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Annona cherimola

Cherimoya is a plant which belongs to the Annona genus.

Small to medium subtropical tree. Native to subtropical regions of South America; young trees are very frost sensitive, though mature trees can withstand temperatures a few degrees below freezing. Dislikes extreme heat, and doesn’t perform as well in truly tropical locales as it’s relatives sugar apple, custard apple, soursop and biriba. Seeds have a high germination rate, and seedlings are rather vigorous. Edible fruit is renowned (however, watch out if you have a latex allergy), all other parts of the plant are variably poisonous if ingested, and seeds should NOT be eaten.

It is a flowering edible fruit and is treated mainly as an evergreen, so it retains its leaves throughout the year. Cherimoya is known for its tree habit and growing to a height of approximately 6.71 metres (21.79 feet).

Cherimoya is normally fairly low maintenance and is normally quite easy to grow, as long as a level of basic care is provided throughout the year. Being aware of the basic soil, sun and water preferences will result in a happier and healthier plant.

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How to grow Cherimoya

  • Full Sun

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  • Partial Sun

  • Medium

Hand pollinate for fruit set: male and female flowers form on the same tree, but not at the same time, and male pollen is highly perishable unless refrigerated.

Position in a full sun / partial sun location and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Cherimoya is thought of as half hardy, so remember to protect this plant from frosts and low temperatures.

See our list of companion Plants for Cherimoya to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Cherimoya from seed

Seed germination time can vary from 2.5 weeks to a few months. Bottom heat will greatly speed up germination.

Soak seeds in room temperature water for 24-48 hours; discard those that float. The percentage of germination in soaked seeds is lower than in unsoaked seeds, but those that do germinate will do so much more quickly. Seeds should be planted about an inch deep.

Seeds can be stored for several months.

Transplanting Cherimoya

Transplant into individual pots when 3-5 inches tall. Seedlings will develop a taproot, and should not be in a too-large container, but will need some room for root growth. Generally a sun-loving plant when mature, but young cherimoyas will be fairly vigorous in filtered light as well.

Ensure that temperatures are mild (minimum night temperatures should be around -2°C / 28°F) and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Cherimoya is a half hardy plant.

Harvesting Cherimoya

Cherimoya can be picked when it turns a light green color and feels soft to the touch.

Common Cherimoya problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Cherimoya plants:

Other names for Cherimoya

Custard apple

Cherimoya care instructions

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