This page has information for commercial durian growers in the Northern Territory (NT).

Durian is the most commercially lucrative fruit grown in Southeast Asia.

It is mainly produced in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. There are plantings in tropical north Queensland and around Darwin in the NT.

Grower advice

Durian requires good drainage or mounding in low lying areas. It also needs fertile soil and a good fertilising regime.

Growing a mixture of varieties in the orchard will increase productivity and the harvest window.

For general information read the durian fact sheet PDF (246.4 KB).

For more technical information read the durian characteristics and cultivars Agnote PDF (21.7 KB).

Pest and disease management

The most serious pest in the NT is the fruit-spotting bug which attacks both flowers and developing fruit. Green ants and meat ants also dry up flower buds.

Phytophthora disease is the most serious disease affecting durian at all stages of tree growth, causing die-back, root rot, patch canker and fruit rot.

Insect pests

Visit the Northern Territory Insects Database to identify an insect pest and the damage it can cause.

Research results

Read the Boosting Durian Productivity PDF (6.5 MB) report.

Search the online publications library to find the results of other research regarding durian.

General information

For general horticulture advice and information, read general advice for fruit and vegetable growers.

Industry associations

For information about the industry go to the NT Farmers website.

Last updated: 22 September 2020

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