With cherry-like fruit, 65 times more vitamin C than oranges, attractive glossy green leaves and fruit that can be produced up to three times a year in warm climates, this plant should be more widely grown. Grow as a hassle-free indoor plant or outside in frost-free areas. If planting outside, give it some shelter from the wind.
Our cutting grown Acerola cherries require a full sun, frost free position in well drained soil with a neutral pH. They are a shallow rooted plant and require mulching and protection from wind. They are an evergreen shrub however will revert to a deciduous habit when water stressed. They require adequate supplementary watering during flowering and fruiting and in tropical climates may fruit many times a year. Acerola cherries are well suited as pot specimens and hedge very well. While they are partially self pollinating, hand pollinating will increase yield as they are oil rather than nectar producing and have limited appeal to most insects. Tip prune when young to encourage a bushy framework and prune lightly after harvest. Their tart fruit is valuable as a vitamin C source eaten raw, used in preserves or desserts. Fruit should be handled with care and eaten within a day or two of picking.