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has anyone got fruit off a african pride custard apple without hand pollination?
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HappyEarth says...
Yep .... they will fruit without having to hand pollinate.

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paula-f says...
Yes, as Happy Earth says, you can. I get about 15 large fruit off mine without pollinating at all, and this is more than enough as they all seem to ripen at the same time.
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Anonymous says...
what kind of custard apples do you have? i also have a pink mammoth as well as the african pride. does the pink mammoth need hand pollination?
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paula-f says...
That one in the picture is an African Pride.....I do have a Pinks Mammoth, but it's only been in the ground for about a year so not too sure how many fruit that will produce without pollinating.
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amanda says...
I was wondering about the Hilary white too - mine about 2-3 yrs - this season gone the A.pride had four fruits and the Hilary flowered but no fruit. It really set my A.pride back lettng it fruit so young tho'. They are flowering again now.
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kim says...
I never had much success with hand pollination. When I moved to my present place 4 years ago, I planted the pink mammoth and african pride side by side. At the same time, I happened to be buying fruits at one of the fruit barns on the Steve Irwin way along the sunshine coast hinterland. The lady at the shop told me that growers around there throw unwanted fruits around the plants. This encourages the "fruit flies" - the tiny ones that hang around your fruit bowl - not the ones that lay eggs in your fruits. Apparently, these tiny fruit flies help to pollinate. At the same time, I read that you need high humidity when the tree is flowering. So I spray water mid morning and mid afternoon when they are in flower. These 3 things I had done seems to work and I have been having fruits from both plants without hand pollination.I do not know which one is actually working and so will have to carry on doing both.
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amanda says...
This is curious - I was told that I needed H.White with A.Pride for pollination (or - maybe better bearing?) could I just graft a H.White branch onto my A.pride for the same result?
This would save space (and I could have 2 A.prides)
Kath or Correy - can u help please? Both of mine came from Daleys via a supplier.
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Anonymous says...
i read in a book that you can hand pollenate pink mammoth plants with african pride pollen. not sure on H.white
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amanda says...
Hilary white is a mystery it seems!? I guess I will try that - got nothing to lose! I think the H.white is a strain of pink mammoth? It shld work anyway..?
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