Cultivation and Uses
USDA hardiness zones: 9b-11. Young plants need protection below
32°F. Older plants may be hardy to 20°F.
Chill hours: None.
Heat tolerant: Yes.
Sun: Full sun to light shade.
Drought tolerant: Yes, but less so at higher temperatures.
Water after becoming established: Deep water weekly when fruiting.
Use ring dike irrigation. The soil must be dry 2" deep before watering again. Do not over-water.
Containers need more frequent irrigation.
Soil: Well drained, moderate to high organic content, pH 6.1-6.5
Fertilize: Use an organic fertilizer. This plant is salt sensitive.
Mulch: Yes, to provide moisture retention and reduce heat stress.
Spacing: Place 6' apart when grown for fruit harvesting and given
a severe winter pruning.
Planting: Can be grown in large containers and moved indoors in
First Year Care: Protect from freezing.
Prune: Severe early-winter pruning to a 3-4' height improves
productivity. Flowers appear on new growth.
Litter: Leaf drop in late fall to early winter.
Propagation: Layering is very successful. Seeds are, at most,
50% successful at producing a normal seedling. Cuttings are very difficult to root.
Uses: Edible fruit. The leaves are used as an animal fodder.
The flexible wood has many uses. The bark is used for soap and the bark fiber for making rope.
Widely grown in Asia and sold in farmer's markets and by street vendors.
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