Fruit Trees

Aerial Roots of Dragon Fruit

Aerial Roots of the Dragon Fruit

Hanging over a fence but also climbing to the top of the tree in the back

An example of the amazing fruit from dragon fruit this is the Neon Dragon Fruit

Shows a large Tree stump being used to Support a dragon fruit

Newly formed Aerial roots on a Dragon Fruit Vine can be seen in the 1st picture. Dragon fruit originally used aerial roots to seek out light and create a path to the very top of the jungle canopy. Absorbing nutrients too. Usually they won't fruit until they accomplish this goal. They then hang back down and start fruiting having won the fight for light. 

 But in your backyard aerial roots can be used to attach themselves to a thick strong trellis, fence or old tree stump. The more sturdy the more fruit can be supported. Unlike in the jungle you want them to fruit at 2m high. So make sure that they quickly win the fight for light and can then start fruiting for you straight away rather than after they put all their effort into growing up a 10m tree first.

Mexican Custard Apple Fruit Trees

Mexican Custard Apple split in half

Notice the coloured skin of the Mexican custard apple


These photos were taken last month of our Mexican custard apple Fruit Trees. Notice their coloured skin and creamy/white sweet flesh. They are in the same family as normal custard apples and cherimoyas. During mail order to your home they are quite sensitive and their leaves yellow and some fall off. However once settled this quickly reverses and are quite a hardy tree long term. Trees can get quite large and they take about 5 years before fruiting. They do only need 1 tree to set fruit. #mexicanCustardApple #daleysfruit #fruittrees

Achacha Fruiting after 10 years

 


Finally we had success with Achacha fruit Tree in NSW Australia at the nursery so watch until the end 8:29​ to see the fruit we grew. 
 * 0:00​ - Introduction to the Achacha Fruit 
* 1:38​ - How to Open 
* 3:22​ - Taste Test 
* 4:39​ - About Achacha Trees and Planting instructions 
* 8:00​ - Where to buy Achacha Fruits to Sample 
* 8:29​ - Watch till the end to see our first successful fruiting achacha fruits after 10 years. 

You can Buy Achacha Fruit Trees for sale from Daleys Fruit Tree Nursery

Pink Panther Dragon Fruit - How To Train your vine



Only 2 years old this Pink Panther dragon fruit vine produces fruit with a stronger more floral flavour than generic white dragon fruit. They are self pollinating and we show as many examples as we can of how to plant and then train your dragon fruit vine so that you quickly get flower and fruit forming. You can Buy Pink Panther Dragon fruit which are for sale from Daleys Fruit Tree Nursery

Growing Edible Pandanus - Even in cooler climates

 


Lots of tips on growing Edible pandanus Plants such as using a water mist to replicate humidity. When harvesting you can even freeze the leaves to have a a year long supply.

What method's best? Experiment: Ripening Mangos off the tree


 

Do your mangoes go black after you pick them off your Mango Fruit Trees in Australia? Perhaps it's the way you ripen them. There are a few methods to ripen mangoes when picking them as a backyard gardener off your mango tree. You have the luxury of letting them ripen on the tree however this is not practical all the time with birds and bats and possums and also ripening them as you need them. We do an experiment with a few methods of picking them before they are ripe.

The Banana Mango (Semi Dwarf Grafted Mango Tree)

Exploring the Semi Dwarf Grafted Banana Mango Fruit Tree

 * 0:00 - Introduction to the Banana Mango

* 0:27 - Features of the outside of the Banana Mango

* 1:36 - Looking at the Fruit on the Tree and tips on how to grow them the best way.
* 2:32 - Tasting the banana Mango
* 3:28 - Group Taste Testing

Part Time Work 2 days Dispatch and Packing Plants in Kyogle



We are an online fruit tree nursery that mail orders 1000's of fruit trees across Australia. The job would include permanent part time hours 9-3pm ( school hours ) 2 days per week or 7.30-4pm if that suits. Due to demand we may require you to be flexible for an extra 2 days per week.

The job can be fast paced with deadlines to meet as trucks come throughout the day to pick up plants that you have packed and prepared for customers all around Australia. We would require you to work in the sun to select plants with sun protective clothing. However most of the work is in a shaded dispatch shed where all the plants are packed.

An appreciation of plants is helpful and so is an existing knowledge of warehouse procedures including packing boxes with fast hand eye co-ordination. A minor mistake with the wrong label or plant can cause big problems down the line so an attention to detail or pride in your work is something that you need to bring to work with you.

