Plant Care Barbados Cherry

Barbados Cherry

Also known as

acerola, nancerol, acerola, nancerol, acerola, nancerol, acerola cherry, Barbados cherry, West Indian cherry, wild crepe myrtle and barabdos cherry


Malpighia emarginata

How to care for Barbados Cherry


How often to water your Barbados Cherry

Water needs for Barbados Cherry
0.5 cups
every 9

Barbados Cherry needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Seattle, Washington.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Barbados Cherry

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Plant care guide for Barbados Cherry in Seattle, Washington

Seattle, Washington

32% Very Low

Growing Barbados Cherry in Seattle right now

Light needs for plant Barbados Cherry in Seattle, Washington

Plant growth potential is currently very low 📉

December 6th, 2021

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Seattle is currently very low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in dete…

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Light needs for plant Barbados Cherry in Seattle, Washington

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 35% ☀️

December 6th, 2021

Seattle is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Seattle is expected to decrease by 35% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 4.6 megajoules of energy per m2 per da…

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Light needs for plant Barbados Cherry in Seattle, Washington

Daylight will decrease by 1.3 hours 📉

December 7th, 2021

This month, Seattle is getting an average of 8.2 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 13.3% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 8.2 total hours of dayl…

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Finding light for acerola, nancerol in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Barbados Cherry: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Barbados Cherry love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Seattle, Washington ⛅.

Barbados Cherry does not tolerate low-light 🚫.


How to fertilize Barbados Cherry

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Barbados Cherry: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Barbados Cherry after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

When to repot Barbados Cherry

Nutrient needs for plant Barbados Cherry in Seattle, Washington

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

December 5th, 2021

The growing potential in Seattle is very low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's best to …

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Water Needs
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Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Barbados Cherry

Barbados Cherry

Barbados Cherry

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on your location in Seattle, Washington, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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