Yellow Mangosteen

Diary Of Yellow Mangosteen Bonsai 

Garcinia Xanthochymus - Yellow Mangosteen

2017, April 23:  672 Days To Fresh Fruit

The yellow mangosteen hasn't progressed above ground. Same two leaves.  Same leaf bud threatening to break.  I thought perhaps there is some underground development going on.  We flipped the pot over and we found some roots hanging out. Time for a repot.

The long root has made a circle around the bottom.  good news is there are white tips looking for new soil and nutrition.

Because we were advised all the garcinia's require very deep pots, we put this in a treepot that gave additional root room.  It is about 14" - 16" deep, and still not so wide.
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These were all positioned to be close to the ground and clustered in among several other plants to create a more humid microclimate and keep the bottoms of the roots cooler.

A thick layer of mulch was added to the topsoil to help retain moisture and increase humidity released throughout the day.

2017, March 5: 721 Days to Fresh Fruit
Garcinia Xanthochymus - Yellow Mangosteen

Plants are kind of weird.  This is often confirmed when taking macro photos and getting a nice close glimpse of their surface textures and detailed coloring.

Take the lemon mangosteen, for example. the stem texture is wrinkly like an elephant.  The coloring is quite interesting, some lively green mixed with red tones and a deep magenta leaf bud appearing at center. 

It is nice to get confirmation that the health and growth is doing well.

2017, February 25 - Seedling Arrived!

Garcinia Xanthochymus - Yellow Mangosteen
I had not planned to get a yellow mangosteen.
I did, however, want the purple mangosteen and another lemon mangosteen, so with this thrown in, I thought I may as well grab it up. And since I have this and love the odd plant, I need to buy a miracle fruit seedling also.

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.

Per Scooby, all garcinia fruit trees require 48" pot to accommodate the long tap root. Looks like I'll be in for at least four cascading style bonsai in my yarden.

The interesting fact about this plant is that it is vigorous and fast and has been use as roostock for grafting purple mangosteen... Supposedly using this as roostock for the purple mangosteen yields fruit faster and is more weather tolerant.
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Yellow Mangosteen Fruit

Yellow Mangosteen will bear fruit in 5 or 6 years. Not too terribly long of a wait. Lemon mangosteen should be going like gang-busters by then.

The reviews are mixed on the flavor. I do enjoy a tart tasting fruit, but many agree it is a super-tart and should be grown with miracle fruit (the fruit that makes everything taste sweet).  The tartness has been compared to a meyers lemon (we love those here!).