Caimito (star apple) growing tips

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  1. Mark

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    I decided to start this thread about Caimito or Star Apple growing to carry on from an interesting post in our Introductions section by @Joseph Isaac who has experience in growing this fruit.

    My tree is only a few metres high but it's about 5 years old (maybe 4) however it has not fruited as yet.

    So, Joseph, you think it could take between 5-10 years before I see fruit on my tree?

    What does caimito fruit taste like?
     
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    Mark, I think it would definitely bear fruits soon. Caimito taste sweet and its kinda milky and jelly in texture. Kids love it! Its not hard to grow however bearing fruits is kinda tricky. Too much wind and rain will cause the flowers to defoliate and produce fewer fruits.
     
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    How big does the tree grow in height and width? 5 years is a long time isn't it!
     
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    Hi steve! Our caimito grew at a height of 5-6meters after 6 years. It got a width of 1 - 1.5 ft in diameter of its trunk.
     
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    Here's a pic of my caimito tree - it's about 4 years old and is looking healthy but it's only just over 2 metres high. Hopeing for a good growing season starting this spring now that it's more established...

    caimito or star apple tree.jpg
     
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    That's one healthy caimito tree you got there, Mark. Does it come from asexual reproduction or from seeds?
     
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    I have no idea but it isn't a graft... I know that much :)

    It might have been grown from seed because it was quite small when I purchased it so I suppose it will take longer to mature for fruiting purposes. I've noticed it does like a lot of water and seems to suffer through the dry season if it isn't given a good drink at least once a fortnight.
     
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    I have 3 trees from seeds. Two are bearing
    One beard in winter And now is blooming again. In Florida
    The second one just started blooming
    They’re purple and they are sweet. Delicious
    They’re about 5 years old
     

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