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Fast producing fruit trees

So how long do you have to wait in eager anticipation for your fruit trees to start fruiting after you’ve tenderly planted them in your garden? Well there’s a lot of factors at play here – what kind of tree it is, the length of time it’s been growing in a pot, whether it’s grafted or a seedling, it’s condition and suitability to your climate, and how well you’ve been looking after it since planting!

In our garden, we started planting fruit trees in December 2007 – about three and a half years ago. We’ve mainly planted mainly grafted fruit trees we got from various nurseries. Grafted fruit trees are grown not from seed, but by taking a cutting and making it grow on a different kind of tree – the ‘root stock’. For many fruit trees, grafted trees set fruit faster, and are more reliable, meaning you know you’re going to get delicious, good quality fruit.

In our subtropical climate, the trees which have produced fruit for us within just over three years are:

  • Acerola cherry
  • Apricot (Divinity)
  • Atherton raspberry
  • Babaco
  • Banana
  • Blueberry
  • Brazilian cherry
  • Cherimoya and custard apple
  • Cherry of the Rio Grande
  • Citrus (oranges, mandarin, grape fruit, lemon, lime)
  • Fig (Excel, white genoa, white adriatica, prolific)
  • Grapes (Pink Iona and Golden musket)
  • Guavas (Yellow cherry, Hawaiian and Mexican cream)
  • Loquat (nagasakiwase)
  • Mulberry
  • Olive (Kalamata)
  • Panama Berry
  • Paw paw
  • Peach (dwarf)
  • Peanut butter fruit
  • Persimmon (Fuyu)
  • Plum (Golf gold)
  • Rose apple

Next year we’re hoping to have the first tastes of our star fruit (carambola), longan, lychee, mango, sapodilla, grumichama and wampee. Exciting times ahead!

A helpful site for sharing info about growing fruit trees in your local area is Daley’s My Edibles. We’ve created a page there with some more images and info about the trees we’re growing here in Wollongong.

P.S - Thanks to Belinda for inspiring this post by asking how us if we’ve been recording how long it’s taken for our fruit trees to start fruiting. We love suggestions for topics you’d like to see us write about, so please let us know if you have any suggestions!

Reader Comments (3)

Topic suggestions:
Review of how to plant/ongoing care for trees
Seasonal garden Jobs and what you're planting through the seasons.
Local food sources (other than your garden)
Other ecological footprint reducing exercises - cleaning, op shop finds, community recycling initiative you know about, low energy alternatives etc.

April 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMeryl

Thanks heaps for the suggestions Meryl, some great ideas for future posts! We just set up a new section on the right hand side of our website called 'planting now' where you can easily see what we're planting through the seasons - and we promise to keep it up to date! As for local food sources, we have a food section under our 'Illawarra Green Directory' - the button for this is located just under our banner, in the middle of the webpage. Hope you find this info helpful :-)

April 23, 2011 | Registered CommenterHappyEarth
Hi Happy Earth,
I discovered your website and love the content, especially what fruit trees produced in the first 3 years.
I have recently purchased a coastal property in Brighton, 16km from Brisbane, Queensland and have a similar objective to make a productive garden. I look forward to following your progress.
Kindest Regards
Samantha from Ahimsa Cottage
August 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSamantha Shellard

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