Cherimoya Custard Apple Annona cherimola 5 Seeds
Cherimoya Custard Apple Annona cherimola 5 Seeds
Cherimoya Custard Apple Annona cherimola 5 Seeds
Cherimoya Custard Apple Annona cherimola 5 Seeds
Cherimoya Custard Apple Annona cherimola 5 Seeds

Cherimoya Custard Apple Annona cherimola 5 Seeds

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Cherimoya are conical to heart-shaped fruits that are renowned for their delicious creamy white flesh which has hints of banana, papaya, peach, pineapple and strawberry. The white flesh of the ripe cherimoya is sweet, juicy and very fragrant. The flesh of the fruit is custard-like and so the fruits are also called custard apples. The fruits have a green skin that have the appearance of overlapping scales. The white flesh is segmented and contains numerous hard brown to black inedible seeds that are 1/2in long and wide. In its native regions the fruit is usually eaten served chilled and is frequently used in desserts. The tree has large, medium green leaves that droop on the branches. The tree is erect but low branched and somewhat shrubby or spreading; ranging from 16 to 30 ft (5 to 9 m) in height; and its young branchlets are rusty-hairy. The leaves are briefly deciduous (just before spring flowering), alternate, 2-ranked, with minutely hairy petioles 1/4 to 1/2 in. (6 to 12.5 mm) long; ovate to elliptic or ovate-lanceolate, short blunt-pointed at the apex; slightly hairy on the upper surface, velvety on the underside; 3 to 6 in. (7.5-15 cm) long, 1 1/2 to 3 1/2 in. (3.8-8.9 cm) wide. Fragrant flowers, solitary or in groups of 2 or 3, on short, hairy stalks along the branches, have 3 outer, greenish, fleshy, oblong, downy petals to 1 1/4 in. (3 cm) long and 3 smaller, pinkish inner petals.


The seeds are stored in a refrigerator to maintain viability.


Growing Instructions

1. Scarify the seeds by nicking or sanding the seed coat.
2. Soak the seed in water for several hours.
3. Prepare a mixture of half potting soil and half sand, perlite or vermiculite.
4. Put the mixture in a pot with drainage holes in the base.
5. Water the mixture so that it is moist but not wet.
6. Put the seeds on the soil.
7. Cover the seeds with a thin layer of soil.
8. Water the seeds and keep the soil moist but not wet.
9. Place the pots in an area with warm temperatures in full sun or part shade.
10. Water the seeds regularly so that the soil stays moist. The seeds take 3-5 weeks to sprout.
11. When the seedlings are a few inches tall, they can be transplanted.