Barbados cherry slow to grow

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My tree seems to be healthy but the growth is so slow. In the last 6 weeks each branch just has two tiny new leaves about half an inch long. Is that normal? I was hoping for more growth than that.

Note that the leaves with the brown tip were there when I received the tree from the seller.
The tree is in a shallow pot with just 2 inches of soil. Should I move it to a deeper pot?
I also suspect that I may have scales but I'm not sure.
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The pot looks more than big enough, 2 inches deep, looks like 4 x 4 wide.

Scale will definitely slow growth of the tree. I would treat the Malpighia, and all the trees within a couple feet of it. Young scale can travel, and are likely spreading. A ''gift that keeps on giving'', spray 'em all.
 

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Looks like what was called - Malpighia punicifolia
and not what was called Malpighia glabra.

Needs ground growing for trunk size and can be finicky.

Seek information from the East Indies.
Good Day
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I have a few, can't wait to be able to get them outside. One is putting on a few flower buds. Don't let it dry out, otherwise they aren't too picky.
 

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They seem to grow in phases. Super hot and humid summers are when they explode. Right now I would think it’s fine, normal, for it to be in one of the stalled phases as it’s still coming out of winter. The sooner it gets hot the sooner it will start growing good again. When happy they can put on a lot of growth in short time.
 

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Looks like what was called - Malpighia punicifolia
and not what was called Malpighia glabra.

Needs ground growing for trunk size and can be finicky.

Seek information from the East Indies.
Good Day
Anthony
What are the characters that distinguish punicifolia and glabra?
 

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Joe,

Was Malpighia Glabra -

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malpighia_emarginata

https://www.google.com/search?q=malpighia+emarginata&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjb48rTv_zhAhVCrVkKHfruDhAQ_AUIDigB&biw=1093&bih=500


Malpighia p.
I see Malpighia punicifolia is npw called - Dwarf Bardabos Cherry
Look at the keaf and the bark closely.

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IBC Russel Coker's effort.
I believe Mellow Mullet knpws him.
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This was Malpighia glabra [ now emarginata ]
It is a shrub and fruit are edible / very tasty

west indian cherry 1 IBC.jpg
 

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Joe,

Was Malpighia Glabra -

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malpighia_emarginata

https://www.google.com/search?q=malpighia+emarginata&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjb48rTv_zhAhVCrVkKHfruDhAQ_AUIDigB&biw=1093&bih=500


Malpighia p.
I see Malpighia punicifolia is npw called - Dwarf Bardabos Cherry
Look at the keaf and the bark closely.

View attachment 240520

IBC Russel Coker's effort.
I believe Mellow Mullet knpws him.
View attachment 240521

This was Malpighia glabra [ now emarginata ]
It is a shrub and fruit are edible / very tasty

View attachment 240522
The one with edible fruit is the one I want.
 

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Mine grew relatively well all winter and are flowering. Too easy.

Scale is likely IMO.

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Mine are still in plugs.

Hydro in the drip tray.

Sorce
 

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@sorce ,

a bit odd, these shrubs are normally problem free.
They do like full sun [ edible cherry shrub ] and
morning sun / after 2 p,m sun for the smaller berry types.

As you normally do, factor in our Sunlight intensity and
on your side you may need full sun exposure.

The folk in the East Indies have mastered the small berry type,
Can get it like the bonsai on the stone seen before.
Good Day
Anthony
 

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Mine grew relatively well all winter and are flowering. Too easy.

Scale is likely IMO.

View attachment 240532

Mine are still in plugs.

Hydro in the drip tray.

Sorce
I’ve never had a problem with scale on any of mine, but to be fair the only trees I’ve had with scale were citrus. Glad to hear they’re doing good though!
 

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I’ve never had a problem with scale on any of mine, but to be fair the only trees I’ve had with scale were citrus. Glad to hear they’re doing good though!
Doing great!

I even shipped one...sent a pot and used some "live plant" packing and felt that was kinda cruel to a bonsai person...so in went a live plant!

Sorce
 

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