My Potted Sugar Apple

ch3rri(z6 PA)August 1, 2011

Hello All. Just an update on my sugar apple trees. They are growing very well this year with lots of flowers and fruits on my Kampong Mauve sugar apple. My seedlings also produced many flowers and one even formed into a fruit. I really find the sugar apple to be easy and rewarding.

Yellowthumb- the sugar apple can be leggy if you let it be. Just like any tree, you should prune at young age to promote branching and keep the tree short with thicker trunk. My first seed grown sugar apple is very leggy because I pruned it too late. Check out my blog for pictures. But with my new seedlings, I pinched off the tips when the seedlings were 1-2 feet high. I also keep on pinching the tips off when the branches reach a certain length. At the beginning the seedling can be very leggy and need support. All you need to do is tie a stick next to the seedling to support it until it can stand on it's own. I really think it's worth it to plant a sugar apple tree if you like the fruit. As for space, I think all tree will grow and take up a lot of space...even the grafted tree can grow quite large if you let it be.

Kampong Mauve

Thai-lessard I got from Pine Island last year.

Here is the link to my last year sugar apple.

http://ch3rri-blossoms.blogspot.com/2010/07/sugar-apples-man-cau-updates.html

Here is a link that might be useful: More pictures of sugar apples

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yellowthumb(5a Ontario)

Hi Ch3rri,

Really appreciate your kind help. Now I know how to deal with a leggy sugar apple tree.
Congratulations and best regards

YT

    Bookmark   August 1, 2011 at 12:38AM
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red_sea_me

Wow, the trees are looking great, nice thick trunks. Your balcony is filling up very nicely.

-Ethan

    Bookmark   August 1, 2011 at 1:38AM
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yellowthumb(5a Ontario)

Hi Ch3rri,

I also see your Cherimoya at the back. How do you like your tree? Do you have a picture of that tree as well.

Thanks so much.

YT

    Bookmark   August 2, 2011 at 9:36PM
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ohiojay(z6 OH)

Very nice! Great job with everything as ususal. Thanks for the pics. J

    Bookmark   August 3, 2011 at 6:05AM
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tyler_j(6a)

Hi Ch3rri...

Just curious if you have a heated greenhouse for winter or do you just keep them indoors?? I'm waiting for my sugar apple seeds to sprout... its been almost a month and nothing yet.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2011 at 10:26AM
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ch3rri(z6 PA)

Yellowthumb- The tree in the back is atemoya. I did not get any cherimoya since I can just order the fruits from Cherimoya.com. I know the tree can grow pretty big even in pot. My lisa atemoya is getting pretty big now and will need a good pruning soon. Also, with cherimoya or atemoya you will need to hand pollinate for better fruit production. I didn't have time to pollinate the flowers so will have no fruit this year. But the sugar apple have tons of flowers and they are self pollinate so I will have a few fruits for my mauve sugar apple.

Tyler- I do not have a heated greenhouse. I bring all my trees in my morning room or in the basement with some growlights. If you planted the seeds for a month and nothing, then you should dig one up and check it out to see if they rotted or not. I usually soak the seeds for a couple hours or overnight then plant it in moist soil in a mini greenhouse. Good luck.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2011 at 11:41PM
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charleslou23

dont see any fruit on them..

    Bookmark   August 10, 2011 at 4:08PM
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phucvu(10 b oc ca)

how do you keep your potted plants so healthy? in just a few months almost all of my potted plants are yellow or brown.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2011 at 11:40PM
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ch3rri(z6 PA)

I just water them when the surface is dry or just once a day when the weather is really hot. I really didn't do anything special. I'm a bit lazy and now not much time to care for them so only fertilize them once in a while.

During spring time I pluck most of the larger leaves off so new leaves can grow with flowers.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2011 at 3:13AM
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whatsnew2000(9)

ch3rri,

what type of soil do you use for your potted plants?

    Bookmark   August 16, 2011 at 1:09PM
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ch3rri(z6 PA)

I just use miracle grow potting soil. I didn't mix anything else to it since the root system was good. I always wait until the sugar apple has a lot of roots before I change it to a larger pot.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2011 at 1:56PM
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