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Jaboticaba thriving despite neglect

We've already picked heaps and still lots left. I read it freezes well and makes good jam/jelly or juice. Its in an area that does not get a lot of love, yet survived the dry summer! The raised vegie gardens (modified hugelkulture) are going well - 6 weeks and so far harvesting radish/beans/lettuce and spinach leaves, plus found some bonus seedlings compliments of the compost - watermelon, capsicum, mango/paw paw and lychee. This week we also picked a few dragon fruit, passionfruit, hand of bananas, citrus and guavas. Wasn't the recent rain wonderful! All is forgiven mother nature, I love this time of year.

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Comment by Lissa on April 22, 2014 at 5:48

I have some developing fruit on my plant!

Small and green at the moment but I was stunned at how quickly the fruit reaches maturity and ripeness last time, so can expect to be eating these within the next two weeks. This is an incredible plant.

Comment by Christine Cox on April 19, 2014 at 16:30

Thanks Rob I could call in in a week or so. That would be great I am going to try Susan's seeds but I would be grateful of those seedlings for the block too. I am only in Chermside West.

Comment by Rob Walter on April 19, 2014 at 11:50

I have a couple of spare seedlings, Christine, but I don't think I'll be able to make it to the garden visit. I'm in Annerley.

Comment by Lissa on April 19, 2014 at 4:22

Possum perhaps?

I must go check mine to see if it has fruited again for me then. Got it's first crop earlier this year.

Comment by Susan Cook on April 18, 2014 at 20:51

Mine is cropping now and also did a few months ago.  I've heard they can fruit up to 3 times a year.  The previous time something did eat them - we picked a few days worth then the remainder disappeared.

Comment by Christine Cox on April 18, 2014 at 17:58

Thanks Susan I will look forward to trying to grow them.

Comment by Lissa on April 18, 2014 at 17:16

"is" cropping...

Comment by Lissa on April 18, 2014 at 17:15

Yours if cropping now Susan? Mine cropped some months ago.

Comment by Lissa on April 18, 2014 at 17:15

Jaboticaba is one of the absolute necessity plants I would grow if starting again. Nothing upsets/attacks it and it provides large amounts of delicious fruti.

Comment by Susan Cook on April 18, 2014 at 17:12

Hi Christine, yes I can bring along some seeds.  This tree took about 8 years to produce - I've not tried growing from seed,  but I have with the similar Grumichama  - 2 plants are slowly growing in a pot.

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