PLANT FRUIT AND NUTS IN WARM SPOTS
THE last month of spring is time to start preparing the garden for the hot summer weather ahead.
Nurseries carry a wide range of tropical fruit trees and vines during November, so there’s plenty to choose from.
Best climates to grow tropical fruit include: sub tropical, temperate or warm coastal areas with long warm growing seasons or a sheltered microclimate.
Incorporate handfuls of organic plant food to enrich the soil before planting.
Many fruit plants are ornamental as well as productive, so consider using feijoa as a hedge, coffee for screening, macadamia for privacy or mango and avocado trees for shade.
A vigorous passionfruit vine will cover a sunny fence quickly and fruit within 12 months. Most tropical fruits need liberal watering and regular applications of an organic based fertiliser which is fortified with extra nutrients for abundant fruit. CITRUS CARE CITRUS trees are setting their fruit for next season’s crop and water stress can lead to fruit drop, so they’ll need a good deep soaking once a week if there isn’t adequate rainfall.
An application soil wetter around the root zone will help get the water down where it’s needed, by breaking down the waxy, water repellent layer that can develop on the soil surface.
Lucerne hay, pea straw or sugar cane mulch spread 50mm deep over the root zone can help retain moisture in the soil.
Keep watching for early signs of citrus leaf miner, as the adults lay their eggs on young foliage and larvae burrow into the leaves.
Passionfruit is rich in dietary fibre and antioxidants.