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ACEROLA CHERRY - FLORIDA SWEET Malpighia emarginata

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This bright red cherry-like fruit has varying tastes during different stages in maturity. When fully ripe the fruit is juicy and aromatic with its acid content giving it a sweet acid apple-like flavour. The tree can produce a number or crops each year, making for quite a long harvest season. Our selection we grow is called the acerola Florida Sweet Cherry and is a pleasant eating variety that is not too sour. The most notable feature of Acerola Cherry is its very high Vitamin C content, once grown commercially just for its Vitamin C.  The acerola is well suited to pot culture where it can be kept to a smaller size, it could also be grown this way in cooler climates where it can be moved to a warmer position in the winter. 
A word of warning the foliage of the plant is covered in minute, irritating stinging hairs that can produce an allergic reaction, so when pruning your trees wear a long sleeved shirt and a pair of gloves.

PriceAvail.PropPotBuy Options 
$17.90 43 Cutting MT
$24.90 9 Cutting 165mm
$79.00 4 Cutting Advanced
Grown From Climate Height Frost tol. Pollination req'd Evergreen/Deciduous Harvest period
Cutting Subtropical - Tropical 2-4 Sensitive No Evergreen Summer - Autumn
 

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Acerola Cherry

Pick early ,before the birds and fruit fly then ripen inside the house, when green has turned to yellow. | Rolf - Bankstown, NSW 07-Dec-2005

Acerola Cherry

Is World Champion in Vitamin C amounts - refer to www.nal.usda.gov... ( see below ) | Rolf - Bankstown , Sydney, NSW 22-Dec-2005

Acerola Cherry

No fruit fly problems . | R O L F - Bankstown 2200, NSW 05-Jan-2006

Acerola Cherry

Does very well espaliered. Full sun or near to. Water well and mulch heavily. Fruiting much improved by a good dose of potassium late winter and frequent additions of seasol. | David White - Newcastle, NSW 30-Jan-2006

Acerola Cherry

Vitamin C content : http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/search .Has twice as much Vitamin C when unripe | Rolf - Bankstown, NSW 19-Mar-2006

Acerola Cherry

It has lived and thrived through the hottest summer with regular watering. I would recommend this for Western Queensland gardeners. As with any fruit it's hard to beat the birds. | Anna Watts - Quilpie, QLD 22-Mar-2006

Acerola Cherry

Acerola combined with orange makes a great juice. And its jam tastes fantastic. | Flora Cauchi - Kellyville, NSW 18-Dec-2006

Acerola Cherry - Florida Sweet

We live 1km from ocean in a horrifically hot and windy climate - ours doing really well - not many flowers or fruit though (>2yrs old and 2m high) wind has broken a large branch - but it's still happy (gets irrigated) | Amanda Sunley - Geraldton, WA 10-May-2009

Acerola Cherry - Florida Sweet

Very easy to grow, looks after itself. Fruits most of the year, with just 2-3 months break over winter. Has enough fruit for our family of three, our dog and fruit bats. We pruned it very heavily last winter and now it started to flower again. | Dorota - Brisbane, QLD 16-Nov-2011

Acerola Cherry - Florida Sweet

3 years Plant looking very good in pot lots of flowers but, not fruit yet hopping soon. | Romyna - Mount-druitt, NSW 06-Feb-2014

Acerola Cherry - Florida Sweet

Survived one day around 47 deg and two weeks of temps over 38 deg. never looked back. Probably does make a nice drink and jam - if the fruit ever got to the kitchen, the amount picked seems to diminish rapidly on the walk down to the house. | Wendy - Bundamba, QLD 13-Mar-2014

Acerola Cherry - Florida Sweet

Lovely sweet fruit but leaves look a bit sparse. Have had lots of grasshoppers this year maybe it's them. | Janet Catesby - Toormina, NSW 09-Apr-2014
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Acerola Cherry - Florida Sweet 10/10

JUJUBEFORSALEINMELBOURNE1's Edible Fruits
Update: 1326 days 10hrs

Comments: -

Very easy to look after, the more water it gets, the more flowers it gives. Lot of Cute pink flowers appear in Summer. Red fruits ready to eat out of hand in about a month or adding to fruit punch. This fruit has very high vitamin C content.  Fruits are used to make Vitamin C pills in USA.

I lime once a year with just a teaspoon. I get  about 50 fruits a year for a tree in pot, I recon it is very good. However, netting is a must because birds love them. You cannot buy this fruit in melbourne so it is a good tree to have in the backyard. I have recently repot to 105 litre pot from 55 litre pot.


