Marmalade Bush Info – Tips For Growing Marmalade Bushes

by johnah on November 11, 2020

Marmalade bush (Marmilla) is one of the most popular ornamental plants in the world. Its name comes from the fact that it resembles a large marzipan doll. It was originally cultivated for its sweet flavor and appearance, but today it’s used in many other ways too: as a decorative element in home décor; as a ground cover or border around gardens; and even as an edible fruit!

The marmalade bush is native to tropical Africa and Asia. It grows up to 3 feet tall with a spread of 10 inches. The leaves are oval shaped, greenish-yellow at the base and dark red above. They have five leaflets each, which are arranged in two rows on either side of the stem. The flowers appear in clusters on the upper surface of the branches and bloom from late summer through early fall.

Marmalade Bush Info – Tips For Growing Marmalade Bushes

Marmalade bush is easy to grow, especially if you have access to good soil. You’ll need to provide lots of light and water during the growing season so your marmalade bush will thrive. If you’re planting them in pots, make sure they get plenty of sun and enough room to move around. Also, don’t overwater because it could cause root rot.

Here are some tips on how to grow marmalade plants:

Location: Marmalade bush grows well in zones 9-10 and needs a lot of light to thrive. It prefers full sun but can tolerate a little bit of shade. It grows well in moist soil, but doesn’t like standing water.

Germination: Marmalade seeds should be sown in a well drained, fertile soil at a temperature of 20-30 ° C. The seeds need darkness to germinate. Don’t allow the soil to dry out at any time as this will prevent the seeds from sprouting. If the soil dries out, you can soak it before sowing the seeds. Once the seeds sprout, keep them moist until they become well established.

Planting: Marmalade plants should be planted in holes 6 inches deep and placed 12 inches apart. The branches should be placed at least 6 inches above ground level. The plant prefers moist and well drained soil.

Container: If you are growing your marmalade plants in containers, choose a 5 gallon container. Fill it with fertile soil and make sure that it is well drained.

Care: Marmalade plants need regular watering. They should be watered thoroughly until the water drains from the bottom of the pot. Don’t let the soil dry out but don’t keep them soggy wet either. The soil also needs to be kept free of weeds.

Fertilizer: Marmalade plants are heavy feeders and should be fertilized with a good general-purpose fertilizer. Fertilize them at the beginning of their growing season and again in the middle of their growing season.

Pruning: Prune your marmalade plants back after they finish blooming. This will help them to bush out and become fuller.

Propagation: You can propagate marmalade plants through seeds, leaf cutting or by division of the plant itself. Take cuttings from a healthy parent plant during the early summer. The cuttings should then be dipped in a rooting hormone before being planted in a mixture of sand and perlite. Keep the cuttings moist and shaded for two weeks before moving them into the sunlight.

Uses: The fruit from marmalade plant can be used to make preserves, jelly or eaten fresh. Common names for plants in this family include: chicken fruit, erva-do-brejo, jamaica, orange leadwort and poverty greens.

Marmalade Bush Growing Tips:


Marmalade plants need soil that is rich in organic matter and well-draining. The soil should contain compost, peat moss, vermiculite or sand. It should be pH 5.8-6.5 and they shouldn’t be planted in the same place where carrots, radishes, tomatoes, sweet bell peppers or other members of the nightshade family have grown.


Marmalade plants grow best in temperatures of 60-90 degrees. They can tolerate temperatures as low as 40 degrees but stop growing when it gets colder than that. They can’t survive in temperatures over 95 degrees. In very hot areas, they should be planted near walls or buildings that offer them some protection from the sun.


Plant marmalade seeds 1/4 inch deep in loose soil and keep the soil moist. Germination usually begins in 14-21 days and the seedlings should be planted out after one year. You can also divide the plants in spring or fall, but this is best done with a sharp spade and some experience.

Insects and diseases

Marmalade plants have few problems with insects or diseases. If you notice any signs of disease such as spots or blotches on the leaves, cut off the infected parts and throw them in the trash. If the disease is very bad, remove the plant entirely and replace it with a new one.


The fruit of the marmalade plant ripens in the late summer. Pick it when it is fully orange and use it to make jellies, jams, syrups or other foods.

Culinary uses

The fruit of the marmalade plant can be used in pies, preserves, jellies and in making wine. It can be added to tea as well. The leaves of the marmalade plant can be eaten by people and animals but should only be used in emergencies as they are toxic when consumed in large quantities.

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