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How to Grow a Star Fruit Tree

By Greg Lindberg ; Updated September 21, 2017

Star fruits are a type of fruit that grow on carambola trees, which are native to India and can grow up to 30 fett tall. The tree produces fruit that is has a texture like an apple but more sweet when once it’s fully ripe. The fruit gets its name due to when you slice it in half a star shape appears on each half. The trees typically bear fruit between January and February, and the fruits can be picked off in the summer once they are ripe or have fallen off. Also, the flowers will turn into fragrant purple blooms that are specifically appealing to the eye.

Plant the seedling in an area where there is plenty of sunlight and no shade. Dig a hole that is no bigger the 6 inches deep and place the seedling in the hole so that the root ball is at soil level. Cover the soil seedling with the soil you dug up and pack it down tightly.

Water the seedling immediately using 1 cup of water. Water three to four times a week or whenever the soil is exceedingly dry. Make sure to only water the soil so that is moist at least 1 inch deep.

Tie a thin stake to the growing stem to keep it growing upright and to make sure it stays thin as well. You can purchase such stakes for growing trees at your local garden store. Make sure that it’s tied tightly so that it cannot be removed by wind or animals.

Fertilize at the beginning of each season using 3-1-2 ratio fertilizer. Spread the fertilizer around the seed bed that is at least a 1-inch layer. The fertilizer will help to insure your tree's growth and prevent disease.

Stop watering in the winter when the seedling is dormant. Also, resist from pruning the tree as pruning can result in dead wood that does not re-sprout. Fruit can bloom after 2 years of planting.


Things You Will Need

  • Shovel
  • Stake
  • 3-1-2 ratio fertilizer