Miracle Berry

miracle-fruit-3308With the Miracle Berry get ready to enjoy lovely white flowers and the incredible fruit that aptly gave it the name it so deserves.  What else would you call a fruit that seems to make everything you eat taste sweet? Even lemons!

Location:  Place your Miracle Fruit in a location with filtered sunlight, or partial shade.  Choose a decorative container and place it next to a sunny window in your favorite room.  When the weather warms up, move your Miracle Berry outdoors as long as temperatures remain above 50 degrees.  Provide rich soil, with lots of organic matter and watch this Miracle perform.

Planting Instructions:

  • Plant your Miracle Berry in a container that contains acidic soil.  Aim for a pH of around 5.0.
  • Make sure the pot allows for good drainage.
  • Do not let the plant sit in wet soil.
  • Do not over-water the plant.  Make sure the surface soil is dry to the touch before adding more water.
  • Add a water soluble fertilizer and follow the product directions. Use sparingly but increase frequency in the summer months.
  • Try to achieve an environment close to your Miracle Berry’s native tropical climate.  Increase humidity around the plant as necessary. This can be done by misting the leaves once a week with a water spray bottle or plant mister.
  • When the roots take up the entire container it’s time to transplant your Miracle Berry. Move the plant into a slightly larger container using more soil to fill in the extra space. Make sure the plant remains at the same depth it was in the previous container.

Watering:  The key here is not to overwater, which can lead to root rot and other problems.  Be sure that your soil dries between watering the plant.

Fertilization:  Miracle Fruit plants will accept a whole host of fertilizers and if the proper Ph is accomplished will do well.  Apply to recommended levels on the packaging.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPests:  Scale can be a common challenge but is easily controlled.  A simple remedy is to use a mixture containing 10 drops of dish soap in 2 cups of water.   Add some cinnamon extract and bye bye scale.

Tips:

  • Miracle Fruit also does best in humid conditions, so avoid dry-air conditions when possible. A clear plastic bag placed over the plant can help maintain a suitable humidity level if the ambient humidity is low.
  • Flowering and fruiting will increase by ensuring soil contains an acidic mixture of half sphagnum peat moss and half perlite.
  • Dress the area above the rootball of the Miracle Berry with an acid-forming mulch like pine bark or coffee grounds at a depth of 1 to 4 inches.