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Is it normal for carambola to drop huge amounts of fruit?
« on: September 27, 2014, 06:52:03 PM »
I bought a carambola tree in May, and while it flowered intermittently throughout the summer, it just recently flowered extremely profusely, covering every branch and much of the trunk. The bees took notice and caused like half the flowers to set fruit. The tree has been aborting a lot of that fruit though, although there's still a lot remaining, but it seems like every day a whole bunch drops. Is this normal? I want to make sure it's not a sign the tree is deficient in nutrients or water or whatever.

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Re: Is it normal for carambola to drop huge amounts of fruit?
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2014, 10:28:23 PM »
It's normal.

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Re: Is it normal for carambola to drop huge amounts of fruit?
« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2014, 01:04:45 AM »
Mine regularly abort fruit throughout the growth cycle of the fruit. Don't worry about it.
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Re: Is it normal for carambola to drop huge amounts of fruit?
« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2014, 08:46:08 AM »
You'll be pleasantly surprised at what's still left on the tree--more than you, your family, and all your friends and neighbors care to eat!
« Last Edit: September 28, 2014, 08:48:29 AM by johnb51 »
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Re: Is it normal for carambola to drop huge amounts of fruit?
« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2014, 05:19:09 PM »
That's all very reassuring; thanks guys. I'm excited about this tree and for some reason it's ridiculously rare in California.

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Re: Is it normal for carambola to drop huge amounts of fruit?
« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2014, 06:48:35 PM »
It's harder to grow in dry windy climate.

How are you growing it? Full or partial sun? In a hole on on a mound? Between plants or by itself?

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Re: Is it normal for carambola to drop huge amounts of fruit?
« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2014, 07:52:25 PM »
It is extremely normal and many times I have done surprize freestyle skiing on carambola fruit slime beneath a tree.
On a mound in full sun would be best of course.

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Re: Is it normal for carambola to drop huge amounts of fruit?
« Reply #7 on: September 29, 2014, 01:18:13 AM »
Mine is in a container on my upper balcony where it gets abundant sunshine from sunrise to very early afternoon. It's relatively well protected from wind which is the main reason I put it there; we had really strong winds recently (lots of airplanes got flipped upside-down at the general aviation airport) but the vast majority of flowers remained healthy.

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Re: Is it normal for carambola to drop huge amounts of fruit?
« Reply #8 on: September 29, 2014, 09:15:38 AM »
I was born and raised in SoCal but have been in South Florida since 1988 so I know your 10b climate is totally different than ours.  Yours is Mediterranean (dry summers/wet winters), and ours is tropical (hot, wet summers) with sub-tropical winters (occasional cold fronts).  But good luck with the carambola.
« Last Edit: September 29, 2014, 01:11:31 PM by johnb51 »
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