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How to Grow Miracle Berry Plants

Updated: Sep 12, 2020


The miracle berry plant, also known as Synsepalumdulcificum, is a slow-growing shrub from Tropical West Africa. Once mature though, this shrub produces fruit throughout the year intermittently. The fruit it produces is the miracle berry, a small gumdrop-sized piece of magic that afterwards eaten turns everything that’s sour into sweet. A mature miracle berry plant will flower and fruit all year round. It produces fruit once it reaches two feet in height, and does so the most during summertime. Initially, when the fruits bear, they are small and green, but once they turn ripe, they turn into attractive red fruits that are about an inch long with a seed surrounded by fleshy pulp. You can ensure fruit production through hand pollination by shaking the leaves back and forth or by rubbing your hands through the branches when the plant is flowering.

What’s impressive about the miracle berry plant is that you can have a choice between growing it outdoors or indoors since it can also be a houseplant. When grown outdoors, its height can potentially reach about twenty feet when it hits maturity. When grown indoors, it only reaches about five feet in height, so the choice of location for it matters.

What’s needed to grow the miracle berry plant are the following: a bag of perlite, a bag of sphagnum peat moss, gibberellic acid united nuclear (optional), miracle fruit seeds, small pot (preferably biodegradable to protect roots during transplanting). Once all these requirements are gathered, these five easy steps should be followed:

MixtureMiracle fruit plants need an acidic environment (4.5-5.8pH), which is why peat and perlite will be used. Place an equal amount of peat and perlite in a small pot until full, for seed germination. Tip: place the ingredients in a larger container and shake them until fully mixed.

Plant the seedMiracle fruit plants usually germinate only around 24%, but this can be increased into 100% by using Gibberellic Acid. This is optional, but should you decide not to use it, you will need more seeds to ensure growth. With the peat mixture in the container, it can now be moistened. Push the seeds gently into it that it is just barely visible. Then afterwards, spray with gibberellic acid, once spritz for each seed. The soil must be kept moist and warm, which can be easily achieved by wrapping plastic over the pot to hold in humidity and warmth. Place in indirect sunlight.

RepottingOnce sprouts are attained, they will soon outgrow their birthplace, which means they will need to be transplanted. In a larger pot, put in more of the 50/50 mixture of peat and perlite in. Fill it and dig a hole for the transplanted sprouts. Transfer the sprout carefully, making sure not to damage the roots. Fill in the hole making sure the plant is level and soak with water to remove any air pockets.

WaitThe plant takes its precious time in growing but once it reaches a foot in height, that’s when it begins to fruit. In order to help speed up the process a bit, you can provide it with some blood meal (which provides nitrogen and will make the plant grow faster and healthier) and bone meal (which provides phosphorus with that aids in root development and blooming. It’s important to keep it moist, so it should be watered regularly. Since this plant originated from the rainforests of West Africa, it prefers the hot and humid, as it cannot tolerate the cold. A clear plastic bag over the entire plant can be helpful, as long as it does not get too hot as well.

Those are all the steps that need to be taken in order to grow your own miracle berry plant. It may be quite tricky, but it will surely be rewarding once achieved since miracle berries are so precious. The growing process does take some time before you can get ripe berries to enjoy. So while you wait for your own to grow, don’t miss out on the magic that this berry can provide. Buy our freeze-dried miracle berries now!


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