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Fruit and failure

17 Feb

My kaffir lime is wilting...

I recently bought a bunch of fruit trees from Daleys Fruit. I have two dwarf tropical apples (Golden Dorset and Anna), a Eureka lemon, a dwarf emperor mandarin, a kaffir lime and a dwarf black mulberry. I’ve planted them all in 15 litre grow bags, and they have been going great guns- until now.

My kaffir lime tree has suddenly developed a wilt even though it’s thoroughly watered. I haven’t let it dry out and I’ve watered it daily – exactly the same as the other trees.

I did some googling, and was sure that what I had was root rot. Root rot causes wilt and is caused by overwatering, which is quite likely what I’ve done. The problem is that I’ve unpotted the poor thing, and the roots look fine. Now I’m just slowing watching it die, powerless to stop its demise. Any ideas are welcome. Thankfully the kaffir lime was actually an error. I meant to order a Tahitian lime, and bought the kaffir instead. So if one had to die, I’m glad it was that one.

My mulberries are just developing that slight purple tinge

In happier news, my dwarf black mulberry tree is doing amazingly well. I planted it into the grow bag a little over a month ago, and I already have fruit! I’m probably not supposed to let it fruit so early, but I have no self control. I currently have a little over 20 berries, and every day there are more. They are just starting to turn purple, and I can hardly wait.

Today I got home from work and my parcel from the Digger’s Club had arrived. I joined the club the other day, and ordered a bunch of seeds and a purple asparagus seedling. I hope to plant it this weekend. As part of the order I also got some of the CSIRO’s clever clover mix. I plan to pull up the very sad looking annuals in the front yard and plant the clever clover as a green manure to improve the soil. The neighbours will think I’ve gone mad – planting grass in the garden bed – but I hope it will improve the soil enough to grow an impressive pumpkin patch next summer 🙂