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where to get fruit trees from?

Postby keezawitch » Mon Feb 13, 2012 5:21 pm

Hi, I am looking for fruit trees, I live in the western suburbs of sydney (orchard Hills) and I am finding it impossible to find different types of fruit, I would love to get quince, mulberry, blueberries,loquats and any unusual fruits, I want to have a go at growing fruit I cant easily get in the shop, any suggestions would be appreciated

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Re: where to get fruit trees from?

Postby minnie » Tue Feb 14, 2012 10:26 am

http://www.daleysfruit.com.au/ Daleys are in Kyogle Northern NSW but ship all over.

Get them to post out their free catalogue, it's just wonderful pawing over the pages. But before buying the more exotic work out if they'll work there and if your want pot species and also if anyone has tried the fruit.

I know I bought black sapote fruit (chocolate pudding fruit) but tried it before it ripened, I thought I'd poisoned myself and it turn me off ever growing or trying it again. :lol: I told the fruit shop they needed to put a sign with information, honestly it was a shocker!

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Re: where to get fruit trees from?

Postby keezawitch » Tue Feb 14, 2012 2:23 pm

thanks i will contact them, I will try exotics before i buy, and i will endeavour to make sure they are ripe, had to tell with some fruit and the shop keepers usually have no idea around here. We are in a temperate zone but do get frosts so i dont think i will go for too tropical types, I love mangos and pawpaw but wont even try them here. I remember trying a star fruit before it was ripe, quite puckering, Dragonfruit grows well here so might see about a plant of it, berries grow well here also, The suburbs name (orchard hills) comes from the fact the original people grew lots of fruit and magic grapes, unfortunately a lot of the old vines(dating back about 100yrs) have been lost as new generations just dont have the time to put into them.

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Re: where to get fruit trees from?

Postby minnie » Wed Feb 15, 2012 8:21 am

Our old property was frost free and I had just started to get star fruit after 7 years when we moved, and we had some great Kensington Pride Mangoes. The thing with mangoes (as mango farmers know) one year it will be a bumper unbelievable crop and then you may not get that for several years or many... mangoes are a great tree but a pain like that.

Where we are now we get frost and I have to say I'm happy about that, my citrus will love it and I can plant some things that enjoy a frost.

The low chill stonefruit that they grew at Hogarth Range never did much for me, give me the high chill any day, much better flavour. And Cherries don't forget cherries like chill...

Let us know what you pick. :D

The catalogue from Daleys is great.

Vicki

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Re: where to get fruit trees from?

Postby keezawitch » Wed Feb 15, 2012 8:14 pm

I have sent for the catalogue and I am looking forward to it, I already have a tahitian Lime and a Eureka Lemon in they are young trees but did have the start of fruit until the mad ram stormed the fence I had around it, the mad thing broke my ribs after i chased it out, and then of course the goats discovered them, I have moved them to a more secure part of the garden. I also recently acquired a white fig, lucky me I got a nice little tree as a swap for some fresh goat milk. I have a quince lined up if the lady remembers to pot one up for me. I really want a couple of berries too but they may just be too tempting to gerty the goat and her gang. I will let all know what i eventually put in. I also keep my eye out for people who want trees dug out, you never know what a goldmine they might be.

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Re: where to get fruit trees from?

Postby minnie » Thu Feb 16, 2012 7:10 am

I was given a tahitian lime in about 1981 by some lovely men I worked with in a citrus packing shed at Mangrove Mountain, they also gave me a tangelo. They were rare trees then and hard to get. I kept them in big pots moving from place to place in rental properties for some years but it got the better of the tangelo and it died, so I asked my Mum to take the lime and plant it... well it's honestly the best lime tree and a few years back we took cuttings and got a good tree out of it, which now sits in a pot waiting to be put in the ground. It takes longer to grow from a cutting but it's true to the tree you cut it from, the grafted one fruited quickly but every so often it produced a lime with a seed.

I love having trees and plants with stories so when this one is in the ground I'll pot up more branches just in case we have to move one day and I'll always have a pot species to take with me. Same with my white fig my old neighbour gave it to me, I dug it out when leaving and stuck in a branch that broke off, would you believe the tree died and the branch is ready to plant. ;)

Lucky I did dig it up, wish I had all the other citrus we had as the man that bought the property not only killed, all the big figs, poncianas, jacarandas etc he killed all the fruit trees in the orchard... weirdest person I've ever known.

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Re: where to get fruit trees from?

