The Sugar Apple, or Sweetsop, Annona squamosa, is one of the most popular fruit trees of the tropics. It is cultivated for its abundantly produced, apple-like fruits. The fruits have a creamy, white, aromatic pulp that is smooth, fruity and custardy and it has a very sweet taste. The tree itself is a small tree with a short trunk and a broad, rounded or spreading canopy with pendant, medium green leaves. Fragrant flowers are produced in small clusters and they have the scent of jasmine flowers. The sugar apple is widely grown in tropical and subtropical regions where the related cherimoya cannot be grown. The cherimoya likes cooler climates but the sugar apple can be grown in warm and humid regions and in lowland tropical regions. Zones 10-12
- Prepare a mixture of half potting soil and half sand, perlite or vermiculite. Put the mixture in a pot with drainage holes in the base.
- Water the mixture so that it is moist but not wet.
- Put the seeds on the soil.
- Cover the seeds with a thin layer of soil.
- Water the seeds.
- Place the pots in an area with warm temperatures in full sun or part shade.
- Water them regularly so that the soil does not dry out.
- When the seedlings are a few inches tall, they can be transplanted.