Garden Berries

May 29, 2012
A bit tempermental
Easy to Grow 2.5
EarlyMaturity 2.5

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I live in Orlando FL, zone 9. I planted all 10 seeds in jiffy pots and they all germinated within 5 days. It took them a couple of weeks to grow about 5-6" long as thin vines having small leaves. I transplanted them along my wooden fence except for one. All of the vines transplanted well and started growing. Soon, they reached about 3' long and I was training them toward the fence. (they are slow growers) One day I noticed 5 of them starting to wilt. By the end of the day they were completely wilted with no signs of pests. The soil around them was moist, so they were not lacking water. The other vines continued to grow. In my area they seem to like only about 4 hours of direct sunlight, or filtered light. The 5 that survived are partially shaded by some 8' tall papaya trees and they seem to be doing just fine. One of them in particular is an aggressive climber. In addition to shielding them from direct sunlight, I suspect they might not like too much water. They also might be susceptible to disease. I still don't know why half of them died. I put one of the survivors in a pot, and it is doing just as well as the ones in the ground. Next season I might just plant all of them in pots so I can move them around to the ideal growing spots.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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