Postby keezawitch » Thu Feb 16, 2012 12:56 pm

yep wierd ones out there, we had a place once that we had put in a beautiful front garden, the guy who brought it said it was the selling point he loved it then 2weeks after buying it he bulldozed the lot. Speaking about plants in pots travelling with us, I have an asparigus fern i have had longer than my husband we have been married for 32 yrs and I have had my fern for about 35 yrs, repotting as i go, I was once asked out of the two which one I would take if i had to choose, I chose the fern, it doesnt answer me back and takes very little care :) :)

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Re: where to get fruit trees from?

Postby dggoatlover » Thu Feb 16, 2012 4:08 pm

Hahahaha! :lol:

Yes my goats are a pain when they get out. The naughty boys are the worst! Our poor old Bowen Mango has copped a battering over the last two years. Poor hubby only got one poor old mango off it this year. No more though - the boys had another excapade a couple of weeks ago and ringbarked the poor thing! It was there when we moved in and is planted in a bad spot. We are going to plant a new one in a much better protected area!

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Re: where to get fruit trees from?

Postby minnie » Thu Feb 16, 2012 4:46 pm

I just loved this
...it doesnt answer me back and takes very little care
:lol: :lol: :lol:

I've got rosemary that came from a friend of my Grandmothers planted when her husband went to war to remember him, everywhere I go always is some potted, lost it once and thank goodness an Aunt had it and I got some more. That same Aunt gave my Mum the last time we saw her the last gardenia flower on her plant, Mum took it home and has grown a plant from it, which she gave to me... very special because she was a special lovely Aunt and has now passed away, so it's my Auntie Win plant. :D

It is a lovely way to remember people I think.

I was very sad about the old place as friends had given use trees and the big figs etc would have been at least 100 years old. Like the one who bought your place he and his wife said they loved the trees and the wildlife. HA like hell, anyway it's bad feng shway (can't spell but you get it) all those dead trees surrounding your house.

I've still got up a website selling the place with some pics of the garden http://hogarthrange.com the 6th image along in the banner is looking in from the gate, now all standing dead!

I just wonder what makes these people tick, honestly. :evil:

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Re: where to get fruit trees from?

Postby keezawitch » Thu Feb 16, 2012 6:22 pm

the problem is they dont tick they are often as dead inside as the poor plants they kill, On the subject of plants travelling isnt it wonderful how a favorite plant from a special person gets passed down the generations, my dad has a hydrangea that his sister took a cutting from their grandparents home, she grew lots of plant from this original cutting and gave them to family, my dad has grown more plants from this one and passed them onto my sister (mine crocked it hydrangeas hate me they always die :( ) and he has now given several cutting grown plants to my neice, who will i am sure pass them onto her children with love.

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Re: where to get fruit trees from?

Postby minnie » Fri Feb 17, 2012 9:20 am

Yes I love the idea of passing down plants, it's such a wonderful way to remember people and other times.

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Re: where to get fruit trees from?

Postby keezawitch » Sat Feb 18, 2012 2:33 pm

had a very productive day, thought at first it would be a wipeout. Travel to Kangaroo Valley to show our dogs, we did very well and as we were leaving spotted a nice little nursery, in we go and low and behold they had heaps of fruit trees, I was so excited, I managed to get a Pomegranate and a quince before husband dragged me out kicking and screaming. They were a bargain both big trees that should bear fruit first season in ground and both for under $60. I have seen them for over $100 each at this size locally, worth another visit. Then on the way home stopped and picked apples growing on side of road and then blackberries, I feel a pie coming on. Who else stops and picks fruit on the road side out there I know I am not the only one.

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Re: where to get fruit trees from?

Postby minnie » Sat Feb 18, 2012 3:17 pm

Oh pomegranates I just love them!! I actually bought two today, and went totally against my norm (they're from the US) but I just couldn't wait for local again and they not show up like last year.

DH and I had pomegranate and ice-cream with lunch....yum I love them!!

Bargain with the trees, I'm hoping to get trees in but we're thinking of espaliering all the fruit trees, in the long term it's a better option with birds, heat and frost but we need to have it all in place before trees.

I don't pick stone fruit, usually has fruit fly, but we do lemons and before Christmas I found native raspberries on the neighbours and our place. While they look like raspberries sort of they don't really have the flavour, but they use them in bush tucker foods. ;)

Any blackberry on the side of the road here would be eradicated, OMG it would take over everything. I saw some a few years back and got a cutting to grow at home but DH made a good case against planting... :)

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Re: where to get fruit trees from?

