On Apr 5, 2013, Plancton from zones 10 to 11 United States wrote:
I do have a 14 (yes) 14 feet tree. I have done cuttings and germinated 100s of them. For germination fresh seeds is key, for cuttings .03% gives 60% (only done like 10 cuttings as it hurts me to prune this small tree). I don't understand why they say here that the fruit has no taste, I do think it does taste pretty good but hard to describe the taste. When you have lots of them you can splurge and use them in your jar of lemon juice with water and it will really taste like lemonade. This tree has a very very hard wood as well and it seems to not have any pests. Birds pick on them when the tree is full and the seeds are starting to get ripe, but not like with my Morus nigra trees. kittycat2, I've heard that most of these trees need at least 2 feet to hold the fruits on the tree.... check if by any chance you have some cream ovals that come of the tips... that is the start of the flowers. It might be because of the size or maybe a nutrient deficiency.... it takes 5 years for a tress to fruit from seed on average.
On Jan 17, 2013, kittycat2 from Moss Point, MS wrote:
I have had this plant growing for 2 years. It has never made any fruit, nor has it bloomed. Seems to be growing just fine, just has never produced like it was promoted. How long does it take to produce? Mine is a bushy 18 in. plant grown in an appropriate sized pot in partial shade, acid soil, and is protected from freeze.
On May 22, 2011, Linda777 from Cape Coral, FL wrote:
I grow this on the lanai in morning sun. When I start seeing buds I place it outside in a bright location for insect pollination. The berries are starting to ripen. I'll will bring it back in before the rainy season starts. It's such a fun and pretty plant!
On Aug 23, 2009, Rawmodel from Alexandria, MN wrote:
I bought this plant from a nursery in Miami Fl, and started getting berries about a month afterwards..truly an amazing experience.
I left my plant with a friend while traveling, and returned yesterday to find that squirrels devoured the entire plant. Down to the nub. Be vary wary of these animals...keep a good eye on your tree for any nibbling.
Im ordering another tomorrow because this is such a great plant to have inside and the berries sell for $7 each in NY.
On Jul 12, 2004, mrlab1234 from Surrey, British Columbia Canada wrote:
WE LIVE IN THE GREATER VANCOUVER AREA IN THE PROVICE BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA AND ABOUT 12 YEARS AGO WE WERE GIVEN A BRANCH FROM ONE OF THESE TREES IN LATE SEPTEMBER AND STUCK IT IN THE GROUND. THE FOLLOWING YEAR THE TREE HAD ROOTED AND STARTED TO PRODUCE FRUIT. I TOOK A FEW CUTTINGS THE NEXT YEAR AND STUCK THEM IN THE GROUND AND THEY ALSO ROOTED AND PRODUCED FRUIT THE FOLLOWING YEAR. I HAVE STARTED A FEW TREES FOR FRIENDS AND HAVE GIVEN A COUPLE OF THEM AWAY.
AT PRESENT WE HAVE 4 TREES AND THIS YEAR HAVE BEEN ABLE TO PICK AT LEAST 8 ICECREAM BUCKETS OF THE FRUIT. IF YOU LEAVE THE FRUIT ON THE TREE THE BERRIES START TO DRY AND START TO LOOK ALMOST LIKE A RAISIN AND IF YOU PICK AND EAT THEM THIS WAY, THEY BECOME QUITE SWEET.
I FEEL THAT WITH A LITTLE WORK, I CAN MAKE A MARINADE FOR COOKING AND WILL SEE IF I CAN COME UP WITH SOMETHING THAT MAY TASTE QUITE GOOD!!! IF I DO, I WILL UPDATE SOME INFORMATION IN THE FUTURE!!
Hey for all of you growing the miracle fruit.. I live in yokohama, Japan and I just wanted to let you know that they are starting to import it here and its serious money. ONE berry goes for 1000 yen, or like 10 US dollars. So if youre growin em, you gotta find a way to send it over here haha, maybe we can work something out.
My piers and I have been growing miracle fruit among several other tropical and subtropical plants in northern New Mexico. One of our greenhouses (we call them biolariums) had a severe freeze (-10 f). Many plants & trees didn't make it, but interesting enough we had a few that did. And others recovered with a bit of time. Our miracle fruit was one of the overcommers. A few leaves did freeze but have grown back fully! We are now after 6 weeks begining to see it flowering once again.
On Jun 12, 2003, teddyJ from Rockhampton Australia wrote:
In order to produce fruit the soil must be acid. A small taste of the fruit will result, after a short while, in a change in your taste buds. The more sour things are the sweeter they will seem. Lemons and even vinegar will taste sweet once the miracle fruit has done its work on your tongue. That's why it's called the 'Miracle Fruit'
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Isla Vista, California Mountain View, California Simi Valley, California Tulare, California , Connecticut Bear, Delaware Bartow, Florida Bithlo, Florida Boca Del Mar, Florida Bradenton, Florida Brandon, Florida Cape Coral, Florida Florida City, Florida Melrose Park, Florida Memphis, Florida Ocala, Florida Ocoee, Florida Sarasota, Florida South Venice, Florida St Petersburg, Florida Westgate-belvedere Homes, Florida Winter Park, Florida Honomu, Hawaii New York, New York Burton, Texas Houston, Texas Katy, Texas