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Natal Plum Carissa macrocarpa

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On Jun 8, 2020, slimeman from (Zone 9a) wrote:

Nice houseplant!

I have been preserving my natal plum inside for so long as i’ve had it, which is about six months and it has grown a substantial quantity.
I’ve seen that it has began to flower after turning into potbound, although which may simply be from the season altering. You should not let this one dry out for various days or the brand new development will get crispy and die off however in any other case it’s comparatively drought tolerant even in a small pot. Its flowers scent like a mixture of jasmine and citrus flowers however are comparatively delicate. I maintain mine in full solar circumstances in my unobstructed windowsill.


On Sep 28, 2015, ezinsser from Alberton,
South Africa (Zone 9b) wrote:

The fruits of the Amantungulu or Groot Noem-Noem (the Afrikaans identify, presumably from a Khoi language), makes a superb jam or jelly.
I visited San Diego in 2012 and picked a fruit on a hedge in La Jolla and sourced 12 seeds which germinated.


On Jul 11, 2014, babyprep from Homestead, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

Simply ordered some seeds from Indonesia the place they in all probability have not been hybridized… Will this work?


On Mar 12, 2013, jocy1220 from Las Pinas,
Philippines wrote:

This plant has all the time being utilized in our nation as decorative crops along with plumbago; i seldomly water it, round as soon as each 2 days and loves the solar. This morning, after 5 years on our backyard, i seen the plumlike fruit of it and was hesitant to choose it up at first as i do know there are toxic berries round. So i searched through the web and boy I used to be so glad to have discovered it right here in your web site. And sure, the aroma of the flowers are very addicting – like jasmine. I nonetheless do not know if i might style the fruit…


On Jun 5, 2012, edric from Oak Hill, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

there’s a number of folks rising these simply south of Daytona bch. FL, they survived three nights at 25 levels, and my brother has them, (got here with the home after they purchased it 15 years in the past), they’re doing nice produce numerous fruit, and in addition survived three nights at 25 levels, they have to dry out totally in between waterings, as soon as totally grown, full solar, water sparingly, Ed


On Could 8, 2011, MVE13 from Houston, TX wrote:

The thorns are horrible and the crops, whereas drought tolerant, by no means produced any fruits. Additionally not tolerant of any freezes. I lastly eliminated them from my backyard.


On Jan 16, 2011, hortulaninobili from St. Louis, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:

Carissa macrocarpa:

My rising area doesn’t permit rising Natal Plum outdoor all yr lengthy. Thus, I’ve grown this plant efficiently in a big container, moved outdoor in summer season and indoors in winter. I initially bought a small plant from Missouri Botanical Backyard a number of years in the past. Progress price is on common quick, particularly if an everyday watering and fertilizer schedule is maintained.

For indoor (predominantly for people residing in areas outdoors of reported hardiness zones) development, i.e., winter, up to now I all the time stored in an unheated however not freezing storage. This enables plant respiration and metabolism to sluggish to close dormancy. This in thoughts, with dry air, and plant rising in container, maintain a be careful the plant doesn’t dry out fully.
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In any other case, if correct consideration is afforded to it, one can create bonsai with it, a topiary, or a sturdy potted plant. Flowers in my expertise by no means too prolific, nor did fruits ever develop. Occasional aphids had been noticed on new development, however shortly destroyed by predatory wasps.


On Jun 28, 2010, leita from Rockport, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Natal plums are frequent in Rockport/Corpus landscapes and do certainly have small seeds–about 13 per fruit and the scale of a barely flattened BB –clustered within the middle of the fruit. Fairly to have a look at, pleasant aroma.


On Jun 10, 2009, coecase from Merritt Island, FL wrote:

My Natal Plum plant, grown from seed, is now producing important numbers of fruit. When vibrant crimson (ripe), I’m splitting them, eradicating the seeds, rinsing them, then drying them in my dehydrator. They dry properly and I like the style.
Who reported not grown from seed?
Who reported toxic?
Replace: 6/4/2014 My plant is so large and quick rising I’ll have it eliminated! I’ve stored it trimmed right down to about 10 toes excessive, however I imagine it could develop to twenty toes a minimum of! It’s loaded with nonetheless inexperienced fruit and has been for a number of years.
Invoice Case, Merrritt Island, FL


On Jun 15, 2008, goofybulb from Richland, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

Lovely, darkish inexperienced shiny leaves and jasmine-like starred flowers that unfold a candy jasmine-like scent, it’s used right here in Miami for landscaping. One can maintain it potted (like me) with the identical success. It might probably present a pure thief-repelling fence, as a consequence of its sturdy thorns and the pure bushiness. It may be simply rooted from cuttings, and it isn’t fussy in regards to the soil both. It efficiently survives the humidity of the South Florida local weather, and it does not thoughts the rain, so long as the soil has drainage.
So if “you need a jasmine” however you may have a brown thumb, here is your alternative!


