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Hi Folks, well today, a couple of us BLF's went for a drive to Kyogle to visit the Daley's nursery that we all know and love.. and if you don't - WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN HIDING?? Here's the link, be prepared to be amazed!Daley's fruit tree nursery

Now I didn't bring a pen so I'm a bit sketchy on the actual details but the gist of it will be correct. 

We were met at 9 am by the very informative and enthusiastic Andre who was an absolute fountain of knowledge and very generous with his time and produce.  This is Andre in front of one of many dedicated growhouses.

Andre walked us around the orchard that is fully enclosed by fruit fly exclusion netting.  This serves as their "stock" for most of their  grafted trees.  Very little outsourcing of planting material is done here, they try to propagate as much of their own production as possible.  With respect to new varieties, if you've ever been on Daley's website and see "in production" or "sourcing material" on a particular variety it is because they respond to consumer requests.  If you are ever chasing a particular variety, send them an email.  If they get enough interest, they will source material and add it to their plant list once propagated.  

Sorry Roger, you are almost in all of my photo's so you are now famous :)

Andre was very generous with the fruit and we tried many different fruits.  I was like a kid in a candy store and made quite a pig of myself.  Loquats, figs, Babaco, panama berries, finger limes, peanut butter tree, miracle fruit, china pear and hawaiin sunshine guava's,yacon - he encouraged us to try whatever we felt like. 

My absolute highlight was the only ripe Adriatic fig at the top of about a 3 m tree that Andre was determined to get down for me so he shook the whole branch repeatedly until it fell.  DAMN it was worth it - I'm so glad I've got this little beauty growing in my garden.  BTW the fig shown is NOT the adriatic but a brown turkey - I ate the adriatic too fast to take a photo.  The fingerlimes were a hit.  I even got to bring a little one home with me. 

The final leg of our tour involved Andre's personal project which are the Edible food biomes.  He wants to be able to show people that they don't need much space in order to grow a huge diversity of fruiting trees and groundcovers - root competition is not as big of an issue as you would think.  Any fruit tree you could think of was present in an area that would be no bigger than an average backyard.  His trick - raise the planting area on mounds.  These photo's did not do his biomes justice. Hope you enjoyed this folks - it was an amazing experience.  Daley's is a family run business that has been operating for 30 years and are an example of how by implementing innovative marketing practices and occupying a niche,  independent nurseries can survive. They have really adapted to the changing market place and 90% of their sales are now online.  This is supported by their very informative videos on everything from cincturing fruit trees to planting avocados, wide range of unique products and accurate, information on suitable climate conditions for their products (believe me, being able to trust their info is no small feat - I shudder at the thought of how many people have bought the stone fruit trees INCLUDING CHERRIES that I've seen some of our big chain box stores selling to the unsuspecting gardener).  Go check out their site - you might find something you've been chasing or in my case, develop a full blown addiction!!

Happy gardening folks. 

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Thank you Susan! I have never had any idea of what Daley's looked like. Lush springs to mind.

Oh I know a bit about retail nurseries stocking whatever they think people will buy. Few customers bother to ask if xyz will succeed in their area. Otoh, as we've found on this site, some plants are way more flexible in their needs than others. Often it's worth a whirl.

And a whirl is what I am giving to the dual-graft hopefully low-chill Cherries!

A great write-up Susan, we all enjoyed ourselves and we did not hesitate tasting whatever was in sight and more.  You had a definite advantage with your height, dashing from tree to tree. Figs, loquats, cinnamon, peanut paste tree, panama berry, miracle fruit berry, different coloured finger limes, babaco and yacon, madrano, the fruit of the cereus, guava  were all tasted or sniffed.  Andre showed us some fine examples of cinctured trees to promote more fruit.

We went on to enjoy a nice lunch afterwards at the Rock Sphinx Café at Uki.

When I visited Daleys in 2014 I didn't get to see any of this. Looks like this visit was well worth it.

I like how you got to taste the fruit from the actual trees they sell.

And Roger the photo star was born....

I think Dianne got us special treatment  when she organised it all :)

Great posting Susan, thanks for the info within.

What a wonderful posting Susan :D Thank you.

Almost feel like I was there - touching, tasting. They are definitely the go-to people when it comes to quality fruit trees.

We had a great visit to Daley's yesterday, The group was a small one but this meant that we had almost unlimited access to our friendly tour guide Andre. A very welcoming and knowledgeable host who was passionate about growing fruit and telling us how to do it too. He hails from Portugal, and was a mine of information. He was also very generous about letting us taste the fruit as we went. Congratulations to Christa who managed to get a photo of Susan not eating! That was some feat!

The nursery is set on old dairy farm and they do get a lot more rain around there than we seem to get in Brisbane, but they mound the rows of trees for depth of soil and drainage. Their trees are very healthy and to be envied. We had visited the nursery before but had only seen the selling area. The propagation area that Andre took us into was great to see, and well worth the visit. The company was good, the weather likewise, and a very pleasant lunch was enjoyed afterwards at Mt. Burrell. Thanks Dianne for your organisation, much appreciated.  

Susan your report is faultless, thanks so much. What a wonderful Day out, thank you so much everyone for making the day such a success. A big Thank You must go to Daley's for such a wonderful tour and our guide Andre was so generous with information and answering any questions we had. He kept us well fed with samples of fruits we either found new to ourselves or ones that our trees have not produced fruit from as yet. I was personally pleased to see that I was on the right track with my mounding up of my fruit tree beds, it makes sense to me, with under planting of many leaf vegetables and herbs. It was also interesting to hear that Andre only waters every 3rd day for 40mins, through a drip fed watering system.

We came home with Babaco, Finger Limes that Andre so kindly gave us and a beautiful Pumpkin we bought for $2.00.

Lunch was in a relaxed little cafe' at Mt Burrell, food was very good and they served a lovely Iced Coffee. Here are a couple of extra photos for you to enjoy.

Well done Dianne. The outing was a great success and those who didn't go have been able to enjoy the photos and info brought back.

Third photo down in the post you just added Dianne - can you tell us what the tree is please? Long shooting stems with feathery fronds.

Interesting that the whole place is netted. The expenditure would be more than made up by not having heavy losses with hail, birds, bats and other unwelcome guests. When people pay top dollar for goods they expect perfection - Daleys really are the consummate professionals.

They have to net most things as they also get quite heavy frosts.  The netting apparently provides some protection.

species in order they appear:

1.Brown turkey fig

2. Second image he's holding a babaco ftuit ( no idea who this guy is, must be a new staffer) and is standing next to what appear to be carambola. Pomegranates in the background

3. Cinnamon

4. Thing with the silvery powdery leaves is a loquat

5.coffee

6. Byron sunrise fingerlime caviar

7. Broad leaf papaya ( supplied to them by Mike T, who has more knowledge about tropical fruit than anyone else in this country, I'd wager)

8. Jackfruit

9. Tree in the background left is a khak dam papaya supplied by yours truly.

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