SUPER RARE ♥♥ ARCTIC PATAGUA ♥♥ EXOTIC TROPICAL FRUIT ♥ SNOW OKAY ♥ MINI ♥ ORGANIC HEIRLOOM
This is the rarest and very much sought after FROST-hardy variety
(tolerates brief frost down to -8C even with snow ) of already very rare
Native Patagonian Patagua (Andean Highlands).
Lilac-Velvet – Mini tree.
Amazing fuzzy blooms in hues from
Abundant Bright golden fruits
boast Unparalleled MOST EXOTIC TROPICAL flavours all blended in luminescent golden pulp.
In South America the wonderful mixture of
Maracuya, Starfruit, Guanabana, Pineapple and Mangosteen in it’s flavour
made it a highly valued – and Expensive!-Delicacy.
Just make sure it has plenty of water, good drainage, full sun or part shade and Exotic Delicious Harvest, 2-3 times a year in (sub) tropics is guaranteed!
- Bushy Shrub, averaging 1.5 mtrs and up to 2.3 mtrs tall.
- Perennial, average life span 5-7 yrs.
- Germination for Arctic Patagua can be expected between 20 and 40 days, sometimes up to 6 months, depending on germination conditions. Best germination temperatures: 15-25C.
- Growth is rapid. Under favourable conditions, flowers and fruit set occurs about 6 months from planting out.
- Spacing in the field would need to be 1.8m each way.
- Frost tolerant, due to it’s native range of high reaches of Patagonean Andes – up to 2000 mtrs over sea level.Established plants can tolerate brief frost/snow down to -8C. Does well during shortened Light days. (e.g. Subarctic winters in greenhouse) Deciduous – looses leaves during winter. Should be covered with plastic/cloth/hay if periods of heavy frost are expected.
- Fruiting temperatures: +8 to +32C, prefers humid constant temperatures between 10 to 25°C throughout the year.
- Does well in pots.
- Soil: any with good drainage. Sandy, stony, limey OK, but not clay.Likes organic matter (e.g. compost) and can handle aged manure fertilizing.
- Sun: (sub)Tropics: filtered direct or semi-shade. Cooler zones: direct.
- Needs stalking? – No.
Water: medium to large demands. Keep moist at all times but do not over-water.
- Typical concerns: Root nematodes. Solution: Mexican Vitality Grass or at least True French Marigolds are a must nearby; Root rot due to overwatering in cool months. Solution: ensure good drainage. Reduce watering in winter. If soil heavy/clay/poorly drained, plant in Raised Garden Bed minimum 30 cm high over surface.
Plants exhibit colour variations from one individual to another.Particularly blooms can open Chrystal white to royal blue, on the same plant in different seasons.However Arctic Patagua can always be easily recognized by the characteristic bright purple colour of new growth, veins, undersides of adult leaves and buds.
Fruits are velvety-fuzzy when unripe.Upon full ripeness, the fuzz is easily wiped off.gently wash fruit with a cloth under running water. Ripe fruit is bright orange in colour.
Fruit is sensational in jams, jellies, chutneys, sorbets, and fruit salsas. Other parts of the plant should not be eaten.
Especially for BEGINNER GARDENERS, I strongly recommend the following :
1. Pre-Soaking in weak black tea. All seeds germinate better when soaked for 24 hours in a saucer with weak black tea (to kill off possible fungus or micro pest larvae). The tea should be changed in 12 hours for a fresh one.
If you can, use rain water and just add a few drops of your tea into it. Tap water is often too hard for seeds.
2. Keep them WARM (not hot!) in MINI-GREENHOUSE box. Most seeds require warm temperatures to germinate.
You can use a 10 ltr , or better yet, 60 ltr (less chance of fungus) TRANSPARENT plastic box as a mini-greenhouse.
A great place for your germination box is on top of your fridge’s “warm spot” – touch the upper surface of the fridge, usually by the door – it is warmed up a few times a day bu running engine.
Any other spot that is constantly reliably warm, is a great choice, too.
fill with a few teaspoons of a good organic potting mix and on top a spoonful of seed raising mix.
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Wet the soil so that it’s moist but not soaking, close the box and
normally you do not need to water again until germination.
Still check every few days and if the soil does not stick to your finger when you tap it – add a few drops of water. If yor carton punnet seems to get fungus, it is a good indicatior you are overwatering. Take the lid of in a warm environment for a few hours, and try to put the drops of water in the centre of punnet, where the seed is, not on the carton sides. Does not hurt to lightly spray with eco-fungicide (if no gemination yet – young sdeedlings too tender for the spray yet).
Once germination occurred (at least for majority of punnets) – put the germination box into a light spot, but not direct sunlight.
Young seedlings are very delicate, so transparent walls of your 60 L box will
protect them from winds and sudden changes of temperatures.
Keep the lid loosely on for a few days and then take it off.
Most plants at the 4 true leaf stage are ready to be transplanted
(right with the carton punnet: when slightly wetted a few minutes before planting they are easily detachable)
4. Most seeds DO NOT need light to germinate.
(Exception: strawberries, passion fruit)
A no-direct-sun corner of your patio is a perfect spot for your germination box.
NEVER put germination punnets or young seedlings into direct sun – they will just cook.
If you want to harden seedlings before planting into garden bed,