Camu camu plant grow and care – shrub or small tree of the genus Myrciaria also known as Camucamu or Myrciaria dubia, Camu camu plant perennial evergreen plant, used for edible fruit and also used as medical or as ornamental hedge plant, can grow in tropic, mediterranean or subtropical climate and growing in hardiness zone 11+.
Leaves are oval between light to medium green.
Flower color white with notable stamens, flowers grow on brown stems.
How to grow: Wet land season, moist soil, slightly acidity soil, frost free, better that nothing won’t grow next to the plant,
How to care: To keep acid soil (if it’s not natural) need to vinegar and pine mulch, put mulch on the soil, organic matter and humus few times a year, also fertilizer 3-4 times a year
What is the best way to start growing? Plant / Seedling / Seed / Vegetative Reproduction
Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction? No (but in vegetative reproduction better) air layer make the tree produce the fruits faster
Difficulties or problems when growing: ?
Planting season: All year
Pests and diseases: Aphids
Pruning season: All year
How to prune: Infected and dead branches cut few cm before the damaged part, when design it as tree when the plant young need to cut all the little branches and to keep the main trunk, when design it as shrub cut the main trunk to encourage little stems to grow from the side
Size of the plant: 2-4 m 6.5-13 feet, possible to grow it small and it will bear fruits
Growth speed in optimal condition: Slow growing
Water requirement: Big amount of water
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing: Full Sun
Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant? No
Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers: Yes
Bloom season: Summer, autumn, winter
General information about the flower White flowers with notable stamens, flowers grow on brown stems.
Pollination is done by: Bees
Fruit harvest season: Spring, summer, autumn
Fruits pests or diseases: Birds, aphids
What can be done with big quantities of Camu camu fruits? Eat raw, jam, juice
Work requirements on the fruit: Cover the tree with net (just if the birds eat all the fruits)
How long does it take to bear fruit? 3-7 years
How to grow Camu camu seeds
Sowing requirement: Fresh seeds the seeds lose their viability, rich soil, sunny location, high humidity, moist soil
Saving seeds until sowing: Room temperature, dark and dry location
Sowing season: Possible from spring to autumn but will be the best in spring to early summer, better to use fresh seeds so directly after the sow
Planting spacing: Better plant each one in different pot because it’s easy to take care and then choose the best to transplant in the right location
Depth of Sowing: 2cm (1inche) from the top of the seeds
Conditions for seeds germinate: Moist soil and full sun, peat soil and perlite or other light soil, humidity (better in green house or plastic box)
Watering requires for Seeds: Average amount of water – keep the soil moist don’t let the soil dry, maybe put mulch to help to keep the moist of the soil
Germination time: 2 weeks to 1 month
Condition of seedling: Seedling needs support of fertilizer with nitrogen in order to grow faster, weed free area and they will grow faster also sunny location and warm weather
Alternative names: camucamu berry, Cacari, Camocamo