Woke up very late in Spring, had lots of flowers but no fruit set so far this year


Fruiting Months January, February, March, April, November, December

Planted: 2002

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Fruit Harvest: 50 Fruit Per Year

First Fruited: 1 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pruned By: 5% in

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: When Fruiting and Spring

Pest Control:

Netting to deter birds

Organic Status:Organic


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Acerola Cherry - Florida Sweet (Seedling) 10/10

Amanda19's Edible Fruits
Update: 1365 days 3hrs

Comments: -

Bumper crop this year (2010) flowered in two big flushes thru summer and the fruit delicious. Tastes like a cross between apple and raspberry, is firm and juicy. Birds like it too. I like it best when it turns quite dark red.

It's a very undemanding plant - although it needs pruning - the branches get quite heavy and britttle in the wind.

Nov 2010: Eating first flush now - I just love this plant. The fruit is so refreshing to pluck when working in the garden, it's a hardy bush/tree, nothing eats it here and it never complains in the heat and wind. A wonderful grazing plant. Everyone who has tried it (so far) has liked it.

Probably not very sculptural for some - looks a bit scraggly. Would be wonderful if someone could breed one with a larger fruit!

Fruiting Months January, February, March, April

Planted: 2007

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Fruit Harvest: 5 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 2 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: The usual mix!

Pest Control:

None needed as yet.

Organic Status:Organic


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Acerola Cherry - Florida Sweet 10/10

Dory's Edible Fruits
Update: 638 days 9hrs

Comments: -

This little tree flowers and fruits non stop through spring, summer and autumn. Lots of fruit! My child loves it and eats some every day.

Fruit has to be eaten straight after picking as it does not keep too well.

Grows very fast, fruited a few months after planting.

We have prunned the tree a little too hard last winter (2011). It is recovering, but slowly. It responds well to prunning, but we just went too far.

It has some fruit now (March 2012), but not many.

September 2012 - the tree does not look good. We pretty much killed it with the very heavy prunning. Branches are dying one by one. Just bought another plant from Daley's to replace it as we really like the fruit.

Fruiting Months January, February, March, April, May, September, October, November, December

Planted: 2007

Height 3 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Fruit Harvest: 10 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 4 Months from Purchase in Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pruned By: 30% in After Fruiting

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Never

Organic Status:Organic


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Acerola Cherry - Florida Sweet (Seedling) 8/10

Edward's Edible Fruits
Update: 646 days 9hrs

Comments: -

Produces a profusion of small pink flowers followed by tasty soft red fruit. Some leaf loss in late winter, early spring due to cold Sydney winter. Very shallow rooted, so will benefit from staking to avoid toppling over. Requires good watering in dry spells.

Produced a large crop in 2010, but suddenly died, probably due to insuficient watering.

Planted: 2007

Height 2 metres

Qty: 1

First Fruited: 1 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Autumn and Spring

Pruned By: 20% in Spring

Pollination: No

Pest Control:

none


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Acerola Cherry - Florida Sweet 1/10

JasonRutkowski1's Edible Fruits
Update: 1834 days 11hrs

Comments: -

Grew well during warmer months but could never get it past August.  We get no frost

Pollination: No


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Acerola Cherry - Florida Sweet 8/10

Justin1's Edible Fruits
Update: 1832 days 15hrs

Comments: -

When I first received this it lost all its leaves within a few weeks and I thought it wouldn't make it, but then it regrew more leaves and since then it's been growing very quickly.  It's now winter and it has lost a few leaves, and quite a few leaves and going brown, but I think it'll be ok once the weather warms up again. 

Seems to love lots of water, although you would think from the small leaves that it would be drought-tolerant.  I'm hardly watering it at all in winter though.

 

Planted: 2008

Height 1 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Blood and Bone and liquid fish emulsion seaweed

When I Fertilise: Spring

Pest Control:

Seems to be very pest resistant, but I have noticed the occassional black scale which I just scrape off.


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Acerola Cherry - Florida Sweet (Cutting) 7/10

HappyEarth's Edible Fruits
Update: 1594 days 13hrs

Comments: - Moderate grower, straggly looking but tough tree.  Fruits a few times throughout the year.

