Infection begins at blossom-end of the Custard apple fruit and later spreads on the entire fruit surface, affected fruits shrivel and they may cling to the tree or fall. Necrotic spots of 2 to 10 mm in diameter appear on unripe fruits which turn into dark brown to black spots.
Maintaining plant health and vigor manuring is very important. The trees are the application of manure and fertilizers are improving the vigor, yield, and fruit quality.
Plant the saplings in a pot filled with well-draining soil. Then make the soil by adding river sand (25%) and compost (25%) in potting mix (50%). Put the planted pot in indirect sunlight for at least 4 weeks, or until the root system is strong enough to transplant the tree to its permanent position.
Custard apple trees are large and spreading, shaded by large, green drooping plant leaves. Custard apple trees are attractive fruits grown in tropical areas. The Custard apple tree is spherical spreading; it has a different crown in 10 to 14 centimeters thick trunk. Its height is 15 to 35 feet, and plant leaves have a special type of fragrance, they are deciduous, and narrow, which is 4 to 8 inches long. It is found in different sizes and colors; it is made in spherical and also conical, made of knobby segments with a thick hole. The size of the fruit is 4 to 6 inches.
Can you grow Custard apples in the UK?
Take a pot and fill it with well-draining soil. You can use a seed raising soil or make your own. Sow the seeds about 1 inch deep keeping 2-inch separation between them. Mixed potting mix with river sand in equal amount and filled the pot, leaving top 1 inch empty. Placed the seeds on the soil and fill the pot with the soil.
The entire process of Custard apple seed germination can be likened to a fungal pathogen magnet. With moist soil and tender plant tissue, avoiding fungal infections is the challenging aspect of propagation with seeds. If you will be reusing old germination containers, sterilize them in a solution of about 1 part household bleach and 9 parts of water. Allow the container to soak for about 15 to 20 minutes and rinse well afterward. Use a soilless germination mix, obtainable at most large gardening centers, to further protect the seeds from the disease. Fill the container to within ½ inch of the rim and moisten it thoroughly before planting the Custard apple seeds.
A Custard apple fruit is ripe if it gives slightly when gently pressed. Custard apple fruits can be bought ready to eat, or still hard to the touch. If, allow to ripen over several days before eating. To speed ripening, then put the fruit into a brown paper bag with a banana and leave it on the kitchen bench.
How can you tell when a Custard apple is ripe?
Fruits take up to 6 months to mature on the tree after setting. Though, one thing to look for is the skin between the main segments of the fruit, which changes from a green to a cream color. Cut the fruit stem with a pair of secateurs, leaving a 3 to 5cm stub of stem on the Custard apple fruit. This mainly helps to prevent the entry of disease spores. The Custard apple fruit now needs to be left for a couple of days at room temperature to soften before it is ready to eat.
Water well and locate the pot in indirect sunlight. Keep the soil damp as the seeds germination needs a humid and warm environment.
Here is a popular tree that is widely cultivated for its edible delicious fruit. It is a small, semi-deciduous tree or shrub with broad, spreading branches. It can grow up to 8 m tall. The leaves are thin, simple, with fine hairs underneath, and arranged alternately. The 6-10cm long fruits are sweet and creamy, and consumed as dessert or used as an ingredient in making ice cream, jellies, etc.
Also used medicinally in treating diarrhoea, dysentery, colds, chills, rheumatism, and sleeplessness. It also has an anticancer function and it lowers uric acid levels in the blood. The seeds, when heated, can produce oil that can be used against agricultural pests. However, it should be noted that the seeds, leaves, and roots are poisonous due to occurrence of alkaloid and hydrocyanic acid in such plant parts. *We can not take any responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of plants. Always seek advice from a professional before using a plant medicinally.
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It is cold and frost sensitive and requires a tropical or near tropical climate. Though it is drought tolerant, it will not produce fruit well during droughts. Not particular to soil and has performed well on sand, oolitic limestone and heavy loam with good drainage. Water logging is intolerable. The tree is shallow rooted and doesn’t need deep soil. USDA zone 10-12
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Break open the sugar apple and pick through the flesh to find the seeds (it’s easy, they’re quite large). Any flesh that clings to the seeds needs to be washed off to avoid rot. After washing them, place them on several layers of paper towels and then store them in a glass jar until you want to plant them. Dampen an additional piece of paper towel, or clean rag, and place it in the jar with the seeds to provide indirect moisture and prevent the seeds from drying completely. Sugar apple tree seeds germinate better when they are a week old than when fresh from the fruit.
The entire process of seed germination can be likened to a fungal pathogen magnet. With moist soil and tender plant tissue, avoiding fungal infections is the most challenging aspect of propagation with seeds. If you will be reusing old germination containers, sterilize them in a solution of 1 part household bleach and 9 parts of water. Allow the container to soak for 15 to 20 minutes and rinse well afterward.
Seed Collection and Storage
Although there are several ways to accomplish scarification – breaking or weakening the seed coat – the easiest and safest ways include using baby nail clippers to snip a tiny opening in the seed coat or rubbing the seed between two pieces of sandpaper.
Avoiding Fungal Infection During Germination
Use a soilless germination mix, available at most large gardening centers, to further protect the seeds from disease. Fill the container to within ½ inch of the rim and moisten it thoroughly before planting the sugar apple seeds.