Why are my Sugar Apples turning black?

Its June and your seeing the first baby fruits on your Sugar apple tree – suddenly as you check your sugar apples – oh no! They have turned black.

Frustrated and confused because how could one of your precious sugar apples rot when you were doing everything right?

Look no further – Here is why your sugar apples are turning black.

The Sugar Apple Turns Black Because Of The Annona Seed Borer a ‘Sugar Apple Pest’

The Annona Seed Borer or also known as the ‘Chalcid Wasp’ Is an Annona pest in Florida that burrows its way into Sugar Apples. Once they manage to infest the sugar apple they lay their eggs in the tiny seeds. This process creates a fungus in the sugar apple turning it black & hard. The process of the sugar apple turning black is known as ‘Mummification’.

The Annona Seed Borer will crawl out of the black sugar apple and attack other Sugar apples, so its important to take care of this problem in your garden to ensure the best sugar apple harvest.

In this video I explain why the sugar apple (annona squamosa) turns black on the tree before reaching full maturity (harvest).

The Sugar Apple Turns Black Because Of Too Many Sugar Apples on one tree

If you perform hand pollination on your tree and the tree is too small to hold many fruits – it will naturally turn some black so it can focus on a few.

This occurs more often in trees that are still young (3 or less years) that are over (artificially) pollinated.

How Can I prevent my Sugar Apples From Turning Black?

Enable to prevent your sugar apples from turning black you will need to follow the following steps

  1. Remove all Mummified Black sugar apples from the tree and the base of the tree. (This is very important to stop the cycle of the wasp)
  2. Cover your healthy sugar apples with a protective bag. We recommend these bags from amazon.
  3. Make sure to throw any black sugar apples far away from the tree.

Are there any Pesticides or Sprays I Should Use?

There is currently no-spray available on the market to combat the Annona seed borer (chalcid wasp). By removing black mummified sugar apples from your yard and bagging the fruit it provides excellent defense for your sugar apples.

How does the Annona Seed Borer (Chalcid Wasp) Look Like?

Below is an image from Annona Breeding Projects Instagram of the chalcid wasp.

The wasp itself is very small and has potential to pierce


Planting a Jaboticaba? Here’s what you need to know before doing so.

The Jaboticaba is a fruit that is unlike no other, purple, sweet tangy taste with a softcore. If you are gardening in Florida and are obsessed with tropical fruit, the Jaboticaba tree is a tree you need in your garden.

There are many things to know before you consider ordering your very own Jaboticaba, or decide to visit your local nursery such as knowing the varieties of which Jaboticaba there are as well as how to plant and care for one.

Here are important things to know before purchasing and planting a Jaboticaba tree.

The Jaboticaba Is A Slow Grower

If you are considering having a Jaboticaba in your garden, consider keeping it for the long haul.

Jaboticabas are very slow growing trees, it usually takes them 5-8 years from seed to fruit, and during the year the Jaboticaba tree might not make much of a change in appearance while growing its roots below.

If slow growth is not what you had in mind you can always take the route of purchasing an already fruiting Jaboticaba to save you the years of having to wait.

The Jaboticaba Grows Great In Partly-Shaded Areas

Location is very important when it comes to planting your Jaboticaba – of course, if you are like most gardeners you would think that the sun is great for fruiting trees. Jaboticabas are able to do great under canopy situations or in part shaded areas. The trees would also thrive in full sun areas as well but if you don’t have space in your garden to receive the full sun – don’t feel bad putting it in a dappled light setting they will do just fine.

Here is a video from Pete Kanaris GreenDreamsFL showing how the Jaboticabas grow under a shaded light situation.

Some gardeners have even reported that Jaboticabas grow at a faster rate in the shade than those planted in the full sun.

When Should I Add Fertilizer To My Jaboticaba?

It is typically known that once you plant trees to wait about a year before fertilizing – but every gardener is different and knows there plants best.

Jaboticabas don’t like nitrogen very much in their fertilizers. A fertilizer with a composition of 4-6-4 – or organic material such as rock dust. Too much nitrogen to your Jaboticaba can cause leaf burn.

