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Miracle fruit is a slow growing, evergreen shrub. It grows to around 3 metres high in cultivation, and is of a bushy habit with glossy leaves. It bears small red berries that have a special characteristic. After eating a miracle fruit, sour tasting fruit will taste sweet. This effect lasts around an hour.
Miracle fruit grows best in a frost free area, in partial shade, with high humidity. Frost will kill the plant. It likes an acid moist soil and a sheltered position. It is drought tolerant when established, and can take full sun. It will begin to fruit after 3-4 years. Fertilise regularly with a liquid fertiliser for good growth and berry production. Can be grown in a large container, as well as in the garden.
Flowering to fruiting takes from 3-4 weeks. The berries turn red when ripe.It will flush with flowers several times a a year if the conditions are right.
Flower colour: White
Flowering season: not specified
The flowers are sweetly scented
Maximum height: 3 metres
Minimum height: not specified
Maximum width: not specified
Minimum width: not specified
This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.
Yes. Attracts: insects.
This plant species will grow in the following climates: subtropical, tropical.
Loam: moist, well-drained.
Clay: moist, well-drained.
Soil pH: 5.0-6.0
Planting season: Any.
Types of fertiliser: Camellia and azalea fertiliser, or a good general purpose liquid or pelleted fertiliser, applied regularly through the growing season.