Garcinia cambogia, also known as gambooge, grindleberry or Malabar tamarind, is a tropical evergreen tree. The trees grow naturally in India and Asia and produce sweet, pumpkin-shaped fruits. The fruits, in turn, produce resin that is used as an appetite suppressant in alternative medicine. The fruits themselves also add flavor and spice to Asian and Indian dishes. If you want to grow this tropical tree for yourself, do so in a large pot and keep the tree indoors for temperature control.
Start the Garcinia cambogia tree in spring for warmth and sunshine. Prepare a heavy 20-gallon pot with drainage holes for long-term growing. These trees reach over 10 to 15 feet in height, even in pots.
Mix your own potting soil with 1 part garden or potting soil to 1 part organic compost. These trees hail from rainforests and require the rich, crumbly and moist foundation of that environment. Lay 2 inches of gravel in the bottom of the pot, then fill the pot two-thirds full of potting mixture. Don't use soil from the garden, as it may bring weeds and disease into the pot.
Set the Garcinia cambogia tree's roots on the soil and pack more potting mixture over and around them. Plant the tree up to its crown and leave at least 3 inches of space between the soil surface and the top of the pot.
Put the tree in a site with full, bright sun and temperatures of 70 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. These trees prefer hot, humid weather. Water the tree with 3 to 4 inches of water every week and spray the tree with water at every watering to maintain good humidity. Keep the tree outdoors during the height of summer but move it into the protection of the house well before any frost occurs.
Things You Will Need
- 20-gallon pot
- Organic compost
- Garden loam/potting soil
- Spray bottle
- Garcinia cambogia fruit grows during the summer and attains yellow, red or purple coloration at maturity. This fruit is not edible raw, and requires baking and cooking.
- Any fruiting tree requires at least 3 years of growth to produce its first fruit.
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