How to grow Ice cream bean

Ice cream bean grow and care – tree of the genus Inga and also known as Inga edulis, Ice cream bean tree perennial evergreen plant, grow for the edible fruits, but also can grow as ornamental plant and used as shade tree, can grow in tropic, mediterranean or subtropical climate and growing in cold hardiness zone 10b+, with the right winter care in hardiness zone 10a.

Flower color white with dozen of stamens, the stamens are like string, flowers grow in clusters.

Ice cream bean fruit

Fruits grow in pods, the pod in color green to yellow, the size can be more than 5-100 cm, in one pod can be 3-50 fruits, the fruit pulp is white and hairy in some cultivars peel easy

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How to grow growing Ice cream bean tree care:

When the tree young need design to go up if there not growing next to tree

What is the best way to start growing:
Plant / Seed (sowing and care explanation bellow) / Cutting

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
No, but in specific condition better to graft, taste, stuck on the seeds, not enough fruits, very small fruits

Difficulties/Problems with growing:

Planting season:
Spring to summer in hardiness zone 10a, spring to autumn in hardiness zone 10b-11 in hardiness zone 12+

Pests and diseases:
Ants, aphids, mealy bug

Pruning season:
Autumn / winter

How to prune:
Weeping branches, the tree need to be design in the beginning to prune each branch that doesn’t go up,

Size of the plant:
7-20 m, 21-60 feet

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing

Irrigation water management requirement:
Average amount of water / Big amount of water (root can grow in water)

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun / Half Shade

Is it possible to grow indoor?

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:

Blooming information

When does flowers bloom?
Spring / Summer

General information about the flower
White flower, in the flower dozen of stamens, the stamens are like string

Pollination is done by:

Edible Fruits

When does it yield:
Spring / Summer

Fruits pests or diseases:
Aphids, birds, larva

What can be done with big quantities of Ice cream bean fruits?
Eat raw, juice, ice-cream

Work requirements on the fruit:
Nothing special

How long does it take tree to bear fruit:
2-6 years

How to grow Ice cream bean seeds

Sowing requirement:
Better to use in fresh seeds, the seeds have short shelf life

Saving and care seeds until sowing:
Sow directly, but method to keep them until sowing: peat soil that was soaked in water, need to take out the extra water, put the seeds in the middle and cover fully the seeds and wrap it with plastic bag, after this cover the plastic bag with foil aluminum

Sowing season:
In the tropical all the year, better in the spring to summer, but need to use the seeds fresh so directly sowing in green house in hardiness zone 10

How to plant:
Better it in peat soil or other soil that absorb water and keep them, also in well ventilated soil

Planting spacing:
Better in separate pots, sowing to transplant 50*50cm (20*20 inches)

Depth of Sowing:
3-5cm (1-2 inches) from the top of the seeds

Conditions for seeds germinate:
Moist soil, full sun, high humidity

Watering requires for Seeds:
Average amount of water / Big amount of water

Germination time:
2-4 weeks, less the seeds fresh take more time to germinate

Condition of seedling:
Moist soil with good drainage, (sensitive to overwater)

Scientific name:

Inga edulis

Alternative names: Ice cream fruit tree, Pacay fruit, Inga beans, Icecream bean fruit

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Blooming Seasons
  • Spring flowers
  • Summer flowers
Edible Parts
  • Edible Fruit
Culinary uses
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Beverage
  • Eaten raw
  • Fruit
  • Ice pop & Ice cream plants
  • Jams
  • Juice
Flower colors
  • White flower
  • Mediterranean Climate
  • Subtropics Climate
  • Tropics Climate
Harvest Season
  • Spring Harvest
  • Summer Harvest
Ornamental parts
  • Ornamental flower
  • Ornamental fruit
  • Ornamental plant
Plant growing speed
  • Fast growing plants
Plant life-form
  • Evergreen
  • Legumes
  • Perennial plant
  • Tree
Plant Uses
  • Edible plants
  • Ground fixing plants
  • Ornamental plants
  • Shade tree
Planting Season
  • Autumn Planting
  • Spring Planting
  • Summer planting
Plants sun exposure
  • Full sun Plants
  • Part shade Plants
Watering plants
  • Big amount of water
  • Regularly water
Hardiness zone
  • Hardiness zone 10
  • Hardiness zone 11
  • Hardiness zone 12
  • Hardiness zone 13