Grow a blue sausage tree, Decaisnea fargesii, this year for bright blue edible fruits.
After finding a long list of resolutions from last year that I certainly didn’t remember, let alone keep, for very long at all, I’ve settled on just one very simple resolution this year. I am growing a blue sausage tree. Oh yes, they exist.
Apparently, the flesh tastes rather like a lychee crossed with a watermelon that’s just bumped into a fig.
I’m getting this for the allotment, where I’ll need to keep a bit of an eye on its height, as Decaisnea fargesii eventually reaches 2 metres if left unchecked, and we have height restrictions on our allotment site. I’ve got a sunny, open plot, and it’s in full sun that sausage trees produce the best crops, but they are also more than happy in part shade, too.
The most important thing is to dig a big planting hole and fill it with well-rotted manure, along with some chicken manure pellets. I’d also, as with all trees, recommend that you get your hands on some Symbio mychorrhizal fungi to scatter over the roots (here’s a guide to that) to create a large network of rootlike fungi which will feed your tree. And during the growing season, feed the tree at the base with comfrey tea, too, to encourage the best harvest.