Fruiting Months February, March, April, May, October, November, December

Height 1.5 metres

Qty: 1

Fruit Harvest: 1 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 2 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Winter

Pruned By: 20% in

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Hosre manure, worm castings and dynamic lifter

When I Fertilise: Yearly

Pest Control: None

Organic Status:Organic


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Acerola Cherry - Florida Sweet (Cutting) 1/10

Rev's Edible Fruits
Update: 1854 days 13hrs

Comments: -

Not frost hardy!. killed at -3 even with protection


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Acerola Cherry - Florida Sweet 9/10

Awal7505's Edible Fruits
Update: 1834 days 6hrs

Comments: -

Growing very well and has already been re-potted once.i would say this plant has nearly doubled in size from purchase and even fruited whilst still in the original pot.

First Fruited: 3 Months from Purchase in Pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: No

Organic Status:Organic


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Acerola Cherry - Florida Sweet (Cutting) 5/10

Correy's Edible Fruits
Update: 1833 days 1hrs

Comments: - Hopefull this year the fruit will set. I have had a few small pink flowers but they haven't set yet. I think it is a good looking plant. The leaves are quite small and it seems to really like the pot it is growing in.

Planted: 2007

Height 1 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Pollination: No

Pest Control:

None needed so far.

Organic Status:Organic

Question:

 


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Acerola Cherry - Florida Sweet

Chris4's Edible Fruits
Update: 1621 days 5hrs

Comments: -

just planted Dec 09

Pollination: No


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Acerola Cherry - Florida Sweet

KathK's Edible Fruits
Update: 1444 days 8hrs

Comments: - from Daleys winter 2009

Planted: 2009

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: worm castings/horse

When I Fertilise: Spring

Question: I tried to espalier this & all the leaves dropped off-is this normal in Perth's winter or have I killed it?


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Jaahda says... [1151 days 10hrs ago]
did it survive Kath? d'ya know if it will grow from a cutting?
Jaahda says... [1151 days 10hrs ago]
found this useful info re acerola's ...hopefully it might help; http://www.crfg.org/pubs/ff/acerola.html
KathK says... [1130 days 7hrs ago]
It is well & truly dead now.

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Acerola Cherry - Florida Sweet 7/10

Emma1's Edible Fruits
Update: 1454 days 5hrs

Comments: -

Tropcial cherry. Needed a lot of watering when first planted, always wilting, but I think that is way it is meant to look. It is also attacked by possum.

Height 1 metres

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Winter

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: mulch


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Acerola Cherry - Florida Sweet 6/10

Michael's Edible Fruits
Update: 1655 days 11hrs

Comments: -

High hopes for this plant. I tried it in Vietnam and it was a nice treat.

Planted: 2008

Height 1 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring


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Cam's Edible Fruits
Update: 1345 days 2hrs

Comments: -

I remember eating these fruits back in Vietnam, the mild sweet/sour taste of the fruit is nothing to rave about, but after finding out that it has one of the highest Vitamin C level compared to any other fruits I had to get hold of at least one plant.  Planted in a 40cm pot.

Planted: 2010

Height 40 Centimetres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Acerola Cherry - Florida Sweet

PaulWarnersBay1's Edible Fruits
Update: 1835 days 11hrs

Comments: -

This is a most fanatstic tree/bush for Warners Bay

Has yet to produce fruit, but it does flower

Pollination: No


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Ellen's Edible Fruits
Update: 1783 days 16hrs

Comments: -

I

Fruiting Months March and October

First Fruited: 4 Months from Purchase in Pot


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RevNQ1's Edible Fruits
Update: 1840 days 3hrs

Comments: -

vegetatively very well suited to area. low yields. pollination??

Pollination: Self Pollination

Pest Control:

havent encountered but expect fruit fly


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Acerola Cherry - Florida Sweet 5/10

Frank1's Edible Fruits
Update: 1778 days 3hrs

Comments: -

Early days yet. Put on good growth late last summer.  2009 winter its first, will survive but has dropped most leaves. Earwigs love it. We get no frosts so it should be OK.

Planted: 2008

Height 0.8 metres

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Pest Control:

Earwig baffles at trunk.

Organic Status:Organic


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Acerola Cherry - Florida Sweet 10/10

Daniel2's Edible Fruits
Update: 1756 days 23hrs

Comments: -

Still in the pot.

Height 50 Centimetres

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pest Control:

None

Organic Status:Organic


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Acerola Cherry - Florida Sweet (Cutting) 5/10

Linnie's Edible Fruits
Update: 1601 days 0hrs

Comments: -

Bought this lovely little plant years ago at Daleys. Soon after I brought it home it fruited, and was delicious. The following Winter, or the one after that, it was frosted, and now, years later, I am still waiting for it to fruit again.

