ave you ever had trouble finding someone to water the plants while you’re on holiday? The solution is simple. Choose hardy plants that don’t need a lot of care and attention. In this way, you can go on a cruise and these plants can survive on rainwater alone.
In this post, we will look at some of the easiest to grow fruit trees for Brisbane and surrounding areas. These varieties require no special care apart from perhaps being watered and mulched at the start. Once established, they can tolerate a wide range of conditions including harsh soil types and thrive on neglect. In addition, you won’t need to fertilised them very much. In fact, you can kill them with love!
Here’s our top 5 easy-care fruit trees.
Dwarf Black Mulberry
We don’t actually grow mulberries, they grow themselves around here. They thrive in most soil types, but they prefer clay-based soils that are moderately well drained. Dry weather is not a problem, they are like the camel of fruit trees. Once established, you can’t kill it if you tried.
- Traditional varieties of Mulberry can reach massive heights of up to 10m or more, with a thick trunk. The Dwarf Mulberry produces the same fruit we love on a more compact plant that is perfectly suited to growing in pots and containers. The modern Dwarf Mulberry is a relatively new cultivar. The fruits are plumper and juicier compared to the older varieties.
Passionfruit plants are a hardy fruiting vine that will continue to grow and produce fruit, even when neglected. If you look after it, you’ll kill it! Their roots are strong enough to break through hard compacted soils. Grow it along a fence as it requires some kind of support. Comes in black, purple, red, gold and yellow varieties. “Black Magic” is my favourite.
South East Queensland provides the perfect subtropical climate for growing citrus trees. Lemons, limes, oranges, mandarins, kumquats, finger limes, pomelo, and the list goes on. They may be cheap to buy in the shops. However, nothing beats growing your own organic pesticide-free fruits. It’s very rewarding.
Most citrus grows superbly well around Brisbane. They can sometimes be affected by pests and diseases when grown in a partly-shaded location, so grow them in full sun if possible. Dwarf citrus bear the same size fruits on a smaller more compact tree. They are perfect for growing in pots.
Pitaya (also know as dragon fruit) is a hardy climber. Some people grow them on a single stake about 6 feet high, then trim the top to encourage a cascade of fruiting branches to form. Can also be trained along a fence. They are drought tolerant and have one of the most stunning flowers you will ever see (flowers at night). With delicious fruits that come in red, purple, pink, yellow and white fleshed varieties (red is probably the best eating quality).
When planting a mango tree there is little that needs to be done apart from loosening up the soil and watering it well at the start. That’s important. Mangos originated from the tropics, so they like water. Mulch it well to hold the moisture in around the root zone. After watering it regularly for the first couple of weeks, you can sit back and watch it grow. An easy to grow subtropical fruit tree.
Choose a grafted variety for early bearing and high quality fruit. Look for the new “Bambaroo” variety, an improved version of the Bowen Mango. An absolute winner on flavour! Dwarf varieties such as the “Palmer” bear delicious full-size fruits on a smaller tree that is perfect for growing in pots. The “Glen” type is resistant against skin diseases such as Bacterial Black Spot that can damage the appearance and quality of the fruit.
Note: Mangos love mulch as it helps prevent the soil from drying out. Mix a bucket-full of mulch into the soil before planting, and add a further layer on top of the soil. Young plants enjoy a deep watering during dry weather. Once they get their roots down, mango trees become super hardy and require very little care.
Let’s go on a holiday!
So there you have it. Now you can spend more time doing the things you love (such as eating the fruits), and less time stressing and caring for the plants themselves. Let’s go on a holiday!