Growing Guide: Carambola

Plant Type
Tropical / Subtropical Evergreen Fruit Tree

Harvest Season
Winter, Spring, Year-round
Carambola will bloom and fruit throughout most of the year, but will prominently flower from late Spring to Fall and fruit Winter through Spring.

Mature Size
7-30 ft

Soil & Moisture
Well-drained, high fertility and good moisture-holding capacity; High nitrogen demands. Regular watering throughout the first year and throughout flowering and fruiting season.

Light Requirements
Full Sun, Part Shade, Shade
Prefers part shade or filtered light but will thrive in a variety of light conditions from full sun to shade.


Growth Rate

Zone Hardiness
Outdoors 9-11; Patio/Greenhouse 4+
Star Fruit is easy to grow in a container and can thrive in a large pot. In the colder months, until well-established, Star Fruit trees may lose their leaves, so they could be overwintered indoors if temperatures reach below freezing.  Prune Carambola trees in late winter.

Grafted and ready to produce within 1-2 years.

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