Planted: 2000

Height 1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: Cross Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: mulch, dynamic lifter

When I Fertilise: Yearly

Pest Control:

Nil... no fruit.

Question:

Does anyone know why an Acerola which has fruited previously no longer fruits? They are meant to be self-pollinating, so I'm not sure what has stopped it fruiting for lots of years.


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Acerola Cherry - Florida Sweet (Cutting) 10/10

BJ's Edible Fruits
Update: 977 days 4hrs

Comments: - Very tough tree. Can be fairly easily pruned to a smaller size. Very pretty masses of flowers throughout the warmer months and multiple crops of fruit.

Fruiting Months January, February, September, October

Planted: 2010

Height 1.8 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Fruit Harvest: 5 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 2 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Acerola Cherry - Florida Sweet (Seedling) 7/10

Winston1's Edible Fruits
Update: 1335 days 4hrs

Comments: -

Fast growing, fruiting already.

Planted: 2008

Height 150 Centimetres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

First Fruited: 1 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pruned By: 25% in After Fruiting

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Yearly

Organic Status:Organic


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Acerola Cherry - Florida Sweet

Kathy2's Edible Fruits
Update: 929 days 6hrs

Comments: -

Autumn 2011: I loved the fruit so collected the seed. I am hoping that at least some of them will be fertile. I will be so excited to have my own source of this gorgeous fruit.


Spring 2011: The seed cases were empty so we didn't get any plants but I was lucky enough to buy one on the weekend! :O) Looking forward to the fruit! It had hardly any new leaves but there is potential.


Summer 2011: Very happy. New leaves everywhere. They are quite a bright green so you have to be careful not to get confused and think that it is malnourished.



Planted: 2011

Height 1 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Pollination: No


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Acerola Cherry - Florida Sweet 5/10

Glennis1's Edible Fruits
Update: 262 days 11hrs

Comments: -

Height .75mts (20/11/2012)

Not doing much possible lack of rain , nematodes ? No fruit yet . oct 2013 . Heaps of flowers after the rain Dec 2013 .

Planted: 2011

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Eco88

When I Fertilise: When Fruiting, Yearly, Winter, Spring


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Acerola Cherry - Florida Sweet 8/10

Gimme's Edible Fruits
Update: 603 days 5hrs

Comments: -

acidic fruits, high in vitamins. makes great jelly. really loves a good drink

Planted: 2011

Height 2.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

First Fruited: 1 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pruned By: 15% in After Fruiting

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: Spring

Organic Status:Organic


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Acerola Cherry - Florida Sweet (Seedling) 7/10

Nathan1's Edible Fruits
Update: 596 days 24hrs

Comments: -

Still finding its feet, but OK

Height 0.6 metres

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Winter

Pollination: No


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Acerola Cherry - Florida Sweet (Seedling) 7/10

Selfsufficientme's Edible Fruits
Update: 292 days 1hrs

Comments: -

I prefer to call it the Barbados cherry and there's lots of good and some ordinary points about this large shrub.

Firstly the ordinary: The plant itself is rather fickle and prone to stem breakage at the base of the shrub which isn't too bad due to it's bushy growth but it can leave the plant vulnerable to disease and may look unsightly until it grows out naturally.    

The fruit isn't liked by everyone and some people can't stand the sour taste especially freshly picked.

In a fruit fly area it will get stung and whilst the larva may not develop in the fruit it still distorts growth.

Our large shrub/tree is showing signs of age at about 5-6 years but I'm not sure how long it lives - pruning does rejuvenate growth a little.

Now the good: We love the fruit freshly off the plant and there's usually lots of it with sometimes several flowerings a year. The flowers are small pretty pink things making it a nice addition to a garden or orchard.

An awesome jam or syrup (especially for ice-cream) can be made by simmering the fruit, straining, and adding a little sugar to taste to make a vibrant red topping - it tastes amazing!

It doesn't seem to be troubled by pests other than fruit fly and we don't lose too much fruit to birds or other animals really.

Growth is fast - particularly early on as it establishes which is good because it isn't long before the shrub will be fruiting.

I fertilise with a little citrus fertiliser in spring.       

Planted: 2008

Height 3 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Fruit Harvest: 3 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 2 Years from purchase in pot

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Pest Control: No sprays


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