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This is the rarest and very much sought after FROST-hardy variety 

(tolerates brief frost down to -8C even with snow of already very rare

Native Patagonian Patagua (Andean Highlands). 


Compact Highly Ornamental 


Lilac-Velvet –  Mini tree.

Amazing fuzzy blooms in hues from 


Chrystal White to sometimes even Royal Blue!


Abundant Bright golden fruits

boast Unparalleled MOST EXOTIC TROPICAL  flavours all blended in luminescent golden pulp.

The Uniquely Wonderful taste is yet very little known to the Western world. 


In South America the wonderful mixture of 

MaracuyaStarfruitGuanabanaPineapple and Mangosteen in it’s flavour 

made it a highly valued – and Expensive!-Delicacy.


The fruits the size of a grape tomato are slightly smaller and brighter than the strictly tropical or hybrid strains.  


This Super-Survivor will thrive virtually everywhere in Australia – from True Tropics to Tasmania, and is very vigorous even in pots, and even tolerates rocky, limey and sandy soils! 

Just make sure it has plenty of water, good drainage, full sun or part shade and Exotic Delicious Harvest, 2-3 times a year in (sub) tropics is guaranteed! 



  • Bushy Shrub, averaging 1.5 mtrs and up to 2.3 mtrs tall.
  • Perennial, average life span 5-7 yrs.
  • Germination for Arctic Patagua can be expected between 20 and 40 days, sometimes up to 6 months, depending on germination conditions. Best germination temperatures: 15-25C.
  • Growth is rapid. Under favourable conditions, flowers and fruit set occurs about 6 months from planting out.
  • Spacing in the field would need to be 1.8m each way.


  • Frost tolerant, due to it’s native range of high reaches of Patagonean Andes – up to 2000 mtrs over sea level.Established plants can tolerate brief frost/snow down to -8C. Does well during shortened Light days. (e.g. Subarctic winters in greenhouse) Deciduous – looses leaves during winter. Should be covered with plastic/cloth/hay if periods of heavy frost are expected.
  • Fruiting temperatures: +8 to +32C, prefers humid constant temperatures between 10 to 25°C throughout the year.
  • Does well in pots.
  • Soil: any with good drainage. Sandy, stony, limey OK, but not clay.Likes organic matter (e.g. compost) and can handle aged manure fertilizing.
  • Sun: (sub)Tropics: filtered direct or semi-shade. Cooler zones: direct.
  • Needs stalking? – No.
  • Water: medium to large demands. Keep moist at all times but do not over-water.

  • Typical concerns: Root nematodes. Solution: Mexican Vitality Grass or at least True French Marigolds are a must nearby; Root rot due to overwatering in cool months. Solution: ensure good drainage. Reduce watering in winter. If soil heavy/clay/poorly drained, plant in Raised Garden Bed minimum 30 cm high over surface.


  • Plants exhibit colour variations from one individual to another.Particularly blooms can open Chrystal white to royal blue, on the same plant in different seasons.However Arctic Patagua can always be easily recognized by the characteristic bright purple colour of new growth, veins, undersides of adult leaves and buds.

  • Fruits are velvety-fuzzy when unripe.Upon full ripeness, the fuzz is easily wiped off.gently wash fruit with a cloth under running water. Ripe fruit is bright orange in colour.

  • Fruit is sensational in jams, jellies, chutneys, sorbets, and fruit salsas. Other parts of the plant should not be eaten.



SEED PROPAGATION TIPS..( Any type of seeds that is ) 

Especially for BEGINNER GARDENERS, I strongly recommend the following :

1. Pre-Soaking in weak black teaAll seeds germinate better when soaked for 24 hours in a saucer with weak black tea (to kill off possible fungus or micro pest larvae). The tea should be changed in 12 hours for a fresh one. 

If you can, use rain water and just add a few drops of your tea into it. Tap water is often too hard for seeds.

2. Keep them WARM (not hot!) in MINI-GREENHOUSE boxMost seeds require warm temperatures to germinate. 

You can use a 10 ltr , or better yet, 60 ltr (less chance of fungus) TRANSPARENT plastic box as a mini-greenhouse.

A great place for your germination box is on top of your fridge’s “warm spot” – touch the upper surface of the fridge, usually by the door – it is warmed up a few times a day bu running engine.

Any other spot that is constantly reliably warm, is a great choice, too.

3. Avoid tranplantation shock by never disturbing the roots.  Seed  in empty egg cases (make a hole at the bottom of each cell for drainage), 

fill with a few teaspoons of a good organic potting mix and on top a spoonful of seed raising mix.

