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So a couple months back i purchased 5 achacha plants (garcinia humilis) and planted them in 2 differrent spots my property. I planted 3 of them very close to a pond we have and close enough to allow crosspollination between them. The other 2 are planted in the same row in a drier part of my property. All of them are 3-4 ft  in height and taking almost full sun. As of now all of them look very good and have no signs of damage in our almost daily 30 degrees celsius waether. Any tips or experience with this plant would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Achacha (garcinia humilis) growing experiences around the world
« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2020, 01:54:07 AM »
Achacha is not Garcinia humilis.

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Re: Achacha (garcinia humilis) growing experiences around the world
« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2020, 03:03:41 AM »
This tree gets very wide! Hope you gave them lots of distance between each one?
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Re: Achacha (garcinia humilis) growing experiences around the world
« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2020, 10:42:04 AM »
Achacha is not Garcinia humilis.

Ummmm..... ???

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Re: Achacha (garcinia humilis) growing experiences around the world
« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2020, 03:44:59 PM »
This tree gets very wide! Hope you gave them lots of distance between each one?

Hey oscar,

I had heard they grow more horizontal than vertical. I left about 5-6 ft between them and the closest plant. Does anyone know if has specific requirements, for example iron, calcium, lots of water, ect

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Re: Achacha (garcinia humilis) growing experiences around the world
« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2020, 06:13:15 PM »
I have seen one fruiting tree and it was 10'-12' high and at least 15' wide.
I have 3 trees planted and I notice right now they are very happy in our
rainy humid season. In the dry cool Winter they don't grow much and the new leaves
seem yellowish and burnt. Now the new growth is dark green. I give mine
Holly tone which is for acid loving plants? I was considering giving it some
8-4-8 with micros that I use from Diamond R.

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Re: Achacha (garcinia humilis) growing experiences around the world
« Reply #6 on: July 30, 2020, 01:46:57 PM »
Mine are at least 30í wide. They donít need cross pollination.
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Re: Achacha (garcinia humilis) growing experiences around the world
« Reply #7 on: July 30, 2020, 08:05:08 PM »
Mine are at least 30í wide. They donít need cross pollination.
Peter

Hey peter!

Ive heard from a couple sources they dont neceserily need crosspollination to fruit. However if cross pollination does occur the fruit harvest is significantly bigger. Can someone confirm this?

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Re: Achacha (garcinia humilis) growing experiences around the world
« Reply #8 on: July 30, 2020, 09:17:51 PM »
William, I planted 20 trees a few months ago and spaced 25 feet.
This links to an informative handbook on growing by CIAT, over 100 pages very detailed, in .pdf document form:

https://frutales.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/o20-el-cultivo-de-achacairu.pdf

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Re: Achacha (garcinia humilis) growing experiences around the world
« Reply #9 on: July 30, 2020, 10:21:09 PM »
Yes, on page 26 of the very detailed book it says that achachariu is self fertile which is our experience.
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Re: Achacha (garcinia humilis) growing experiences around the world
« Reply #10 on: July 31, 2020, 12:09:44 AM »
This tree gets very wide! Hope you gave them lots of distance between each one?

Hey oscar,

I had heard they grow more horizontal than vertical. I left about 5-6 ft between them and the closest plant. Does anyone know if has specific requirements, for example iron, calcium, lots of water, ect
That's way too close together. As Peter posted they can get 30+ feet wide. I fertilized mine with an all purpose fertilizer and it worked fine. They respond well to fertilizing giving larger and tastier fruits than without fertlilizer.
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Re: Achacha (garcinia humilis) growing experiences around the world
« Reply #11 on: July 31, 2020, 09:24:50 AM »
Oscar...when do you normally fertilize your achachairu?  Thanks

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Re: Achacha (garcinia humilis) growing experiences around the world
« Reply #12 on: July 31, 2020, 10:21:25 AM »
@achetadomestica and pineislander: You guys mind sharing where you got them? Iím a fellow Floridian and a pretty hardcore plant guy...not afraid to drive across the state (or the country, for that matter) in pursuit of a plant.

@johnnyredland: Small world! Iím right up the road from you. Iím the horticulturist at Galloway Farm Nursery in South Miami. Used to work at Redland Nursery, if youíre familiar with it.

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Re: Achacha (garcinia humilis) growing experiences around the world
« Reply #13 on: July 31, 2020, 11:09:20 AM »
Try Pine Island Nursery. I have 2 in 7gal for sale, $75 each.

@achetadomestica and pineislander: You guys mind sharing where you got them? Iím a fellow Floridian and a pretty hardcore plant guy...not afraid to drive across the state (or the country, for that matter) in pursuit of a plant.

@johnnyredland: Small world! Iím right up the road from you. Iím the horticulturist at Galloway Farm Nursery in South Miami. Used to work at Redland Nursery, if youíre familiar with it.
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Re: Achacha (garcinia humilis) growing experiences around the world
« Reply #14 on: July 31, 2020, 12:03:21 PM »
Try Pine Island Nursery. I have 2 in 7gal for sale, $75 each.

@achetadomestica and pineislander: You guys mind sharing where you got them? Iím a fellow Floridian and a pretty hardcore plant guy...not afraid to drive across the state (or the country, for that matter) in pursuit of a plant.

