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Soursop tree help - I donít know what Iím doing
« on: June 14, 2020, 08:07:32 PM »
I bought my tree online and have had it less than a week. Truth be told, I know almost nothing about gardening or growing food. I want to learn though. Please see the pictures of my soursop tree below and tell me if thereís something wrong. It came in a box so Iím assuming some of this can be stress from the shipping. Iíve followed the directions on how to pot it. Iím just concerned itís not looking healthy. Iím hoping someone can give me insight. Thanks in advance!!





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Re: Soursop tree help - I donít know what Iím doing
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2020, 08:56:51 PM »
It's a cold-sensitive tree so I guess you intend to grow it in a pot, right?  And take it inside when it gets cold?  In which case you're going to have to keep re-potting to a bigger pot on a regular basis.  Just keep the potting soil moist, and see what happens.  I'm not sure if I've ever heard of anyone growing soursop in a pot and if they get fruit.  Anyway, have fun, and don't stress out about it.  I'm a big fan of soursop and have grown two trees (in the ground).  A really wonderful fruit.
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Re: Soursop tree help - I donít know what Iím doing
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2020, 09:25:02 PM »
There was a post on this forum where somebody fruited an indoor container soursop. 

Your tree in the picture doesnít look so good right now, but it might recover and thrive. 

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« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2020, 09:47:55 PM »
I bought my tree online and have had it less than a week. Truth be told, I know almost nothing about gardening or growing food. I want to learn though. Please see the pictures of my soursop tree below and tell me if thereís something wrong. It came in a box so Iím assuming some of this can be stress from the shipping. Iíve followed the directions on how to pot it. Iím just concerned itís not looking healthy. Iím hoping someone can give me insight. Thanks in advance!!




What kind of soil do you use because kind of seems like it's burned with fertilizer

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Re: Soursop tree help - I donít know what Iím doing
« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2020, 06:34:06 AM »
I bought my tree online and have had it less than a week. Truth be told, I know almost nothing about gardening or growing food. I want to learn though. Please see the pictures of my soursop tree below and tell me if thereís something wrong. It came in a box so Iím assuming some of this can be stress from the shipping. Iíve followed the directions on how to pot it. Iím just concerned itís not looking healthy. Iím hoping someone can give me insight. Thanks in advance!!



Well draining soil rich in organic matter, i just repotted some sops. My soil mix was about 60% peat moss 40%compost then add 15% perlite to fluff it up. I also mixed bone meal, bloodmeal and all purpose organic fertilizer in with the soil. All the trees pushing mew growth with recent rains.

What kind of soil do you use because kind of seems like it's burned with fertilizer

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Re: Soursop tree help - I donít know what Iím doing
« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2020, 07:43:36 AM »
I bought my tree online and have had it less than a week. Truth be told, I know almost nothing about gardening or growing food. I want to learn though. Please see the pictures of my soursop tree below and tell me if thereís something wrong. It came in a box so Iím assuming some of this can be stress from the shipping. Iíve followed the directions on how to pot it. Iím just concerned itís not looking healthy. Iím hoping someone can give me insight. Thanks in advance!!



Well draining soil rich in organic matter, i just repotted some sops. My soil mix was about 60% peat moss 40%compost then add 15% perlite to fluff it up. I also mixed bone meal, bloodmeal and all purpose organic fertilizer in with the soil. All the trees pushing mew growth with recent rains.

What kind of soil do you use because kind of seems like it's burned with fertilizer
If you overdid it with bloodmeal that can burn your tree because it has very high nitrogen

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« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2020, 09:26:17 AM »
Oh no!! :'(  I used some organic planting mix and something called root rocket. I bought these from the site where I bought the tree from. I also used some regular potting soil.  Is there a way to fix this?  Maybe adding more potting soil?  I don't want it to die!

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« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2020, 09:37:37 AM »
Dont panic. Root rocket won't hurt your new plant.  It is designed for transplants and seedlings. Just give it some time to adjust to its new home. Keep the soil slightly moist, don't drown it or let it dry out, and it will settle in.

