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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

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Growing Mamey:

  • 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.

Harvesting Mamey:

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  • 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!

Happy Planting!

How to Grow a Mamey Tree

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