Postby keezawitch » Sat Feb 18, 2012 8:40 pm

blackberries are supposed to be eradicated here too but happily for me the councils are slack in that department. I dont pick stone fruit off the side for the same reason as you. It was really lucky to get the apples in such good condition usually the cockatoos have got them, hoping we go down that way again soon so i can pick some more, I was surprised that there were so many trees in fruit, must have something to do with all the rain, a blessing in disguise. I have never seen any native raspberries do you think if you dried them the flavour would intensify. the pomegranate I got is a yellowish variety with soft seeds so i am interested in seeing how it goes. I would like to grow berries too but between husband saying no and goats licking their lips i might have to give them a miss. Still thinking about what veges to put in when peppa pig finishes turning over the new patch. Are you putting in veges this winter?

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Re: where to get fruit trees from?

Postby keezawitch » Sat Feb 18, 2012 8:47 pm

dggoatlover wrote:Hahahaha! :lol:

Yes my goats are a pain when they get out. The naughty boys are the worst! Our poor old Bowen Mango has copped a battering over the last two years. Poor hubby only got one poor old mango off it this year. No more though - the boys had another excapade a couple of weeks ago and ringbarked the poor thing! It was there when we moved in and is planted in a bad spot. We are going to plant a new one in a much better protected area!


One of our goats is part feral and she is a bugger, as soon as the citrus start to get a few nice leaves she works out how to get into yard, she is a small goat so fits through things the others can't, she is going to a nice new home tomorrow as a lawn mower, weed eater and mate for our little grandson, he loves her and she follows him around on the weekend when he visits his dad here, his mum has said it is a great idea as she hates gardening and mowing and she has a huge yard with lots of trees.

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Re: where to get fruit trees from?

Postby Shadowgirlau » Sun Feb 19, 2012 7:28 am

I am growing, boysenberries, sylvan berries and raspberries. Have them growing on a trellis. With the berries if you let the vines sit on the ground they will take root and grow so this is why I tie them up on the trellis. This is their third year and so far so good. I like them being on the trellis as then I can pick the berries more easily (darn prickly bushes) and keep a good eye on them to make sure they don't "run" Just love my berries.

Kathleen
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Re: where to get fruit trees from?

Postby keezawitch » Sun Feb 19, 2012 11:11 am

I love berries too, I have a front fence that would be perfect but hubbie wants to grow jasmine on it, I might compromise and let him have jasmine where I have put in frangipanis and I might put some berries in near my bromiliads instead of bougianvillia. I cooked the apples I collected :D and stirred through the blackberries when i added the sugar, I have enough to make 2 lrge pies or crumbles, one lot are in freezer and one lot in fridge ready for a pie when i have time, or maybe a sponge pudding ;)

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Re: where to get fruit trees from?

Postby minnie » Mon Feb 20, 2012 8:38 am

I'm thinking of digging out my boysenberry and putting it on the chook pen, at the moment it's not on a wire... the rain started before I could put the posts in place with wire so it's running the ground. I have to admit the only thing I hate about berries is pickles and the only thing I hate about cattle is horns!!

I thought if they run the chook fence they can have pick as well and it's out of the way and gives them something extra. So far they have a mulberry and chokos (wish they get chokos on the like everyone else) as well as the gums. I'm thinking of putting the avocado in the chook pen too, I think the chooks will be fine but it will kill the alpacas and cattle so safely behind 6' wire works. Not sure how we'll go with avocados here, I'm hoping bacon will do okay.

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Re: where to get fruit trees from?

Postby keezawitch » Mon Feb 20, 2012 2:21 pm

won't the chooks eat all the berries, my little lovelies would learn to climb to get to something that yummy,didnt know advocado was toxic to some animals, dont really like them that much anyway, I have given up waiting for the ground to dry i am just putting star pickets in extra deep and using them as posts for everything, son built the goats a lovely shed saturday even painted it for them so what did they do last night in storm, they broke into carport, when i got up had two faces looking at me through sliding door, think i have fixed it that they cant get in. The little xbred girl has gone to a new home, my sons ex was happy to have her as she has a lge yard and lots of trees that need trimming, and their son adores her, I beleive she was running amuk through the house late yesterday, lol. now to get another girl in milk

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Re: where to get fruit trees from?

Postby minnie » Mon Feb 20, 2012 3:10 pm

There's a lot of toxic trees and flowers, some more so than others and some to certain species.

I know we had a goat that loved the fire weed, he ate a lot of it and his kidney's failed and died. Lots of people get goats to clear out weeds and especially fire weed but they have no love of the goats or care if they die at the end of the clean up. Usually they just get rid of them. I think they use them for lantana as well.

The thing is, the only good lawn mower is a lawn mower but sheep come close. :lol:

Vicki


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