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Can anybody tell us when they are ready to pick never done it before we have 2 trees that a full but don't know when they are ready to harvest ?

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Comment by Lois Greensill on January 15, 2017 at 19:03

That's interesting Lissa. Never know how a plant is going to respond. I found it hard to prune it back because while it still had fruit on it would start flowering again at the tips. So would end up with long branches that couldn't handle being loaded with fruit. Maybe prune half the tree at a time? Or have two trees - one pruned and one fruiting.

Comment by Lissa on January 15, 2017 at 18:41

I had one tree come back twice from being cut right back ie cut in half at the trunk. All others died but this one kept coming back.

Comment by Lois Greensill on January 15, 2017 at 18:20

Thanks Lissa. If I remove all the fruit I will chop the tree down.  I have a seedling come up and would like to plant it somewhere else where it will get more water.

Comment by Lissa on January 15, 2017 at 15:07

The last thing to try is remove all the fruit. The plant is stressing itself trying to keep them alive. 

Comment by Lois Greensill on January 15, 2017 at 10:26

I have chopped off any dead branches or ones without leaves.

Comment by Lois Greensill on January 15, 2017 at 10:24

I may loose my tamarillo tree. It has lost most of it's leaves and the fruit are starting to drop. There are a few new leaves but probably not enough to sustain the tree with fruit.

Comment by Lissa on January 3, 2017 at 4:34

I had heavy rain here last night that went on for some time. Very nice :)

Comment by Lois Greensill on January 2, 2017 at 20:21

Yes they do like plenty of water and finally it is raining here. I hope you all are getting plenty of it.

Comment by Lissa on January 2, 2017 at 11:17

Tamarillo like plenty of water. They are easy to grow from seed but they also keel over easily if they don't like the conditions. Lots of mulch. Plenty of regular water might keep it alive.

Comment by Lois Greensill on January 2, 2017 at 9:30

Yes it is on the western side and top of the plant but this did not happen last year. So I am thinking the water stress plus sunburn has created this. A lot of the big leaves have dropped and not as many fruit as last year. Some new leave are coming on now though. But maybe also the roots have reached the chook pen. My port wine magnolia died from being in the chook pen so they lost their shade. Maybe I should put a cover over it to reduce the sun strike.

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