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Macadamia Nut tree

The macadamia tree makes a really attractive addition to any garden and starts bearing delicious nuts at about 6 or 7 years old. They do well in hot, humid conditions like Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal. They are delicious on a cheeseboard or in desserts and salads. Macadamia oil and butter are popular too.

 

They have good amounts of fat and fibre, as well as thiamine and almost 60% of our daily value of manganese. They are packed with antioxidants, reduce your risk of developing metabolic syndrome, and may help you to lose weight.

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Position – Select a location in your yard that gets full sun but has shelter from the wind. The south or west side of a garden that is less windy is most suitable.

 

Size – Macadamia nut trees can grow to between 2 and 12 metres tall in the garden, but they can be grown in large containers too.

 

Soil – These trees favour acidic to slightly acidic soil that drains well. If your garden soil is not deep, well-draining and fertile, use perlite or sand.

 

Because they like slightly acidic soil, use half a bag of acid compost. Firm the soil around the roots to eliminate air spaces and water deeply after planting to help lessen the shock of transplanting. Add as much organic matter or compost to the hole or pot as possible before planting.

 

Mulch –  Mulching is important to preserve moisture as macadamia nut trees require slightly moist soil. Mulching also prevents competitive weeds. Mulch with crushed, dry leaves or acid compost.

 

Harvesting – Collect your nuts every few weeks in the wet weather. They are ready to be harvested when their outer shell cracks or when they fall to the ground.

 

Weight 1 kg
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