Carambola growing tree of the genus Averrhoa also known as Starfruit, Carambola perennial evergreen – semi-deciduous plant also used as ornamental plant grow in tropic, mediterranean or subtropical climate and growing in hardiness zone 9+.
Leaves are green but new growth its red, flower color white-purple that grows on the trunk of the tree.
Fruit are when it cut it’s in the shape of star yellow and sometime can edible when it partial green, the taste of the fruit depend on the cultivars and can be sweet or sour
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Requirements for Carambola growing and care:
Protection from winds in the firsts years, rich soil
What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed
Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
Difficulties or problems when growing:
Sensitive to winds
Spring, summer, autumn ( and in the tropic can be also in winter)
Pests and diseases:
Autumn, all year for dead branch
How to prune:
Size of the plant?
3-6 m, 10-20 feet
Growth speed in optimal condition:
Medium growing / Slow growing
Average amount of water
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun / Half Shade
Is it possible to grow as houseplant?
Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:
Spring / Summer
General information about the flower
White-purple flower that grow on the trunk of the tree
Thinning the bloom:
2 firsts years recommend to thinning
Pollination is done by:
Fruit harvest season:
Summer / Autumn / Winter
Fruits pests or diseases:
What can be done with big quantities of Carambola fruits?
Eat raw, jam, salad
Work requirements on the fruit:
Picked gently very sensitive to bumps
How long does it take to bear fruit?
Ripening of fruit:
Can be picked before it’s fully ready and even sometimes to be eaten when it’s green