How Do I Tell If My Jaboticaba Is Healthy?

The best way to tell if your Jaboticaba is healthy and happy is to check if the bark is peeling. This is typically a great indicator that your Jaboticaba is thriving. Also, another way to tell if your Jaboticaba is doing great is by looking out for new growth on your tree.

The bark peels on the Jaboticaba to make room for new flower buds that will form off of new bark growth.

Is the Jaboticaba Cold-Resitant?

Yes, The Jaboticaba can take cold temperatures as low as the 20s in Florida, making it an excellent fruit tree to grow in Central and South Florida and even North Florida.

What Types Of Soils Do Jaboticabas Prefer?

Jaboticabas prefer well-drained soils with a slightly acid pH. The trees don’t tend to like alkaline soils. In Florida, before you plant a Jaboticaba it is highly recommended to test your soil with a pH reader.

When planting a Jaboticaba tree in Florida we recommend filling your hole in the ground with peat-moss first as the Jaboticaba roots do not like to be planted in straight sandy soils.

How Do I Prune My Jaboticaba?

Pruning your Jaboticaba can be optional depending on the shape that you would like your tree pruned to. In the world of Jaboticaba, it is not a common practice to prune the tree as you would other fruit trees.

Since the jaboticaba is a slow grower- gardeners tend to perform a light prune to the jaboticaba to allow more sunlight to penetrate the bark to stimulate more flowers & fruit as the bark will often be covered by the jaboticabas natural branching growth habit.

Should I Prune my Jaboticaba?

Pruning your jaboticaba tree is optional. You may want to consider pruning your jaboticaba if you are having trouble fruiting your tree or if your tree is not receiving enough light on its bark. Since pruning is done so rarely and little on the jaboticaba considering how long it takes to grow, it is recommended to only prune your Jaboticaba if it really needs it.

How much should I water my Jaboticaba tree?

Jaboticaba trees LOVE water, in-fact it is really hard to overwater this tree. Since the tree originated in the rainforests of Brazil the tree naturally is used to receiving heavy amounts of rainfall. In Florida your tree will thrive off our heat and rainfalls we have – but the tree still is going to be needed to be watered regularly to maintain proper health.

Tip: Consider planting your Jaboticaba in a part of your yard that would typically stay flooded after heavy rain as those spots is where a Jaboticaba would love as it prefers wet areas.

Should I plant my Jaboticaba or leave it in the pot?

Jaboticaba is an excellent pot culture plant if you choose not to plant it directly in the ground. In fact, many gardeners claim that they have been able to maintain a healthier, heavier fruiting Jaboticaba when in the pot.

You should consider growing your Jaboticaba in a pot if you live in certain areas where it might get too cold, or if you don’t have the healthiest of soils or enough room in the ground to grow Jabtoicaba successfully.

5 Things You Need To Know Before Growing Sugar Apple in Florida

Growing Sugar Apple in Florida is an excellent tropical tree for eating and landscaping purposes. Before you decide to grow your sugar apple in Florida here are 5 things you should know to grow your best tropical sugar apple tree.

Sugar Apples Trees Love Sunlight

When planting your sugar apple tree make sure to select a well-lit area that receives at least 6 hours of sunlight.

Sugar apple trees can also be grown in a pot moved to diffrent areas of the yard depending on where the sunlight hits best in your Florida yard.

Sugar apples grown in shaded areas might not grow as fast or produce as much fruit as those in direct sunlight.

Sugar Apple Trees Grow Excellent In A Pot

If you happen to not have enough space to plant in your yard or live in an apartment with a balcony – planting a sugar apple in a pot is an alternative in Florida.

Heres a video of me planting a sugar apple tree in a pot

Make sure to provide your trees with a nutrient mixture of compost and soil to ensure healthy growth.

Sugar Apple Fruit Can Sell For A Lot Of Money

In Florida, if you want to buy sugar apples at your local garden market be ready to spend a fortune. Sugar apples are a delicacy here in Florida and typically at your farmers market, they will go for about 6-10$ the fruit for a nice sized healthy one.

