Phyllanthus acidus growing tree of the genus Phyllanthus also known as Star gooseberry tree, Phyllanthus acidus perennial evergreen plant used for the edible fruits, as medical plant and as ornamental plant, can grow in tropic, subtropical or mediterranean climate and growing in hardiness zone 10+.
Leaves color green in elliptic shape, leaves grow in pinnate structure
Flower color pink to red in cross shape, the flowers cover the tree
What is the best way to start growing? Plant / Seed (Care explanation bellow) / Vegetative Reproduction care – propagation by cutting better to start in the early spring or with temperature of ~26C, requirements: moist soil, high humidity, peat soil, hormone for root growth, highly recommend to use green house (or small plastic box with holes).
Is it necessary to use vegetative reproduction? No, easy to start from seeds
Difficulties or problems when growing: Invasive in the tropic
Planting season: Spring to summer in hardiness zone 10a, spring to the autumn in hardiness zone 10b-11, all the year in hardiness zone 12+
Pests and diseases: ?
Pruning season: Autumn / Winter
How to prune: For design
Size of the plant: 2-10m, 6-30 feet
Growth speed in optimal condition: Fast growing / Medium growing
Water requirement: Average amount of water
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing: Full sun
Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant? No
Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers: Yes, when grow in container need to choose the desirable container if it’s small plant it directly if it’s a big container bigger than 30%-50% than the root ball, every time that the tree arrive to full capacity need to switch to bigger until arrives to desirable size, better to switch the soil once in few years soil lose the viability over time and it’s efficient of care for the tree, when it’s not possible to switch all the soil just part of the soil in the side of the roots (don’t afraid from root cutting), it will bear fruits also in 5-10gallon (40 liter) container (but bigger is better), drainage it’s important and need to make holes and to use peat soil and maybe some lava grit in the bottom or something like that, put a bottom for the container and when water the plant let it fill the bottom but also need to dry in the same day, better to grow as dwarf tree or to grow it as bonsai.
Bloom season? Spring / Summer
General information about the flower: Cross shaped flower in red or pink color
Fruit harvest season: Summer
Fruits pestsor diseases: Birds
What can be done with big quantities of Phyllanthus acidus fruit? Juice, eaten raw, jams
Work requirements on the fruit: Collect for the tree
How long does it take to bear fruit? 3-5 years
How to grow star gooseberry from seed
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 and care 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: 2-4cm (0.5-1inch)
Conditions for seeds germinate: Moist soil, high humidity, hot weather
Watering requires for Seeds: Average amount of water / Big amount of water
Germination time: 4-8 weeks
Condition of seedling: Full sun, moist soil, watering regular and better with high humidity