Introduction: Growing Your Own Miracle Fruit - Synsepalum Dulcificum

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An attempt to help anyone willing to grow the exotic and highly rewarding Miracle Fruit.

Step 1: Means of Success

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What is Miracle Fruit you ask, well Miracle Fruit is a plant that produces somewhat tasteless red berries, HOWEVER, if someone where to eat the berry, then consume a sour substance ex. Lemon, Lime, Battery Acid(not recommended) it will taste like a deliciously sweet candy with no trace of sourness. Lemon juice will turn into lemonade, vinegar into nectar, etc. The effect can last half an hour to 2 hours, and does not impede any other part of your nervous system other than your taste buds and is in no way harmful.

You might have some of these on hand, others you may have to order such as the seeds

Bag of Perlite

Bag of Sphagnum Peat Moss

Gibberrelic Acid United Nuclear Not necessary but very helpful

Miracle Fruit Seeds (Check around if you live in South Florida because some nurseries carry the whole plant, otherwise here's where you can buy seeds Miracle fruit seeds

small pot (preferably a biodegradable one, to protect roots during transplanting) an egg container will also work. You may also use a Jiffy seed starter from a nursery. Follow the directions on the package

With all planting PATIENCE is needed

Step 2: Shaken Not Stirred

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For the seed to germinate it has to be placed in a medium and because Miracle Fruit plants need an acidic enviroment (4.5-5.8pH), we'll be using peat and perlite. Once you've obtained a small pot(s) for seed germination place an equal(50/50 amount of peat and perlite in the pot until full. I've always found placing the ingredients in a larger container and shaking them until completely mixed works faster and is less messy.

Step 3: Planting the Seed

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Miracle Fruits aren't notorious for their germination, only around 24% do, but we can increase these odds to nearly 100% by using Gibberelic Acid Whether or not you use it is up to you but if you don't you'll probably need more seeds.
With the peat mixture in the container it can now be moistened and the seeds pushed GENTLY into it so that its just barely visible, this would be the time to spray with gibberelic acid, one spritz for each seed should do.
You are going to want to keep the soil moist and warm, this is easily achieved by placing plastic wrap over the pot to hold in humidity and warmth. Place in indirect sunlight.

Step 4: Rooting Out

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Hopefully you've attained sprouts and if you haven't just remember that it can take a couple of weeks for the seed(s) to germinate. Once you have your sprouts they will soon outgrow their birth place and will need to be transplanted. To do this you will need more 50/50 mixture of peat/perlite and a pot, 1quart should be plenty big enough.
After you have the pot filled with the mixture, dig a hole for the transplanted sprouts.

Now carefully remove the sprout "package" and place it in the hole, being careful not to damage the roots.

Fill in the hole making sure the plant is level and soak with water to remove any air pockets.

Step 5: The Waiting Game

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This is the hardest part, waiting. The plants take their time growing but they do begin to fruit a one foot in height. We can provide many factors that will help to speed the process a bit.
Blood Meal- Sell it at most garden stores, it is blood so when it is applied it will smell while it is decomposing, the more flies around it the better. Provides nitrogen and will make the plant grow faster and healthier.

Bone Meal-Same as above only this provides phosphorus which aids in root development and blooming.

Watering- Water when the soil is getting dry, keep moist.

Sun- The plants are from the rain forests of West Africa, so hot and humid is the way to go. A clear plastic bag over the entire plant sometimes work as long as it does not get too hot inside of it. They do not tolerate cold well, 65 F and below


Step 6: It's Not All Magic

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I don't want to keep you guessing, so I'll tell how it works. Contrary to popular belief the effect isn't magic or even a divine intervening, as far as I know, what I do know is that there is a large glycoprotein chain called Miraculin. Miraculin isn't just any protein chain, in fact it was so large scientists had a hard time finding it, ironic but its the truth. When the miraculin is consumed it binds to the taste buds and is activated by acidic/bitter foods, releasing sugars onto your taste buds, creating the pleasurable sensation which is Miracle Fruit.


NickalasM (author)2016-01-04

It says on United Nuclear that plants grown with gibberellic acid shouldn't be eaten.

CraigslistS (author)NickalasM2017-06-08

Perhaps it did, at one time, say what you say it said, but that's NOT what it currently says, which is: We do not recommend any plants grown with Gibberellic Acid be ingested since the long term effects on Humans are unknown.

