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My fruit vegetables have fruited! growing various edibles (updated pictures)

#21 User is offline   granny 

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Posted 04 November 2008 - 03:58 PM

WOW! Could you please list down all the fruit vegetables that you have grown? Would like to try growing and need some assurance that what I intend to plant should grow.
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Posted 05 November 2008 - 11:57 AM

Here's another picture from my collection:
http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg262/amazon-blue/Pumpkin15.jpg

Pictures of my flowering plants can be found under this thread. Thanks for viewing!

This post has been edited by Wisteria: 05 November 2008 - 04:47 PM

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#23 User is offline   Wisteria 

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Posted 18 November 2008 - 01:46 PM

Emily, my purple chilli finally starts blooming!
http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg262/amazon-blue/Chilli4.jpg

I nearly give up on my 4 pots of purple chilli. Previously, the plants spent so much energy changing the colour of every leaf from green to deep purple that they were growing so slowly. Since a few weeks ago, the leaves stopped turning deep purple entirely & plant growth picked up speed. The new leaves now are mainly green while some of the older leaves are variegated.

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#24 User is offline   Wisteria 

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Posted 19 November 2008 - 09:20 AM

The first flower on both my largest eggplants (see post#26) opened this morning!
http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg262/amazon-blue/eggplant2.jpg

Purple chilli & round eggplant placed side by side for size comparison:
http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg262/amazon-blue/eggplant3.jpg

Notice how small my flowering purple chilli plant is. This is already the biggest one among the 4 I have.

I was hoping my purple chilli (local type) would be like the cultivars "Purple Prince", "Purple Tiger" or "Peruvian Purple" having entirely dark purple or variegated (mainly purple with a bit of green) leaves. The immature purple fruits & mature red fruits, together with dark purple leaves, would make a nice contrast among the rest of the plants with green leaves.
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Posted 19 November 2008 - 10:38 AM

View PostWisteria, on Nov 18 2008, 01:46 PM, said:

Emily, my purple chilli finally starts blooming!
http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg262/amazon-blue/Chilli4.jpg

I nearly give up on my 4 pots of purple chilli. Previously, the plants spent so much energy changing the colour of every leaf from green to deep purple that they were growing so slowly. Since a few weeks ago, the leaves stopped turning deep purple entirely & plant growth picked up speed. The new leaves now are mainly green while some of the older leaves are variegated.


So nice! Mine was eaten up by some pest and finally died. Am so glad yours is growing well.
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#26 User is offline   Wisteria 

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Posted 03 December 2008 - 01:56 PM

Progress Report: Developing Fruits

http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg262/amazon-blue/eggplant4.jpg
round eggplant

http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg262/amazon-blue/chilli5.jpg
purple chilli

http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg262/amazon-blue/tomato.jpg
supermarket cherry tomato
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Posted 03 December 2008 - 02:24 PM

View PostWisteria, on Dec 3 2008, 01:56 PM, said:

Progress Report: Developing Fruits

http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg262/amazon-blue/eggplant4.jpg
round eggplant

http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg262/amazon-blue/chilli5.jpg
purple chilli

http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg262/amazon-blue/tomato.jpg
supermarket cherry tomato


Miam! Miam! Miam!
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Posted 04 December 2008 - 01:10 AM

good good good nice progress report shall report more often :)/> cheers and Congrats. :)/> another award winning gardener
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Posted 04 December 2008 - 09:57 AM

Hi kelmund:
I'm nowhere near "award winning stage" for growing edibles. I'm even far behind you in growing tomatoes etc.
I have been testing out the various edibles the past 1 year to see which of them can readily grow in my garden given the existing conditions. The ones that have pictures posted in this thread are those that manage to reach fruiting stage. I still have other edibles waiting for their turn to show-off their "fruits" if I can successfully get them to fruit.

Hi everyone:
I hope the pictures of the various edibles I posted will inspire more people to grow their own food plants, just like I was inspired by Wilson's pictures to grow edibles again late last year. Organic gardening is the "IN" thing. Treat the growing process as a learning experience & the harvest a bonus. If space is a constraint, grow the miniature version in pots. My purple chilli plants are doing perfectly fine in small 14cm diameter pots. Happy gardening!
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#30 User is offline   Mamat 

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Posted 04 December 2008 - 11:24 AM

hi.. i was looking at your earlier posts..
any advice on how to make the belimbing tree to flower n fruit? mine is near to 4 m tall.. and no flowers or fruit..
my neigbour said.. its not getting enuff sun.. coz the place where it was planted is blocked by my and the neighbours houses
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Posted 04 December 2008 - 11:28 AM

Wow ...I an impressed :-)

I love looking at that yellow pumpkin fruit ....
Did you grow the pumpkin from seeds? .... Like those I buy from the supermarket and then just dump them into the soil to grow? tia
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Posted 04 December 2008 - 01:37 PM

Hi Mamat
My belimbing tree gets >6 hours of direct sun. We don't do anything to induce the fruit trees to flower or fruit. We just let them take their own sweet time. The fruit trees in my garden are grown mainly for shade & secondly fruits. I recall it took many years before my belimbing tree started flowering. Up to today, my avocado tree (grown from seed) & pomelo tree (seedling given by someone) haven't even started flowering after so many years. A gardening expert said that my Australian avocado tree wouldn't be able to flower & fruit in our hot climate.

