Making something from scratch brings a lot of pride when cooking. But why not take things to the next level by growing your ingredients too? Starting with a simple recipe, create your fruit salad plant garden at home. Read on to find out how to develop and maintain your plants for a fruitful harvest.
Ingredient 1: Dragon fruit
Dragon fruit grows best in a mild, humid environment. Dragon fruit also easily grows in a pot indoors. This plant needs at least six hours of sunlight a day, so make sure to sit it by a sunny window. You will also need well-draining potting mix to avoid root rot.
If you want to grow the fruit from its seeds, scoop them out of the fruit and leave them to dry overnight. Plant them by lightly covering them under the soil as they don’t need to be buried too deep.
Ensure the soil keeps its moisture for optimum plant growth, and if growing indoors, make sure to transport it into larger pots as time goes on. When the dragon fruit plant gets tall enough, add a support system for it to climb along.
Ingredient 2: Pineapple
To grow a vigorous pineapple plant, let it thrive in a warm environment. As sunlight helps feed the plant, be aware of your placement and ensure it’s in direct sunlight.
Pineapple plants are not very thirsty, so wait until the soil dries out before watering. Give the leaves a spritz of moisture as they also absorb water.
These plants do well at multiplying, so when they produce new shoots, propagate and spread them out in separate pots.
Ingredient 3: Tomatoes
A tomato plant is made to creep, so developing a solid stalk is of most importance. This can be established by providing controlled wind pressure in its early growth stages using a portable fan. This plant also requires daily direct sunlight and prefers warmer weather.
Water the base of the plant, avoiding the leaves to prevent plant disease. Watering should occur daily in the mornings, giving the plant enough strength to get through each day. Remove bottom leaves to keep a high growth rate and prune lower or dying vines to help fruit develop.
Ingredient 4: Strawberries
Strawberries grow best in six or more hours of sun exposure, inside rich soil with a pH of 6. If growing from seedlings, establish the plant with a nutritious fertiliser. If you live in a cold environment that frosts, keep your plants covered or bring a small bush indoors.
Weed control is essential for keeping the strawberry plant clean. They also do poorly with wet leaves, despite the need for regular watering. A drip irrigation system can solve this.
Ingredient 5: Blueberries
Blueberries do best planted outdoors in full sun during winter, planted in free-draining, acidic soil. You can lower your soil’s pH by adding organic matter, aluminium sulphate and sulphur.
Water your blueberry plant three times a week, as the plant will stop growing if it is dried out. Once a year, mulch the plant with compost and prune any branches that are touching the ground.
With the right care and attention, a fruit salad garden will reward you will a variety of fantastic fruit. If you’re after equipment to get your garden started, find what you need on Gumtree Australia.