Spring planting

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Spring planting

Postby melbrackstone » October 8th, 2018, 7:27 pm

I have been buying hard to get fruit trees from Daleys for a few years now. They've just released their new Spring catalogue, if anyone is interested.

https://www.daleysfruit.com.au/Plant-List.php

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Re: Spring planting

Postby MJL » October 8th, 2018, 8:39 pm

Thanks MelB,

I was kind of hoping to find the Australian finger lime (Citrus australasica) - not for bonsai - rather because I like cooking and the little finger limes seem really interesting. I am not sure they grow this far south but I would have given it a crack. Alas - not on this list - so excuse to buy ... gone. Phew.
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Re: Spring planting

Postby melbrackstone » October 8th, 2018, 8:49 pm

I bought one at a local bunnyworld a couple of years ago, Mark, and I always considered it would be sub-tropical, but it seems not!
https://www.sgaonline.org.au/finger-limes/

not pushing you or anything, but Diggers sells them in Melb too... :D Although it's currently out of stock...
https://www.diggers.com.au/Search-Results?criteria=finger+lime
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Re: Spring planting

Postby GavinG » October 9th, 2018, 11:23 am

I've had a couple of finger limes fruit in Canberra, so Melbourne should be OK. They're not fast growers here, and prickly/nasty/vicious as you can get, and the fruit grows at the end of the season's growth, it seems to me, so constant pruning/pinching might make things difficult. Could be a candidate for ground- or colander-growing. Should be way more of them.

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Re: Spring planting

Postby melbrackstone » October 9th, 2018, 11:56 am

They certainly are nasty thorny little things, but agree, good to have. I've had mine 2 years and got fruit this past month...(what the possums left, anyway..) It's still only 50cm tall, but bushy...
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Re: Spring planting

Postby MJL » October 10th, 2018, 5:12 am

Prickly, nasty, vicious, slow, bushy .... now tell me what you really think!

I’d better get one or two. Just for garden - probably not Bonsai ... although I can imagine the small native fruit being quite attractive hanging on a Bonsai.


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Re: Spring planting

Postby GavinG » October 10th, 2018, 4:03 pm

I quite like stroppy trees with a mind of their own.... And fruit are gems. And native citrus are entire world of their own - I'd love to see an old gnarled trunk in bonsai. As I said, not enough of them.

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Re: Spring planting

Postby TimS » October 10th, 2018, 5:02 pm

Fairly readily available at Gardenworld in Braeside usually with a few different varieties
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Re: Spring planting

Postby melbrackstone » October 10th, 2018, 5:05 pm

Just think, if you plant it in the garden you'll invite the fairy wrens and other tiny birds to stay, cos they love those thorny trees, gives them a bit of a feeling of safety in amongst the prickles. :)
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Re: Spring planting

Postby MJL » October 13th, 2018, 6:36 am

Ok Mel and Gavin, I’m sold. Tim - thanks for the GardenWorld tip - it’s reasonably close by. Cheers, all.


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