How to grow Jamaican cherry

Jamaican cherry grow and care – tree or shrub of the genus Muntingia also known as Panama berry or Muntingia calabura, Jamaican cherry perennial evergreen plant, used for the edible fruits, also used as ornamental plant and can be shade tree, grow in tropic, subtropical or mediterranean climate and growing in cold hardiness zone 10+.

Flower color white with yellow stamens the flowers have bad smell.

Jamaican cherry fruits

Fruit are red and small 1-2cm, the inner color is orange-pink.

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How to grow Jamaican cherry tree – grow and care:

More than 0C, can survive slightly frost

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed – Explanation bellow / Cutting – it is possible to start with cutting but it’s harder to take care than to start buy seeds, requirements: moist soil, high humidity, peat soil, hormone for root growth

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
No, but possible in a case that the fruits small and not enough juicy

Difficulties or problems when growing:
Invasive, aggressive

Planting season:
Spring to autumn possible but better in hardiness zone 10a spring to summer, hardiness zone 10b-11 spring to autumn, hardiness zone all year

Pests and diseases:
Aphids (not fatal)

Pruning season:
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:
Fast growing

Water requirement:
Average amount of water / Big amount of water

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

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:
Yes, when growing in containers need to keep the plants small, start with pot that will be 100%-200% bigger than the roots ball, the tree grow fast in the right condition, every time that the tree arrive to full capacity need to switch to bigger until arrives to desirable size, switch the soil every few years because the soil lose the viability over time and it’s efficient, need to use rich soil and possible to use peat soil and or potting mix, put a bottom for the container and when water the plant let it fill the bottom but also need to dry before watering again.

Blooming information

Bloom season:
Spring in hardiness zone 10a, spring to summer hardiness zone 10, spring to autumn in hardiness zone 11, all year in hardiness zone 12

General information about the flower
Short life white flowers with yellow stamens

Pollination is done by:

Edible Fruits

Fruit harvest season:
Spring to summer in hardiness zone 10a, spring to autumn hardiness zone 10-11, all year in hardiness zone 12

Fruits pests or diseases:
Birds, fruit fly, bats

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?
2-3 years

Jamaican cherry seeds

Sowing requirement:
Moist soil, humidity, if there is enough seeds just put them direct in the garden in sunny location keep the soil moist and it will grow

Saving seeds until sowing:
Dry and dark location

Sowing season:
Spring – better in spring but possible also in the summer and in tropical climate possible all year

Planting spacing:
In different pots, or just to through a lot if seeds in hole and choose the better quality

Depth of Sowing:

Conditions for seeds germinate:
moist soil, high humidity, hot weather

Watering requires for Seeds:
Average amount of water

Germination time:
1 week until 1 year and even more (5 years after sow still germinate in the garden)

Condition of seedling:
Full sun, moist soil, watering regular and better humidity

Scientific name:

Muntingia calabura

Alternative names: Calabur tree, Capulin cherry, Jamaica cherry, Panama berry, Jamfruit tree, Cotton candy fruit tree, Jamaican strawberry tree

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Blooming Seasons
  • Autumn flowers
  • Spring flowers
  • Summer flowers
  • Winter flowers
Edible Parts
  • Edible Fruit
Culinary uses
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Eaten raw
  • Fruit
  • Ice pop & Ice cream plants
  • Jams
  • Juice
Flower colors
  • White flower
  • Mediterranean Climate
  • Subtropics Climate
  • Tropics Climate
Harvest Season
  • Autumn Harvest
  • Spring Harvest
  • Summer Harvest
  • Winter harvest
Ornamental parts
  • Ornamental flower
  • Ornamental leaves
  • Ornamental plant
Plant growing speed
  • Average growing plants
  • Fast growing plants
Plant life-form
  • Evergreen
  • Perennial plant
  • Tree
Plant Uses
  • Ornamental plants
Planting Season
  • Autumn Planting
  • Spring Planting
  • Summer planting
  • Winter 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

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