[NAFEX] carambola trees
6ducks at comcast.net
Thu Jan 18 22:24:52 EST 2007
I started a starfruit tree from seed; the seed germinated easily. (I
accidentally killed it, too, so I have no further experience in that
regard). However I can tell you, after sampling my way through an
experimental orchard, that there are quite a few cultivars; some cultivars
have wonderful fruits, while others are insipid. Some also require
The University of Arizona claims carambola trees can fruit when grown in a
large container-link given below.
The Wikipedia starfruit article claims that the trees need less light than
other tropical fruiting trees, which would seem appropriate to a tree that
is going to spend part or all of its life indoors.
Star fruit trees are grafted onto seedling rootstocks, too, if that
The University of Florida's IFAS websites are a good source of information;
the following fact sheet says that trees start bearing within 10-14 months
after establishment, and that the mid-canopy area (3-7') is the area of
major production. The website also has videos of researchers with carambola
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