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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.
 
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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 http://unitednuclear.com/chem.htm 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

GOOD LUCK

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

PLANTMAN167 years ago
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)  PLANTMAN167 years ago
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 Putzer7 years ago
:D I really care about the Sequoias too...
n8man ursus577 years ago
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.
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.
stewardesses is the longest word you can type with one hand (if you type properly).

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

stewardesses, YAY! i did it with one hand! *saying yay*
Stewardesses are hot.
hehe.
Good, you agree.
unless they're old. because then they've probably been working as a stewardess their entire life and live in the airport bathroom.
All of them.
if you mean all of them as in all of them are old, then yes. I was just on a plane and they all were.
Heh heh, sucker...
but they gave me pretzels with eating instructions.
Yeah, that's weird.
they were things like open bag while thinking of our low fares. place in mouth while thinking about our low fares. etc..
Bookkeeper is one of the only (if not the only) word with 3 consecutive double letters
ummm........kay.
and no "put in mouth" jokes. :(
Sorry, that was overboard.
arrgh, throw them overboard. but then they get saved by ninjas. epic battle ensues.
With the confisticated dildos.
Yo Doulos, check out the thread now! Jump in if you think you're up for the challenge.
Heh heh, you just found out everyone was gone the day after you posted this. Funny.
lol
Indeed...
mhmm.....
You and your fancy wings picture...
It has so many s's too (:o)
indivisibility has the most i's!
Adam had 'em.... is the shortest poem, refers to ribs, you know....
'Madam I'm Adam'is palindromic. So is 'Dennis, Nell, Edna, Leon, Nedra, Anita, Rolf, Nora, Alice, Carol, Leo, Jane, Reed, Dena, Dale, Basil, Rae, Penny, Lana, Dave, Denny, Lena, Ida, Bernadette, Ben, Ray, Lila, Nina, Jo, Ira, Mara, Sara, Mario, Jan, Ina, Lily, Arne, Bette, Dan, Reba, Diane, Lynn, Ed, Eva, Dana, Lynne, Pearl, Isabel, Ada, Ned, Dee, Rena, Joel, Lora, Cecil, Aaron, Flora, Tina, Arden, Noel, and Ellen sinned.' :)
n8man mwwdesign7 years ago
rhythms is the longest word with no vowels
no it actually thzkldscprtyrp i just wrote it on the back of my dictionary therefore it s a word!
chezbay n8man7 years ago
A, E, I, O, U, and sometimes Y. Rhythms is one of those and sometimes Y words. So is party.
n8man chezbay7 years ago
party has an a in it and y still isn't a vowel

you also forgot W
rock it n8man7 years ago
w?
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