FAQ

Solutions and answers to some of the most commonly asked questions from our customers.

Shipping

When are Blueberry plants shipped?

When in stock- plants from the previous 7 days of online shop orders are posted out each Monday 

My Blueberry plants shipped via Australia Post have arrived damaged-what do i do

Take a photo of your plant or plants showing the damage and email it to us at info@gavinp11.sg-host.com. We have a full replacement policy and will resend the order again. Do not email or call us to abuse our staff as we are not the shipper!!!

When will my blueberry plant I ordered from the PlantNet online shop be delivered?

Online shop orders for blueberry plants close every Sunday night and plants are dispatched on Monday via Australia Post. Customers are provided a tracking number once plants are dispatched. Depending on where you live, the plants can take anywhere from 3 to 14 working days to be delivered. Unfortunately, once Australia Post have the plants we have no control over the delivery but if your plants have not arrived after 7 working days you can contact us.

When can I purchase deciduous fruit trees from the online shop?

The online shop opens for winter bare root deciduous fruit tree orders in March for shipping in winter. We only ship winter bare root fruit trees from late June to late August.

I placed an order for a fruit tree 3 weeks ago, when will I receive my order?

Once you have placed your order you should receive a order notification by email(Check junk folders if you do not receive one).  If we dig them up too early or too late, they spoil. That’s why there is sometimes a delay between when you place your order and when your tree arrives. We usually dispatch trees via a courier at the end of June, July and August, actual dates are listed on the PlantNet website and on your order notification. You will get a tracking number once the trees are collected by the courier if you supplied an email address. It may take up a week and sometimes longer for your tree to actually arrive on your doorstep.

I ordered 2 trees and only one tree has arrived.

At times two trees are tied together in the box so please check this before contacting us.

I have ordered 6 trees and only 4 have arrived.

Couriers pick up parcels intermittently and do not always pick up a customers parcels all together. We pack 2 trees per box. Expect the other 2 trees soon.

Fruit trees

When does Pinkabelle apple ripen?
Pinkabelle is a late season apple variety and depending on where you are in Australia, it could be as late as the end of May before fruit ripens.
How big are the winter bare root fruit trees when purchased online?

Trees are from 900mm to 12oomm in height when dispatched to customers.

I ordered 2 trees and only one tree has arrived.

At times two trees are tied together in the box so please check this before contacting us.

Why is the bark on my newly purchased fruit tree splitting behind the budding union?
Bark on fruit tree splittingOur nurseries propagate fruit trees by budding them and the bud union is wrapped tightly with budding tape to hold the bud tight to the tree so that it can access sap flow. Once the buds have grown to about 5-10cm in length the budding tape is cut off with a sharp knife behind the bud and sometimes the bark is cut slightly (refer to image). This should not create any problems for the tree.
Should I prune my bare root fruit tree when it arrives?

There are many options and there is a great pruning guide in the Plant Care tab above.

Which retail outlets can I purchase PlantNet products from?
On the PlantNet website there is a stockists list for all PlantNet products. If you cannot find one near you, the PlantNet online shop is open all year for blueberry plants and you can buy winter bare root fruit tree from April until the third week in August.
What payment options are available from the PlantNet online shop?

We currently offer credit card (Visa and Mastercard) and pay pal payments.

Which fruit tree varieties are suitable for the Queensland climate?

All of our Tropical Sensations Range and Lemon Heaven, all varieties are suited to the Queensland climate. Our evergreen blueberry plants, Blueberry Burst and Blueberry Kisses, are also suited to the warm Queensland climate.

Why isn't my Spring Satin plumcot cropped in the 4 years since planting..

There may be a number of reasons:

  1. If the tree is growing too strongly, making too much growth: do not apply too much nitrogen (N) fertiliser which makes the tree want to grow and not crop. It is important that the tree puts all of its energy into fruiting at this stage. Please refer to the plant care page for more information.
  2. Although Spring Satin is partially self-pollinating, its pollination will be improved by planting a Dwarf Mariposa Plum or Dwarf Storey’s Apricot tree, both of which flower at the same time, nearby to Spring Satin.
I live in Victoria and purchased a potted apricot tree in September from my local retail nursery. It has started to shoot but the leaves then turned yellow (the potting mix actually fell away from the roots when I planted it). What is wrong?

