One very satisfying experience you can have when you wake up in the morning is to pick some ripening fruits from your own trees. That’s exactly what we felt this morning (March 6, 2018) when we harvested a cluster of three full-sized balimbing (a.k.a. Carambola, Star Fruit) from our three-year-old tree growing in a medium-size rubberized container.
The fruits are sweet and juicy with very mild acidity. For many years now, we have been growing balimbing trees in containers and so many of our customers have done the same. We have two varieties we grow in our farm in Teresa, Rizal, both of which bear big fruits that are very nice to eat.
What is so good about balimbing is that it is so adaptable to container planting. Grafted planting materials will bear fruit as early as one year after planting. Provide a growing medium that is rich in organic matter that is well drained and then regularly fertilized with vermicast and inorganic complete (14-14-14) fertilizer.
When fruits develop, they should be bagged with paper or cloth bags to protect them from fruit flies.