Starfruit is a tropical fruit that grows well in warm climates. It is popular in Southeast Asia and has a sweet, juicy flavor. It has five to 12 ridges that give it the appearance of having many points. The seeds are edible and can be used as a spice.
The plant grows well in full sun or partial shade and requires plenty of water to grow well. Starfruit trees produce flowers that turn into fruit, but they are not self-pollinating, so you will need more than one tree to ensure pollination and fruit production.
Whether you’re a gardener looking for a new challenge, or you just want to try your hand at something new, starfruit is a great plant to grow. It’s a tropical fruit that can be grown in most climates, and it’s easy to care for once established.
Starfruit is a tropical tree that can be grown in areas with warm weather, but it also grows well indoors. If you live in an area where the temperature drops below 50 F, it’s best to grow your starfruit indoors.
You’ll need a few supplies.
- You’ll need a few supplies.
- A sharp, clean knife
- A clean container for rooting
- A rooting hormone (this is optional)
- A rooting medium that does not contain any fungicides or pesticides (optional)
- Use a cutting tool to make several slits in the base of your starfruit branch. The number of slits corresponds to how many cuttings you want to take from this branch. Put these cuttings into water as soon as they’re made so they don’t dry out while you prepare them for planting later on.
Find the right branch.
To grow your starfruit tree, you will need to find a branch that meets the following criteria:
- At least 2 inches in diameter
- At least 6 inches long
- Not too far from the trunk (6-8 feet is ideal)
Prepare the branch.
- Cut the branch off the tree.
- Cut off any leaves that are still attached to the branch, as well as any flowers, fruits or other parts of the branch that are rotten or diseased (if there is any).
- You should be left with an 8-12 inch piece of branch with two or three nodes on it (i.e., where new branches develop).
Choose your growing medium.
When choosing your growing medium, it is important that you use a container that is deep enough to hold the roots of the plant. The container should be at least 8 inches deep, 12 inches wide and long. In addition, the container should be at least 18 inches deep.
Prepare to root your cuttings.
- Soak the cuttings in water for 24 hours before inserting them into the soil. This will help them absorb moisture, which they’ll need to become established before you can expect any fruit production.
- Cut off the leaves, leaving only a few centimeters of stem attached at the top. These sections are called “axillary buds,” and they contain all the genetic material needed for your new starfruit plants to grow.
- Remove all but about an inch or two of stem from each cutting so that it will fit comfortably into its new pot (a quarter-inch is ideal). Be sure not to damage any axillary buds during this step.
Take care of your rooted cuttings.
If you are successful in rooting your cuttings, keep them in a warm, humid environment and water them regularly. The ideal temperature for starfruit is between 78 and 82 degrees Fahrenheit. Additionally, these plants prefer a sunny location with plenty of light.
Watering your new plant:
Be careful not to overwater your new starfruit plant! Starfruit plants have shallow roots and will rot if they sit in water for too long. If you are unsure whether or not the soil needs watering, stick a finger down into it; if it feels dry at all (even slightly), then it’s time for some more moisture.
Transplant your rooted cuttings.
If your rooted cutting is ready for transplanting, place the cutting into a larger pot. If you’re growing starfruit in the ground, place your rooted cuttings into a hole that is at least 4 inches deep and wide enough to accommodate its root system. Transplant into well-drained soil and water deeply after transplanting.
Starfruit plants are cold hardy but do best in warmer climates with access to full sun during the day. They will grow in partial shade but prefer warm temperatures between 65 degrees F and 80 degrees F (18–27°C).
You can clone a starfruit tree by taking cuttings from one and rooting them in water or soil
- Take cuttings from the tree. Cut a 3- to 4-inch piece of stem off of your starfruit tree with a sharp knife and make sure it includes at least one leaf node (the bumps where branches grow). Remove any leaves from the bottom 1/2 inch of the cutting, but leave all other leaves on the top half.
- Dip your cutting in rooting hormone powder or gel and plant it in water or soil. If you’re planting in water, fill a container about an inch deep with gravel or pebbles and then add enough water so that it comes up just over halfway to two thirds of your potting soil’s depth when added to the container’s volume capacity (this will give you enough room for both roots and growth). Add some sand or kitty litter below this area so that there is adequate drainage from excess rainfall or watering later on down the road, don’t forget this step.
How to fertilize Starfruit From Cuttings
Starfruit is a tropical plant, so you’ll want to fertilize it every two weeks during the summer months. A balanced fertilizer with a 3-1-2 ratio will work well for your starfruit tree.
If you are growing your starfruit in containers, use a 20-20-20 or 30-30-30 ratio fertilizer every other week until midsummer when they should change over to bloom booster and liquid seaweed once a month.
When to harvest Starfruit From Cuttings
The best time to harvest Starfruit from Cuttings is when the fruit is ripe, the size you want, the color you want, the shape you want and so on.