Information On Growing Custard Apples - Knowledgebase Question

Front Royal, VA
Question by husseini
February 22, 2001
I have received several custard apple seeds from the Middle East and need information on growing them. I need to know how big they get and how long before they bear fruit also whether they will grow outdoors in my area.

Thank you

Answer from NGA
February 22, 2001


Unfortunately, custard apple (Annona cherimola x A. squamosathis) is a tropical/subtropical tree and as such can only be grown in this country in frost-free areas such as southern Florida. The tree grows to over 30 feet tall, trees grown from seed bear fruit in about four years, and the fruit takes 5 to 8 months to ripen!

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