Quandong

Quandong

Native to the arid and semi-arid regions of the Australian mainland, the quandong is an evergreen shrub with a densely textured, leathery crown, growing to heights of 3m. The quandong has thick, pale green foliage with panicles of small white flowers and masses of plumpish rich red berries that contain a white or cream flesh. The berry from the quandong is a highly valued Australian bush tucker.

  • Plant & Growing Tips:

    Provide an open sunny position. It can grow in semi shade.

    Adaptable to most dry, well drained soils. In its natural habitat, the shrub is found in sandy sites.

    Ideally adapted to arid environments, the quandong is extremely drought resistant. It has the ability to source moisture and nutrients from the nearby root systems of other plants.

    Young trees should be planted within range of the roots of at least two potential host plants.

    The quandong can handle high soil salinity levels and coastal salt laden winds.

    Careful irrigation in dry areas may lead to improved fruit production. The soil needs to be closely monitored as soil moisture build up can cause weakened tree growth and root rot.

    Young plants should not be allowed to dry out.

    Sensitive to waterlogged soils.

    The quandong is highly susceptible of predation by browsing animals including birds.

    Quandongs should be placed 3m apart with a host plant in between, within the rows. Provide a 5m space between rows.

  • Fertiliser Applications:

    Stage: Slide Dress

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: ¼-¾ cup (50-150g)

    Commercial Use: 150g

    Comments: Apply before fruit set and again prior to wet season. This rate can also be applied to the host plant instead if you do not want to spread under the quandong. Do not apply more than 150g per application.

Disclaimer

Please note that the above information and recommendations are provided in good faith and are given without liability for loss or damage suffered as a result of their application. Optimum response to fertilisers will only be achieved when weeds, insect pests and diseases are controlled and adequate soil water is available.

Fertiliser use recommendations are presented as a practical guide to good agronomic practice under most situations. Local soil, climatic and other conditions should also be taken into account as these could affect plant response to fertiliser rates and applications.

For further information we recommend you seek advice from your local agronomist.