On Could 7, 2007, Lonne99 from Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

My Natal plum appears to benefit from the heavy rains we’ve been experiencing right here in Houston, regardless of the actual fact it’s alleged to desire a drier local weather; the truth is, it blooms extra when its toes are moist.


On Mar 18, 2007, Bairie from Corpus Christi, TX (Zone 10a) wrote:

I’ve identified the natal plum for about 25 years, since I moved to Corpus Christi. It is used extensively right here in public locations and in non-public yards. I’ve by no means seen it get invasive. I purchased two for the yard the place I moved to in December (07). The yard is usually shade, so I’ve chosen timber and shrubs which are shade tolerant and can be utilized for wildlife shelter or meals. I hope the natal plums will produce in mild shade, but when it does not it can make a great shelter for the birds that make their nests in impenetrable (to canines,and so forth.) shrubs. I am attempting to draw mocking birds–I like them. I am utilizing native crops and some naturalized ones–it’s a big yard and I need a Texas wildscape! Any ideas are welcome.


On Could 24, 2005, brugmansialover from Santa Maria, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

I’ve all the time cherished Natal Plum… I just lately bought a Natal Plum known as “Fancy” It has grown very nicely over the previous few months, it is vitally quick! It is going to get tall to, about 5 toes! I fertilize it about each different week… And it does reply nicely to that! It blooms so superbly and simply pops out fruit like loopy!!! I wanted one thing in my again yard, the place there’s an open space going from my yard to the road… Now ive been in search of one thing to maintain trespassers out of my yard… I’m always telling folks to get out.. I considered every part, however I wanted one thing that may discourage them, and make them suppose twice.. Properly the Natal Plum does that… quickly it will likely be sufficiently big to fill the void, between my backyard and the road, after which nobody will need to attempt to trespass, its… learn extra


On Nov 13, 2004, NativePlantFan9 from Boca Raton, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

A home subsequent to our home has numerous it within the entrance and a few across the aspect and/or within the again. At first, I did not know what sort of plant it was. I seen that it had very sweet-smelling, perfume-like white flowers that smelled very very like jasmine (That is what I assumed the plant was at first). It additionally has sharp thorns or tips about the leaves – OUCH! It was very interesting-looking and it grew as a big, thicket-forming spiny bush or giant shrub. Earlier than I came upon that it was really a plant clled the Natal Plum right here and on the ISB Atlas of Florida Vascular Crops, I noticed that it was displaying a small, apple-like fruit that I did not know was edible so I did not style it. Now it’s displaying a few of these fruits once more. It’s considerably invasive right here in my south Florida space in zone 1… learn extra


On Aug 28, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma Metropolis, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Natal plum prefers a sandy, well-drained soil. It responds nicely to shut pruning and is definitely stored at any measurement. Lots of the cultivars tend to provide branches that revert to the species traits, so it could be essential to prune incessantly to stop the cultivar from reverting fully.

Natal plum does greatest and produces essentially the most flowers (very aromatic, by the way in which) when positioned in full solar, but it surely tolerates partial shade.


On Jul 8, 2004, LynneSun from Cape City,

Carissa is indigenous to South Africa & particularly KwaZulu-Natal, the place its frequent identify is Amatumgulu (Zulu). KwaZulu is a subtropical area and Carissa is extremely hardy so it ought to develop like a bomb wherever with the same local weather.


On Jul 7, 2004, punaheledp from Kailua, HI (Zone 11) wrote:

My mom had one, grown as a small tree (she stored it for the birds, they appreciated it) and one in all her neighbors had a low hedge (positively impenetrable!) White star-like flowers present properly towards darkish inexperienced folliage. Sure, the fruit is edible. If I may have every part I like in my yard I would have this.


On Could 6, 2004, WalterT from San Diego, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

Have by no means heard earlier than that plant is toxic and Sundown Western Backyard e-book doesn’t point out it. I’ve been consuming the fruit for 70 years. It’s scrumptious when darkish crimson and totally ripe. There are thornless varieties accessible. Likes full solar and doesn’t tolerate a lot frost. WTH – San Diego


On Could 5, 2004, purrforlove from Laguna Seaside, CA wrote:

The thorns are very lengthy (3/4″ – 1″, 1.5cm. – 2 cm.) and powerful! I trimmed a natal plum bush and did not sweep up my driveway nicely sufficient – subsequently drove over a two-pronged set of thorns; discovered a thorn lodged in a tire on my automotive….it punctured the sidewall and I needed to get a brand new tire!!! These bushes are evil! Nice for an impenetrable hedge, I suppose.


On Apr 1, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Spiny plant- nice hedge plant, particularly for areas you don’t need somebody to undergo. Simply groomed into about any form you need. Very generally used as such in Southern California- see it all around the malls and public landscaping areas. Flowers produce an exquisite jasmine-like scent that was one of many first plant smells I really appreciated, lengthy earlier than I ever thought I would be focused on crops.

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