How to grow Malpighia glabra

Malpighia glabra growing plant of the genus Malpighia also known as Acerola, Malpighia glabra perennial evergreen – semi deciduous plant, can grow as shrub‎ to small tree also used as ornamental plant, can grow in tropic mediterranean or subtropical climate and growing in hardiness zone 10b+.

Flower color pink with 5 petals, the size 1-2 cm, grow 3-5 flowers in cluster.

Malpighia glabra fruits

Fruit color is red looks like cherry.

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How to grow Malpighia glabra growing and care:

Sensitive to cold weather, frost free

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed / Vegetative Reproduction

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
Yes, in some cultivars the fruits are seedless

Difficulties or problems when growing:
Sensitive to winds

Planting season:
Spring, summer, autumn

Pests and diseases:

Pruning season:
Autumn / Winter

How to prune:
Need to open the tree (branches that grow into each other)

Size of the plant?
1-3 m, 3-10 feet

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Slow growing

Water requirement:
Average 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:

Blooming information

Bloom season:
Spring / Summer / Autumn

General information about the flower
Pink flowers with 5 petal, the size 1-2 cm, grow in cluster 3-5 flowers

Pollination is done by:
Bees, self-pollination

Edible Fruits

Fruit harvest season:
Summer / Autumn

Fruits pests or diseases:

What can be done with big quantities of Malpighia glabra fruits?
Eat raw, juice

Work requirements on the fruit:
If the fruits attack needed to cover with net

How long does it take to bear fruit?
2-3 years

Scientific name:

Malpighia glabra

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Culinary Uses

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