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I hope everyone survived the downpour....wetter than Darwin here in Greenbank!!!
Ok, Im thinking about adding a few new fruit tree varieties to the collection - these are......
Jaboticaba -(the unusual grape like fruit that sets on the trees bark)
Dragon fruit - just the standard white/black spot seed variety.
Kumquat - why not?
Longan 'Kohala' variety - I love Lychee & hear these are similar, but more 'cold' weather tolerant.
Has anyone had any success / failures with these fruit trees?
Id love to hear your thoughts :)

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There's some posts about Dragon Fruit on BLF and some pix too. Important issue is to build a sturdy trellis before you plant. Designs abound; around 6ft high with rail to allow stems to bend over and so produce fruit (stems going up do not produce fruit). And the need to thin out after fruiting. There is an illustrated pamphlet about that on the BLF website.

Hi Elaine, Thanks for the info on the DF - I looked back over the articles, great info!

Would highly recommend Dragon fruit. Easy to grow and crops well. As Elaine mentions, you need something good to grow it on. Mine is growing on a 6' wooden fence quite well but I can't get at the fruit on the neighbours side. You have so much land to play with you can easily remedy that. A post with a tyre or something similar at the top so the "branches" can hang down seems to be the preferred way. I have plenty of cuttings for the red skinned white fleshed variety if you want some.

Jaboticaba - best little fruit tree around! Crops numerous times a year, very attractive small tree looks a lot like a Lillypilly. Hardly any pest problems. I have the small leafed variety and love it - perhaps someone has the big leafed variety for comparison.

Longan is a good choice - Lychee haven't done well for me and I wish I had planted the former now. Joseph is the guy to ask about these as he's done a lot of research.

Carombola - fruits prolifically numerous times a year but the fruit fly love them. My tree is too big for me to net. The only fruit I can eat is the winter crop the rest get put into a weed tea bucket or bagged and binned. Dozens of kilos of it.

What about a Custard Apple?

Hi Lissa!
I am SO KEEN to try growing Dragon fruit!
I realise you shouldn't train them up a treated pine trellis, so I've been doing a bit of research on other types of 'posts' that can be used.
I've learnt you can use a galvanised steel post, and wrap it in hessian bags so the Dragon can climb easily - with hoops attached on top, etc.
Do you think this would work ok?
Thank you so much for the offer on some cuttings!!!! - Please let me know when we could pop over and pick some up! (and have a look at your DF tree too!!! )
Jaboticaba - for sure!!! Same with the Longan.
The Star fruit sounds like it could be a fruit fly attractant..? mmm, not sure.
Custard apple...I've never tried one!
- Next trip to Rocklea markets I will :)
 Thank you so much for the offer on the Dragon fruit cuttings! Very keen!

Mark - I've sent you a PM (Private Message - see your Inbox top right) so we can sort something out with the cuttings :)

There's all sorts of ways to provide support for the plant. I just use the fence and an old grevillea stump. Have a look at how the professionals do it TAMBOURINE DRAGON FRUIT FARM. The Red Fox Pitaya farm at Nanango seems to be disappeared off the net. There's also a farm local to me but I can't find their info at the moment.

Have a look at this BLOG for info on various places to buy your trees and seeds. Might be some help.

I have started to grow Tropical Apples and they seem to  be doing well, also at Greenbank you should be able to grow Quince, Low Chill Cherry and Stone Fruits. Daley's have a good variety of Low Chill fruit varieties.

Hi Dianne, I have two tropical apple trees growing since last September. A 'Tropic Sweet' & a 'Golden Dorset' - both are doing exceptionally well and are beautiful looking trees.
We also have pear, peach and plumb trees - Im defiantly going to try the Cherry trees too :)

We have a longan tree at my parents' place.  It is easy to grow and doesn't need much looking after.  However, you would want to prune it to keep it low as the wildlife loves them and you might not get any fruits to maturity if you don't net the tree, or at least net the bunches of fruits.  When pruning, try do alternate branches each year to avoid biennial crops.

We also grow red, white, and yellow variety of dragonfruits.  The yellow one grows the slowest, and it seem to have disappeared.  The white one's most vigorous.  Although once established, they don't need a lot of water to grow, but seems to need water to retain fruits.  We don't water the garden much, so we don't get much fruits from them at all.  Agree with what Lissa and Elaine said, they'll need good sturdy trellis. Image search dragonfruit on Google, and you'll get lots of idea on suitable trellis.

Ditto with what Dianne suggest too, I think you can grow low chill stone fruits in Greenbank better than many places in Brissy :)  Worth considering *um.... cherries....*

Some of us have pre-ordered the bare-rooted double-graft low-chill Cherries from Daley's. Set to be delivered in July. Bit pricey but if they produce fruit, will be worth it for organic fruit on the doorstep.

Hi Elaine! - The Cherrie trees are a great idea.
Everyone seems to be recommending them - I will order one for sure, Thanks :)

Hi Florence!  The Longan tree keeps sounding such a good idea, great tasting fruit and also hardy = which I love in a fruit tree.
Great tip on the pruning - alternate the branches each year. Noted :)
I have lots of netting ready to protect the fruit - I just need the fruit... LOL
Im very keen to try growing the Dragon fruit! I had my first ever white variety Df just a couple of weeks ago - brought at the Rocklea markets - It was fantastic.
Thanks for the advice and comments - Cherry trees are now on the list :)

Mark, I have one small leaved and 1 large leaved Japoticaba growing at my place. The large leaved one has given me the most fruit. while a lot of people say that they fruit several times a year, I have only ever had 1 crop each year.  They are very hardy, I used to have an automatic watering system (drips) many years ago but since then during the 'Big' drought several years we were told we couldn't use these, so I let the system go to wrack and ruin. So any trees in the area where these trees are had to fend for themselves. Lots of trees died out, but several kept going. With your new watering system that shouldn't be a problem but it's always good to know which trees are hardy and which need a lot more care. My Lychee died then but two Longans kept going, I thought they would also die but they struggled on even if they looked very sick. I have yet to get any fruit from them since then, but they look much more promising now, and I expect to get some soon. I also had two low chill stone fruit, a Peach and a Nectarine which both had promising starts until dying during the drought. I also had a Carambola which fruited well, I have another seedling tree growing now which is going very well. My best fruiting trees in the last few years have been Figs, and Citrus, - Blueberries are also fruiting well. The great thing about Figs is that you can easily strike cuttings from them in winter each year and so increase your number of trees very inexpensively. I have a few small fig cuttings from last year that you are welcome to if you would like. These are all White Adriatic, but my other varieties, Brown Turkey, and Conadria, will give me the opportunity to get some cuttings from these soon as well.

 The other trees that proved hardy enough to withstand the drought were an Acerola Cherry, and Custard Apple which are both large trees now. A Grumichama tree has also done well, and A White Sapote shows promise.


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