It's common for the first set of leaves to quickly dry and drop if they go through moving shock. Within a few weeks new leaves usually grow back. If your plants lose their leaves after the first week or so and you aren't sure if they are alive then the way to tell is to very lightly, and I do mean very lightly, scratch the bark on one side of the stem near the base of the plant and see if it is green underneath or dry and brown. If it is green then it will recover. These are slow growers so it will take about a month before a full set of leaves has fully replaced the old. Keep them in the shade during their time of recovery from transport as direct sunlight might be too intense for them at this point. At this stage of their life they are very fragile but become very hardy as they grow older.
You will get 2 Surinam Cherry Fruit SEEDLINGS.
HOW TO GROW: Can be grown in pots or as a bonsai as well as a shrub or full-grown tree. Position in a full sun / partial sun location and remember to water moderately. Use Zone 8 - Zone 11 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Keep in mind when planting that Surinam cherry is thought of as tender, so it is imperative to wait until temperatures are mild before planting out of doors.
The fruits develop and ripen quickly, only 3 weeks after the flowers open. In Brazil, the plants bloom in September and fruits ripen in October; they bloom again in December and January.
In Florida and the Bahamas, there is a spring crop, March or April through May or June; and a second crop, September through November, coinciding with the spring and fall rains. The fruits should be picked only when they are so ripe as to fall into the hand at the lightest touch, otherwise they will be undesirably resinous. Gathering must be done daily or even twice a day.