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Annona muricata

Soursop is a plant which belongs to the Annona genus. The origin of this plant's scientific name epithet (muricata) means 'covered wiith short, hard points'.

Guanabana is a small tree that bears elongated fruits shaped like a heart. The skin of the fruit is somewhat thick and bumpy. The pulp is a creamy white color and contains many brown seeds. It can be very juicy and sweet. The flower grows from the stem and is a creamy pale green color.

Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Cream and   Green-yellow. The mature flowers are of a single form. When ripe, fruit appear in these approximate colours:   Kelly green and   Dark yellow. Leaves appear approximately as a   Dartmouth green colour. Soursop grows as a semi-evergreen and is a flowering edible fruit. Being a evergreen plant, it will be evergreen in mild areas but otherwise deciduous. Soursop is known for its tree habit and growing to a height of approximately 9.14 metres (29.72 feet). Try planting Soursop if you'd like to attract butterflies, bees and birds to your garden.

Cuba is believed to be where Soursop originates from.

Soursop needs a moderate amount of maintenance, so some level of previous experience comes in handy when growing this plant. Ensure that you are aware of the soil, sun, ph and water requirements for this plant and keep an eye out for pests.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Soursop have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Soursop

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

This plant needs porous type of soil rich in humus.In dry areas, adding compost may help the plant to attain normal growth.

Plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to water moderately. Zone 10 to 12 are typically the USDA Hardiness Zones that are appropriate for this plant (although this can vary based on your microclimate). Keep in mind when planting that Soursop is thought of as tender, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside.

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

Growing Soursop from seed

Soil temperature should be kept higher than 20°C / 68°F to ensure good germination.

Transplanting Soursop

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Soursop is a tender plant.

Harvesting Soursop

Fruits that display glossy appearance are ready for harvest.

Common Soursop problems

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

Stem borers

Soursop Etymology

The name suggested that is close to Tagalog " gawa"+ “bana”.(made by deity or holy one)

Soursop Folklore & Trivia

When I was young my grandmother used to make tea out of the tender leaves of the soursop.

Other names for Soursop

Soursap, Guanábana, Graviola, Zuurzak, Coração-da-�ndia, Guyabano, Corossol, Sirsak, Baahlsakk, Durian belanda, anona de puntitas or anona de broquel

Soursop care instructions

How long does Soursop take to grow?

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