Spring - Alive
... To all avid fruit gardeners

Spring is here, rain one day, warm beautiful sun the next and the day after Mr Frost comes knocking. It is the season of change, the season of awakening and re-newed energy. Of blossoms bursting open to the joy of the buzzing bees. Colours coming alive from all corners of the garden. A beautiful time of the year.

Our pruning and mulching have been completed. We are feeding our plants to help them produce all their lovely fruits and planting the more tender plants once the frosts have passed. Grab what time you can in the garden before the summer heat comes in (and it is coming).

Enjoy your garden.

In this issue

Fiona’s News - ‘New Labels on board’
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Fruits to Harvest
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'Blueberry Smoothie'
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Guided tours of incredible edibles® Garden
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Fiona's New Label Update


Watch out for these in Store!

Fruits to Harvest - September, October, November

Avocado Fuerte, Hass
Banana Mons mari
Cherimoya Bronceada, Canaria
Citrus Cipo Orange
Guava Tropical Red Sensation, The Guava

Mountain Paw Paw


Time to Plant your more Tender Plants


Did you know?

  • Tamarillos were once called Tree Tomatoes
  • Native to South America
  • Comes from the same family as tomatoes, potatoes and egg plant
  • Peak harvest period is July and August
  • Average life is seven years
  • Excellent plant for a subtropical planting with its large hairy green leaves
  • Excellent source of vitamins, minerals & antioxidants
  • Great source of fibre & low in fat

Trouble shooting

Issue: My Tamarillo Tango tree is getting the following problems

  • The branch is getting dark, withered.
  • The leaves are getting withered and yellow, as well as shedding.

Could you please help me on the above issues?  Very appreciative of your time.

Solution: It sounds like there has been some die back from the winter frosts/cold. Prune your plant back to remove the dead growth and shape your plant once the frosts have passed. In the meantime this unattractive dead material will help protect the plant from further frost damage. Tamarillos will shed their old leaves, this is natural. Feed your plant once spring arrives as explained on our website, www.edible.co.nz.

Issue: Three years ago we bought the above plant.
Last year we had over 80 beautiful fruits. This year the tree again had many fruits formed to a large size. We returned after a 10 day break to find that a branch with over 21 large fruit had fallen to the ground. Will the fruit ripen if left on the branch, or do we remove the fruit and place in a warm spot?

Solution: To my knowledge the fruit do not ripen off the tree. I am sorry but you have lost these fruit. You could use this unripe fruit in a Chutney recipe.

Issue: Hi, I'm wondering if you can help us make a decision whether to persevere with a Tamarillo we planted last spring in our edible garden. It has been annihilated by white fly and no amount of spraying has helped, it no longer has leaves but the stem still looks green and is 800mm high. We are in the Lakes subdivision which may help describe the type of soil we have, it is fairly compact and we will no doubt get the odd frost. Your advice would be appreciated.

Solution: These insects are a nuisance. At the weekend I was reading the latest NZ Gardener and a reader had written in about feeding her plants Yates Nature's Way Fish Emulsion on a group of plants that were attracting white fly. She wrote that she couldn't believe the whitefly disappeared. Try it. I would also feed your plant and mulch to retain moisture. You may need to protect from frosts. I hope this all helps. It will be a shame to pull it out.

Issue: I have just pulled out my now completely dead tamarillo plant, one of two which we planted last spring. The other is still alive, but struggling, I feel that these plants are not hardy enough. They may have been bred for wonderful flavour etc., but have been unable to thrive despite regular care and attention. They have been very susceptible to leaf disease and insect attack. They were purchased in very good condition. Initially they grew very fast and the growing tip was removed as instructed. Then the leaves began dying off and then whole branches died and were removed.

Solution: Over recent years tamarillos along with tomatoes and potatoes have been affected by the disease Liberibacter solanacearum. This disease is transmitted by the tomato potato Psyllid. The Psyllid is similar to a small cicada but the size of an aphid. It is a sap sucking insect and creates the following symptoms - tiny lumps on leaves, distorted shoots, and tip dieback, wilting and irregular browning.
The best control is to remove the plants and burn them including any fallen material.
DO NOT compost as this will continue the life cycle. Alternatives is Maverick spray available from your local garden centre. Spray every 7 days for 3 applications. Please follow the instructions on the container.

Click here to find out more about Tamarillo.



Blue bubbles of goodness hang attractively on beautiful bushes. They will improve your memory and colour your appetite - nature’s own healthy lollies.

Ideal in a container, stand-alone specimen or eye-catching hedge. Easy to grow nationwide.

Blueberry Fun Facts

  • Native to North America
  • Also known as Star berries in North America - because of the star-shaped calyx on the top of their heads
  • Native Americans used blueberries for food, medicine and dye for baskets & cloths
  • NZ exports over a 1,000 tonnes each year
  • There are over 50 varieties of blueberries world wide
  • Darker the blueberry the sweeter they taste - Natures lollies
  • Good source of vitamin C & dietary fibre
  • Easy to grow
  • Blueberries grow best in acidic soils and make great container plants
  • Most grow 2m x 1.5m but there are smaller varieties
  • Blueberries the plant for all seasons from the ‘lily of the valley’ flowers in spring, to the tasty, healthy fruit followed by rich autumn colours.
  • Eye-catching edible hedge or screen or incorporate within your garden planting
  • Delicious to eat straight from the bush, scattered on your cereal or used in many sweet and savoury dishes
  • Superfood - powerhouse of antioxidants
  • Blueberries contain more antioxidants than most other fruits or vegetables and may help prevent damage caused by cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s.
  • Brain food - will relax the mind improve the memory and colour your appetite.
  • Lowers cholesterol

Mouth Watering Blueberry Recipe


1 cup of fresh or frozen blueberries (do not thaw)
1 cup of vanilla ice cream
1 ripe banana, frozen whole or sliced
1/4 cup of vanilla yogurt
1/2 cup unsweetened pineapple juice

Place all ingredients in a blender. Cover and mix until smooth, about 30- 45 seconds.

New Label addition to the family

Watch out in your local garden centre for Blueberry Burst™
New name for Blueberry Centurion - Vaccinium ashei x Centurion

Click here to find out about Blueberry Burst™


Calling all Garden Groups

Experience the incredible edibles® Garden

Do you organise daily trips to wonderful gardens to pick up ideas, see what other people are doing and to learn?

How about organising a trip to our 4 hectares of incredible gardens.

Visit the sunny Bay of Plenty, we are 2 hours from Auckland and 1.5 hours from Hamilton.

Come and see the (Season dependant)

  • Unusual - Dinosaur Trees
  • Large Range of NZ’s favourite fruit - Feijoa
  • Taste Brain Food - Blueberries
  • Graze of Sherbet Bombs - Chilean Guava

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