The Amazing Miracle Fruit
Here you will find information on growing and propagating miracle fruit plants.
Propagation of Miracle Fruit Trees
Here is a miracle fruit seedling that spent several months growing in this deep citrus growing pot. The seedling put most of its energy into the development of its tap root.
Most growers propagate miracle fruit from seed so some variation exists. A seedling will produce fruit in almost all cases and we have yet to find a seedling that matured and did not fruit.
We offer plants produced from cuttings of superior mother plants and also propagate from seed. Our mother plants bear heavy fruit containing the highest concentration of the protein Miraculin.
You can grow your miracle fruit tree from a seed. Seeds must be fresh! To grow miracle fruit seedlings you can scatter (sow) your miracle fruit seeds right after enjoying them. Simply grab a handful and spread them on the surface of a container filled with damp potting mix. Cover them lightly with potting soil.
You can also plant seeds in one gal containers using one or two seeds per pot. Your success rate will generally be very high. Start them out during the spring or summer. Grow them indoors in winter using fluorescent grow lights.Try planting many seeds together. Set the seeds two inches away from each other around the perimeter of a 3 gallon container. Don't forget to use all the space in the container. The Idea is to create a pattern planting, working in towards the center of the container. When your seedlings are a few inches tall gently poke them out with a finger or two and transplant them to one gal pots. We like a mix of coconut fiber (coir) and pine bark conditioner with added perlite.
Try a 1,1,1 ratio for the mix. You can substitute peat for coir if you can't find the coir. Be sure to use a high quality horticultural coir that has been rinsed of all salt residues.Trust me not all coir sold is free of salt residues. Coconuts and the (coir) fibers are often washed and soaked at the shore line on a beach.
While your miracle fruit seed is germinating it is busy sending down a very long tap root (see photo top of page). Most of the time people give up and toss out the pots with actual germinating seeds. Have patience and keep them warm. Many times the seeds are planted and over watered till they rot or emerge and dampen off.
You might toss out your little seedlings if you don't look at them carefully. The tiny little plant emerges as a thin hair follicle and later the first leaves emerge. Now when the first set of leaves emerge it's critical to keep the leaves moist. Don't let the wind beat up and dry out those little miracle fruit leaves!
A seedling that is less than eight inches tall could be a year old. When planting seeds the germination can take up to 16 weeks. In general these plants are very slow growers.
Click here to download our PDF file on growing Miracle Fruit Trees.
As an indoor plant, provide it with bright light
(not strong direct sunlight) such as a well lit window. In the summer the plant can be moved outside to a warm, lightly shaded spot. While indoors your plant will grow best if kept moist and occasionally misted to keep a little humidity around it. Be sure to use an acid based fertilizer because they love an average pH of 5.5. We recommend Organikthrive ™