How to grow Custard apple

Custard apple tree growing – tree of the genus Annona also known as Annona reticulate or Red Annona. Custard apple tree evergreen perennial but in a cold weather become deciduous, can grow in tropics mediterranean or subtropical climate and growing in hardiness zone 10+.

Flowers green-yellowish, separate times on the same tree female and male flower, the flowers are protogyny at first female and after becomes a male flower.

Custard apple fruit

Fruit skin of the fruit is dandruff skin the dandruff sometimes part of the skin and sometimes sticking out the color of the skin brown and sometimes red and the inner color is brown or red

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Requirements for growing Custard apple care:

Two trees for increase the chance of pollination

What is the best way to start growing Annona reticulata:

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?

Difficulties/Problems with growing:
Low amount of fruit caused by the difference blooming hours between flower for male and female

Planting season:
Spring, summer, autumn

Pests and diseases:

Pruning season:

How to prune:
Cut the outer branch, make the branches grow into each other in density, take by hand the leaves

Size of the Annona reticulata plant?
2-6m, (6-20 feet) but recommend keeping it small

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Medium growing

Irrigation water management requirement:
Average amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun / Half Shade

Is it possible to grow indoor?

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:

Blooming information

When does flowers bloom?
Spring / Summer

General information about the flower
Small green-yellowish flower, separate times on the same tree female and male flower, the flowers are protogyny at first female and after becomes a male flower.

Thinning / Deadheading of Custard apple tree Blossom:
First two years

Pollination is done by:
Bees, hand-pollinate performed by collecting the male pollen by cotton swabs and pollinating the female flowers. Gathering flowers in a male form, (make sure that the flowers from weak area or not next to female flower). Keep flowers in a dark place, high humidity, preferably in a cool and ventilated place. If the flower pollen has been took out, the male flower not useful.

Edible Fruits

When does it yield:
Summer / Autumn

Pests or diseases in Custard apple fruit:
Birds, aphids

What can be done with big quantities of Custard apple fruit?
Eaten raw, juice, cakes, jam

Work requirements on the fruit:
Increase Irrigation, possible to put net under the tree to collect the fruits

How long does it take to bear fruit?
2-4 years

Ripening of fruit
Recommend to collect the fruit little bit before ready

Scientific name:

Annona reticulata

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