Star Fruit 'Arkin' (Averrhoa carambola)

Star Fruit 'Arkin' (Averrhoa carambola)

Regular price $49.95
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Arkin Star Fruit (Averrhoa carambola) is a hybrid product of stock-market discipline and tropical-fruit enthusiasm. This star fruit tree was hybridized by Morris Arkin, a Washington, D.C. native stockbroker who retired into the fruitful world of horticulture. In reaping the benefits of homegrown life, the Arkin Star Fruit was born.

Averrhoa carambola is an evergreen tropical shrub with woody, drooping branches. It makes a great ornamental addition to a home landscape, ticking all of the boxes for a plant that’s useful and good looking. Compared to other Carambola fruit trees, this star fruit variety is praised for being easy to grow, and producing tasty, abundant crops. Some gardeners prefer to use extra soil nutrients that make fruit sweeter when it’s time to harvest them. Averrhoa carambola are the epitome of sensitive plants, reeling back like mimosas at the sensation of touch, and rarely flowering or fruiting if temperatures get too chilly. The ideal Star fruit growing temperature is between 70 and 80 degrees. In a tropical climate, you can reap the rewards of star fruit trees year-round, when rosy flowers give way to the 5-sided star fruits. Fruits are in the prime when they ripen on the tree to a yellow-orange color. Enjoy this sweet star fruit variety fresh, in combination with other fruits and desserts, or as a garnish for tropical-themed dishes.  

Star Fruit is easy to grow in a container and can thrive in a large pot. In the colder months they may loose their leaves, so they should be overwintered indoors if temperatures reach below freezing.

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How to Grow Star Fruit

Plant Type: Tropical Fruit Tree

Harvest Season: Early Summer - Spring, with peaks in fruit production Aug-Sept and Dec-Feb.

Mature Size: Mature trees grow to about 30 ft.

Soil & Moisture: Rich, organic, well-draining soil with regular watering during Summer and drier Winter months.

Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun

Zone Hardiness: 9-11 


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