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PS - I am one of the folks with a fruiting soursop in a pot in my greenhouse  ;)

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Re: Soursop tree help - I donít know what Iím doing
« Reply #8 on: June 15, 2020, 11:00:47 AM »
Most nurseries don't grow organically so most likely have fertilizer with it and adding bone meal would have been way too much nitrogen .
What I would do it's remove the soil at some new soil without bone meal and water heavily
To help it go through the stress

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Re: Soursop tree help - I donít know what Iím doing
« Reply #9 on: June 15, 2020, 01:52:31 PM »
ok.  What would have contained the bone meal? I know I didn't specifically add that. Could it have been contained in the organic planting mix or root rocket?
I'm sorry if this sounds silly... I really am new to all of this and am trying to learn  ;)

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Re: Soursop tree help - I donít know what Iím doing
« Reply #10 on: June 15, 2020, 02:46:59 PM »
My post confused the thread, I posted how i stepped up my soursop recently and i posted my soil mix 60%peat  moss 40%compost then 15%of that perlite then i added bone meal, blood meal and organic fertilizer.

I posted my soil mix formula for the original poster. It was mixed up in the quotes.


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Re: Soursop tree help - I donít know what Iím doing
« Reply #11 on: June 15, 2020, 07:40:02 PM »
Yes sorry . I like know how often are you watering because letting it drying out too much

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Re: Soursop tree help - I donít know what Iím doing
« Reply #12 on: June 16, 2020, 02:23:36 PM »
Watering... welp, watering when I see it drying. The site I bought it from said something about not keeping it too wet and making sure it has good drainage - which it think it does. So maybe part of my problem is not watering enough. Yesterday I did add some soil to it and watered it... I praying it recovers.
I live in Louisiana where it's hot and humid. How often should I be watering it?

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« Reply #13 on: June 16, 2020, 06:29:06 PM »
Watering... welp, watering when I see it drying. The site I bought it from said something about not keeping it too wet and making sure it has good drainage - which it think it does. So maybe part of my problem is not watering enough. Yesterday I did add some soil to it and watered it... I praying it recovers.
I live in Louisiana where it's hot and humid. How often should I be watering it?

My small trees still in containers outdoors (in full or partial sun) need water every day. Not sure if thatís the case for yours. You should be able to do a finger test a few inches into the soil; if itís dry, it needs water.

Iím certainly not an expert, perhaps others will chime in. Good luck!

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Re: Soursop tree help - I donít know what Iím doing
« Reply #14 on: June 16, 2020, 07:10:33 PM »
Like Canesgirl said water if the top few inches of soil is dry... Make sure not to overwater as this can cause root rot. I just leave my tree in partial shade and it does fine no special care required.
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Re: Soursop tree help - I donít know what Iím doing
« Reply #15 on: June 16, 2020, 09:42:58 PM »
If plants are several days in a box or a closed truck, they are already starving by the time they get to you--- starving, not for fertilizer (which is not really plant food, just mineral supplement), but for glucose, from photosynthesis.
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« Reply #16 on: June 17, 2020, 09:38:39 AM »
Thank you all for your help!!! I'm so thankful for a community that has been so helpful and responsive.
I don't think I was watering enough... but I have been watering more regularly the least few days. I'm hoping I don't lose this tree but only time will tell. I guess I should have done better research because I really want to help this tree thrive. I've never grown anything or owned plants but something in me wants to learn to do it.  I also have a young mandarin tree and a meyer lemon tree and those seem to be not as sensitive...they're doing pretty well.

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« Reply #17 on: June 17, 2020, 01:49:40 PM »
spotted some new growth today  :D So excited!

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Re: Soursop tree help - I donít know what Iím doing
« Reply #18 on: June 17, 2020, 04:24:45 PM »
You could trench 2-3 feet deep just inside your property line, and install a root barrier.
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