Now a question about star fruit -- how many on a small tree?

denninmi(8a)July 25, 2012

I have a 'Sri Kembangan' starfruit tree, potted. It is about 5 feet tall, and actually has a pretty nice, 4-5 foot spread, well branched with fairly pendant branches, quite attractive.

It budded quite nicely with the summer heat, all of the branches have flower clusters, some quite large, a few smaller.

All of the flower clusters seem to be setting a good amount of fruit, and they are only about 1/3 to 1/2 way through the blooming process, many buds left to open.

Will they naturally drop to a level the tree can support, or will I need to selectively thin them when they reach a certain size?

Also, if the fruit takes 60 to 75 days to ripen as indicated in online literature, they should ripen for me here before I need to take the tree in (mid-late October). Can anyone confirm that it takes about 60 to 75 days to ripen?

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I have the same tree and similar size in a 25 gallon pot. I never have to thin it out, the tree does that naturally. Here in south Florida they seems to grow and ripen quickly, probably no more than 60 days. I've got about ten medium sized fruits on it that will be ready next month.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2012 at 12:03AM
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Thanks! That's good to know. I'll just leave them alone and let nature do the work. It seems like almost every bud is developing at this point, and I see some kind of very tiny bee, about the size of a grain of rice, all over the flowers all the time -- must be something about it they find very attractive. It's kind of interesting to me that a bee species native to Michigan would be so attracted to a tree native to S. Asia that it's never encountered before.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2012 at 6:58AM
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I have a Kari, a Bell, and a Kajang, I let whatever they want to keep stay on the tree.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2012 at 11:25PM
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Probably hard to see, I only have a cheap little camera and it doesn't take very good photos:

    Bookmark   July 27, 2012 at 11:45PM
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Another photo, from a bit further away:

    Bookmark   July 27, 2012 at 11:47PM
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