As far a growing the plant, it seems to prefer a hot humid climate with indirect sunlight. It doesn’t like cold weather. During this past winter it got sickly looking with leaf burn on the tips of the leaves. I thought I might lose it. Once summer got underway it really perked up with a flush of new growth and starting blooming and is now setting fruit. The flowers are tiny little things that are barely visible. It looks nice and healthy now. So it must need the hot humid climate to thrive. The cardinal birds ate the fruit and seed so badly even before they were completely ripe that I moved it into my screened in patio so that I could get some fruit. It seems to be the perfect place for it.
UPDATE: Since I wrote that article my tree started a rapid decline. I could not figure out what was happening. Finally I got out a magnifying glass and looked at the stems and trunk since most of the leaves were falling off. I discovered a tiny brown scale the size of pin heads had covered all the branches and trunk. I had seen that, but thought it was part of the bark. Once I discovered what was happening I gave the plant an oil spray and a spray of Provado and got rid of the scale. The tree is slowly coming back, but it will probably be some time before I get fruit again. 6-17-2007
11/24/2007 I am trying to grow plants from seed again and I got several seeds to germinate and produce the first two leaves. Then I notice that the seedlings were losing their leaves, and I suspected snails at night. After several seedlings lost all their leaves, I got up one night at 2 AM and found a cut worm eating my miracle fruit seedlings. He is now history and I am hoping the two remaining seedlings will start to put on more leaves.
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