Tuesday, June 20, 2017 | Regina Downes | Comments (0)
Have you been sold a plant that didn't do what it was suppose to? Did that tropical fruit tree you bought, ever set fruit? Did that Hydrangea plant you bought ever end up producing those large clusters of flowers you were promised? This short blog is based on the continuing trade of plants that are sold here in Darwin but are not suitable for our climate.
I continually get customer’s ringing me asking me why their ‘Tropical Apple’ has not fruited yet? Or why hasn’t there beautiful Jacaranda tree flowered and it's ALL because Tropical Apples do not fruit here in Darwin despite what the shop assistant is telling you! It’s the same with Jacaranda trees, they will never flower here so please stop praying for it to flower-it's not you! it's mother nature.
I can hear you all say, well why do the plant shops sell us these plants then? Because it’s called bottom dollar my friend-all they care about is making the next sale. If they cared enough about you, the customer, they would tell you the plant does not flower or fruit here or better still they would not sell the plant in the first place. So next time you buy that new ‘Tropical Fruit Tree’ make sure you ask; does it fruit in Darwin or wherever you live? In the case of the purple flowering Jacaranda tree; why not ask the shop assistant next time can she/he point you in the direction of one already planted in Darwin? After all, Darwin is a small place and if a Jacaranda tree was flowering in Darwin, trust me in would be on Nine News and it would make the front page of the NT News newspaper, it’s that fabulous when it does flower.
So don’t be Hoodwinked when it comes to buying plants you are a little unsure of, that do well in the Top End, always ask (I know right, why the hell should you have to!) And if you do get ‘Hoodwinked’ march right back to that establishment and demand your money back!
Below are a few plants that I can assure you do not (fruit or/and flower) in the Darwin area and are available for purchase locally.
(Some will fruit/flower south of Batchelor on the Katherine side)
Pictured centre-Jacaranda mimosifolia
Feel free to contact us at Online Plants NT or comment below if you have any questions regarding any plants you are thinking about buying and would like to know if they flower or fruit here and we will be happy to help you.