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Custard Apple

Annona reticulata

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Custard Apple is part of the Annona genus and its scientific name is Annona reticulata. The reticulata part of this plant's botanical name means 'covered with a network of veins'.

Small tree that produces large heart-shaped tropical fruit with soft acid pulp.

This is a very strong tree in that it can withstand many obstacles and still live. Produces fairly fast grown from seeds. The fruit is very sweet and soft but a bit grainy.

Note that seed kernels and bark are toxic.

Custard Apple 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.

Custard Apple is known for growing to a height of approximately 34.67 feet (that's 10.67 metres in metric) with a tree habit.

Try planting Custard Apple if you'd like to attract birds to your garden.

Belize is believed to be where Custard Apple originates from.

Custard Apple is great for inexperienced gardeners and those that like low maintainance gardens.

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

How to grow Custard Apple

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Custard Apple will grow in most soils as long as they are well drained. While the tree will tolerate poor soils, it will do better in a rich, fertile soil . Custard Apple trees will not tolerate drought or flooding. Young plants require partial shade.

Plant in a location that enjoys full sun / partial sun and remember to water moderately. Use Zone 10 - Zone 11 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Custard Apple requires a chalky and loamy soil with a ph of 5.0 - 7.5 - it grows best in moderately acidic soil - weakly alkaline soil. Keep in mind when planting that Custard Apple is thought of as half hardy, so remember to watch your frost dates and ensure you have this plant protected when the temperature dips.

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

Growing Custard Apple from seed

Transplanting Custard Apple

Make a hole as deep as the container the tree is growing in and about one inch wider. Cover the one inch gap with soil and press around with your foot. To retain moisture spread mulch around the trunk leaving about a ft. away from the trunk.

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Custard Apple is a half hardy plant.

Harvesting Custard Apple

Harvest fruit when it has lost its green colour but before fruit splits.

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Other names for Custard Apple

Chirimoya, annona, Atemoya, corazon

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