"Green Guide" introduction
When we bought our piece of land we had ideas of growing something. But what?
We read and researched and couldn’t believe the numbers of books and other resources often needed just to find some basic information.
So here is a collection of basic facts on more than 65 crops that will grow in New Zealand.
This book does not replace the Fact Sheets already published by NZTCA but is more a guide (or dream) of what you could grow. [NB In 2006 Fact Sheets were withdrawn from sale pending revision, but are now resurrected on the website as ‘Crop Guides‘]
All these plants are available in NZ – some may not be at all suitable for what you want, or where you live. Some are not actually trees but have money-making – or eating – or other useful potential.
Tree Crops is not just about growing trees but covers a multi-tier concept.
Why not grow something in the space where your main crop is developing?
E.g. juvenile avocado trees can provide frost protection for a temporary tamarillo crop.
Many of the trees, which are planted for amenity reasons too, can be pruned up to make a suitable timber tree. Furniture makers do not require very long, or often very thick work-pieces.
The categories used are:
|Common Name||Name commonly used locally.|
|The binomial system with the genus followed by the species name, in Latin, recognisable world wide.|
|Classification of plants based on characteristics of flowers, fruits and foliage.|
Area where the crop will probably do well. You may have a microclimate that will be suitable for trees considered outside the range.
It is not an ideal system, and cause for much debate but it is included as an approximate guide.
|A brief description of the tree with its likely height – if not pruned.|
|The climate the plant is likely to do well in.|
|The type of soil and pH preferred.|
Flowers & Pollination
Where the flowers are, what they
look like, when they bloom and what makes them turn into
|What the end result is. And how long it could take to get there.|
The time of year to reap your
What to do with it when you
Can you sell it or will you have
to find your own niche?
Bits and pieces that didn’t
fit in the above.
Some of the crops listed also have separate FACT SHEETS (Crop Guides) with more
detailed information, especially regarding planting procedures
and spacings, nutrient requirements, pruning techniques, diseases,
varieties or cultivars. These are updated as new information
becomes available and are obtainable from the Publications
It would be impossible to make note of all
the people who so kindly gave their time and knowledge to help in
this booklet so a grateful thanks to them (often their names are
on the specific Fact Sheets as contacts or contributors). A list
of publications I used as references or enjoyed reading is also
© Gail Newcomb, Technical Editor, NZTCA (June 2000).
Booklet format – A4 sized, 77 pages, spiral-bound for ease-of-use
Contents of Basic Notes booklet:
WHY THIS BOOKLET WAS WRITTEN
SOME QUESTIONS ANSWERED
A LOOK at CLIMATE
A BASIC GUIDE for EASY CARE FRUIT TREES
A GUIDE FOR RECORD KEEPING
CASIMIROA (White Sapote)
EASY CARE FRUIT & NUTS
GUAVA – Cattley
GUAVA – Tropical
WALNUT – Andean
WALNUT – Black
WALNUT – English
REFERENCES and MORE INFORMATION
LISTING BY BOTANICAL NAME