How to grow Natal Plum

Natal plum growing shrub‎ of the genus Carissa also known as Carissa macrocarpa, Natal plum perennial evergreen plant mostly used as hedge spiny ornamental plant, can grow in tropic, mediterranean, desert or subtropical climate and growing in hardiness zone 10+.

Leaves color is dark green, the shape is circular to ovate shape, grow in pinnate structure

Flower color white with five petals grow in cluster 2-5+ flowers,

Natal plum fruits

Fruit edible color glossy pink-red the shape is oval

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Requirements for Natal plum growing and care:

More -5C

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

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?

Difficulties or problems when growing:

Planting season:
Arid summer in spring or autumn in tropical all year

Pests and diseases:

Pruning season:
All year

How to prune:
More for design

Size of the plant?
3-5 m, 10-15 feet

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Medium growing / slow growing

Water requirement:
Small amount of water / 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:
Mostly spring to summer, but can be all year

General information about the flower
White flower with five petals grow in cluster

Pollination is done by:

Edible Fruits

Fruit harvest season:
Mostly summer to autumn, but can be all year

Fruits pests or diseases:

What can be done with big quantities of Natal plum fruits?
Eat raw, pickles, jams

Work requirements on the fruit:
Nothing special

How long does it take to bear fruit?
2 year

Scientific name:

Carissa macrocarpa

Blooming Seasons

Edible Parts

Culinary Uses

Flower Colors


Harvest season

Ornamental parts

Plant growing speed

Plant life-form

Plant uses

Planting season

Plants sun exposure

Watering plants

Hardiness zone