Growing Guide: Star Fruit, Bilimbi

Plant Type
Tropical / Subtropical Evergreen Fruit Tree

Harvest Season
Winter, Spring, Year-round
Star fruit and Bilimbi 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.

Self-Fertile
Yes

Growth Rate
Medium 

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

Propagation
Large Pot Size: Grafted and ready to produce within 1-2 years.
X-Large Pot Size: Grafted and ready to produce within 1 year.


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