Jamaican cherry growing tree of the genus Muntingia also known as Panama berry or Muntingia calabura, Jamaican cherry perennial evergreen plant also used as ornamental plant, grow in tropic, subtropical or mediterranean climate and growing in hardiness zone 10+.
Flower color white with yellow stamens the flowers have bad smell.
Jamaican cherry fruits
Fruit are red and small the inner color is orange-pink.
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Requirements for Jamaican cherry growing and care:
More than 0C, can survive slightly frost
What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed
Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
Difficulties or problems when growing:
Spring, summer, autumn ( and in the tropic can be also in winter)
Pests and diseases:
Aphids (not fatal)
Autumn / Winter (after the fruit)
How to prune:
Recommend to prune it
Size of the plant?
4-12 m, 12-38 feet
Growth speed in optimal condition:
Average amount of water / Big 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 (can be all year)
General information about the flower
Short life white flowers with yellow stamens
Pollination is done by:
Fruit harvest season:
Summer, in tropic climate can be two times an year
Fruits pests or diseases:
Birds, fruit fly
What can be done with big quantities of Jamaican cherry fruits?
Eat raw, Jams, juice, ice cream
Work requirements on the fruit:
Better to pick it from the tree but possible to put net under and tree and pick, (the fruit that fall from the tree less for eaten raw)
How long does it take to bear fruit?