It is recommended to grow your own sugar apple tree in Florida as they grow very easily and can provide you with the delicious fruit.

Beware of purchasing cheaper sugar apples at your local market as they may have an awful taste on the inside. (From personal experience I’ve tried to save a few bucks by purchasing more of the less expensive not-so-pretty sugar apples over the healthier and costlier ones. In return I ended up buying a bag of expensive awful fruit)

Sugar Apples Thrive In Sandy Soils Of Florida

Sugar apples have adapted very well in Florida’s soils. Most of Florida has sandy soils and sugar apples prefer well-drained soil type.

If you are planting your sugar apple in an area where it has mucky soil – it may experience fast growth but often less fruit.

Sugar Apple Flowers Can Be Hand Pollinated

If you want to increase the overall yield of sugar apple fruit on your trees you should consider hand pollination of your flowers.

Artificial pollination of your sugar apple is recommended because the sugar apple flower rarely gets pollinated by insects and if by chance it does the fruit comes out irregularly shaped and the overall yield of the fruit may be low.

Here is a video of hand pollination of a sugar apple tree

What Tropical Fruit Trees Grow The Best In Florida?

Florida’s climate is special and because of it has the ability to grow a wide variety of fruit trees.

What tropical fruit trees grow the best in Florida? Avocados, Papayas, Figs, Star fruit, Sugar Apple, Peaches, Mulberries, Pomegranate, Coconut, Mangos, Lychee, Longan, Jackfruit, Citrus, Dragon Fruit Cactus, Soursop, Guava, Bananas all grow very well in Florida.

Florida has a tropical and subtropical climate. Northern parts of Florida are much colder during certain times of the years – while South Florida experiences a humid climate most of the year.

Because of the difference in climates North and South of Florida, diffrent fruit may be easier to grow depending on where you are located in Florida.

Fruit Trees That Grow The Best In Florida

Papaya Trees in Florida

Papaya is a fast-growing Florida fruit that has a tasting characteristic very sweet and texture of a cantaloupe.

This fruit tree is a very easy and fun tree to grow due to its beautiful flowers, tasty fruit, and its appearance.

It is important to provide these plants with plenty of water and sun as they are heavy feeders and love nutrients.

Papayas grow well in South Florida and Central Florida as well but can be damaged by light frosts of Northern Florida.

Papayas are large trees and can reach about 8-15 feet tall while producing for about 4 years on average. After that, the fruit production of the tree begins to decline.

The papaya tree can come in three sexes, Male, Female, or bisexual (both male & female). When the female plant bears the flower she needs a male pollinator, so planting more than one Papaya is recommended.

If you purchase papaya from a nursery they will more than likely provide you with a bisexual Papaya that is capable of pollinating itself.

Avocado Trees In Florida

Avocados love the warm Florida weather. Grown easily in central and south Florida the avocado tree might be more difficult to grow up north.

Avocado trees can get very big – up to 60 feet tall depending on which type of Avocado you plant.

Some Florida types of avocado are the Bermicker, Brogdon, Choquette, Day, Hall, Hass, Lula, Marcus Pumpkin, Mexicola, Monroe, Pollack, Russell, Simmonds, and Winter.

If you are planning to plant an Avocado up north, we recommend a variety that can withstand colder temperatures up to 20-30 F such as the Brogdon, Choquette, Day, Mexicola and Winter have a much higher cold tolerance than the others.

It is recommended to prune these trees often because of their ability to grow tall and large.

Carambola (Star Fruit) Trees In Florida

Carambola or star fruit is a sweet fruit grown in Florida. Its starlike appearance when cut into slices gives its name ‘Star fruit’.

The carambola tree can be a large tree reaching from 22 – 33 feet at its final height.

The carambola tree loves warm weather. Growing them in central and south Florida is no problem – but northern Florida may need to be cautious with this tree.

The best temperature to grow Carambola (star fruit) in Florida is 68-95 F. Temperatures as low as 27-29 F is enough to kill a young Carambola tree so it growing it up north would require a heating element for the colder months.

