How to grow Lucuma tree

Lucuma tree grow and care – tree of the genus Pouteria and also known as Pouteria lucuma, Lucuma tree perennial evergreen plant and also also used as ornamental plant, can grow in subtropical, tropic or mediterranean climate and growing in hardiness zone 9+.

Flower color is green size of 0.5-1 cm,

Lucuma flower

Fruit edible yellow-orange, rind green-yellowish is thin and edible tasteless in the top of the fruit there is yellow star shape, the fruit not juicy the structure powdery reminds Sweet potato or Canesitel taste is sweet remind Sweet potato with mocha and maple the shape oval or egg shape sometime with sharp in the bottom, in every fruit there are between 2-5 seeds mostly 2

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How to grow Lucuma tree – grow and care:

More than -2C, rich soil, organic matter, better moist soil

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed / Air layering / Cutting

Is it necessary to graft in Lucuma?
No, but when the fruits are not good need to graft the tree

Difficulties or problems when growing:
8-15 m, 24-45 feet

Planting season:
Spring to summer but better hardiness zone 9-10a spring, hardiness zone 10b-11a spring to autumn, hardiness zone 11b+ all year

Pests and diseases:

Pruning season:
After the fruits

How to prune:
Cut weeping branches, weak and dead, better to design the tree when young

Size of the plant?
5-16 m, 15-48 feet

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Medium growing

Water requirement:
Average amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun, with young trees possible to grow in half shade over time the tree will arrive to the sun

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?

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

Blooming information

Bloom season:
Spring, but in tropical weather most of the years

General information about the flower
Small flowers that grow 2-3 flowers in group

Pollination is done by:

Thinning the bloom:
Sometimes flowers need more than one tree in the area or else it thinning

Edible Fruits

Fruit harvest season:
Summer / Autumn but in tropical weather most of the years

Fruits pests or diseases:

What can be done with big quantities of Lucuma fruits?
Eaten raw, fruit shake, ice-cream, dried as sweet spices

Work requirements on the fruit:
Cover the tree with net

How long does it take to bear fruit?
3-5 years

Ripening of fruit:
Can be picked up before but just before it’s ready

How to grow lucuma from seeds

Sowing requirement:
Moist soil, well drained soil and if planted in pots enough holes in pot

Saving seeds until sowing:
Dry location, don’t keep the seeds for too long

Sowing season:
Spring to early summer, possible in autumn

Planting spacing:
Better in different pots and relocate the tree in 50cm+, (20 inches)

Depth of Sowing:
5cm,2 inches

Conditions for seeds germinate:
Moist soil, warm but not too much, half shade to full sun

Watering requires for Seeds:
Average amount of water / Big amount of water

Germination time:
1-12 months, depend the cultivar and it’s hard to know before

Condition of seedling:
Mostly seedling are in the winter and in hardiness zone need protection

Scientific name:

Pouteria lucuma

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Blooming Seasons
  • Autumn flowers
  • Spring flowers
  • Summer flowers
  • Winter flowers
Edible Parts
  • Edible Fruit
Culinary uses
  • Dried fruit
  • Eaten raw
  • Fruit
  • Ice pop & Ice cream plants
Flower colors
  • White flower
  • Mediterranean Climate
  • Subtropics Climate
  • Tropics Climate
Harvest Season
  • Autumn Harvest
  • Spring Harvest
  • Summer Harvest
  • Winter harvest
Ornamental parts
  • Ornamental leaves
  • Ornamental plant
Plant growing speed
  • Average growing plants
Plant life-form
  • Evergreen
  • Perennial plant
  • Tree
Plant Uses
  • Bonsai
  • Edible plants
  • Ornamental plants
Planting Season
  • Autumn Planting
  • Spring Planting
  • Summer planting
Plants sun exposure
  • Full sun Plants
Watering plants
  • Regularly water
Hardiness zone
  • Hardiness zone 10
  • Hardiness zone 11
  • Hardiness zone 12
  • Hardiness zone 13
  • Hardiness zone 9

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