Lucuma tree growing 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,
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
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:
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:
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 as houseplant?
Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:
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
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?
Ripening of fruit:
Can be picked up before but just before it’s ready
How to grow lucuma from seeds
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
Spring to early summer, possible in autumn
Better in different pots and relocate the tree in 50cm+, (20 inches)
Depth of Sowing:
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
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