The Paradise Plum or Coco Plum is a widely cultivated food plant commonly found near sea beaches and inland. It is a small, evergreen tree or shrub with dense, dark green foliage and dark purple or black, edible, plum-like fruits. It is one of the many tropical American trees that reaches its northern limit in Florida. central and southern Florida. It occurs in the wild in Florida from central Florida to the everglades and the Florida Keys. It is common in the wild and it is widely cultivated because it is a durable native plant that is easy to grow and it has beautiful, glossy leaves and abundant fruits. The leaves are held upright on the stems. It is often grown as a hedge and occasionally as a small specimen tree. It occurs in wetlands and along the coast. The fruits attract wild animals and the small flower clusters provide nectar for honeybees. The purple or red, sweet fruit is consumed raw or cooked into jams and jellies. The seed can be eaten raw also or roasted. It yields edible oil. Both fruits and leaves, on the other hand, yield black dye. The fruits are produced throughout the year but mainly in the summer and autumn.
- The seeds like moist, well-drained soil. Prepare a mixture of half potting soil and half sand, perlite or vermiculite. Put the soil in a pot. Water the mixture so that it is moist but not wet.
- Put the seeds on the soil.
- Cover the seeds with a thin layer of soil.
- Water the seeds.
- Place the pots in an area with warm temperatures in full sun or part shade. The seeds sprout in 20-25 days.
- When the seedlings are a few inches tall, they can be transplanted.