Malpighia emarginata, Barbados cherry - Plant

Growing Barbados Cherry is an easy way to add a tropical flair to your garden. When you know its important and how to care for Barbados Cherry plant, you will be rewarded with many years of lovely fruits.

    What makes it special:
  • Popular for its highest vitamin C content.
  • Low maintenance plant.
  • Perfect plant for outdoor garden.
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About Malpighia emarginata

This product does not have the flowers and fruits at the time of shipping. Afterward, the plant will bloom and produce fruits. Malpighia emarginata is an evergreen shrub or small tree with a short bole and spreading branches in the Malpighiaceae family. It usually grows about 2-3 m in height.

The branches are brittle. The leaves are simple, opposite, and with small hairs. The flowers are bisexual with five pink or red petals. The fruits are bright red drupes, juicy, and has high vitamin C content making the fruits taste sour.

The fruits are edible, usually eaten raw but also made into juices, baby food, jam, etc. It is also grown as ornamental shrub and hedges in Landscaping. Keep spacing 4' for a hedge. It gives fewer fruits in partial shade. It requires warm climate. It can be propagated by seeds, cuttings and other methods. A width of pots should be around 24 inches for single acerola tree.

Note: Stinging hairs that may cause skin irritation.

Plant Specifications

Plant Height25 inch (64 cm)
Plant Spread 5 inch (13 cm)
*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
Common Name Barbados cherry, West Indian cherry and wild crepe myrtle, Acerola.
Maximum Reachable Height Up to 2-3 meter
Flower Colour Pink
Bloom Time April-October
Difficulty Level Easy

Planting and care


Refer our Garden Guide for detailed procedures and meanings of words related to gardening.

Sunlight

  • Morning sunlight of more than 6 hours a day is ideal for flowering and fruit development.

  • Soil
  • The soil should be well drained,fertile and rich in organic content for growing Barbados Cherry plant.

  • Watering
  • Poke your finger/plain small stick into the soil to check the moisture.
  • Apply 4 cup (approx.200ml) of water when the top soil (1-2 inch) in the pot feels dry to touch.
  • Do not overwater the plant.
  • As a rule of thumb, water the plants thoroughly in summer and reduce watering in winter and rainy season.
  • Water should be applied preferably in the morning or evening.

  • Application of Fertilizer
  • Before application of fertilizer loosen the topsoil without disturbing the roots of the plant so, it can uptake the nutrients and moisture easily.
  • Apply organic fertilizer once a month during the main growing season (February-May)
  • Apply water immediately after application of fertilizer.

  • Plant Protection
  • Remove dead, infected or damaged plant parts and discard them away from the plants.
  • For any insect attack or disease, you can use Neem oil, Eucalyptus oil or Citrus oil spray for primary treatment.

  • Don'ts
  • Do not overwater the plant specially when pot doesn't have drainage hole.
  • Avoid applying water in hot afternoon it may cause fungus infection.
  • Malpighia emarginata care

    Initial care for 1-2 weeks after receiving plant at your location:

  • Poke your finger/plain small stick into the soil to check the moisture.
  • Apply 4 cup (approx.200ml) of water when the top soil (1-2 inch) in the pot feels dry to touch.
  • Keep the plant in indirect bright light.
  • Do not re-pot for min. 2 weeks after receiving it.

  • Key requirements to keep plant healthy:

    Sunlight Natural bright light with morning sunlight(more than 6 hours)
    Watering Apply 4 cup(approx.200ml) of water when the top soil (1-2 inch) in the pot feels dry to touch
    Soil Well drained, fertile and rich in organic content
    Temperature 15-30 Degree Celsius
    Fertilizer Apply organic fertilizer once a month during main growing season (February-May)
    Harvest Season After 1 month from flowering(June - July)

    Malpighia emarginata special feature

    Drought tolerant and highest vitamin C content

    Malpighia emarginata uses

    Ornamental Use:

    • The plant is used for an ornamental hedge purpose

    Medicinal Use:

    • Barbados Cherry is most well-known for being extremely rich in vitamin C
    • Because of this, it's often used to help with or prevent colds or flu
    • It's also used as an antioxidant nutrient
    • Note: The following information is general guidelines, be sure to ask your healthcare provider for guidelines

    Culinary Use:

    • Ripe fruit is edible and widely consumed in native area, and is cultivated elsewhere for its high vitamin C content
    • The fruit can be used to make juices and pulps, vitamin C concentrate, and baby food, among other things

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is another name for a Malpighia emarginata?

    Malpighia emarginata is commonly known as Barbados cherry, West Indian cherry and wild crepe myrtle, Acerola.

    How tall do Malpighia emarginata grow?

    On average Malpighia emarginata grows Up to 2-3 meter

    What color are Malpighia emarginata?

    A Malpighia emarginata plant bears flowers of color Pink

    When Malpighia emarginata blooms?

    With enough light, Malpighia emarginata may produce Pink flowers in April-October

    How hard is Malpighia emarginata to grow?

    A Malpighia emarginata is Easy

    How much sunlight does a Malpighia emarginata need?

    A Malpighia emarginata prefers Natural bright light with morning sunlight(more than 6 hours)

    How much water does a Malpighia emarginata need?

    A Malpighia emarginata prefers watering Apply 4 cup(approx.200ml) of water when the top soil (1-2 inch) in the pot feels dry to touch

    What kind of soil does a Malpighia emarginata need?

    A Malpighia emarginata prefers Well drained, fertile and rich in organic content

    What temperature does a Malpighia emarginata like?

    A Malpighia emarginata prefers 15-30 Degree Celsius

    How often should I fertilize my Malpighia emarginata?

    To encourage Malpighia emarginata growth, Apply organic fertilizer once a month during main growing season (February-May)



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    Friday, 14 February 2020

    I m really happy to say that your packing is good ,on time delivery all plants are good .

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    Wednesday, 12 February 2020

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    Monday, 10 February 2020

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