Maybe your belimbing tree is still young, but it should start flowering after 4 years at the latest. It's possible your tree isn't getting enough sun, hence it's growing upwards to reach more light.


Hi Chawanmushi
crookneck pumpkin : seeds came from pumpkins grown by my neighbour's mum in their homegarden in China

phoenix pumpkin : seeds were from Wilson

You can grow pumpkins using the seeds from supermaket pumpkins. Do take note that some pumpkins come from places that have much lower temperatures than here. I grew the Japanese pumpkin using seeds from the one sold at NTUC Fairprice. I wasn't successful with this particular cultivar as the vines had trouble setting fruits. I believed it demanded a cooler climate to grow properly.

I have seeds harvested from my crookneck & phoenix pumpkins. PM me if you are interested.
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Posted 04 December 2008 - 06:20 PM

Mamat
My belimbing tree fruited after about 1 and a half years. I bought it from Ang Mo Kio nursery so it may have been marcotted. It does fruit regularly and it is about 6 feet tall now but it has fruited when it was much shorter. It gets the full sun. I usually add some flowering fertilisers like bone meal or the liquid flowering fertilisers. I find that if the tree is trimmed, the tree will not fruit for a few months until it has regrown it's leaves.

4 metres seems like a rather tall tree. Perhaps trim it down and apply the flowering fertilisers. But, as mentioned above, be prepared to wait for the plant to establish its leaves. Belimbing fruits from old trunks so if you cut off the branch and it has fruited before, the remaining branch will fruit the next time that the tree sets its flowers.
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Posted 14 December 2008 - 04:18 PM

Flowering Vines:

http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg262/amazon-blue/Flower19.jpg
wild passionfruit

http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg262/amazon-blue/waxgourd1.jpg
wax gourd (winter melon)

http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg262/amazon-blue/waxgourd2.jpg
white bittergourd (above) & wax gourd (below)

The ugly DIY trellis supporting my various vines are located in my backgarden. I'm eagerly waiting for the female flower buds to appear on my white bittergourd & wax gourd vines.
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Posted 22 December 2008 - 01:50 PM

Progress Report: Ripening Fruits

http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg262/amazon-blue/chilli6.jpg
Purple chillis change from deep purple to light purple to beige to orange & will turn red when fully ripe.
The plants look more beautiful now ever since the leaves turn variegated again. I'm waiting for the leaves to turn 90%-100% purple like in the beginning when the plants were at seedling stage.

http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg262/amazon-blue/tomato2.jpg
Cherry tomatoes in general don't grow well in my garden despite receiving full-day sun.
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Posted 22 December 2008 - 05:07 PM

good wonderful report is a delight in my eyes. the chilly does look yummy. wonder if they are edible? a superb ornamental non the less. maybe you shall try gross lisse tomatoes too. :)/>

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Posted 04 January 2009 - 11:37 AM

View PostWisteria, on Jan 4 2009, 11:25 AM, said:

White bittergourd:
http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg262/amazon-blue/WBG.jpg


is this the kind that is not-so bitter?
i had the juice & soup in Taiwan & they are very nice.
if so, can spare me some seeds?

:offtopic:/>
have been busy at home (helper hospitalised) & work, will most likely go to library next week
hope to pass the cuttings & seeds to you next week
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Posted 04 January 2009 - 11:50 AM

Hi Geri:
This white bittergourd is from Taiwan. I don't have any more seeds at the moment since I sowed all the seeds the last time & only 3 of them germinated. I have never tasted white bittergourd before since the 2 fruits from Vine#2 never reached maturity. I hope the current fruit can reach full size & then I will be able to save the seeds for myself & everyone else who's interested in growing the white bittergourd.
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Posted 04 January 2009 - 12:18 PM

View PostWisteria, on Jan 4 2009, 11:50 AM, said:

Hi Geri:
This white bittergourd is from Taiwan. I don't have any more seeds at the moment since I sowed all the seeds the last time & only 3 of them germinated. I have never tasted white bittergourd before since the 2 fruits from Vine#2 never reached maturity. I hope the current fruit can reach full size & then I will be able to save the seeds for myself & everyone else who's interested in growing the white bittergourd.


it's ok. I can wait for your harvest & eventually the seeds. :P/>
you let me know the taste.

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Posted 07 January 2009 - 04:44 PM

I have to harvest the white bittergourd prematurely because the bottom end of the fruit is turning brown. I had carefully wrapped the fruit with 2 layers of papers but the fruit was still stung by some insect. :ranting2:/>

This baby-sized bittergourd is actually white although it looks light green in photos:
http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg262/amazon-blue/WBG2.jpg

I'm not sure if the seeds from this fruit are mature enough for sowing purpose, but they are definitely harder & fuller compared to the flat & hollow seeds from the immature fruits of my other vine which rotted previously.
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