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.
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.
Dragonman, the tree supplied by you, would that be the upright one with unusual shaped leaves. I have not seen that one before. One of my earlier purchases was the broad leaf papaya, which is growing but appears to be stressed, as the edge of the leaves have curled up. Does Mike T have a website?
The loquat was Bessel brown, and quite a nice taste, different from the ones I used to have when I was a kid.
The guava named Starlings Seedless, is that from you as well. Nice to have something named after you. Well done.
Mike doesn't have a website, no. You can fin him on tropical fruit forum though, he's active with some regularity there.
The broadleaf is an interesting variety of papaya alright, but you have to be careful that you get a female. They're not bisex I believe. Seedless guava did come from me yes.
Lissa, can't remember what he called it but I think it was some kind of indian spice (I think). 5 was actually peanut butter fruit. Truly does taste like peanut butter and is on my "to buy list when I figure out some more room or plant in extended backyard".
An Amla tree, or Phyllanthus emblica. Amla oil is used in hair shampoo, and other medicinal practices.
Thanks Christa, the oil of the Amla tree is also known as Indian Gooseberry oil, the tannin in Alma oil has been used in inks and in various shampoos as well as a combatant against premature graying and hair loss.
Just thought I would let you all know that Daley's now have 5 Panama Berry Trees for sale.