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Cherimoya polination

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Heather starts with ...
Does anyone know how I hand polinate my Cherimoya. The tree is 4 years old and has loads of flower smells wonderful but hasn't given any fruit yet.
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20th June 2009 7:13pm
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Wayne says...
Hello Heather
This may help you out, good luck.
http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/tropical/msg0701052322783.html
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Jantina says...
Many thanks Wayne, very clear instructions.
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21st June 2009 6:24pm
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HappyEarth says...
Wow Tony - some nice looking fruit there! Do you have any more pictures of your chrerimoyas? What age did they first start fruiting for you?

Rich
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HappyEarth
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Wayne says...
Hello Tony
It is so nice to see people posting from other parts of the world, we can learn lots from you at times. They sure are nice looking fruit you have there, my tree is only young and not to the fruiting stage yet, however, it does have those brown edges to the leaves like yours. I'm blaming it on our winter.

Truthfully, had I known these had to be hand pollinated I would have had second thoughts. I was hoping for the type our commercial growers plant, obviously not these because I'm sure they wouldn't be running around pollinating their orchids.

Regards
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Speedy says...
Cherimoyas have a far superior balance of flavours to Atemoyas (Commercial custard apples) and
the effort involved in Hand poll. IMO is worth the effort if fruit is not being set naturally.
However if you do want to leave it to nature, Beetles in the order Nitidulidae are known to be pollinators of Annonaceous tree species.
Dried fruit beetles (Carpophilus spp.) are distributed worldwide and can be attraced to Annona trees by dumping fruit beneath them.

http://www.ecosystemservicesproject.org/html/publications/docs/facts/custard_apple.pdf

Here's a paper on importance of Carpophilus as a pest in stone fruit, so something
to bear in mind if in vicinity of commercial orchards.

http://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/EA02133.htm

Personally I can forgive a bit of marking on stonefruit in a home orchard if i can get
these guys to pollinate a cherimoya for me.

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17th July 2009 10:19am
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HappyEarth says...
Hi Speedy,

I agree regarding the balance of flavour with the chirmoya. Id say it would be up there with the best tasting fruit ive ever eaten - and they are pretty easy to grow!

Rich
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amanda says...
Wow - there is something better than an atemoya? I read somewhere that these are more tolerant of cooler conditions - is this the case guys?
I will have to find a space for some if this is the case - as I love the regular one's (atemoyas)
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Heather says...
Thanks so much Wayne very clear instructions and I can't wait till harvest time.
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Heather
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Wayne says...
Hello Tony
Those prices are way cheaper than what we pay, start at double and it would be closer. I have noticed over the years from what my friends in the US and Canada say, your fruit is always much cheaper than ours.
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18th July 2009 6:11pm
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Dharmik makwana says...
thank you sir for nice image

i am from india from state Gujarat & i am Study in Engg. college.
i have also interest in gardening
can i Found this tree in my garden

please give me a information .

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6th November 2009 5:57am
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kert says...
The varieties "White"and "Spain" are self fertile ,at least in Sydney. I hand pollinated for years and then stopped when I realised that I get just as many when I don't.
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juanita says...
Gee whiz! i wish i have a room in my garden for cherimoya (fino de jete) & i'll be quite happy to do hand pollination task but i only have a space for jujube.
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biggerisbetter says...
Uh Kert on your white and spain cherimoyas, what bug is pollinating them?
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14th January 2010 2:54pm
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virginny says...
I suspect it is a tiny native bee Trigona carbonara, which is plentiful here, but I'm not sure.
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amanda says...
Sounds like a variety of pasta Kert/virginny!?
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Cynthia says...
Anyone know where I can buy a Cherimoya? Mail order is ok.
Daley's has been "in production" for so long, I give up waiting.
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18th January 2010 12:37pm
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John I. says...
Cynthia... try diggers... www.diggersgardenclub.com.au/pc-1398-25-cherimoya-custard-apple.aspx
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Cynthia says...
Thanks John I. Unfortunately they are out of stock too! They say more will be available in May.
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Nick says...
Any one out there growing cherimoya in or around Sydney i put one in autumn its bare at the moment all my other trees have got there new foliage i was wondering when to expect new foliage to emerge
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BJ says...
I have one up here in Brisbane. It has just shown the first signs of life, so yours shouldn't be too far off.
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Jason says...
They are pushing new leaves in November here, and flowering from early December so I guess in Sydney should be October for leaves and flowers in November
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HappyEarth says...
They are semi-deciduous so they have to drop there leaves first before new growth appears. Interestingly, the leaf bud is behind the base of the petiole (leaf stem) so leaf drop must occur first for any new growth. This happens anytime now in Sydney over the next 4 weeks or so.

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amanda says...
That's really interesting Happy Earth. I didn't know that. Mine look like they may drop soon (I hope so - they look terrible!)
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Wayne says...
Good info, thanks, mine has shed its' leaves and new growth, including flowers, are sprouting everywhere. The thing is that I'm not into pollinating the flowers so unless the ants do it, no fruit - again, unless someone can show me an easy method.

I would not have bought it had I known.
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