Miracle Fruit

Miracle Fruit

Reaching heights of 6m in its native environment in West Africa, Miracle Fruit tends to not grow much larger than 2m elsewhere in cultivation. The plant is an evergreen bush revealing deep green, elongated leaves which grow in a spire-like habit. Small petite flowers are produced in flushes throughout many months of the year followed by compelling little red berries that have an extraordinary ability to mask the sourness of any foods consumed thereafter, making them taste rather sweet.

  • Plant & Growing Tips:

    Coming from the tropics, it does best in warm humid conditions.

    Enjoys a partially shaded spot. However, if kept indoors provide the plant with bright light such as a well lit window.

    Miracle Fruit prefers acid soils that are well draining. Outdoor plants over the years have proved to grow well in sand based soils that are mixed with rich organic matter. Container plants will thrive in a peat based potting medium.

    Young plants should be container grown and kept indoors as they are rather frost sensitive whilst establishing. Older plants are more likely to survive frosts as long as they are light. It is best to avoid frost areas completely if possible.

    If planting by seed, place 2 inches deep into soil.

    Plant young trees at the nursery level but ensure the plant hole is twice as wide.

    Makes an excellent choice as a pot or container plant.

    Protect from windy locations.

    Provide ample water at onset of flowering. As a rule of thumb, keep soil moist but never soggy or dried out.

    Prune to maintain a 2m bush for easy access to fruit, as plants may grow larger in desired conditions.

  • Fertiliser Applications:

    Stage: Young & Mature Plants

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: ½cup (100g)

    Commercial Use: Up to 150g

    Comments: Sensitive to high fertiliser levels, miracle fruit does best when given light applications monthly from spring through to autumn. Leaves will start to turn brown if fertiliser rates are too high (may need to adjust rates accordingly to soil type) or if there is too much chlorine content in the plant’s water supply.

Disclaimer

Please note that the above information and recommendations are provided in good faith and are given without liability for loss or damage suffered as a result of their application. Optimum response to fertilisers will only be achieved when weeds, insect pests and diseases are controlled and adequate soil water is available.

Fertiliser use recommendations are presented as a practical guide to good agronomic practice under most situations. Local soil, climatic and other conditions should also be taken into account as these could affect plant response to fertiliser rates and applications.

For further information we recommend you seek advice from your local agronomist.