How to Grow Cherimoya

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The cherimoya is a fruit produced on evergreen trees native to South America. Cherimoya fruits are green, heart- or cone-shaped and grow from 4 to 8 inches in length. They have white flesh and a very sweet flavor when fully ripe, which occurs from October until May. Cherimoya trees have thick, dark green foliage and grow up to 30 feet tall. They prefer full sun and average soil that drains well.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Organic mulch
  • 8-8-8 NPK fertilizer
  • Nitrogen
  • Pruning shears
  • Plant the cherimoya tree at the depth it was previously growing.

  • Water until the soil is moderately moist all the way to the roots.

  • Place 2 to 3 inches of organic mulch around the tree's base, which prevents weeds, preserves moisture and enriches the soil as it decomposes.

  • Water two times each week from early spring until late fall. Stop watering completely during winter.

  • Feed with 8-8-8 NPK fertilizer once during the middle of winter, at the rate instructed on the package. Repeat the application every three months. Once the trees begin producing fruit, fertilize once each year with nitrogen. Apply the nitrogen at a rate of 4 oz. to each inch of trunk diameter.

  • Prune during mid to late winter. Remove all spindly growth as well as rubbing or crossing branches.

Tips & Warnings

  • Plant cherimoya trees in a location protected from high winds.
  • Cherimoya trees require cross-pollination to produce fruit.

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