 Link to Picture of how to make egg case punnet is in “Need advice?” section or can be viewed/downloaded here: (click on the link)

( Click Here )Making an Egg-Case Propagation Punnet

Wet the soil so that it’s moist but not soaking, close the box and

 normally you do not need to water again until germination. 

Still check every few days and if the soil does not stick to your finger when you tap it – add a few drops of water. If yor carton punnet seems to get fungus, it is a good indicatior you are overwatering. Take the lid of in a warm environment for a few hours, and try to put the drops of water in the centre of punnet, where the seed is, not on the carton sides. Does not hurt to lightly spray with eco-fungicide (if no gemination yet – young sdeedlings too tender for the spray yet).

Once germination occurred (at least for majority of punnets) – put the germination box into a light spot, but not direct sunlight. 

Young seedlings are very delicate, so transparent walls of your 60 L box will 

protect them from winds and sudden changes of temperatures. 

Keep the lid loosely on for a few days and then take it off. 

Most plants at the 4 true leaf stage are ready to be transplanted

 (right with the carton punnetwhen slightly wetted a few minutes before planting they are easily detachable) 

4. Most seeds DO NOT need light to germinate. 

(Exception: strawberries, passion fruit)

A no-direct-sun corner of your patio is a perfect spot for your germination box. 

NEVER put germination punnets or young seedlings into direct sun – they will just cook.

 If you want to harden seedlings before planting into garden bed,

 do it about a week before transplant and read more on the web of how to do it correctly.


Happy Gardening Folks 😀

5 responses

  1. Auction for the seeds of the fruit above , ( Pictured ), will end in 5 days .
    Hope I can buy them at the right prise….Tonight I will bet again 😀

    August 4, 2013 at 12:49 pm

  2. If you get some Mr “Fart”, consider growing some and selling your favourite bestest friend narf7 in Tassie some of the future seed…We could do a ransom type swap someplace in Sydney…I drop the money in a suitcase…you drop the seeds…intregue and excitement of the most high horticultural nature and I could wear them taped to my head under a hat on the plane back. “Sorry Mr customs man? The dog must be smelling the banana that I just ate…” ;). Here’s to Mr “Fart” winning the auction and Sydney adventures! 😉 The things that we crazed horticulturalists will do to get our hands on rare and exotic things…

    August 4, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    • Oh but like HELL I AM CRAZY when it comes to TRUTH, and that apply to plants, seeds, origin/s, or medicinal uses 😉
      Well Mr ” narf77 “, I am pulling out of the Auction for the seeds on above plant picture, my mate, ( comrade )from ebay I buy often/regularly from him ” 2011fairdinkumseeds (2224) ” ( Check him out on au/ 😉 , who also sells lots & lots of native or bush tucker seeds also, told me that the plant is from the ” Solanum Family ” and these guys selling it are not clean and do all kind of things to alter the pictures or instructions of the seeds and plants they sell….He will look in to it for me, and get me some for only few dollars, not up to $30 to be expected at least from them .

      Cheers mate, and check out my next blog ON AUNTIE in about 30 minutes …Something I bought last night at seeds auction/s ..LOL 😀

      August 5, 2013 at 11:39 am

      • Mr narf77 is Mrs narf77 actually ;). I have managed to buy a few seeds from the mainland from ebay in the past but we have a lot of sellers that just won’t send to us here in Tassie so I hardly bother with trying to scour ebay to find anything these days. We bought some Brachychiton seeds that are now trees and about to be planted out when we started out in horticulture back in 2009. I also love anything from Madagascar and have some amazing palms that I grew from seed and a few interesting strange plants that reside in our glasshouse but my needs and ideals have changed a bit and “exotic” isn’t what I am after nowdays. I want hardy, edible or at least useful and something that is going to withstand drought and do well in our dry summer garden and gaulteria are just the ticket in that case.

        August 5, 2013 at 7:07 pm

  3. Ops, fine then, from now on you are Mrs for me 😀 ..LOL


    A Jewish man and a Chinese man were conversing. The Jewish man commented upon what a wise people the Chinese are.

    “Yes,” replied the Chinese man, “Our culture is over 4,000 years old. But, you Jews are a very wise people, too.”

    The Jewish man replied, “Yes, our culture is over 5,000 years old.”

    The Chinese man was incredulous, “That’s impossible, he replied. Where did your people eat for a thousand years?”

    Shalom Mrs 😀

    August 6, 2013 at 2:08 am

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