Some popular varities of Carambola grown in Florida are the Arkin, Fwang Tung, Kajang, Kary, Lara, and Sri Kembar.

Star Fruit is a delicious fruit and nutritious and is recommended in every Florida food garden.

Sugar Apple (Annona squamosa) Trees In Florida

Sugar apple is a tropical fruit tree that bears a delicious creamy custard tasting fruit with a taste similar to soursop. It grows very well in warm climates such but struggles in colder temperatures – often losing all of its leaves during winter.

The sugar apple tree can grow up to 15 to 20 feet and spread out, proper pruning is encouraged in Florida.

The sugar apple flowers emerge mid to late spring as trees flourish in new vegetative growth.

In Florida generally, two types of sugar apple are sold in nurseries. The more common green sugar apple the Thai Lessard, and the red colored sugar apple variety Kampong Mauve.

Optimal growing temperatures for sugar apple or Annona squamosa in Florida ranges from 73 to 94 F. Sugar apple trees can face death if temperatures reach below 30 – 32 F.

The fruit of the sugar apple can be round, oval, or heart-shaped and has many seeds.

Peach Trees In Florida

Peaches up until recently were very difficult due to peaches needing a certain amount of chill hours to produce fruit. Typically peaches will grow better in northern parts of Florida such as Tallahassee but in recent times newer varieties have made there way to southern Florida gardens that are adapted to more warmer environments – requiring much fewer chill hours.

It is important to select a variety of peach with low chill hours such as Florida Crest, Florida Dawn, Florida Glo, Florida Prince, Sunbest, UF Gem, UF Sun, UF 2000, UF Best and UF Gold as they are all common Floridan varieties that need low chill hours.

What are chill hours?

Chill hours are the number of hours during the night when it gets cold. Peaches need a certain amount of those cold night hours between 32 F – 45 F for their fruit to become perfect.

Here are the chill hours required for some of the Floridan variety peaches

  • UF Best: 100 chill hours
  • Florda Grande: 100 chill hours
  • UF Gem: 175 chill hours
  • Florida Crest: 350 chill hours
  • Floridaglo:  150 chill hours
  • Florida Prince: 150 chill hours
  • UF Gold: 200 chill hours
  • UF 2000: 300 chill hours

Mulberry Trees In Florida

The mulberry tree in Florida produces a fruit that once ripe – has a similar appearance to a blackberry. The berry starts off green on the tree, then turning to a red color, then finally black once ripe.

Native Florida Mulberry is red/black but there is another variety that is grown in Florida as well that is of a white variety.

The mulberry tree thrives in the sandy soils of Florida, making it an excellent choice to include in your garden.

Did you know the mulberry plant family (Moraceae) is in the same family as figs, jackfruit, and breadfruit?

This fruit tree produces an abundance amount of berries plenty for the whole family.

Pomegranate Trees In Florida

The pomegranate in Florida can be somewhat tricky to grow. Due to Florida’s tropical climate. The pomegranate fruit prefers a Mediterranean climate over a tropical one – but still can grow in Florida.

The pomegranate tree is a bushy, often thorny shrub that dark green skinny leaves that cover its branches. It is recommended to trim the tree to maintain it at your desired height. Pomegranate trees also produce suckers around the crown or base or the trunk. Commercial growers remove the suckers to allow maximum growth to the pomegranate.

Its flowers are considered ornamental as they produce a beautiful orange-red flower. The flowers of a pomegranate are usually self-pollinated

Coconut Palm Trees In Florida

Growing a coconut tree in Florida can be very rewarding. In Florida, coconut trees grow excellent and are widespread throughout the tropics.

The coconut palm is the most important palm and has thousands of uses worldwide. Practically every part of this tree can be used in almost every industry. Its most important feature is the fruit – which is loved for its water and flesh.

The coconut palm tree starts producing fruit 6 – 10 years after the seed germinates and also reaches its full production 15- 20 years of age. It usually produces around 50-200 coconut fruit per tree.

The Malayan Dwarf Palm and the hybrid Maypan Palm have been widely planted in Florida because of their reported resistance to LY, a fatal disease of coconut palms in Florida
and in parts of the Caribbean region.

The coconut palm tree is usually found along tropical, sandy shorelines since it can tolerate brackish soils and salt spray. However, salt is not required for the growth of healthy coconut palms, which can be successfully grown well inland.

The coconut palm in Florida gives a tropical effect to the Florida landscape and provides fruit for home use.

Mango Trees In Florida

Mango trees grow very well in Florida. Mangos around the world are recognized for their sweet-tasting fruit compared to no other. There are endless uses for this delicious fruit.

Mangos are adapted to a tropical, subtropical climate and warmer temperature areas that do not experience freezing

In South Florida mangos are grown commercially – and typically the mango tree is found alongside yards in South Florida.

Mangos come in diffrent sizes and shapes but nearly most of them have an oval/oblong shape with colors ranging from yellow, green, red, orange and even purple.

Lychee Trees In Florida

Lychee is a subtropical fruit tree that grows excellent in central and southern parts of Florida.

Lychee trees can grow up to 40 ft in height and can be very ornamental in their shape and leaf design. The fruit of lychee is jelly clear like with a leathery red outside shell when fully ripened.

Lychee flowers are pollinated by bees and the wind. Typically one isolated lychee tree on a property will produce an acceptable amount of fruit alone – but gardeners have said to experience more fruit when cross-pollinated by having more than one lychee tree in the garden.

Young lychee trees can be damaged by temperatures as low as 28 F to 32 F and can even be killed by colder temperatures ranging from 24 F to 25 F.

Longan Trees In Florida

Longan is a subtropical tree that grows very well in Florida’s climate.

Longan trees produce fruit that is very similar in characteristics to lychee – being in the same family (Sapindaceae).

Its fruit is a small circular jelly-clear fruit with a leathery light brown coat. The fruit is very sweet and has a seed in the middle.

The Longan tree in Florida can grow up to 30 ft – 40 ft and is recommended to prune to keep to manageable height to pick the fruit.

Longan tree are less cold-resistant than lychees. Longans can be damaged by cold temperatures in Florida as low as 29 to 31 and can even be killed from temperatures as cold as 26 to 28. Older longan trees will be able to withstand colder temperatures.

Jackfruit Trees In Florida

The jackfruit tree in Florida is a large tree growing 30 ft – 40 ft. Jackfruit is the world’s largest fruit and once seen it cannot be forgotten.

In the Florida landscape, the jackfruit makes an excellent choice for its vitamin-packed fruit and sweet taste that’s unlike no other fruit.

Jackfruit when fully ripen can weigh anywhere for 10 – 60lbs. That’s a whole lot of fruit!

The Jackfruit tree is adapted to Florida’s hot tropical climate. For the best growth, warm areas are preferred by jackfruit.

Should I Bury My Sugar Apple Tree Or Plant it in a Pot?

For all sugar apple lovers, deciding whether to plant your sugar apple in a pot or ground is something we all have to face. Maybe you don’t have the land and have to grow it in a pot, or maybe you want to plant it in the ground but also want it in your favorite pot. This article will help you decide what you should do with your favorite sugar apple tree.

Sugar apple or Annona squamosa is a tropical tree widely grown in Florida. It is loved for its sugary custard taste and sweet aroma.

The grand question is it better to grow sugar apple in a pot or in the ground – here are the factors that matter and the pros and cons of doing so.

About the sugar apple tree

Sugar apple trees can grow 15-20 feet and spread out. Sugar apple roots are shallow – so if you are considering potting it think of a planter consider one that is both wide and deep to accommodate the roots. Sugar apples are not very tolerant of excessively wet or flooded soil conditions, flooding as little as 7 – 10 days may result in root rot and death of the tree.

The leaves of a sugar apple are a green color with a smooth texture and round-shaped appearance.

In Florida, the sugar apple fruit can sell for quite a lot at your local market. Many cultivators of this fruit in Florida do so for the use of commerce making quite the sum. (Check out this article here of the best fruit to grow in Florida to make money.)

Growing Sugar Apple in Pot

Grow your sugar apple in a pot if you

  • Don’t have the yard or space to plant the sugar apple
  • Have no fertile land available
  • Are located in a flood zone that floods often
  • Are located in a colder climate and need to move your sugar apple
  • Want to maintain the size while in a pot
  • Want to move the sugar apple around for decoration

Growing Sugar Apple in the ground

Grow your sugar apple in the ground if you

  • Want to establish a long term fruiting sugar apple tree
  • Want to leave in one spot and manage from where its planted
  • Establish a stronger tree overtime

Which planter should I use to plant my sugar apple?

Sugar apple tree roots are shallow so a pot that can hold at least 5 gallons of dirt is recommended. Here are a few planters that would be great with a sugar apple tree (Annona squamosa).

How to plant sugar apple in a Pot

  1. Pick your planter and add your desired soil mix. Sugar apples like and are well adapted to soils that well-drained – this includes sandy soils and limestone-based soils found all around Florida. You may add fertilizer tom your sugar apple tree. If planting with sandy soil it is recommended a fertilizer formulations such as 2-8-8, 4-8-8, 6-6-6-3, or 8-6-9-5 or similar materials.
  2. Take sugar apple and gently scratch the base of the root system all around to allow the roots to untangle and be able to loosen up to its new planter.
  3. Add a mulching material around the base of your planter. It is recommended to mulch your sugar apples grown in planters due to the plant not being tolerant of colder weather conditions. Mulching also prevents fertilizer from splashing back or out of the planter as well as maintain soil moisture – so it’s recommended to add mulch your sugar apple.

Growing sugar apple in a pot will ensure your maximum mobility with your sugar apple tree. During the colder months in Florida, it is highly recommended to move the tree into a greenhouse or provide a degree of warmth. (Check out this article here on the most affordable greenhouses for your Florida garden.)

Why You Need A Coconut Palm Tree In Florida

Growing a coconut tree in Florida can be quite the reward. There is nothing like drinking the water from a sweet coconut on a hot summer day after working in the yard. Luckily Florida is one of the best places to grow coconut, this is why you need a coconut tree in your Florida home yard.

The fruit

There is nothing like the coconut fruit, this part is edible and is usually the first thing that people think of. Coconuts may be eaten raw or cooked, they are packed with a number of antioxidants vitamins and minerals that are essential to staying healthy.

In Florida, coconuts can cost 1$ – 3$ depending on the size and where you purchase them. We recommend visiting your local flea market in your area as some of the best ones are sold in markets such as that.

coconut sprout in sunset tropical beach

The Plant

In Florida, the dwarf coconut also known as Green Malayan or Dwarf Malayan palms – is a commonly sought after palm. These palms are able to start producing fruit after reaching 2-3 feet of grey wood – this is about half the size of the typical Maypan coconut palm which produces fruit at a much larger state.

These palms are also self-pruning meaning maintenance is to a minimum. Once the plant is established they are known to be able to endure extreme drought and high saline conditions. Make sure your palm receives regular salt-spray solution as well as regular water cycles to ensure salt has been distributed.

The water

Close up of beautiful female hands holding orange coconut

The water of coconut fruit is delicious. In Thailand is referred to as ‘Heavens Water’ as the water is so tasty and heavenly. Typically the water of a younger green coconut is much sweeter and tender tasting.

The Shell

The shell of coconut has various uses. As an avid gardener, you could even use these as pots to grow some of your favorite plants!

Healthy blackberries smoothie in coconut shell. Top view

Best Online Nursery To Order Fruit Trees in Florida

Are you looking to order some of your favorites fruit trees in Florida but don’t know where to start online? Perhaps a local nursery doesn’t carry the tree’s you want so you’ve decided to order online

These are some of our favorite fruit tree nurseries that will be supplemental to your Florida Garden.

Fast Growing Trees

At they providing some of the best varieties of tropical fruit for Floridas climate.

Not only can you shop tropical fruit trees, but they have a variety of flowers and other trees such as privacy trees, evergreen trees, shrubs and hedges and more that are delivered with care right to your door.

‘How to’ Growing Sugar Apple Seeds in Florida Annona squamosa

The Sugar Apple aka Annona squamosa

Growing Sugar Apples is a rewarding process, but growing sugar apple from seed is an even more rewarding feeling! Have you tried to grow your own sugar apple from seed but are having trouble? Read below to find out how you can successfully sprout your sugar apple seeds and get growing your own very own fruit!

Step 1: Select Your Healthiest Sugar Apple Fruit

Growing your sugar apple all starts with first selecting the right seeds. The way to guarantee a high yield when germinating sugar apple seeds is to make sure you are getting them from a reliable parent-fruit. Select only the best sugar apples you have – the best ones often can be characterized by their bright green skin, harmonious sweet scent, and sweet creamy taste. If you are in an area where the sugar apple fruit is not available, I recommend ordering them off of these trusted sugar apple seed distributors

Once the fruit is selected (or ordered) enjoy the delicious fruit as you remove all seeds from the fruit to prepare them for the germination process.

You can order sugar apple seeds grown from Florida from here

Step 2: Create The Best Environment Growing Environment For The Sugar Apple Seeds

Sugar apple seeds are known to be tough germinaters! Creating the best environment for them to sprout is essential – here is how

  • Create a ‘mini’ greenhouse. These miniature greenhouses are perfect to grow your sugar apple seeds. Here are very affordable mini-greenhouse starting kits that can be used to start the growth.
  • Use coconut coir to start the growth – NO GARDENING SOIL OR ANY HEAVY SOILS/ DIRT… The reason? Coconut coir is a very soft – natural and nutritious base that allows the roots of your seedlings to grow with ease – many gardeners use heavy soils that prevent efficient seed growth.
  • Creating a mini-greenhouse will allow humidity build-up giving the seeds the correct combination to start growing.

Step 3: Planting The Seeds The Annona Way

Seeds should be planted in an upright position where the sugar apple seed hole is facing up towards the sky. Make a small hole just fingernail depth (about 1/2 an inch) and place 1-3 seeds in each of your seedling pouches. Cover up the sugar apple seeds slightly but DO NOT add pressure to the tops of the seeds, lightly cover it with your selected soil.

Step 4: Watering And Maintenance.

Watering your newly planted seeds is very important. Many times gardeners will experience difficulty sprouting their sugar apple seeds due to many reasons. When watering your sugar apple seeds make sure to…

  • Keep the soil moist for the first month of their lives as well as in a 50/50 shade + sunshine area.
  • Depending on how you covered your greenhouse you want to allow a few hours every day for the seedlings to receive wind – this will help strengthen the roots and base of your new sugar apple saplings
  • Mulching your new saplings ensure the best coverage for maintaining soil moisture levels without going dry.

Problems while growing sugar apple seeds

Many things can arise to sugar apple saplings while growing them – here are some to watch out for

  • Adding fertilizers to the soil – Adding fertilizers to sugar apple seeds can do more harm than good – it is better to let the seedling absorb natural nutrients through the air, water and soil rather than adding fertilizer. Too much fertilizer can kill young seedlings and burn their leaves before getting a chance to grow.
  • Fungi- Adding too much water and not enough sunlight can cause fungus problems in your greenhouse that starts in the soil and spreads to the seedling – killing the seedling. Avoid this by placing your seedlings in a well sunlight area where it will receive the proper heat to stay at a correct moisture level.
  • Soil staying to dry – At the same time, sugar apple seeds need to be moist enable to sprout for at least 2-3 weeks. If the soil is too dry the seeds will not absorb enough water to be able to sprout.
Growing Sugar Apples or Annona squamosa is a very fun and rewarding process to embark in. Not only are these wonderfull fruit - but they are a beautiful tree to have in your yard and enjoy!

If growing sugar apple from seed is just too long of a process and you want a faster solution – check out here on ordering sugar apple trees already grown for your garden!

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