How to grow a lychee tree?

The Lychee is a tropical broadleaf evergreen tree native to China’s humid environment. The fruit has an inedible tough pink-red exterior and delicious, transparent white meat within. Sauces, jams, purees, and preserves may be created from the fruit.

Lychee, like avocado, is not a natural option for indoor gardeners. It’s more of a curiosity plant that won’t yield fruit or mature (unless you have a greenhouse). It’s still remarkable to sprout these seeds and produce a beautiful plant. If you manage to harvest, keep in mind that this slow-growing tree might take up to five years to give fruit.

You should plant lychee trees at least 30 feet away from your house, other important buildings, and other trees. Too close planting may stunt growth and reduce fruit yield, especially if shaded. 

However, if you want to grow lychees in direct sunlight, you should know that they require time to become used to them. When young plants are suddenly exposed to intense light for the first time, they will suffer.

Because Lychee prefers acidic soils, adding pine wood or pine needles to the garden soil may be essential. Use slightly acidic potting soil if you are growing it in a pot.

Throughout the year, these plants need a lot of water. Unlike several other fruit trees, Lychee does not have a natural resting time during the winter; thus, it will not benefit from a watering suspension.

Even while Lychee can tolerate brief bursts of almost freezing weather, it likes it when it’s warmer. Lychee requires at least 100 hours of exposure to cold temperatures (32 to 45 degrees Fahrenheit). In the spring, they will blossom and produce fruit, and in the early summer, they will yield fruit. Humidity is a favorite environment for these plants.

Use a mild liquid fertilizer throughout the growing season to feed your plants. In the winter, use fertilizer just about once a month at most.