How to Grow Acai Berry

Overview

Acai berries grow on a tropical palm tree. In their native rain forest habitat, these palms can be 100 feet tall. The acai berry is touted as an antioxidant and is believed to have a wide range of health benefits. For that reason, acai berries and foods and drinks prepared using the acai berry tend to be rather pricey. It is possible to grow your own acai berries, especially if you live in a somewhat tropical climate, such as south Florida or Hawaii. If you do not live in a tropical environment, you will need to create such an environment through the use of a greenhouse in order to grow an acai palm.

Step 1

Prepare planting trays with a mixture of two parts peat moss and one part organic fertilizer. Mix well. Crush two handfuls of pine needles into small pieces and then mix those into your planting soil. This will produce a very rich and acidic mixture, which is what your acai berries thrive on.

Step 2

Dampen the soil well. Make certain that the soil can drain, but keep it very moist.

Step 3

Soak your acai berries in warm water for at least 24 hours before planting. Plant your acai seeds a half inch deep and cover with the rich acidic soil you created. Dampen the soil again, making certain the seeds are wet, but keep the soil drained so the seeds are not under water.

Step 4

Cut a clean 2-liter soda bottle lengthwise. Place one half of the bottle over the seeds you have planted so that the bottle forms a small greenhouse.

Step 5

Place your soda bottle greenhouse with its acai seeds under a grow light. Keep the light close to the bottle so that the temperature inside the greenhouse is 80 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Leave the light on for 10 hours each day. Make certain that the acai berries are kept in an area that is at least 72 F at all times. Water frequently.

Step 6

Look for red spikes to germinate after two to three weeks, followed shortly by green leaves.

Things You'll Need

  • Acai berries
  • Peat moss
  • Organic fertilizer
  • Pine needles
  • Planting trays
  • Grow lights
  • 2-liter soda bottles

References

  • Growing Instructions for Acai
  • How to Grow Acai Berries
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Larry Parr has been a full-time professional freelance writer for more than 30 years. For 25 years he wrote cartoons for TV, everything from SMURFS to SPIDER-MAN.