@johnnyredland: Small world! Iím right up the road from you. Iím the horticulturist at Galloway Farm Nursery in South Miami. Used to work at Redland Nursery, if youíre familiar with it.

Hmm. Iím actually supposed to be heading down to see Erik next week anyway. Had a look at your profile; looks like youíve got some really interesting stuff going.

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Re: Achacha (garcinia humilis) growing experiences around the world
« Reply #15 on: July 31, 2020, 05:42:46 PM »
Yes, the last Pine Island nursery wholesale plant listing I got in April showed they had 4,000 6 inch achachairu. That seems impressive, not sure what they have now you should call for availability in case they were growing under contract.
I grew my own from seed, they are slow. A 6" pot might only be a very young seedling in Florida you might expect another year in the pot before planting out next rainy season. I used the suggested planting method in the manual. Drive 4 stakes around the young tree and wrap with shade cloth. It has worked for me and i think if i had put them in the field without protection they may have fried.
 


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Re: Achacha (garcinia humilis) growing experiences around the world
« Reply #16 on: July 31, 2020, 09:47:54 PM »
Yes, the last Pine Island nursery wholesale plant listing I got in April showed they had 4,000 6 inch achachairu. That seems impressive, not sure what they have now you should call for availability in case they were growing under contract.
I grew my own from seed, they are slow. A 6" pot might only be a very young seedling in Florida you might expect another year in the pot before planting out next rainy season. I used the suggested planting method in the manual. Drive 4 stakes around the young tree and wrap with shade cloth. It has worked for me and i think if i had put them in the field without protection they may have fried.
 


Hey pineislander,

How big where they when you placed them underneath the shade cloth? Mine seem to do great in full sun

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Re: Achacha (garcinia humilis) growing experiences around the world
« Reply #17 on: July 31, 2020, 10:12:41 PM »
If so, they were already acclimated to the amount of sun they are receiving. If you take a garcinia growing in shade and move it to a spot with no protection from the sun, it will fully defoliate and probably die.  Size of the tree does not matter.  I tried to slowly move an 8ft mexican garcinia over a 3 month period and it lost 80% of its leaves. Newer leaves are the ones that remain.  It is in the same spot where it gets full sun until 2 - 3pm for 4 months and has not pushed any new growth. Old leaves do not gain tolerance for full sun. The system pineislander is using allows new growth to grow into full sun while keeping the old growth protected.

Mine seem to do great in full sun
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Re: Achacha (garcinia humilis) growing experiences around the world
« Reply #18 on: July 31, 2020, 10:31:39 PM »
All this talk of 30' wide achacha trees....wow

It's going to take mine 600 years to get to that size at the rate it's been growing. 5 new leaves in one year, a gain of 1 inch height.....

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« Reply #19 on: August 01, 2020, 12:35:52 AM »
All this talk of 30' wide achacha trees....wow

It's going to take mine 600 years to get to that size at the rate it's been growing. 5 new leaves in one year, a gain of 1 inch height.....

How old are your trees bo biscuit?

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Re: Achacha (garcinia humilis) growing experiences around the world
« Reply #20 on: August 01, 2020, 02:47:59 AM »
Oscar...when do you normally fertilize your achachairu?  Thanks
The honest answer is: "whenever i get around to it".  ;)
But i think you're asking what the ideal time to fertilize is? I think the best time would be right after it fruits. If you can follow up with another shot of fertilizer a couple of months before the time it normally fruits for you. So if it normally fruits in August you would fertilize once in June, and then again when it's done fruiting in late August or early September.
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Re: Achacha (garcinia humilis) growing experiences around the world
« Reply #21 on: August 01, 2020, 07:20:01 AM »
Oscar, will it fruit twice for you or fruit out of season?
Ours is finishing up right now but it also can fruit around March/April.
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Re: Achacha (garcinia humilis) growing experiences around the world
« Reply #22 on: August 01, 2020, 09:49:18 AM »
All this talk of 30' wide achacha trees....wow

It's going to take mine 600 years to get to that size at the rate it's been growing. 5 new leaves in one year, a gain of 1 inch height.....

How old are your trees bo biscuit?

William,

I'm not sure how old the tree is. I ordered it online a year ago, and it was just under a foot tall. It looks perfectly healthy, but it grows at a geologic time scale.

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Re: Achacha (garcinia humilis) growing experiences around the world
« Reply #23 on: August 01, 2020, 01:07:54 PM »

Hey pineislander,

How big where they when you placed them underneath the shade cloth? Mine seem to do great in full sun
I grew them from seed in a shade house, in 16" Steuwe brand pots and they were about a year old at 14 inches tall, the photo was when they were just planted. I put in a soursop seedling between each achachairu tree figuring I'll get perhaps 10 years production on those before the trees get too tight, we shall see. Between each of those I put in papaya and various veg and legumes. The whole thing has grown up very well this summer even though we've been behind on rain.
The bulk of the legumes in this picture are jack beans and pigeon peas, here is what it looks like now. Between the rows I also put in some mulberries and some main frame legume trees.



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Re: Achacha (garcinia humilis) growing experiences around the world
« Reply #24 on: August 01, 2020, 11:07:47 PM »
Oscar, will it fruit twice for you or fruit out of season?
Ours is finishing up right now but it also can fruit around March/April.
Peter
Yeah Peter, it seems to fruit at least twice a year, one heavy crop and then a light one. Sometimes there can even be a third light crop.
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