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FIG - Brown Turkey (Ficus 'Brown Turkey') PB5 60cm
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.  
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FIG - Dwarf Ventura (Ficus carica Ventura) PB 5 40cm
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.  
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FINGER LIME ([citrus australasica]) PB 3 30cm
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!  
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GIANT BIRD OF PARADISE (Strelitzia Nicolai) PB5 40cm
Spectacular tall plant with huge blue/white flowers and striking fan-like foliage. Prefers rich soils with good drainage, and will grow in full sun or part shade. Mildly frost tolerant when established. 6m.  
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GIN BERRY ((glycosmis pentaphylla) ) PB 3 30cm
Prized for the small tangy fruits which have a spicy, gin-like flavour. It grows in similar conditions to citrus – full sun, adequate water, good feed and drainage. It can also be grown in a container. Hardy to zero degrees, but do not expose to heavy frost. 5m  
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GINGER
We have several varieties of ginger available. All will grow outdoors in a frost-free spot, and although they will all spread, they are not rampantly invasive.  
 

GINGER - CHINESE (Zingiber officinale var. sinensis) PB3 30cm
Very similar to the ginger you buy in the shops. It has pungent yellow roots and is fairly easily grown outdoors, in a semi shaded position. Non invasive. A great plant for the vege garden. Mildly frost tolerant.  
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GINGER - GALANGAL (alpinia galanga) PB5 30cm
Widely used in Thai cooking, galangal is an aromatic rhizome that grows on a clumping plant similar to a number of ornamental gingers.Plant in semi shade in well drained soil after the danger of frost has passed and the soil has warmed up. If you plant them too early, the cold, moist soil may cause them to rot. Plant them in a ridge and harvest the roots in autumn. You can leave some in the ground to sprout again, but if you have frost, it is best to bring them indoors for winter.  
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GINGER - KRACHAI (Kaempferia pandurata) PB3 30cm
Another type of Thai ginger, krachai is a vigorous plant with long underground rhizomes. All parts of the plant can be eaten. The roots are used in seafood dishes. They are also eaten raw with rice. Young leaves and stems are mixed with coconut and spices, and steamed in a banana leaf. The plant grows easily in a frost free area, with fertile, well-drained soil and plenty of moisture and compost. Harvest the roots when the plant dies back in winter. It will reappear in spring [so long as you leave some roots there of course!]  
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GINGER - MYOGA (Zingiber Mioga, Japanese Ginger) PB3 30cm
This ginger grows well in our climate. Vigorous and healthy, likes semi-shade and dampness. Shoots and flower buds are sautéed or eaten raw, lovely to have your own supply for cooking. Dies back in winter, but reappears in spring. Will spread rapidly if given too much moisture and shade. Keep it where you can keep an eye on it, and it is no problem.  
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GRAPE - Niagara (vitis vinifera) PB 5 60cm
This is an early white grape. It is very sweet with thin skin and low seed content. Plant in full sun and manure only moderately. Grapes should be trained to a T shape and supported on a wire or similar structure. Prune back hard after fruiting, leaving two-bud stubs at 30cm intervals along the arms of the T. Pick fruit only when fully ripe.  
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GUAVA Red (Psidium sp) PB5 60cm
The hardiest of the guavas, with little red fruit ripening in May/June. Excellent for breakfast fruit salad and guava jelly or wine. These fruit are super high in Vitamin C and are companions for citrus which means their place in a subtropical orchard is really on the edge with the citrus. Relatively hardy and wind resistant.  
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GUAVA Yellow (Psidium sp) PB5 60cm
Similar to the red guavas except they’re a little bigger and sweeter. They need a frost-free spot to crop well, and like other guavas require plenty of moisture in autumn.  
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GUAVA Giant red (psidium giganteum) PB5 30cm
Similar to the red guava, but with much larger fruit that is reputed to grow to the size of golf balls. Ours haven't made it to that size yet, but are very big and prolific. The trees have larger, more rounded leaves and make very good hedging.  
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GUAVA Subtropical (Psidium guajava) PB3 60cm
These are the large pink guavas found in Fiji and South Africa etc. They can be eaten fresh and are delicious stewed or preserved. Like a lot of other subtropical fruits, they ripen in winter, so need warmth then to be sweet. Plant in full sun a special hot spot and they will do really well. The leaves are green turning to a dull attractive maroon in cool winters  
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GUAVA Thai (psidium guajava) PB5 40cm
Another variety of the tropical guava. Produces big round guavas that have pinky white flesh. They are usually eaten when still crunchy and slightly under-ripe and can be dipped in sugar and chili powder. The plant grows well here in the north, but I can’t find any information on its frost hardiness. Best grown in a warm sheltered spot and fertilised well. 3m  
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GUAVA White (psidium guajava) PB5 40cm
Another variety of the tropical guava, and probably the nicest of the lot. The tree produces big sweet juicy guavas that melt in your mouth. Easily grown in a warm sheltered spot. Fertilise well. 3m  
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INGA BEAN (Inga Edulis) PB5 40cm
A highly ornamental tree with huge bean pods up to 15 cm, containing candyfloss-like edible pulp. Leguminous tree. Ripens June-July. Will bear three years from seed. Beautiful white pohutukawa like flowers in January and February. The children will love the candyfloss!! – quite a novelty.  
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