MiApple Farm

Heritage apple tree growers and suppliers
80 Joyce Lane, Mia Mia, Victoria, Australia
Contact: Phone (613) or (03) 9701 3066
Email :- See the Contact Page
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Our orchard at MiaMia.

We started with a few trees in 2003 and planned to grow about 40 fruit trees of various varieties including apples, plums, peaches, apricots, cherries, blueberries, almonds, figs, mulberry and pears. Water was our limiting factor until we found ample quantities of drinkable bore water in 2006 and expanded the size of our orchard to contain about 300 trees.

Our first apples came in 2007/08 when our Pink Lady produced a box of apples and the kangaroos ate all of the Granny Smiths.

We netted 12 trees in the 2008/09 season and tasted many heritage apples we have not tried before - unfortunately bird damage to netted trees was severe.

In July 2008 we grafted 80 varieties obtained from Grove, Petty's and other collectors and these were planted out in the main orchard in July 2009.

In July 2009 we grafted a further 85 varieties and planted them in the main orchard in September, 2010.

By mid December 2009 the &#@! birds had taken all of our apple crop but tree damage by birds was minimal. We also installed a 6foot (1800mm) kangaroo fence to minimise damage to young trees - kangaroos love to eat young apple tree shoots.

In July 2010 we grafted 10 more cider varieties and 25 general varieties for planting in 2011 - our orchard will then be nearly full. We have however added 12 varieties of pears to our collection as well as a number of plums, cherries, peaches and apricots.

Ill health caused us to defer our 2010 project of arial netting over the whole orchard - by December 2012 with the help of our friends and family the netting was complete and the number of apple varieties has increased to over 300, and in the meantime the irrigation system has been improved to enable application of liquid fertilisers through the watering system.

Click here to see orchard plan

Apple Varieties.

We plan to finish up with about 350 apple varieties including most of those that originated in Australia, 40 varieties of cider apples and an assortment of the old favorite European varieties like the English Cox's Orange Pippin and Bramleys Seedling.

We have a list of the varieties that we have chosen and grafted or planted.

Click here to see apple variety list

Berry Crop

During the few weeks up to Christmas we have picked good numbers of the following berries from our orchard.

Mulberry, Black currant, Red Currant, Rasberry, Logan berry, Young berry and Strawberry.

The smell and flavour of our home grown berries are so natural, sweet and wonderful. Bought berries just don't taste the same.

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