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Name: Glen Ingram
Macleay Is, Qld, Australia (Zone 12a)
Bearded Dragon young male
Region: Australia Annuals Canning and food preservation Herbs Tropicals Foliage Fan
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Gleni
Aug 3, 2016 7:12 AM CST
I have a male and female tree. They are volunteers. Volunteers always seem to do better than the plants I buy.

The fruit on this tree are large, tasty and multitudinous (largest 2-3kg). It keeps me and several friends amply supplied. I work at keeping it upright so the weight of the fruit does not snap the top off (which was the fate of its predecessor).

My major difficulty with it is the shading out of my daylilies: some of which I have had to move. I keep younger volunteers going ready to replace the fruiting tree for when it is lost.

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Name: Glen Ingram
Macleay Is, Qld, Australia (Zone 12a)
Bearded Dragon young male
Region: Australia Annuals Canning and food preservation Herbs Tropicals Foliage Fan
Plays in the sandbox Cactus and Succulents Garden Photography Hybridizer Composter Sedums
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Gleni
Aug 27, 2016 6:03 AM CST
This is the nearby male. The flowers are beloved of honeyeaters for their nectar.

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When the spent blooms fall to the ground a large male Eastern Bearded Dragon comes daily and eats them.

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Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Aug 27, 2016 1:08 PM CST
Oh that's amazing! Do you ever have issues with birds eating the fruit before you can harvest?
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Name: Glen Ingram
Macleay Is, Qld, Australia (Zone 12a)
Bearded Dragon young male
Region: Australia Annuals Canning and food preservation Herbs Tropicals Foliage Fan
Plays in the sandbox Cactus and Succulents Garden Photography Hybridizer Composter Sedums
Image
Gleni
Aug 27, 2016 4:54 PM CST
Tom, the worst are Black and Grey-headed Flying Foxes. These mega bats smell the fruit as soon as they start to turn even a bit yellow. They are like exocets focussing in. You have to bring the fruit in as soon as it starts to mature. The bats also damage the green fruit with their claws while hanging there having a munch on the ripe fruit.

Birds can be a problem. Friarbirds have featherless heads that are ideally suited for getting right inside large fruit. With no feathers the plumage doesn't get matted from the pouring juices. In the north, Helmeted is a big problem but the Noisy Friarbird here in the south prefers blooms more.

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Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Irises Vegetable Grower Butterflies Region: Wisconsin Keeps Horses Cat Lover
Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry Daylilies Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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tveguy3
Aug 27, 2016 5:35 PM CST
I have to put nets around any fruit I don't want the birds to devour. I don't mind sharing some, but I want my share too. Hilarious!
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