How to grow White Sapote

White sapote grow and care – tree of the genus Casimiroa also known as White sapota, White sapote perennial evergreen plant and grow for the edible fruits and can used as ornamental plant, grow in mediterranean, subtropics or tropics climate and growing in hardiness zone 10b+ and with the right overwinter care in hardiness zone 10a.

Leaves growing in groups 3-5 leaves, flowers small white with green the flowers growing in inflorescence structure.

White sapote edible fruits

Fruits color green to yellow depend on the sun and cultivars, in round taste, fruits taste remind Annona with imagination the fruit eaten when it soft not too much getting an sweet avocado taste.

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How to grow White sapote – growing condition and care:

Well drained soil, keep it small

How to care:
Add before blooming season fertilizer, prune once a year, cover the tree with net when it’s bearing fruits

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seeds / Vegetative reproduction

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
Yes it necessary to graft in order to get fruits that can be: bigger, smaller seeds or lack of seeds, sweeter or less sweet, different harvest season and possible to harvest not when full ripen

Difficulties or problems when growing:
Fruit attack easily by fruit fly, the color of the fruit is yellow green sometimes it’s hard to know when to pick the fruits, the fruits have soft skin when they are ready if they touch something they smash

Planting season:
Spring, summer, autumn ( and in the tropic can be also in winter)

Pests and diseases:
Ants, aphids

Pruning season:
After the fruits, or before the winter

How to prune:
Recommend to keep this tree small

Size of the plant?
5-8 m, 16-26 ft. but its recommend to keep the tree small

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Medium growing

Water requirement:
Average amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun

Is it possible to grow as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:
Yes, but not recommend when grow it in container need to start growing from air layering or grafted tree and the grafting need to be small, there are cultivars that can be smaller, when choose to grow it in container be aware that might not bear fruits without a lot of fertilizer and the right care

Blooming information

Bloom season:
Several time a year but if depend can bloom in early spring, winter, and late summer, in different climates bloom in different dates

General information about the flower
Small white green flower, growing in inflorescence structure

Thinning the bloom:

In the first years should thinning, sometime the tree bloom in the winter or in wind season in this case you should cover and protect from winds

Pollination is done by:
Bees and more pollinators

Edible fruits

Fruit harvest season:
Summer in hardiness zone 10a, summer to autumn in hardiness zone 10b, spring to autumn in hardiness zone 11, all year in hardiness zone 12+

Fruits pests or diseases:
Birds, aphids, ant, mediterranean fruit fly

What can be done with big quantities of White Sapote fruits?
Eat, alcohol

Work requirements on the fruit:
Cover the tree with net of something to protect the fruit

How long does it take for a White Sapote tree to bear fruit?
3-5 years and from seeds 7+ years

Ripening of fruit:
Better to pick up the fruit before fully ready

How to eat White sapote:
Eat the fruits without peal and seeds

How to grow White sapote from seeds

Sowing requirement:
Clean the seeds, possible to scratch the seeds cover little bit, fresh seeds

Saving seeds and care until sowing:
When can’t sow it directly need to put the seeds with well moist peat soil in close transparent nylon bag

Sowing season:
Fresh seeds if not the seeds lose viability and die

How to plant:
Better to use soil that will keep the moist possible to use vermiculite, peat soil or both

Planting spacing:
Better different pots possible 30*40cm (12*16 cm) when transplant it, directly in the location 4*5m (12*15 ft) for medium trees for small tree 3*3m (10*10 ft)

Depth of Sowing:
2cm (1 inch) from the top of the seeds

Conditions for seeds germinate:
High humidity, moist soil,

Watering requires for Seeds:
Average amount of water / Big amount of water, keep the soil moist and don’t let it dry

Germination time:
2-5 weeks

Condition of seedling:
Full sun and well-drained soil


Vernon – sweet green color of fruits

Scientific name:

Casimiroa edulis

Alternative names: Casimiroa, White sapote, Mexican apple, Cochitzapotl, White zapote, Casimiroa sapota

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Blooming Seasons
  • Autumn flowers
  • Spring flowers
  • Summer flowers
  • Winter flowers
Edible Parts
  • Edible Fruit
Culinary uses
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Eaten raw
  • Fruit
  • Ice pop & Ice cream plants
  • Jams
  • Juice
Flower colors
  • Green flower
  • White flower
  • Mediterranean Climate
  • Subtropics Climate
  • Temperate 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
  • Winter planting
Plants sun exposure
  • Full sun Plants
  • Part shade Plants
Watering plants
  • Regularly water
Hardiness zone
  • Hardiness zone 10
  • Hardiness zone 11
  • Hardiness zone 12
  • Hardiness zone 13

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