This is the Bears variety of Tahitian lime. It produces loads of tangy limes and is a reliable fruiter in our climate. Cutting grown so suitable for container or open ground. Does best in a sunny warm situation with shelter from wind. Protect from frost. Matures April-Sept.
Also known as 'Aussie Plum' or ooray, this very attractive shrub is an Australian native. It has long serrated leaves and attractive reddish new growth. The plum-sized dark purple fruit are too sour to eat fresh, but make a wonderful colourful addition to stewed apples, or is delicious bottled or stewed on its own. It is great for chutneys as well, but would be worth growing as a specimen even if it didn't fruit. Plant in some shade and feed and water well.
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FEIJOA - general description
Feijoas are great plants for a fruiting hedge or shelter. They are tolerant of wind and a variety of soils, though of course they will produce their best fruit in the best conditions. But they will grow well in coastal situations, will tolerate frost once established and require very little care. The fruit is delicious raw, or stewed, or as chutney or jam or wine.
A vigorous, productive tree, and one of the hardiest figs. Lots of purplish-brown skinned fruit with sweet pink flesh. It crops over a 3 month period, from February to April.
The trees are tolerant of a wide range of conditions, including coastal. They prefer full sun, but will fruit in partial shade. Keep the roots moist till fruit forms, but don't over water. They don't need much manure either.
These are dwarf trees that grow to about 2m high by 1.5m wide. They bear fabulous fruit on very young wood and are ideally suited to the small garden or for growing in containers. Moderately hardy, they will thrive in most soils, and tolerate wind. Plant in full sun, fertilise moderately, and prune for shape. Self fertile.
Small thorny bushy plant with cylindrical fruit that is also known as ‘caviar lime’. Likes warm conditions and fertile free draining soil. Full sun. Relatively hardy for a subtropical.
These plants will either bear the long green fruit, or the shorter purple fruit. Cutting grown.3m
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FRUIT SALAD PLANT (Monstera deliciosa) PB5 30cm
There is no other fruit quite like this. The monstera forms a very large, lily-like flower, with a huge stamen, which develops into a fruit the shape of a corn cob, but a little larger. The surface of the fruit is covered in hexagonal scales or segments which lift as the fruit ripens. The flavour is sweet and fragrant, something like a mix of pineapple and banana. The plant itself is a vine in its native Guatemala, but will happily grow as a clumping shrub, if given light. Not that it needs a lot – it will fruit in quite shady situations, but hates wind, and fruit will not ripen in cold areas. Often grown as a pot plant indoors (where it won’t fruit). The huge, lush dark green leaves make this a wonderful understorey plant in the subtropical jungle.It has a vigorous root system that is reputed to invade drains, so don't plant it near them!