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Some progress with my fruit trees.

Well, university is great for procrastinating in the garden. I have pottered around in the vegie patch more in the last few weeks than I have in the entire year. Today I planted out my broccoli seedlings and planted some more seeds for probably the final crop. The beetroot came up so I thinned out those and planted more carrots. My tomatos are just about at the end of their fruiting life after about 10 wks of bountiful harvest. Unfortunately, I didn't plant the seeds early enough so will now have to wait about another 3 months before I'm harvesting my own tomatos again. Am trying another crop of beans but have planted them in places where I've never planted them before and so far they are looking great. Last crop of snap peas as well. My little corn seeds have finally sprouted so will be grown enough to shade the broccoli once it starts getting hotter. Zucchini is still looking sickly and not thriving. I will give it another month before I rip it out (maybe now that its warming up it will do better.)

This is my mandarin tree (cannot even tell you what variety as it was sooooo long ago that I planted it!! I do know that it was a grafted one and I expected it to fruit about 2 years ago.) It must have heard my threats that if it didn't flower this year, I would rip it out. I have been rewarded with masses of flowers but can anyone tell me if this is an odd time to be flowering?? I see many citrus trees around completely covered in ripe fruit and both my manderin and multigrafted citrus are only just starting to produce flowers......

This is my poor, hard done by, multigrafted citrus tree. I can't even remeber what grafts I ordered but I do know that one is NOT mandarin. I think it was lemon, lime and orange so it will be interesting to see what grows. At the moment all 3 grafts are covered in flowers. I'm going to let each form 2 fruit (so I can see which is which) and then get rid of the rest of the buds as the tree is still so tiny. It is, however, starting to respond to the bit of extra care now that I've made a conscious effort to start looking after it.

This is my multigraft 2 x peach, nectarine and plum. The only one that didn't flower (or loose all its leaves infact) is the plum graft. I think it may be too warm for the plum even though they told me it was a tropical variety so I'll just have to keep it to balance out the tree but won't ever get fruit off it. Thats alright though cause the fruit I got off the peaches and nectarines last year was delicious.

Last but not least is my tiny little multigrafted apple tree. This is the same size as the citrus but has produced 4 apples last year. Can't wait to see what happens this year.

Picture of the tomatos I've been harvesting. Variety is tommy toe and they are fantastic.

Hi again everyone,

just some updates. Well I tried an experiment with my plum graft on the multigrafted stonefruit tree. I went out and removed all the leaves by plucking and then thought I'll see what happens if I tip Icy cold water over it in the early evenings (3 nights in a row, cold water from the fridge. Didn't really expect much but I currently have 4 flowers on the thing!! I don't know if it was the ice water or if it would have done this anyway but considering that all my other grafts have fully formed fruit already, I'm leaning towards it being a factor in it suddenly producing after 2 yrs of nothing. I'm keeping an eye on it cause there are some other buds that look like they're fattening up to become flower buds as well. Fingers crossed and next year I will definately do the same thing.


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Comment by Elaine de Saxe on September 14, 2010 at 5:51
Ah, hmmm ... the tags I meant were not electronic ones but physical ones ;-) Perhaps 'labels' is a better word.
Comment by Donna on September 13, 2010 at 8:49
Haha, she just has Elaine! Susan, add a tag to your blog for 'apple, green glo, variety, tropical sunrise' - then you can search :) Or you could do a separate blog for the apple tree with all the information and tag it appropriately.
Comment by Elaine de Saxe on August 24, 2010 at 20:42
Now's the time to write all that info into a garden diary. Even if the diary only contains notes on the varieties you have growing, it will be valuable later on when the tags drop off.
Comment by Susan on August 24, 2010 at 17:00
Hi Donna, I went out and had a close look at my apple tree and realised I still had the grafting tag attached. The graft that grew apples last year was "green glo" and the other graft which looks like it has flower buds starting is "tropical sunrise".
Comment by Florence on August 24, 2010 at 10:04
Susan, my mandarin is not flowering, nor do I expect it to as it's been struggling, but two of my other citrus (lime & calamondin) are flowering :)
Comment by Susan on August 23, 2010 at 21:01
Its weird, I have a neighbour across the creek whose mandarin tree is absolutely loaded with the most beautifully flavoured mandarins. After tasting theirs I was hoping mine was the same variety but obviously not as they flower at completely different times.
Comment by Vanessa Collier on August 23, 2010 at 14:03
Hi Susan, yes uni is great for procrastinating! I certainly do my fair share in the garden instead of in the books. My mandarin is only just starting to bud too, although it's only new this year and went in a couple of months ago.
Comment by Susan on August 23, 2010 at 9:53
Hi guys, all my multigrafted trees were ordered from the fruit salad tree company. If you call them and tell them what you are interested in ie. tropical varieties, they will tell you the sort of grafts you can have. Sorry Donna, I can't remember the name of the apple graft. So far, its just the one graft that has produced anything but the tree is only about 60 cm tall so I'll wait and see for the others. I do remember the apples were a goldeny green sort of colour, quite tart (but that could be because I was so impatient that I just HAD to pick them :)
Comment by Donna on August 23, 2010 at 9:02
Wow Susan what a great selection of fruit trees! I am interested in your apples - do you know what variety they are? There was a discussion awhile back that indicated that apples didn't do well in our climate with the exception of one specific type.

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