|Purple Mangosteen With DIY Soda Garden Cloche|
Mangosteens are the most challenging plant we are growing. Specifically, the purple mangosteens. It was time to change things up and try something different and in the process we learned a few things.
The purple mangosteens are the goldilocks of the garcinias for sure. Per our favorite Etsy seller, the mangosteens require a deep planter in order to allow the tap root freedom to go as deep into the soil as possible. We had been looking for a proper, reasonably priced pot to do this and then settled on some really nice looking garbage bins that are 13" wide and 26" tall.
Revealing The Roots
We checked the mangosteens, and amazingly the Yellow and Lemon mangosteen roots had reached the bottom of their 14" tree pots since the last time we re-potted them. The yellow mangosteen has the most aggressively growing roots of all three types. This is most likely why people have been trying to graft purple mangosteens onto yellow mangosteen root stock. If I ever get there, you know what I will be trying...
|Lemon Mangosteen Roots|
These two are the troopers and are doing really well in a small protected area of the yard with limited filtered sun exposure, regular watering with a watering system and light fertilization.
And, here comes the wah-wah... The purple mangosteens. I have had one purple mangosteen longer than the others and before I bought the lemon and yellow mangosteens. The leaves are slow to grow, as are the roots. The leaves seem to be getting dehydrated, but it could be over watering because there is no
|Purple Mangosteen Roots|
|Thai Purple Mangosteen|
Because of the breakage, two were repotted together... just in case. I still have two more. Now that they have their tall pots, they also get their own DIY 1 liter bottle garden cloche. With the upsizing it is really difficult to know where to put them for now so daily hand watering is on order until we get them situated.
|Mangosteens In New 'Planters'|