Cherimoya - Knowledgebase Question

Tucson, AZ
Question by arnoldthepit
April 4, 2001
I recently purchased a curious fruit called a Cherimoya at the grocery store and have since started a couple seedlings from the seeds. They are healthy and growing well. I am looking for info on transplanting, maintaining, pruning.


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Answer from NGA
April 4, 2001

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The genus and species is Annona cherimola. It is either a big bush or a small tree, grows to about 15 feet, and is native to Peru and Ecuador. It is hardy to 25 degrees F. It grows quickly for a few years, then slows. Wait to prune for 4-5 years. Leaves usually drop in late spring. Flowers are scented. To improve chances of fruiting, hand-pollinate. It requires lots of water, and although it takes full sun in other areas, it will need protection from hot afternoon sun in the low desert. It is not really rated for the desert, but if you create a microclimate that it likes, it might grow for you. You might want to try it in a container that you can move around.

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