For those of you who have tasted soursop, I wanted to get some opinions on whether plants grown from seed produce good fruits or if it would be best to hunt down a grafted tree for better fruit.
I have never tasted a soursop from a grafted tree and they all are very sweet.
Soursop tree will die below 40 degrees.
Thanks for the replies -- Patusho, that's very reassuring and will help me in my search. Greentitan, thanks for the caution but I've got the temps situation covered and am already raising atemoya here in Atlanta.
It will never take hold in Atlanta, barely able here in Miami! This year we had a mild winter so lots of Soursops! Best of luck, plus it's a huge tree! I've grafted them but, they flower and set fruit in about two years from seeds so it's not worth it. There are sweet varities (eating) and a sour type (used to make a milk and ice drink which is really good). Best of luck!
I live here in Atlanta and I have a grafted soursop and a sweetsop that I ordered from Mikey's Plant World on Ebay. He's very reliable and his plants come in excellent condition.
And yes, these plants can live in Atlanta (indoor in the winter) and outdoor in the summer. My soursop has produced fruit but they usually drop off (I don't know why).
hey my soursops planted in the ground made it through winter here in So. California. woohoo!
Many thanks to all of you for replying to my post! TiffaneyGA, your growing technique (indoor in winter/outdoor in summer) is what I do for my little atemoyas. I would guess the fruit drop is one of three things: a mineral deficiency, a lack of heat or humidity at some stage in the growing, or the plant running too dry at some point. If I manage to work this out, I will post the solution here on the Tropicals forum!
Again, thanks to all of you!
Your soursop may be dropping the fruit because it may be too much of a strain for its size.
Either let the plant grow a little more before allowing it to fruit, or remove all the fruits except one.
But it could be one of the other things you pointed out...
I finally found a source for GRAFTED soursop trees. They have two cultivars available, Mario and Whitman Fiberless.
E-mail me if you are interested.
You got mail Cagary. My soursops has since almost completely defoliated during this cold month. The good thing is that the limbs are still very firm, and very little dieback, mostly on a few centimeters of the tip. It had shown signs of a growth flush on all the buds but has completely stopped. Good thing is that the buds are still alive.
I'm currently growing a Soursop in Southern California and I'm looking for a source to purchase another one. I have sent you an email to see if you can give send me the name of your source.
Cagary, I also sent you an email regarding the source you found but haven't heard from you.
my soursop or guanabana as we call it here doesnt produce fruit; the bud opens then dies and falls. the tree is only 2-3 years old, we think its needed to be pollinized but we arent sure. any suggestions?
Soursops are usually very tropical , I tried for 10 years in warm sub-tropical Queensland and never got fruit .
So its not worth trying, even in Florida .
You will grow the tree , but never get fruit .
The 'Fibreless' cultivars do not seem to set any fruit , but seedling plants bear easily in 2-3 years . I have several trees planted out , as this is one of my favourite fruits.
I had an inground soursop tree in zone 10 fl that did produce nice size fruits until hurricane Andrew killed it
I have soursop(Annona muricata) seeds for trade if anyone is interested. Also have some from another realive known locally as "corazÃ³n" = heart fruit, (Annona reticulata). Please e-mail directly to set up a trade.
I live in California and would like to grow my own Soursop tree. I can't find a single place where they would sell it and I know it's a very good fruit. Can anyone give me directions on how and where to start with growing my own tree? Please. I live in Palmdale. Hot in the summer very cold in the winter. A lot of wind. If you can even tell me of a place where they sell this fruit, I would appreciate that information as well. Thank you all ahead of time. Bless you all.
I bought one at Mimosa Nursery in East L.A last spring and the last time I was there was July and they had tons of them (3 feet tall or so). I also saw one at Flowerdale Nursery in Orange and one at Upland Nursery also in Orange (2 weeks ago). Good luck.
Best regards, Chris
My soursop trees are grown from seeds. I brought the seeds from Colombia and currently have 2 trees. Great fruits, my family loves it. I have a friend that makes tea out of the leaves for anti cancer. I just love the fruit.
Some Old School moms make frozen ices out of it in rural Puerto Rico