer Solstice. So keep in a cool dark spot and shake regularly to dissolve the sugar. 
They will make great little Christmas gifts and can be used in deserts. 

Soursop Fruit Drink and Frozen Soursop Pulp

We often get asked where can I get soursop the fruit from? @daleysfruit we only sell the plants which isn't helpful to those who want the fruit asap so we often say best to try Tropical Fruit World where their amazing shop sells them at the right time of year. Today while visiting a Greek/South American, Italian grocer I found a soursop fruit nectar fruit drink $2.25 and 500g of frozen soursop flesh for $8.90 in their freezer and fridge sections. Fruit Drink was very thick with #passionfruit #mango and slight milky flavours. So worth asking your local specialty supermarkets if you can't visit tropical fruit world for the real thing. Frozen Fruit: Cheeky Foods 500g Fruit Drink Dona Paula Nectar Soursop
The Frozen fruit from a Soursop Fruit Tree and Soursop Fruit Drink Nector

Jackfruit Curry for Dinner Tonight? Fruit and 3 veg anyone?

Jackfruit turned into a Curry

This is our staff member Andre's Jackfruit Curry. It was cooked up only last night using a green Jackfruit. Fancy that hey, Fruit being cooked up as the main dish :) Appetising Smell, firm pleasant texture and a full flavour.

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Wood Apple Fruit Trees

Wood Apple Fruit Tree vs Avocado
Wood Apples are everywhere In Sri Lanka and the fruit is often made into juices. Tasting sweet yet with a citrus acidic flavour and a very fragrant smell when ripe. Not very pretty to look at but then again either are black sapotes. Looks aren't everything when it comes to fruit. We do not grow wood apples at Daleys Fruit Tree Nursery​ but maybe...one day. We are getting much more adventurous in Australia aren't we :)

Persimmon Fruit Trees - Choose Astringent or Non Astringent?

Persimmon Fruit Trees - Astringent or Non Astringent
Can you write in the comments "Astringent" or "Non Astringent"  so we can see which ones you like best?

If i had to choose I enjoy Astringent Persimmons. The Fruit must be perfectly ripe and almost like Jelly before you can eat it. If you get the timing wrong you will be spitting it out for 1 minute and the sandpaper taste lingers for 5 minutes. But when they are perfectly ripe they are amazing, will stop you from thinking about everything else and just enjoy the moment. Granted eating them is impractical they can fall apart and are sticky and gooey and there is only a very small window where you can eat them but the taste is amazing. Transporting them when they are ready to eat this can be difficult. When growing your own you can control some of these problems. 

Non Astringent persimmons however are practical, easy to transport and can be eaten like an apple and even when hard they still taste good.


Blueberry Plant Pollination Chart - Which Blueberry variety is right for my climate?


Blueberry Plants Pollination Chart

How many Blueberries Plants do I need? Answer: 2 or more is going to maximise pollination and give you more berries. Many varieties can pollinate themselves ( See the yellow star in the picture for these varieties ) but a fruit this tasty yet expensive in shops is well worth growing in pots or in the ground and can be very rewarding. 2 or more will give better fruit set just as long as they can pollinate each other or have a green tick in this chart.

Which varieties will suit? Are you A) Subtropical, B) Warm Temperate - Subtropical or C) Cool Temperate? After you put yourself in one of these categories use the chart to narrow down the varieties to choose from. For example are you in Sunny Coastal NSW and therefore Subtropical. Then Temperate varieties like Blue Rose or Denise are not for you but Sharpblue and Biloxi are.
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Eating Slowly the Monstera Fruit Salad Tree

Fruit Salad Tree Monstera
Do you eat your food too fast? The Monstera nicknamed "Fruit Salad Tree" can help you slow down. It can take 2 weeks just to eat one. It has flavours like pineapple and banana but unlike a banana where the entire banana ripens at once. The Monstera will only ripen about 10% of the fruit at a time. You eat 10% (the ripe bits falling off the stem) wrap it back up in newspaper and wait a few more days for your next delicious chance. Meanwhile your whole house will smell beautiful as it ripens. Lots of us have some places in our backyards that don't get full sun and a Monstera will thrive in partial shade. It grows in a wide range of climates one person saying "Who said it was tropical? I live in Hobart and have one outside the front door"

2017 Nursery Job Application at Daleys Fruit Tree Nursery

At Daleys Fruit Tree Nursery we are looking for a full time experienced Nursery Person to start work in August this year.


Applicant needs to be honest with an enthusiastic work ethic that is motivated and genuinely interested in establishing a long term career as part of a friendly team.

Applicant will genuinely need to enjoy and have the capacity for physical outdoor work.- Experience or willingness to learn production, propagation and dispatch procedures, plant protection and weed control.

Willingness to contribute to a positive team environment.- Preferred Knowledge of fruit trees ( varieties, climatic suitability, orchard planning )

Profit sharing incentives after first year.

If this opportunity is right for you send in your resume and expression of interest to order@daleysfruit.com.au

Growing Cashew Nut Fruit Trees in the Subtropicas ( For Sale )

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Cashew Nut Trees fruiting at John Picones exotic fruit orchard. The Juice is delicious. Recovering the Nut from shell is a bit tedious. This is being grown in the subtropics inland from Byron Bay even though they are recommended for the tropics but with the heat perhaps it will be much easier to grow more tropical plants further south. Has anybody had success fruiting cashews further south in Australia?

Dwarf Plum Gulf Gold Fruit Tree for Sale


Dwarf Plum - Gulf Gold Fruit Tree is our favourite of all the stone fruit. Yes we know it's a big call. It is Low Chill, (350 Chill Hours) excellent juicy flavour and doesn't seem to attract as many fruit fly as other varieties and fills the branches when it crops. Dwarf Gulf Golds can fruit by themselves but to get a better crop you can match them with a Gulf Ruby Plum Tree. We can't say enough good things about this variety and have done lots of videos on it over the years.