Mettalis (author)2015-11-08

How long is the self life of miracle fruit seeds? can they be stored for a few months?(5-6)

Mettalis (author)2015-11-08

How long is the self life of miracle fruit seeds? can they be stored for a few months?(5-6)

livenow.dieafter (author)2015-02-24

Hello, how I can use Gibberrelic Acid on the substrate?

PLANTMAN16 (author)2007-10-28

i'm a bit new to the unusual plant hobby. i'm really interested in growing miracle fruit after i saw it in a National Geographic magazine. I recently sprouted some giant sequoia seeds, 22 sprouts but only 15 still survive, but you probably don't care. anyway, coo info about these plants. i'm going to give it a try, and who knows? i'll post another comment in a few days but as of now i gotta go. And no, Putzer, PLANTMAN is not my real name. (no negativity intended.)

Putzer (author)PLANTMAN162007-10-30

Shows what you know, I do care about your giant sequoia seeds, it might take a while for them to grow to their full height though. I would plant them close together so i can live on a platform on top of them all, just an idea. AND its pretty obvious PLANTMAN16 isn't your name, it isn't grammatically correct, it must be Plant-man.

ursus57 (author)Putzer2008-03-24

:D I really care about the Sequoias too...

n8man (author)ursus572008-05-28

Sequoia is the shortest word in the english language (or all latin based languages but I'm not sure) that has all five vowels in it.

Grey_Wolfe (author)n8man2008-05-29

Strengths is the longest single syllable word in the english language with only one vowel in it. hehe But that's off the topic. Awesome ible, will be checking out the seed shop. I did read about these before, never really thought of cultivating them. Documentaries don't usually give the impression the jungle fauna is for sale. Also, to Plantman... where'd you happen to come by those sequoia seeds? Just curious.

doulos (author)Grey_Wolfe2008-05-31

stewardesses is the longest word you can type with one hand (if you type properly).

devonrobinson96 (author)doulos2014-04-03

Incorrect. Actually tesseradecades and aftercataracts are among the longest words you can type with the left hand alone, if typing correctly

the dashing hero (author)doulos2011-12-16

stewardesses, YAY! i did it with one hand! *saying yay*

mwwdesign (author)doulos2008-07-03

Yo Doulos, check out the thread now! Jump in if you think you're up for the challenge.

wow-amazing (author)mwwdesign2008-07-06

Heh heh, you just found out everyone was gone the day after you posted this. Funny.

mwwdesign (author)wow-amazing2008-07-06


wow-amazing (author)mwwdesign2008-07-06


codongolev (author)wow-amazing2008-07-09


mwwdesign (author)codongolev2008-07-10

You and your fancy wings picture...

mwwdesign (author)doulos2008-07-01

It has so many s's too (:o)

mwwdesign (author)Grey_Wolfe2008-05-29

indivisibility has the most i's!

the dashing hero (author)n8man2011-12-16

its "aireous" if its the shortest word with all 5 vowels!

mmolnar (author)n8man2011-07-10

In Italian there is "aiuole" which is the plural of "aiuola" which means a little space where people grows flowers in a garden.

andross52 (author)n8man2008-05-31


codongolev (author)PLANTMAN162008-07-02

you've started something big, my friend.

i care those trees are huge i bet i could see it from my house

Doc Holliday (author)PLANTMAN162008-05-29

My grandparents brought back Giant Sequoia seeds to WA State (Mukilteo) back in the 1950's, and planted them in a row along their back fenceline. The trees were well over 8' tall when I last saw them around 1975. They were probably cut down because it was all view property and McMansions are being built there. Not that I'd want one, it's all soil on top of clay, and a good earthquake will remove everything above the clay.

I'm interested in your sequoia seed project. Of the 15 that survived, how many of them are still growing? How did you germinate the sequoia seeds?

Pstarmaps (author)2011-06-17

I purchased frozen berries-. saving them for a "miracle cleanse" I need to drink Epsom salts - hoping berries will help but if it doesn't affect bitter- Uh Oh.. My brother eats my Aloe plants as Rx for ulcers, poultice for toothache etc.. i want to try this with berries.
I'm ready to buy plant with berries and try to grow them.
Anyone know where to purchase Artemesia Absynthia?- a special form of wormwood- I need it for a 3 step parasite cleanse -that claims to help clear the body of most cancers ("The cure for all cancers ) see (Hulda Clark I used her recipes for 1.walnut Hull extract - 2.a make-do wormwood hybrid and 3.whole cloves - so far my mom's pre-cancerous growth on kidney has shrunk considerably..

