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Yeah I agree with Dom the Nitidulid beetles is a natural pollinator of most Annona's. I've seen them on Sugar apple, custard apple, atemoyas, etc. In fact you can actually get some attractants for Nitidulid beetles to help get them to naturally pollinate. Hand pollination will always get the best results but natural help is welcome.
Agree :-).This is great. I'm starting to feel sorry for the young chap
Is it always best to graft atemoya onto cherimoya rootstock, or do you think annona squamosa would work just as well as rootstock?
Which cherimoyas are the ones which might work in Florida? I think you talked about last year, maybe they were from Hawaii.Last year the ones he suggested might work in FL were Libby, McPherson, Spain and Cumbe. I've got all 4 growing, still very small. All basically went dormant both during the winter and the heat of summer.
Years ago I ordered seeds for Kampong Mauve online from some Thai website, I have one tree in a container, on the balcony at work, and that little devil put out all kinds of fruit. I have heard that Sugar apples were shy bearers, or that you needed to mess with pollinating etc. they are not big fruit, biggest one I got was about the size of a Valencia orange. tree has about 2-3 fruit on it now with more flowers. I hardly take care of it, just water, some fertilizer once a year. seems to put out fruit, 3 or more times a year. very productive. I can only imagine what it would do in the ground with better care and more sunlight. only gets about 4 hours direct sunlight in the afternoon.
My biggest problem is catching the fruit before they drop, they go from not ripe, to ripe, in one day, so as soon as they turn purple, I get a plastic bag or net, and tie it to the stem, if I don't it will be splattered on the ground.
would you ship any of these 1 gal grafted trees?
Oh OK, that makes sense. I'd figured maybe your friend shared the pics through that image sharing service, and maybe you'd missed the caption. Best of luck getting seeds, those look really pretty.They're both reticulata.
1) Check the leaves, those long pointy shiny leaves are a dead reticulata indicator, whereas A. cherimola has large round fuzzy leaves.
2) When you click on the pic, they're both labeled as "Annona reticulata - Guerrero Orange" and "Annona reticulata - Guerrero Yellow"
I put those names on the pics till I'd be sure , just to find them back faster . Now the trick will be getting a bunch of seeds of each , I really wanna grow these .
Wow! Look at all those! Very nice indeed! Fantastic work! Do you water them everyday since they are in full sun? How quickly do they grow at this stage? Do you have time release fertilizer added?
Good to see you last night at Har's speech-topic on Soursop. How are your Dream (and a couple mine) cherimoyas doing?
Anyone want to discribe why this tree is a better one that some of the othrrs?
Best tasting Florida grown annona I have eaten although I haven't had all of them. It also sets without hand pollination and has great cold hardiness.
I'd like to get one of these DreamsI should have some available in 1gal on cherimoya rootstock in about a month. They're pushing new growth now, gotta give them some time to heal.
Anyone have any contact info where I can buy one
Thanks Frank, I'll stop by there, soon!
Great let me know so I can check it out. I will be featuring Randhir monsters 5-6lb California atemoya in a few weeks
P.S. Finally ID randhir. An improve Jumbo seedling of gefner......better taste, size, fewer seeds etc