Star Gooseberry, Harfarauri - Plant
Description for Star Gooseberry, Harfarauri
Phyllanthus acidus, known as the Otaheite gooseberry, Malay gooseberry, Tahitian gooseberry, country gooseberry, star gooseberry, starberry, West India gooseberry, grosella, jimbilin, damsel, karamay,layuan,
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|Phyllanthus acidus||green||june to august||25-30 ft||easy to grow|
Planting and care
It can be started from seeds, from budding or air layering. But the better option is to buy a grafted tree from a nursery. As amla tree takes around 5 years to start producing fruits when propagated from seeds.
|Full Sun to Partial Shade||well-drained soil||Medium||70 F||Apply any organic fertilizer|
Caring for Star Gooseberry
- Well-drained, loamy to light heavy soil that is deep and rich in organic matter is required for growing amla tree. A pH level can be between slightly acidic to slightly alkaline. The waterlogged and clay-rich soil is detrimental and must be avoided, same is the case with too sandy soils.
Regular and abundant watering is essential at the young age. Once the tree gets established it doesnâ€™t require regular and frequent watering. However, you can water the plant during the period of active growth or in a drought like conditions in summer. Watering 2-3 times in a month in summer is sufficient for a mature tree. In any case, water stagnation must be avoided.
Typical uses of Star Gooseberry
Special features: They do benefit however from a good regular source of potassium. The ideal solution is to feed the plants monthly from early spring up to around harvest time with liquid tomato feed - see the container instructions for dilution rates.
Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose