Three tips on Jaboticabas

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A native of the wetlands of southern Brazil, Jaboticabas are one of the most sought after fruiting trees for bonsai in tropical countries.
So if you like them, here it goes:

1-) They love wet feet, as much as Wisteria, and their roots can never dry out or they die. A wet tray under the pot (with pebbles) is needed in the summer.

2-) They hate winds, so protect them from drafts. Their leaves get dry very quickly, beginning at the tips.

3-) They need a high organic content in the soil. Draining, but organic. Much more than trees in temperate regions.

BONUS: They need between 10~15 years to begin fruiting in nature; so trees from air layers or big cuttings are needed if one wants to grow them for the fruits.

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Mins is so sad looking by comparison!

Considering the chop, the voyage, the cold, and being its first year in Europe, I'd say yours is doing very well! I can see new growth and red small leaves, which is great.
I still think the main problem is your long frosty winter. Here we're in the middle of our winter and the tropicals are all growing.
You should expect a different rhythm in North Germany...
 

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There is a 3.5 foot tall 5 gal at the asian nursery near me. Their cost is 120 USD. .....but I need it ;)
Just 1 specimen....I may....have.....to.....

It looks like the trunk flares into ridges like the BRT. Is that correct?
 

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It looks like the trunk flares into ridges like the BRT. Is that correct?

Yes, and the bark is flaky, leopard like.
Please note there are some cultivars, some with smaller leaves and smaller fruits, and the bark more greenish.
 

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And winter only lasts about 11 months! 🤣

Exactly what I mean.
They don't like very much being indoors, even in your beautiful wooden mini-greenhouse.
It's not so much about the humidity I guess, but the lack of sunlight.
 

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At quick pass by look, it appeared to be a Chinese elm.

Nope. Leaves are much bigger and not serrated, and the shape (pointy tips) is different, as well as the shade of green.
Do you have a picture of the whole tree?
 

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even in your beautiful wooden mini-greenhouse.
This winter it will have to do without. No space. You will see when you / if you come to this part of the world.

Do you know whether people in Br are succesfull in propagation other than from seed?
 

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Yes, I’m aware. The colored peely park had me for a second...you know just browsing quickly.
Price is a bit steep. But the species is great. Dificult choice.
The money you forget (Unless you cannot afford spending it).
The trees beauty will remain
 

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