Full Grown Madruno
Diary of Charichuelo Bonsai 

We added another tropical plant to the bonsai diaries. This one is also called madrono or bumpy lemon as the rind is quite unusual.

The fruit looks like a shriveled droopy lemon, and has a similar rind. The interior is soft white pulp and has a popular, slightly citrusy taste people have compared to a sweet santol fruit or lemony cotton candy. ~

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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.

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November 19, 2017 - 2369 Days To Fresh Fruit

Madruno was a bit root bound. Way overdue for a transplant.  The roots had grown around the watering tube inside the plant and the roots were circling just a bit, so unpotting it was a bit traumatic for it.

We added kelp powder and a light slow release fertilizer to help with the transplant shock.  Hopefully the change will help reduce the rust spots on the leaves.

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It is also possible the spots on the leaves could be a result of too much sun.  While we're waiting to figure out what we will be doing with the garcinias long term, for today they are being set in between the citrus trees for shelter from direct sunlight.

I really don't know if I want to keep this a bonsai. The full size tree is really nice looking.  

October 29, 2017 - 2390 Days To Fresh Fruit

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The Charichuelo (Madruno) is doing pretty well on the growth front - lots of new leaves and all, but getting some spots.  It looks like they could be burns, but maybe not burns.  I'm not sure what is going on here. It is on the new growth.

I checked online, and it seems the marijuana growers have similar issues related to PH. Someone else suggested adding some acidity to the soil in the fruit growers group, so that is the plan.  Add slow release azalea mix or sulpher and then continue on.

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August 5, 2017 - 2444 Days To Fresh Fruit

The hot and humid weather seems to be great for the tropical plants.  They are all putting out new leaves and making some growth progress.

The charicheulo (madruno) looked like it had some sun burning on the new leaves, but it seems to be a coloration before new growth, maybe.  The leaves start out dark red/pink and then become green as they develop.

I'm not sure how to keep this one a bonsai.  It looks so good as a
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really tall tree.

Anyway, when the new leaves were budding, it just looked like a weird, angry plant.  The new leaves may have been burned or got dried out a little, but they seem to be doing well now.

April 17, 2017 - New Plant Arrived, 2555 Days To Fresh Fruit

This is another purchase from our favorite Etsy shop. The tree arrived safely and securely today. This one is a five year old - pretty close to fruit bearing age. 

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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. 

This tree has latex, which is evidenced by some bright yellow droplets exuding from a light scratch on a leaf.

We are looking forward to trying some of these fruits in the near future from our own home grown tree.

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