Posts Tagged ‘Trees’

Sometimes, you just need to be patient…..

I though the Strawberry Guava I bought in August was dead.  I transplanted it to a slightly larger pot within a week of purchase, and watered it in really well with seaweed solution, but the leaves looked a bit dried.

Soon after that, there was a couple of windy days, and all the leaves dropped.  It stayed bare since September… so I thought it was dead.  However, I kept it watered every time I water my other pot plants, so maybe in my heart, I was secretly hoping that it wasn’t completely dead.  I was soooo happy to found there are new leaf buds on the tree today!

It shows that a bit of patiences pays off 🙂

Now, I hope my golden shower tree will do the same….

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My baby crabapple tree went to a good home

I’ve decided to cut the air-layer and pot it up after my last post on my crabapple, considering that the tree was dormant, and was probably the best time to make the cut. Plus, I was a little concern about the mother tree due to beetle grubs ate a lot of the roots.

It sat there for a couple of months, and finally both the mother tree, and the new air-layered tree’s leafing out, and even throwing out flowers. The mother tree appears to be in good health, but I don’t see any suitable branches for another layer for a fellow gardener who’s wanted a white flowering crabapple for a while, so I decided to give away my first successful layer.

It’s sad to see my baby tree go, but I’m sure it will be a good home!

Crabapple

Crabapple

My first Feijoa flower

It flowered for the first time after approximately 5 years. Very pretty flower so that I was distracted by its beauty and forgot to taste test the petals…

It was the only bloom on the tree, so that’s a lost opportunity… also, since there’s only one single flower, I doubt there would be any fruit. If it indeed forms a fruit, I would be then sure that this is a self-fertile tree!

There’s a feijoa blog with very good growing information on it https://feijoafeijoa.wordpress.com/growing-feijoas/ Makes me want to buy another tree to ensure I get some fruits!!

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More fruit trees

Training fruit trees, such as espalier, in small space is an important skill to have nowadays if one want to grow a variety of fruit trees with the ever decreasing size of housing blocks and increasing size of houses. There are many books and articles on training trees, and all of them appears to recommend plants like apples, pears, currents, berries, citrus, persimmons, and stone fruits.

Living in Brisbane, there are a wide variety of fruit trees that are suited to subtropical climates to choose from, but not many of those fruit trees mentioned above. Also, I personally love tropical fruits like mangos, longans, mangosteens, and durians etc. I know we’re not hot enough for mangosteens and durians, but I’d love to have different varieties of mangos and longans so that I have supplies of them over the entire season. Fruits trees, especially grafted named varieties are not cheap to buy, and it can get costly to experiment on them. Therefore, I’m thinking about propagating some myself for experiments ~

So far, I have tried air-layer, cuttings, and growing from seeds. Air-layer has been a complete failure, and growing from seeds takes a long time to bear fruits and quality is unpredictable, so I’ll be concentrating on cuttings.

Things I would like to try and have plants on hand are:-
Tahitian lime
Sungold peach
Dwarf black mulberries (had success before)
Valencia orange
Wurtz Avocado
Longan
Nam Roi Pummelo
Prunus Mume (Chinese plum, Japanese apricots)

Blueberry from cuttings

Blueberry from cuttings


Blueberry cuttings strike successfully from spring last year doing well.

Show hands

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The baby banana hands are showing now!  So cute!!  I think I might order one of those banana protection bags, gotta protect my precious first banana crop 🙂