First time in NZ!! Our variety came directly from our own orchard in Malaysia and is called Honeyed Star. They offer an extra-large fruit with a juicy sweet taste similar to a sweet tangy pineapple juice. Honeyed Star is also self-fertile to you only need one plant to fruit.
One thing you can't fail to notice about the carambola: it is star shaped. Which accounts for its other name of star fruit. And it's a star anyway thanks to its lovely taste. The green to yellow skin hides a colourless, transparent flesh that is bursting with flavour: deliciously fresh and mildly sweet. The skin is edible.
We know exactly where you can find the best carambolas: in Malaysia!! They are larger than varieties grown elsewhere in the world. When you harvest your carambola, don't worry about the sour aroma. The fruit will continue to ripen naturally in the fruit bowl.
The plant you get will be a seedling 6 months old, approx. 20-30cm above the soil.
More than 6 hours of direct bright sunlight a day
Before watering poke your finger/plain small stick into the soil to check the moisture.
Water when topsoil (1-2 inches) feels dry to touch.
Water thoroughly in the summer and reduce watering in winter and rainy season.
The soil should be well-drained and fertile, rich in organic content for growing plants.
Grow well in the pH range of 6.5 to 7.5
During the main growing season September-March feed the plant with organic fertilizer. Citrus and Fruit fertiliser can be used as well.
Can tolerate a reasonable wind but young plants need protection cover to establish.
Frost tender. Young plants need to be covered.
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