Plant Care Carissa Macrocarpa

Carissa Macrocarpa

About Carissa Macrocarpa

Natal Plum is an easy to grow spiny evergreen shrub with dense leathery green leaves, fragrant white flowers and showy edible red fruits. It can be used as a hedge, security screen or foundation planting where it is hardy or it can be grown in a container that is brought indoors in the winter.


Carissa macrocarpa

Also known as

Natal Plum, Natal Plum, Large num-num, Amathungulu, Umthungulu obomvu and Noem-noem

How to care for Carissa Macrocarpa


How often to water your Carissa Macrocarpa

Water needs for Carissa Macrocarpa
0.5 cups
every 9

Carissa Macrocarpa needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

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 Carissa Macrocarpa

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Natal Plum in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Carissa Macrocarpa: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Carissa Macrocarpa love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Carissa Macrocarpa does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Carissa Macrocarpa in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Carissa Macrocarpa

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Carissa Macrocarpa: 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 Carissa Macrocarpa after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Carissa Macrocarpa is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Carissa Macrocarpa

Carissa Macrocarpa

Carissa Macrocarpa

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

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

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