Star apple growing tree of the genus Chrysophyllum also known as Caimito, Star apple tree perennial evergreen in colder climate become semi-deciduous plant, grow in tropic and also possible in a frost free mediterranean climate and growing in hardiness zone 10b+.
Leaves color is green, the bottom of the leaf is golden-red color.
Flower color is yellow-white the size 1-4 mm and the flowers grow in groups.
Star apple fruit
Fruit are purple with green- purple shell, the inside color is light purple to white and there is a sweet milk-like liquid.
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Requirements for Star apple growing and care:
More than 3C
What is the best way to start growing:
Plant / Seed / Vegetative Reproduction
Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
No, but possible
Difficulties/Problems with growing:
Outside the tropic very sensitive to sun and cold
Spring, summer, autumn ( and in the tropic can be also in winter)
Pests and diseases:
How to prune:
Weak and dead branches, design of the tree it’s important first need to let the tree grow up
Size of the plant?
8-20 m, 24-60 feet
Growth speed in optimal condition:
Slow growing, average growing
Irrigation water management requirement:
Average amount of water / Big 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:
When does flowers bloom?
In tropics in the winter in non-tropic spring
General information about the flower
Small yellow-white flowers grow in groups
Thinning / Deadheading of the blossom:
Wind can cause to thinning
Pollination is done by:
When does it yield:
In tropics in the spring-summer in non-tropic summer
Pests or diseases in Star apple fruits:
Birds, mediterranean fruit fly
What can be done with big quantities of Caimito fruit?
Eat raw, juice, cakes
Work requirements on the fruit:
Sometime needed to cover with net
How long does it take to bear fruit?
3-5 years and outside the tropic zone can be 5-18 years
Ripening of fruit:
Can be picked up before fully ripening