Below is an overview of our planting recommendations. We are located in sunny south Florida, and these instructions are time tested for its sandy soils. Depending on your location, soil and climate, these instructions may vary. If you have any questions regarding soil conditions and climate, please contact your local Garden Center or your University of Florida Extension Service. If you live in a colder climate, consider container growing. Our recommendations apply to all of our tropical fruit and butterfly plants. Figs, Blueberries and Miracle Fruit have different requirements; their instructions are accessible by the navigation tabs at left. Note also the section on Maintainable Height.
PLANTING IN THE GROUND
Prepare a hole 6” wider than the container and 2” deeper. Mix 50% of your existing soil with 50% top soil. Put some of the prepared soil in the hole, place the plant in the hole and then fill around the root ball. Be careful not to bury the plant to deep; it should be no deeper than the soil line in the container.
Water the plant every day for the first month. After that it should be watered 3 to 4 times a week, depending on our rainfall. Once the tree is established, use your judgment as to how much water the plant needs. The most obvious sign is wilting.
We recommend a Palm Fertilizer 13-3-13 or a fertilizer with a similar high-low-high number sequence, i.e., 12-4-12. Fertilize one month after planting and every three months thereafter. On a 3-gallon or 10-inch-size container, use half a hand full for the first application. As the plant grows, increase the amount of fertilizer used, being careful not to over fertilize.
Generally the directions on the bag of fertilizer will tell you how much to use. If not, the general rule is one pound of fertilizer per inch of caliper. (The caliper is the diameter of the trunk of the tree, usually measured 4’ above the ground.) In the case of a young tree, measure the trunk just above ground level. When you fertilize, place the fertilizer at the drip line or foliage line of your plant. Avoid throwing the fertilizer up against the trunk of the tree.