How to grow Wax apple

Wax apple tree grow and care – tree of the genus Syzygium also known as Syzygium samarangense, Wax apple tree tree perennial evergreen plant used for the edible fruits also used as ornamental plant for the leaves, flowers and fruits, can grow in tropic, mediterranean, subtropical climate and growing in hardiness zone 10b+ and with the right care in hardiness zone 10a.

Leaves are shiny and when the leaf is young it grow in red color.

Flower color white with multiple stamen like needle, the flowers grow in clusters.

Wax apple tree edible fruits

Fruit edible color is white the peel color green, yellow, purple or red in pear shape, fruit taste sweet with some cultivar astringent.

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How to grow Wax apple tree – growing and care:

Better frost free, when the tree is young have to be frost free or cover it, rich soil, organic matter

How to care:
Fertilize once a year, prune infected branches and better to prune one a year, add organic matter, when the soil dry better to add mulch

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed (propagate by seeds explanation bellow)/ Cutting / Air layering

How to propagate by cutting:
Propagating in temperature 27-32C (80-90F), high humidity (better like a fog), moist soil, half shade, better to take branches that didn’t grow yet in the spring when before arrive to the right temperature, because in those temperatures 27-32C (80-90F) it will start to grow and them harder to find good branches to use, better to use greenhouse

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
No, but if the fruits: dry, small, without a lot of flesh consider to graft, easy to start by seeds and need fresh seeds

Difficulties or problems when growing:
Seeds grow too easily and can be reseed in the garden

Planting season:
Spring, summer, autumn

How to plant:
Dig a hole as deep as the current root ball plus extra 30-50%, put in the hole organic matter, hummus and dried leaves and mix it with some soil, put the tree and loos little bit the root ball above the hole, plant the tree, cover it and don’t push the soil too much strong but not too much lightly because it won’t be stable, after this put mulch and dead leaves on the soil to keep moist on soil, put water every day for the next two weeks (better in the morning) , better to take care that the tree will be stable, and if not support it with bamboo or a stick that it won’t fall.

Pests and diseases:
Aphids, ants, mealy bugs

Pruning season:
Autumn to winter or directly after the fruits

How to prune:
For design to easier pick, when the tree is high it’s harder to take care of all the fruits if needed net

Size of the plant:
6-12 m, 20-40 feet

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing / Medium growing

Water requirement:
Average amount of water, can grow also with big amount of water but no need

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun, possible to grow it in half shape, will bear fruit less, but when the plant is mature it will be too much fruit anyway

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?
No

Growing is also possible in a planter, flowerpot or containers:
Yes

Growing Wax apple tree in containers:

When growing in containers need to keep the plants small, start with pot that will be 20% more 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 use this method because the soil lose the viability over time and it’s efficient of care for the tree, when the plant big need to switch part of the soil, 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

Blooming information

Bloom season:
Spring

General information about the flower
White flowers with multiple stamens like needle, the flowers grow in clusters,

Pollination is done by:
Bees

Edible fruits

Fruit harvest season:
Spring / Early summer

Fruits pests or diseases:
Birds, fruit fly

What can be done with big quantities of Wax apple tree fruits?
Eat raw, juice, ice-cream

Work requirements on the fruit:
Cover with net

How long does it take to bear fruit?
3-4 years

Ripening of fruit
Require to eat it fully ripen cause the fruit astringent

How to grow Wax jambu apple tree from seed

Sowing requirement:
Fresh seeds because the seeds lose their viability overtime, rich soil, sunny location,

Saving seeds until sowing:
Room temperature, dark and dry location

Sowing season:
Possible from spring to autumn but will be the best in spring to early summer and in hardiness zone 10a after the last frost, in tropical climate possible also in the winter

How to plant seeds:
Sow in soil that keep the moist, sunny location, keep water that the soil will be wet but do not overwater until the seeds germinate

Planting spacing:
Better plant each one in different pot because it’s easy to take care and then choose the best to transplant in the right location

Depth of Sowing:
2cm (1inche) from the top of the seeds

Conditions for seeds germinate:
Moist soil and full sun, peat soil and perlite or other light soil, sunny location

Watering requires for Seeds:
Average amount of water – keep the soil moist don’t let the soil dry, maybe put mulch to help to keep the moist of the soil

Germination time:
2 weeks to 1 month

Condition of seedling:
Seedling needs mulch and support of fertilizer with nitrogen in order to grow faster (not when the tree too much young)

Scientific name:

Syzygium samarangense

Alternative names: Jambu tree, Java apple, Wax jambu, Semarang rose-apple

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