If you want to buy acai berry trees, then you probably already know about the health properties of this amazing fruit. Acai palm trees are native to Central and South American subtropical regions and need an atmosphere that imitates this warm, humid climate. Here are some steps and precautions when planting acai trees.
Toosl and Materials Needed:
•Acai trees from a reputable nursery
•A suitable growing climate or enclosed greenhouse
•Compost and other organics for soil
•Pots, if desired
Step One – Understand Acai Fruit Production
Acai palm trees are rapidly growing trees, but they take some patience before they begin to produce fruit. On average, the trees do not begin to show fruit growth until they are three to five years old and have reached a height of eight to ten feet.
Once the trees begin to grow, you will also notice that small sucker stalks begin to sprout around the base of the tree. If allowed to grow, these sucker stalks will also produce fruit. In some cases, growers decide to cut the primary parent stalk of the tree in order to contain the size of the tree, which can grow upwards of 100 feet tall. The center stalk can be cut and the center of it can be harvested for “heart of palm” which is very delicious for salads.
Step Two – Prepare the Soil
As a native palm tree from the subtropical regions of Central and South America, they need a soil that replicates this soil as much as possible. If you are planting your trees directly in the ground, make sure that you amend your soil well with rich organics, such as chicken manure, oak leaves, peat or pine needles. Acai palms also prefer a soil that is acidic, so monitor the pH level of the soil on a regular basis. Also make sure that the site you choose for your tree has good drainage, since acai palm trees do not do well if their roots are left soaking when you water them.
If you are planting your acai palms in containers, then you will need to use a rich organic soil that is well drained. You can provide adequate drainage by placing small rocks or pebbles in the bottom of the containers before you add the soil and then the palm tree.
Step Three – Create the Optimal Growing Climate
Acai palm trees need a humid and warm climate to thrive. The general temperature of their native region rarely drops below 50 degrees and the trees do best with an average temperature of approximately 70 degrees.
Additionally, these palm trees need daily misting or humidity to replicate the humidity of their native subtropical geography.
Both of these needs can be accomplished by placing the treed in a green house where temperature and humidity can be controlled, particularly if you live in an area with colder winter months or an area where regular rainfall is not adequate for the needs of the acai palm tree.