Tasks are allocated to each staff member via their personal smartphone. You need to own a smartphone under 5 years old and be willing to use it in the workplace. The phone is required to view tasks, complete them and provide feedback on jobs assigned to you. A pre existing understanding of the way apps and webpages work to collect data is a big part of this role.

It is preferable that you live within 40km's of Kyogle NSW because being flexible and on call when we get a surge in orders to meet our customers expectations is important to us. Days and hours can be flexible so if you had other commitments due to children or community work we are happy to work with you.

Our most important policy is contributing to a positive team dynamics.

Not a True Lemon, But does it matter? (Meyer Lemons)

 

Meyer Lemon Tree with ripening fruit


Not a True Lemon. But does it matter? 


 The Meyer Lemon tree is the most popular backyard lemon tree in Australia but they are not a "True" Lemon. That is because they are a cross (hybrid) between a lemon and an orange. Although not as acidic as a true lemon like a Eureka lemon tree or Lisbon Lemon Tree they are the perfect acidity for salads and many other dishes without being too harsh on your teeth/pallet or requiring too much salt to balance out the sour. Meyer lemon trees are more cold hardy while performing well into warmer subtropical climates. So you can see them into Melbourne and up into QLD. Also you can get a great crop of lemons often all year round. Not many fruit have this talent. 

Backyard Tips: 

Pruning: Each time you pick a lemon prune away any crowded stems. Mulch: Thick mulch to keep water in but have a separation from the trunk. 

Soil: Free draining ( You accomplish this by planting it on a mound) 

Fertiliser: Slow release Spring and again in Summer. 

Watering: Deep watering in the hotter months rather than constant shallow watering. 

Eco Oil: To stop leaf curl.

Backyard Chill Hours for fruit trees - Microclimates

 

Yarrahapinni Blood 
Guess your backyards Chill hours?

Answer: [My location or District, State] [Chill Hours]
eg. Kyogle, NSW 400 hours

Chill hours are "very loosely" defined as the number of hours below 7 degrees you get in Winter.

If lots of people comment from the same area as you, Then you can use the maths of averaging to get a more accurate picture where you live (Great for beginners) so please all you old hands help out.
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This picture is of a Yarrahapinni Blood Plum and requires 450 chill hours to fruit ( Medium Chill )

What happens if you get it Wrong?
**Too low** - eg. 200 chill hours (Low Chill location)
Answer: Worst scenario is when this plant is deciduous (no leaves) in winter. The fruit tree would think it hasn't got enough chill and may never break dormancy (grow leaves again). Otherwise it may wait too long even into summer to break dormancy and may also die out. Best scenario is where some varieties handle the wrong chill hours very well and may break dormancy and fruit but are likely to do this at unexpected times. Found out by Trial and Error.

**Too High** - eg. 800 chill hours (High Chill location)
Answer: Worst case scenario is during winter you may get 1 hotter than normal day. Since the chill hour requirement has been met it will think it's time to break dormancy. As soon as it does the temperature drops again and the leaves drop and the tree may die this way. Again some varieties handle this better than others and you need to find this out by Trial and error. 



Microclimates and Chill Hours: Just because you live in Melbourne doesn't mean you are high chill and just because you live on the QLD sunshine coast doesn't mean you are low/no chill. We don't mean that some parts of Melbourne have a tropical climate but you may live in a bizarre microclimate location where hot air rushes up early morning and the opposite may be the case in the QLD sunshine coast where you may live in a cold pocket allowing you to grow plants with chill requirements. If so let us all know what successes you have had. #chillhours #fruittrees #plumtree #YarrahapinniPlum


Worlds Biggest Finger Lime


 

The Jali Red grafted Finger lime could be the world's biggest finger lime variety. Daleys Fruit Tree Nursery is home to where the finger limes came from and we think this variety is the biggest.

Topiary for Melaleuca Claret Tops - Like Mountains

Melaleuca Claret Tops - Using Topiary to create the Scenic Rim Mountain range


What are you looking at in this photo?


These trees are actually tiny



Answer: Our staff member Pauline took this photo at a traffic island in Beaudesert QLD. The trees are actually tiny and they used Topiary to shape Melaleuca Claret Tops to represent the Massive mountains of the Scenic Rim.

We are impressed at your creativity Beaudesert QLD Australia.