Any luck with Custard Apples??

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Any luck with Custard Apples??

Post by kiarancactus » Sun Dec 29, 2013 11:16 pm

Howdy folks,

This year I managed to successfully germinate 12 custard apple seeds from a fruit bought in Morrisons, even after all the seeds floated in water! icon_thumleft

They're doing pretty well and most have got two to three leaves out, Bob Flowerdew wrote a good piece on custard apples which you can read here : http://www.hartley-botanic.co.uk/featur ... ard-apples
In short he says they're perfectly possible to grow here if they get a bit of care, so has anyone had any luck with them? :?:

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Re: Any luck with Custard Apples??

Post by fern Rob » Sun Dec 29, 2013 11:30 pm

Do they need to be grafted like normal apples?
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Re: Any luck with Custard Apples??

Post by otorongo » Mon Dec 30, 2013 11:03 am

Do you mean chirimoyas? I've seen chirimoyas being sold in the UK under the name Custard Apples.


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Re: Any luck with Custard Apples??

Post by James1991 » Mon Dec 30, 2013 2:55 pm

i germinated 3 cherimoya and 1 unknown custard apple this year :) they seem to grow pretty well inside with no direct sunlight and varying temperatures near the radiator


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Re: Any luck with Custard Apples??

Post by otorongo » Mon Dec 30, 2013 2:59 pm

They're grown commercially in southern Spain, will take a -2 or so.


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Re: Any luck with Custard Apples??

Post by kiarancactus » Fri Jan 03, 2014 3:43 pm

Rob I think you can graft them if you wanted a better yield etc, but I'm just gonna see how the seed grown trees do.

Otorongo I do indeed mean Cherimoyas, Annona cherimola or Annona reticulata, not sure which one I'm growing, not much in it :D If they can handle -2 alright then they should be very happy where I'm keeping them.

That's good to know James, I was surprised mine germinated at all as I had them in the unheated greenhouse until about September-October with no luck, and then all of a sudden they all started appearing, then I brought them indoors, didn't wanna take any chances! It's good they don't need much light though as they aren't getting much, I had the seedlings on top of a cupboard above a rayburn for a while and they look fine! :)

Once they're bigger I might sell some, I don't think I need 10+ trees!

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Re: Any luck with Custard Apples??

Post by Blairs » Fri Jan 03, 2014 3:54 pm

I saw those on Jungleseeds...says perfers winter temps above 5C, so I assume it is not that hardy, perhaps a light frost.

Do they grow fast or have some unique selling point for the garden or are you growing them for the fun of it?


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Re: Any luck with Custard Apples??

Post by kiarancactus » Mon Jan 06, 2014 2:27 pm

Mainly growing for the fun of it, from what I've read they aren't too fussy about conditions, but they don't like cold, so firmly an indoor/greenhouse plant. Although once it's a few feet up it might start flowering and after pollination (by hand) it should produce some tasty custard apples! The only other caution is to keep the humidity low when the fruit is forming otherwise it might rot, but it seems pretty straight forward


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