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Post Tea tree bush
Just finished planting some Manuka Tea tree bushes over the weekend.

This is the bush from which the Manuka honey comes from so hopefully my bees will be thankful of my efforts to appease them and reward me with some of that wonderful Manuka honey.

I've just got five in at the moment but I have plans to put at least another ten in in the coming months, Once they are established I'll be able to have a go at growing some more from cuttings.

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Wed Oct 12, 2011 3:16 pm
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Good effort Ric,

Hope they grow well?

Is there much of a difference between the Manuka variety and those that they grow for their oil - or are they one and the same :?

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Wed Oct 26, 2011 5:44 pm
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Hi Bernie, yes they are two different plants

The Manuka Honey comes from the bush Leptospermum scoparium while the Tea tree oil come from the bush Melaleuca alternifolia or more to point its leaves.

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Fri Oct 28, 2011 1:59 pm
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Do you have any jarrah trees on your property Ric? If you do a bit of research you'll find that it is meant to produce honey pretty much on par with manuka, tho I've never met a kiwi yet who would agree. The only downside to jarrah is that they only flower every second year making jarrah just that little bit more precious!

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Fri Oct 28, 2011 3:17 pm
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Unfortunately we don't have any Jarrah trees.

Our main trees are predominantly Iron Bark and another Euclalypt the locals call a Brittle Gum. They seem to be on par with the Jarrah as well in the fact that they only seem to flower every second year.

I'm hoping that this year is the flowering year as they seem like they are ready to go, I've been told they should flower in December when the weather is a bit hotter.

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Sun Oct 30, 2011 10:08 am
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Hope for yor sake they do flower. All the best and be sure to let us know.

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