Bacupari fruit
Bonsai Diary of The Bacupari

Garcinia gardneriana was part of a Garcinia four pack deal on Etsy. I for sure wanted two of the four pack (purple and lemon mangosteens), and thought for the price I couldn't beat the possibility of a new exotic fruit experience.

The seller is on Etsy (sc00bySnacks69) and provided great support to all questions about the plant and care.  Seller also shipped the plants very securely.

The fruit is  a bright yellow with a more subdued yellow flesh.

Let's Get Growin

SUN: Filtered sun 
WATER: Water regularly
SOIL PH: 5.0-7.0
FERTILIZER: Garcinias take off like rockets with Iron Chelate. Just sprinkle a little in the roots and water it in. Spray it at a rate of 1 gram per gallon of water.  Additionally break up the soil around the trees and add 200 gms of bloodmeal and work it in deep. Put loads of mulch around the trees.


November 19, 2017: 2287 Days To Fresh Fruit

Today is Bacupari's turn to get repotted.  This went smoothly because the watering tube was at the side of the pot and all the soil was evenly moist. The root structure looks really healthy and is spreading out among all the available soil.

It popped out of the pot pretty easily with most of the soil in tact.  We had to remove some of the soil in the new planter to allow for all the soil brought with the plant this time.

Once re-potted, we didn't have anything to cover it, so
we put it in among the citrus trees for protection from direct sunlight for now until we can figure out what to do with all the tropical plants for the cool season.

Things that make you go hmmmm....


October 29, 2017: 2308 Days To Fresh Fruit

Bacupari looks a little limp, but is putting out some new leaves.  It is a slow grower and some of the leaves were malformed before adding some slow release fertilizer.  Since it is a slow grower, we'll have to look at the droopy leaves for a while, I guess.

Hopefully the new leaves will appear more cheerful.

August 5, 2017: 2393 Days To Fresh Fruit

After re-potting, the bacupari was re-positioned to a place where it would get a little more sunlight during the day.  The leaves have been a really dark green blue color.  No burning, so it must be favoring the extra light it gets each day.

When looking at these plants every day, it is difficult to see the progress.  When looking back at the older photos in comparison to today makes the changes a bit more dramatic.

I'm not sure what I want this to grow to or look like eventually.  The leaves are so long...  It looks like it eventually will grow a wide canopy similar to the citrus trees.


April 23, 2017: 2497 Days To Fresh Fruit

The bacupari was pretty big on receipt.  The roots didn't seem to be an issue, but we checked them.  And we saw a root peeking out through a drain hole.  We ran out of tree pots, so we used a planter that was readily available.  The roots don't reach wide, but they want to run deep.

In trying to release it from the pot, much of the original soil was shook out so we got a good look at the structure.  Bunches of white tips, which is a great sign.

Again, with these garcinias more action is going on below the soil than topside.  If we can make it past four years, they should all start taking off at that point.

Once repotted, the bacupari still looked happy. The pot is wider than needed, for sure. This one will probably need to be repotted sooner than the others because the pot doesn't run very deep.

The light is pretty harsh, midday. The best photos are early morning.


February 24, 2017: New Plant Arrived

The new seedling arrived, looking quite large. Very long, graceful leaves.

It looks very healthy - the leaves are tilted upward from the branch to the tips, which seems to be a great indicator of general health and plant happiness.

About Bacupari

Garcinia gardneriana - Bacupari fruit

The flavor is reported to be similar to custard with a slight acidic tang; somewhat lemon like.

Garcinia garderiana -Bacupari Tree
The natural form is a pyramid shape, so I'm not sure how this will work for a bonsai form in a cascade style pot. Maybe cloud forms...

Something to think about.