Growing tropical Starfruit (carambola) in container|Nature Bring
Written by: Chitrdeep Ashok Date: 07/03/2018
Starfruit (Carambola) produce tremendous success in tropical areas, which flourish well in the cold-free areas of the US Department of Agriculture’s hardiness zone 9b -11. It is a compact and evergreen tree. Which produce an unusual, beautiful and juicy fruit? It is very rich and Woody. It can also be grown by seeds. Starfruit should be planted immediately after the use of fruit for successful germination. For a garden landscape, they have the charm of summer. Nature Bring is giving you information on how to develop and care for it.
Starfruit (Carambola) is a member of the Oxalidaceae family. It is the fruit of Averrhoa carambola, which is found in Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, India, and Mauritius. It is quite popular in many parts of East Asia and South Pacific.
Scientific name Averrahoa carambola
Common name Starfruit
Plant type Fruit
Sun required Full Sun
Soil Well-drained/ sandy soil
Soil PH 5.5- 6.5
Location and soil
Starfruit tree likes Rich loamy soil with pH level 5.5 to 6.5. For this, you should select places where there are full sun and well-drained soil and it can be protected from the high wind. Its height is 25 to 30 feet in height and almost the same length.
Regularly give water to starfruit from bloom to harvest. Starfruit trees perform best in the presence of moist soil, although these trees are also limited drought tolerant. Avoid overwatering in these trees, it can cause rot in the roots and its health can also make a difference.
- Use Balance Fertilizer from spring to fall.
- You can apply slow-release fertilizer and granular fertilizer every few months.
Starfruit tree requires temperature and humidity; to maintain it, lay a 2 to 4-inch layer of wood chips or mulch all around the tree. It also helps to reduce the weed growth. Place the mulching into a 12-inch distance from the branch of the tree.
Starfruit (Carambola) lasts for a few days after being removed from the fruit, but you can increase its storage life and refrigeration by partial drying, can be used for planting fresh seeds kept in the freezer for about 1 week while refrigeration Before drying it, you can use it for 6 months.
Grow in containers
- It requires full sun and high temperatures to contain this tree in the container. To make the fruit continuously with flowers, it is about 60 degrees F (15 degrees C) most suitable temperature.
- Although many species of Star Fruits are available in the market, its dwarf species ‘Maher ‘ and ‘Hawaiian’ are the most suitable for growing in the containers.
- Rich loamy soil and moderately acidic soil pH 5.5-6.5 are suitable for potted star fruits.
- Do not overwater because it is very sensitive.Read more.
- Starfruits trees begin to bear fruit in about 2 to 3 years.
- When its fruits begin to become yellow, then it becomes mature. If you prefer sourer then pick it (green) before mature.
Pests and disease
A lot of bugs attack on the Star Fruit trees. Which includes plumose and philephedra scales that attack leaves and twigs. Diaprepes weevil attack the roots. Due to the smelly insects and squash bug, its fruit is damaged. Reddish colored leaf spot diseases are caused by various types of fungal diseases. Twigs and limbs are attacked by red alga. Read More.