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Malpighia Emarginata Barbados cherry is an evergreen fruit-bearing small tree or shrub that spread branches while the trunk is short. The common names of this plant include Barbados cherry, acerola, wild crepe myrtle and West Indian cherry. The fruits of these plants are very nutritious and are good for health.
Malpighia Emarginata Barbados cherry belongs to the family of Malpighiaceae. It grows mainly in tropical regions. It is a native plant from Central America, Brazil, South America, Puerto Rico, Southern Mexico, Haiti and the Dominican Republic. However, now the plants are being grown in subtropical regions like India.
The plant requires very little care.
Watering must be done regularly and soil rich in organic matter and compost helps in the growth of this plant
The location where the plant is to be planted needs to be less windy, weed free and sunny.
The plant must be watered on a regular basis.
However, once the plant is fully grown up watering the plants must be reduced except when the condition is a drought.
The plants must also be watered when the fruits are just beginning to set in, in the plants in the blooming period.
Before planting the plant the soil must be dug up properly and it must be freed from debris and weeds.
After this amending the soil must be done by adding organic matter and compost to the soil as the plants grow well in soil rich in organic matter.
The plants also prefer slightly acidic or neutral soil.
The plant grows healthily under full sunlight.
However, temperature that is below the freezing point can really kill the plants and it grows well at an average temperature of thirty degrees Fahrenheit.
The peak time of blooming regarding this plant is the months between July and September and the flowers are pink in colour.
The plants grow to a height from four feet to eleven feet.
Any kind of organic fertilizers is good for the growth of these plants and fertilization must be done in spring before the appearance of new growth.
This plant is mainly used as a part of a nutritious diet due to the high level of nutrients present in it.
It is also grown as ornamental plants and in hedges.