Growing Instructions for Açaí Trees
Germination and Seedling Stage
Climate: Subtropical or tropical, Frost-free regions all over the world.
Soil: Typical potting soil, rich soil with decomposed organic matter.
Sun: Demands shade for about one year(Think rainforest floor) 2 hours of sun per day blocked by a house or other plants is ideal.
Germination requires wet soil at warm temperatures. Most of our seeds will arrive to you already sprouting. We recommend growing several palms in the same container and using a clear plastic bag to keep in moisture. Use a desk lamp or seedling heat mat for heat if you are doing indoor planting. The process can be done outside during tropical seasons. Red spikes should appear after 2 weeks and leaves slowly appear.
With these conditions expect 90-95%germination rate. After their infancy the palms can be potted as houseplants or planted outside. Pictured are 7 inch tall 2 month old seedlings. Low light conditions for small palms is very important, this also makes the palm a great houseplant in cooler climates because they thrive next to windows.
When the açaí trees are planted in ground they will benefit from frequent waterings. Açaí palms thrive in a habitat that is frequently flooded. Açaí palms benefit from rich soil with plenty of organic matter.
In a tropical climate, it should take roughly 4 years to receive the first açaí berries. We offer a variety that bears fruit at a shorter height and produces better açaí than the wild form. Fruit is collected year round in equatorial climates, but large harvests occur in fall months in the subtropics.
In South Florida, the palm may need to be wrapped with a frost cloth during the frosts that come a couple times per decade.
Harvest From 3 Year old Acai Trees in Sarawak, Malaysia.
Our focus is to help gardeners and farmers try the traditional methods for açaí production that have been in use in the Amazon for centuries as a means of subsistence. In tropical climates, recreating the ancient production methods is the best way to ensure a pure açaí content and clean, sustainable growing practices.
Instead of relying on overpriced imported açaí supplements, one can enjoy the benefits of this Amazonian fruit grown in their own surroundings with our productive Pará Dwarf variety.
Açaí in the Americas
Our açaí palms are thriving in subtropical US regions like South Florida, Puerto Rico, and Hawaii. In Brazil, they can be seen outside of their native Amazon in the southern state of São Paulo, which has a similar winter to Tampa, Florida with winter cold fronts. The typical sandy soil that is common in Florida should be combined with peat moss and black dirt for the palms after they are in the ground. This will help keep the palms a bright green color. Euterpe Oleracea Pará Dwarf is a great plant for any subtropical garden.
Açaí in Australia
We have helped many growers start açaí in warm regions of Australia. The palms are at home in the tropical and sub-tropical conditions, especially in North Queensland.
Açaí in Asia
In many regions around the world, there exists ideal conditions for acai production. Most notably in the tropical forests of Malaysia. We have helped many growers begin açaí production in suburban Kuala Lumpur and rural Sarawak.
With the abundant monsoonal rain and warm climate, the acai palms are doing very well in many locations in Asia, including Thailand and Cambodia. Our first shipments to Malaysia were during 2008. Not only do gardeners have a direct source of the açaí health benefits, the açaí palm, Euterpe Oleracea is a great addition to a tropical garden for ornamental purposes.
Açaí Exports Create Hunger
Since the beginning of the commercial success of açaí, the wholesale price has increased by a multiple of 60. A nutritious staple is now a luxury, and many poor are now priced out of an important part of their diet. Though it would take many years to counteract this problem with worldwide açaí production, growing açaí locally is a positive way to not contribute to hunger in the Amazon.
By encouraging home production, we hope to lessen the effects of hunger on the native populations in the Amazon, which do not benefit from the profits of the health product corporations.