From Australia
by Steve Jackson


Seasons in Australia are opposite to those in the US. Summer is Dec. Jan. Feb. Autumn is Mar. Apr. May. Winter is June July Aug. Spring is Sept. Oct. Nov.

Growing your Blackberry Jam Fruit Seed
Randia Formosa

Randia Formosa is a vigorous and hardy member of the gardenia family. It is a small shrub, usually  under 1.8 metres tall, but you can prune it to any size or shape you like.

The flowers are white and fragrant, as you would expect they are similar to a single Gardenia flower.

The fruit is around the size of a large grape and yellow when ripe. The black pith can be eaten fresh or used in preserves and as a flavouring in cookery, there is a fair bit of information on the net in this regard. It will grow in full sun to partial shade and only requires water to get it established and then only under the most extreme dry spells.

Sow the seeds in a seedling tray or pot filled with a good quality potting mix or seed raising mix, and cover the seed with a very thin layer of mix. I’d suggest using a sifter to get an even coating over all the seeds. It is important to keep the seeds damp at all times.

It is helpful to cover the seeds with a sheet of glass or even a plastic ‘tent’ to maintain high humidity, but if you use this method you will need to check on them regularly to ensure that they are not affected by fungal problems. This eventuality can be minimised by removing the cover on occasions to allow air movement around the seed or seedlings.

Once the seedlings are large enough to manipulate, prick them out (transplant) into 5 cm pots filled with a top quality potting mix. Add one quarter of a teaspoon of Osmocote, ensuring that the granules do not contact the young seedlings directly.

Keep the plants in bright filtered light without any direct sun at this stage and allow the roots to well fill the pot before moving them on to a 10 cm pot and morning sun. Continue potting as required, but don’t consider planting in the garden until well established in a 15 cm pot.



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Bibliography

Jackson, Steve. "Growing your Blackberry Jam Fruit Seeds." wackos@westnet.com.au. 2008. Web. 15 Nov. 2015.

Published 15 Nov. 2015 LR
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