How to grow Carambola

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.

Carambola flower

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

Planting season:
Spring, summer, autumn ( and in the tropic can be also in winter)

Pests and diseases:

Pruning season:
Autumn, all year for dead branch

How to prune:
Dead branch

Size of the plant?
3-6 m, 10-20 feet

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Medium growing / Slow growing

Water requirement:
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:

Blooming information

Bloom season:
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:
Bees, fly

Edible Fruits

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?
3-4 years

Ripening of fruit:
Can be picked before it’s fully ready and even sometimes to be eaten when it’s green

Scientific name:

Averrhoa carambola

Blooming Seasons

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Culinary Uses

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Watering plants

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