If the soil does not appear to be adhered to the trees root system, it is likely that the retail nursery potted on a bare root fruit tree in August. It should have been held back until it has taken root in the pot (November/December). The tree is most likely suffering from transplant shock. You could try pruning one third of the height from the tree so to reduce the foliage it will need to feed and applying a drench of Seaweed solution to the pot.

Why has my peach tree got a sucker or shoot coming from the ground area around the base of the tree?
A sucker or shoot coming from the ground is likely to be coming from the rootstock (that the tree is grafted onto). These should be removed when the shoots appear, breaking of by hand. If the shoot has developed into a large shoot, remove it close to the trunk using a clean pair of secateurs.
What are the purple spots and holes in my leaves?

This is possibly Shothole fungal disease which can attack plants during wet and/or humid conditions and will defoiliate deciduous fruit trees which is undesirable and will affect the following seasons crop. Under these conditions a good protective fungicide program should begin before this happens. The same program can be used for rust fungal disease(yellow spots forming on leaves also.

Mancozeb is a good option- do not use sulphuur or copper based products while trees are green as they will burn leaves.

How long after planting will Dwarf Apples, Apricots, Nectarines, Peaches, Pears or Plums fruit?

Although some trees will fruit the year after planting it is normally the second year after planting. In year 3, trees should have significant crops if grown properly.

How far apart should I plant Dwarf Apples, Apricots, Nectarines, Peaches, Pears, or Plums?

This will depend on how you intend on pruning them. Click here for pruning info

2.0- 2.5 meters is a good spacing.

Does my tree need a pollinator?

All of our varieties which require pollination from another variety have the pollinator listed next to the product on all pages of the PlantNet website.

Blueberries

When will my blueberry plant I ordered from the PlantNet online shop be delivered?

Online shop orders for blueberry plants close every Sunday night from the previous 7 days of orders. The and plants are shipped on Monday via Australia Post. Customers are provided a tracking number once plants are dispatched. Depending on where you live, the plants can take anywhere from 3 to 10 working days to be delivered. Unfortunately, once Australia Post have the plants we have no control over the delivery but if your plants have not arrived after 7 working days you can contact us.

My Blueberry plants shipped via Australia Post have arrived damaged-what do i do?

Take a photo of your plant or plants showing the damage and email it to us at info@gavinp11.sg-host.com. We have a full replacement policy and will resend the order again.

Why are the leaves on my blueberry bush suddenly turning brown and dropping off?

This could be caused by a number of issues including using the incorrect potting mix, too much water or not enough water or inadequate fertilising! Refer to our blueberry plant care information here.

When will my Blueberry fruit after planting?

If you plant in Autumn it will fruit in 12 months. 

If you plant during winter it will fruit in 12 months.

If you plant in Spring it will fruit mid winter the next year.

If you plant in early summer it will fruit in mid winter the same year.

 

 

Are Blueberry Burst and Blueberry Kisses suited to the warm winter climates in Queensland?

Yes, both our blueberry plants can be grown anywhere in Australia due to their extra low chilling requirements.

Why is my blueberry plant turning yellow?

Firstly check the pH of the potting mix is between 5.0 and 5.5. You can purchase a pH test kit from any retail garden outlet. If the pH is too high, it can be reduced by the application of horticulture sulphur applied as per the application rate on the packet.

If the pH is correct, ensure that you have planted your blueberry using the recommended mix (refer to our blueberry plant care page ) of 50% pine bark and 50% azalea/camelia potting mix. This mix provides excellent drainage in wet conditions and the addition of pine bark stops the blueberries matting root system from becoming entangled and suffocating the plant. A large pine bark mix is the secret to extending the blueberries life in a pot! Also remember to fertilise regularly as per our reccomendations.

 

Why is my blueberry plant turning red or maroon?

This can be caused by not enough nitrogen fertiliser. Applying Urea fertiliser is the quickest way to adjust this.

What are the red, maroon or black spots on my Blueberry leaves.

This is most likely Blueberry Rust fungal disease. Check out the pests and diseases page for images