ABOUT MAKOK / SPANISH PLUM / CIRUELO
Spondias Mombin – FAST, grows up to 6 feet per season. Cream colored, fragrant flowers precede the clusters of deliciously tasty fruit. Translucent juicy pulp clings to the white center stone. Fruit is frequently stewed with sugar and eaten or made into ice creams and jams. Stately and erect the Makok Plum grows to sixty five feet tall with a slightly buttressed trunk. This popular worldly tropical is also known as spanish plum, gully plum, coolie plum, mope, cajá, taperebá, ambaló, jobo, hog plum, uvos, mango ciruelo, ashanti plum, iyeye, yeye, hug plum, true mombin, golden apple, java plum, ambaralla, omora, ambado, ambazham, junglee aam, nkunia guenguere kunansieto and mangotin in other countries.
These are very healthy starter trees with well established root systems.
Please note: Leaves are often trimmed prior to shipping to reduce transpiration and travel stress. The growth rate of Spondias Mombin will vary greatly depending on season, soil type, sunlight, temperature and other factors. Always changing!
MAKOK PLUM CARE
Spondias Mombin are very easy to grow tropical fruiting trees that and seem to grow best when neglected. They add a wonderful accent to any outdoor space, garden or patio. In very cold zones a containerized Spondias Mombin can be brought inside for the winter months. Most will survive a very light frost and quickly return to normal in spring. In the northern end of their grow zone Spondias Mombin trees should be brought indoors or protected during the winter months.
When you receive your new tree, there is no need to worry about planting right away. Your new tree can be stored for a while by simply placing it in a bucket with about a half inch of water in the bottom and moving it a shady location. You can then add some mulch to the bucket to keep your Spondias Mombin standing straight. The mulch will also supply nutrients while in storage. This will give you plenty of time to select the ideal location for your Spondias Mombin.
Most gardeners don’t realize that Spondias Mombin trees grow very well in patio containers. Allow enough room for growth generally a 18″ to a 30″ diameter, 14″ deep container will suffice. Remember the looser the roots, the taller and healthier your tree will be. When the tree becomes root bound its growth will slow. At that point it is time for a larger pot.
Spondias Mombin enjoy well drained but moist, rich organic mix. Remember try to stay away from wet, mucky soils.
To help establish your new tree, fertilize sparingly, biannually with a slow time release 15-5-10. Unfertilized they will tend to grow very slowly. WARNING – The heavy salts in cheaper fertilizers may damage the roots thus killing the tree.
GROW ZONE & LIGHT
Best outdoors if grown in zone 9b-11, find your zone here. This tree requires 85-100% sunlight. Depending on your location full sun is best. The patio zone is 4b-11 which means the potted tree will flourish over the summer months in this zone but must be brought inside for the winter months. (avoid frost)
BEFORE YOU PLANT OUTDOORS
Here at Kens Nursery these trees are grown under 20-40% shade cloth. If you plant directly in full sun you may experience leaf burn. It is best to acclimate this tree to its environment by keeping it outside and slowly moving it into a sunny area over a week or two to avoid stress before planting.
WHAT IS THE SHIPPING SIZE
All trees for sale will vary in size. In the spring, trees are often smaller than trees shipped in the fall. Kens new, reusable, recyclable deep cells are 7 inches deep and 2.5 inches in diameter. Products growing in these cells are easy to transplant and allow for deeper, faster growth and are designated with a (-7). The color and style of these pots may vary. If we are out of a particular size item, we may ship a larger size at no additional charge. You can see the various pot sizes and actual trees ready to ship. (click-here)
Note: Before leaving, trees are inspected, watered, pruned if necessary and topped to 36″ to facilitate shipping. Your new tree is then bagged to keep the soil moist, to ensure that the soil stays in the pot and not loose in the box. Then your tree is tissue or kraft paper wrapped and secured in place with natural biodegradable peanuts. You will be pleased.
You may want to buy Spondias Mombin online now while they are in stock.