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Green Custard Apple Tree

R300.00

Annona reticulata

Custard apples are medium to large fruits with a brown to red exterior skin. It is also known as bullock’s heart. The flesh of the fruit is white and creamy, containing black non-edible seeds scattered throughout. It has a sweet slightly chewy and custardy flavour with a hint of mango and banana. The texture is soft and custardy.

A large, deciduous tree with a 23 – 35cm trunk. The pleasant sweet-smelling trumpet shaped flowers do not open fully. Flowers will be plentiful but only a small number survive. This being so, the tree will still produce large numbers of custard apples.

The fruits ripen in late winter and early spring when most other summer fruits are not available. Avoid planting in soils that previously grew ginger, eggplant, capsicums, tomatoes and potatoes.

Appearance – The fruits are 8 – 16cm in size and can be heart-shaped, lopsided, nearly round or oblate with a depression at the base.

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Position

Full sun at least 6mt away from structures, powerlines or other trees. Try to shelter from strong winds. Best to plant your tree in late winter. Cover with frost cover for the first few winters.

Size

5 – 6 metres but if not pruned can grow to a height of 10 metres.

Soil Type

Preferably a very well drained sandy loam soil. They will also do well in normal ground or potting soil. The initial hole for planting must be, at least, 1m deep. If this is not possible, it is best to
plant in mounds.

Watering

They enjoy summer rainfall areas. Young trees need a good soaking every 2 weeks for the first few years except in winter. When fruits are fully grown, refrain from watering.

Mulch

Custard Apple Trees are fast growers and respond well to being mulched regularly with well matured organic matter.

Fertilising

Use our slow-release nitrogen-rich all plant fertiliser. Apply 1 teaspoon every 4-5 months. The roots will absorb what they required.

Pruning

Start pruning the tree when it is young. As the leaves of the Custard Apple Tree are large and droopy, ideally create an open vase shape with an open canopy to allow for light to penetrate. Short twigs will shed after flowering and fruiting.

Harvesting

The fruit should be picked only when it is yellow. If picked green, it will not ripen well and the fruit will be inferior.

Weight

3

Length

15

Width

15

Height

50

Packaging Type

xlarge_parcel

Maximum

6

Packaging Type 1

large_parcel

Maximum 1

6

Packaging Type 2

medium_parcel

Maximum 2

4

Packaging Type 3

flyer_size

Maximum 3

2

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