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Planting a Jaboticaba? Here’s what you need to know before doing so.

The Jaboticaba is a fruit that is unlike no other, purple, sweet tangy taste with a softcore. If you are gardening in Florida and are obsessed with tropical fruit, the Jaboticaba tree is a tree you need in your garden.

There are many things to know before you consider ordering your very own Jaboticaba, or decide to visit your local nursery such as knowing the varieties of which Jaboticaba there are as well as how to plant and care for one.

Here are important things to know before purchasing and planting a Jaboticaba tree.

The Jaboticaba Is A Slow Grower

If you are considering having a Jaboticaba in your garden, consider keeping it for the long haul.

Jaboticabas are very slow growing trees, it usually takes them 5-8 years from seed to fruit, and during the year the Jaboticaba tree might not make much of a change in appearance while growing its roots below.

If slow growth is not what you had in mind you can always take the route of purchasing an already fruiting Jaboticaba to save you the years of having to wait.

The Jaboticaba Grows Great In Partly-Shaded Areas

Location is very important when it comes to planting your Jaboticaba – of course, if you are like most gardeners you would think that the sun is great for fruiting trees. Jaboticabas are able to do great under canopy situations or in part shaded areas. The trees would also thrive in full sun areas as well but if you don’t have space in your garden to receive the full sun – don’t feel bad putting it in a dappled light setting they will do just fine.

Here is a video from Pete Kanaris GreenDreamsFL showing how the Jaboticabas grow under a shaded light situation.

Some gardeners have even reported that Jaboticabas grow at a faster rate in the shade than those planted in the full sun.

When Should I Add Fertilizer To My Jaboticaba?

It is typically known that once you plant trees to wait about a year before fertilizing – but every gardener is different and knows there plants best.

Jaboticabas don’t like nitrogen very much in their fertilizers. A fertilizer with a composition of 4-6-4 – or organic material such as rock dust. Too much nitrogen to your Jaboticaba can cause leaf burn.

How Do I Tell If My Jaboticaba Is Healthy?

The best way to tell if your Jaboticaba is healthy and happy is to check if the bark is peeling. This is typically a great indicator that your Jaboticaba is thriving. Also, another way to tell if your Jaboticaba is doing great is by looking out for new growth on your tree.

The bark peels on the Jaboticaba to make room for new flower buds that will form off of new bark growth.

Is the Jaboticaba Cold-Resitant?

Yes, The Jaboticaba can take cold temperatures as low as the 20s in Florida, making it an excellent fruit tree to grow in Central and South Florida and even North Florida.

What Types Of Soils Do Jaboticabas Prefer?

Jaboticabas prefer well-drained soils with a slightly acid pH. The trees don’t tend to like alkaline soils. In Florida, before you plant a Jaboticaba it is highly recommended to test your soil with a pH reader.

When planting a Jaboticaba tree in Florida we recommend filling your hole in the ground with peat-moss first as the Jaboticaba roots do not like to be planted in straight sandy soils.

How Do I Prune My Jaboticaba?

Pruning your Jaboticaba can be optional depending on the shape that you would like your tree pruned to. In the world of Jaboticaba, it is not a common practice to prune the tree as you would other fruit trees.

Since the jaboticaba is a slow grower- gardeners tend to perform a light prune to the jaboticaba to allow more sunlight to penetrate the bark to stimulate more flowers & fruit as the bark will often be covered by the jaboticabas natural branching growth habit.

Should I Prune my Jaboticaba?

Pruning your jaboticaba tree is optional. You may want to consider pruning your jaboticaba if you are having trouble fruiting your tree or if your tree is not receiving enough light on its bark. Since pruning is done so rarely and little on the jaboticaba considering how long it takes to grow, it is recommended to only prune your Jaboticaba if it really needs it.

How much should I water my Jaboticaba tree?

Jaboticaba trees LOVE water, in-fact it is really hard to overwater this tree. Since the tree originated in the rainforests of Brazil the tree naturally is used to receiving heavy amounts of rainfall. In Florida your tree will thrive off our heat and rainfalls we have – but the tree still is going to be needed to be watered regularly to maintain proper health.

Tip: Consider planting your Jaboticaba in a part of your yard that would typically stay flooded after heavy rain as those spots is where a Jaboticaba would love as it prefers wet areas.

Should I plant my Jaboticaba or leave it in the pot?

Jaboticaba is an excellent pot culture plant if you choose not to plant it directly in the ground. In fact, many gardeners claim that they have been able to maintain a healthier, heavier fruiting Jaboticaba when in the pot.

You should consider growing your Jaboticaba in a pot if you live in certain areas where it might get too cold, or if you don’t have the healthiest of soils or enough room in the ground to grow Jabtoicaba successfully.