Update on My Fruiting Custard Apple Tree

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mangcau1
As of mid-August, the first group of fruits is about the size of a golf ball. I notice the shape of the fruit is more symmetric and less likely to be lopsided, when I use a long small brush, versus the pipe cleaner.

These pictures and video are taken as of mid-August.  I’ve been really diligent about hand pollinating and watering the custard apple tree, have learned a whole lot about the flowering schedule and how to best collect the pollen.  It is generally said that if you “over-pollinate” the pollen, the fruit may end up with a lot of seeds, I will have to wait and see how it turns out for my fruits, since this is my first year doing this I don’t know whether I over-pollinated.  But so far, the results are very encouraging, the 30+ fruits are growing big every week.  I am planning to feed the tree with some fertilizer soon to help it nurture all these fruits.

 

Custard apples the size of a golf ball.

For a good video of tips on how to hand pollinate a cherimoya (custard apple, sugar apple), watch this

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