Name: noni fruit (Morinda citrifolia).
Foliage: glossy evergreen foliage.
Climate: tropical and sub-tropical climates.
Soil: a free-draining soil enriched with compost and well-aged manure.
Position: full sun or part shade.
Flowering and fruiting: produces clusters of white, tubular flowers in spring, followed by lumpy creamy-coloured oval-shaped fruits in summer.
Feeding: do not over-fertilise, as plants become too lush and subsequently susceptible to pests and disease. Instead, apply compost as a mulch in spring.
Watering: drought tolerant once established, water only when necessary during extended periods of drought.
Noni fruit is a large, glossy evergreen shrub or tree with highly pungent fruit. Climate sensitive, while it can be grown in a pot indoors, the smell of the flowers and fruit usually discourages this option.
Noni fruit can be grown as an edible hedge in tropical and sub-tropical climates. All parts of this miracle plant are edible, with the fruit, leaves, roots and bark all used to make herbal remedies said to cure everything from the common cold to arthritis and tumours, although there has been no scientific or medical proof to validate these claims.
Regular watering (2–3 times a week) is required during establishment. Once established, water only during lengthy periods of drought, or in hot dry weather.
Prune only to reduce overall size, to create a hedge or to remove unwanted branches.
Noni fruit can be attacked by sap-sucking insects such as scale and aphids. Fortunately, these can be treated with an eco-oil spray. Take the time to control ants, too, as these increase the likelihood of scale and aphids, as well as sooty mould.
Noni fruit can be readily propagated from seed or stem cuttings. Seed-grown plants are more hardy, but they do take longer to grow.
If using products to deal with pests, diseases or weeds, always read the label, follow the instructions carefully and wear suitable protective equipment. Store all garden chemicals out of the reach of children and pets.
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