CDBingham (author)Pstarmaps2014-01-12

Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)

Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. -


Seed Savers Exchange -

jcaresheets (author)2012-08-05

I am looking to grow this plant at home. I did a Google search on growing this and I found this, now I know this site has everything. Thanks for the great writeup.

RedneckAsian (author)2008-12-30

what if u eat it and taste something sweet will it reverse it or 2x it?

mfxpress (author)RedneckAsian2009-06-14

it will make it 2x as sweet!

If you aren't keen on waiting forever to grow the plant (it takes about 3 years to fruit!) you can buy the plant online through our site. we also have a nursery pro on hand to answer any questions

MiracleFruit (author)mfxpress2010-06-08

Not true! you selling tablets and you do not know how they work!? Miracle fruit does the following (2 theories that scientists have right now)

1) it puts a layer over your sour/bitter taste-buds so it stops sour taste-buds from getting triggered in your brain. So only the sweet you taste. This explains why you taste lemons as sweet.

2) it modifies the taste-bud a bit and tricking sour/bitter to react on the sour but with a sweet impulse. So every time the acid touches the sours/bitter taste-bud it tastes sweet (according to the brain).

My personal experience relates more to theory no. 1. But my wife says it feels for here super sweet (lemons) and she goes for no. 2.

But no way sweet things that have no acid or bitter will taste 2x as sweet. Miracle Fruit is not a sweetener and does not alter sweet tastes. It only modifies sour (and a bit of bitter).

I'm fairly sure it's the 2nd one, because I have found that the lower the pH value the sweeter the taste. I've just purchased my first actual sapling, and I'm hoping to be able to get it growing with this helpful guide!

Opinions vary here. If its only sweet nothing will change. But if the original food was sweet and sour, since it block the sour is taste extra sweet. But its the perception and varies per person. Since no sugar is added and only sour taste is blocked to some people this food can taste 2x sweeter indeed.

zascecs (author)RedneckAsian2009-05-09

If it makes sour things sweet, why would it make sweet thing sour...

Thundertydus (author)zascecs2009-07-15

Just a theory of his; Although i agree with you 100%

I heard that it makes them sweeter, most likely too sweet.

christiecox (author)2011-09-26

Just to clarify how it works: Miraculin binds to the sweet taste receptors, temporarily altering them in a way that they are activated by acid. No sugar is released as a result and bitter compounds will not produce a sweet taste. Sweet tastes mask bitter, so you may perceive a bitter food as less bitter if it's also acidic when paired with miraculin.

boocat (author)2011-06-12

Anybody know of an alternate seed source? I can't use the one listed. Thanks.

boocat (author)boocat2011-06-24

I found it at Logee's Greenhouse, where I get my houseplants. Lovely specimen arrived. It's sitting on my deck right now.

herehere (author)2011-04-14

Hi. I have some synsepalum seeds. My seeds have a shell, but I can hear the real seed shaking inside. So my question is: Have I to open it and remove the shell or have I to sow it whit the shell? Please answer asap! Thanks!!!

frikkinamaaan (author)herehere2011-04-21

Unfortunately that means your seeds are dried out and dead. Like a pistachio, just not roasted... or salted.. or edible.. : o / Apparently the seeds don't have much of a shelf life at all. A seller on Amazon claims to guarantee receipt of fresh seeds. Good Luck!

ForbiddenFruitFinder (author)2010-08-25

Luckily the weathers picked up i have a miracle fruit plant in a greenhouse currently growing which i picked up from the U.S. You can get some great plant packages with berries too from, good pricing and they ship across the world too and its nice to try the berries before hand while you wait for the plant to grow!

Good tip thanx. I just got one from MagicalFruit they sell officially only tablets but the owner hooked me up with some plants as a test shipment or something. Now lets hope they go well.

kelroy (author)MiracleFruit2010-12-13

How is yours doing?

kelroy (author)MiracleFruit2010-12-13

pharoah (author)2010-06-03

Is there anyone who grows these and would be willing to mail me a few seeds? I'd really like to try to grow my own plant indoors, I know my friends would think these are cool.

MiracleFruit (author)pharoah2010-06-06

I just saw on they are exchanging seeds. You might wanna give that a try

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