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The Barbados cherry or the Malpighia emarginata plant is a small evergreen shrub that grows up to a height of 2 to 3 metres. It belongs to the family Malpighiaceae. It is widely grown in the tropical and subtropical regions of the world for as a fruit-bearing shrub that spreads its branches on a small trunk.
The Malpighia emarginata is famously known as the Barbados cherry plant. It hails from the Malpighiaceae family.
The Barbados cherry plant is widely cultivated in the tropical and subtropical regions of the world. It is considered as a native to West Indies or Central America.
The bushy plant produces round cherry like fruit which has a high content of Vitamin C.
The Barbados Cherry plant is fairly easy to grow and to maintain.
The plant should be grown in a sheltered area if a temperate region is chosen for plantation.
The plant grows well when a temperature of 30 degrees Fahrenheit and average room humidity is maintained.
The Barbados cherry can grow up to a maximum height of 11 feet or 6 metres.
The Barbados Cherry plant should be exposed to full sun for perfect growth.
However, the plant also grows well if it is planted in a region that receives partial shade.
The Barbados cherry has moderate water requirements.
The plant should be watered thoroughly and proper gaps should be maintained between subsequent watering.
The top 2.5 inches of soil should be always allowed to dry after watering the plant.
Any organic fertiliser can be applied to the Barbados cherry.
The perfect time for the application of fertilisers is during the onset of spring, just before new growth appears.
The fruit is edible and is widely consumed because of a high content of Vitamin C.
It is also used as a flavouring agent for ice cream, juices and cocktails.
The fresh fruit is believed to be a cure for fever and dysentery.