If you’ve never heard of the mamey fruit, you’re not alone! This tropical fruit is not well known in North America, but it is a very popular tree especially in the Caribbean. The mamey fruit is a round, brown fruit that is about 4-8 inches across. It’s extremely aromatic with an orange colored flesh that tastes like an apricot or raspberry. The tree looks a lot like a magnolia tree and can reach up to 75 feet in height. Looking to learn how to grow a mamey tree? If so, you need to live in a tropical or near tropical region in order for this tree to grow!
How to Grow a Mamey Tree – Gardening Guide
- As mentioned above, if you’re interested in growing mamey trees, you need to live in a tropical or near tropical climate.
- You can also grow a mamey tree in a greenhouse but keep in mind that it grows quite tall so you’ll need lots of room.
- The mamey tree is not too picky about the kind of soil you plant it in as long as you propagate the seeds.
- The seeds will take about two months to germinate.
- Cuttings or graftings can be used as well.
- Water the seedling on a regular basis and make sure it’s in a sunny spot.
- As long as your mamey tree is in a sunny and warm spot, it doesn’t need much care.
- The tree will take about 6-10 years to bear fruit.
- The mamey fruit is ready for harvest at different times, depending on where you live.
- For example in Barbados, the mamey fruit is ready for harvest in April, while in the Bahamas, it is ready for harvest in May through July.
- The fruit is ripe when a yellowing of the skin appears.
So now that you know how to grow a mamey tree, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get to planting!