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Soursop tree not bearing fruit

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Shanti starts with ...
Our Soursop tree is over 10 years old & we have never had any fruit. It's growing very well & we even had to trim the top as it got very tall. It's been fertilised twice a year when other fruit trees are fertilised. They are all doing well except the Soursop which has not given us any fruit.
Any advise would be appreciated.
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Shanti
Glen Waverley, Victoria
9th February 2019 4:30pm
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Waterfall says...
That is not a soursop, looks like a cherimoya. If so you will need to hand pollinate it which is not difficult to do, there are some guides on youtube.
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Waterfall
WATERFALL,2233,NSW
11th February 2019 2:52pm
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Shanti says...
What do I feed it with for the tree to flower? It has never had flowers!
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Shanti
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12th February 2019 10:35am
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denise1 says...
TO FRUIT CHERIMOYA, To get fruit first you need flowers . If flowers arent forthcoming, there is a way of bringing them on. The problem is that most leafing and flower buds are inside the leafstalk?stem area and cant push out. First nip off the top of the stems along with few developing leaves. Then remove 3 to 5 leaves midway down the stem. The new buds develop and will most often be flowers and then you can think about pollenating. There are some bugs that may be in your area to do the job naturally and if you have good humidity then pollenating is enhanced as it prolongs flower pollen viability and encourages any helpful bugs. You can pick some pollen-ripe flowers and do a hand pollenating onto female receptive flower parts at the right time. You will need to observe what is happening with the flower developing and hopefully at the end you get some fruit. If you have lots of good soil you can grow a big tree with heaps of fruit but If you must hand pollenate in your area then it may be best to limit your soil and keep a small tree that you can manage better with hand pollenating. I havent observed soursop flowers so couldnt comment on them.
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12th February 2019 11:49am
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Original Post was last edited: 12th February 2019 11:50am
David01 says...
Hi Shanti,

You don't know that you got a hidden treasure! Cherimoya is a cold hardy custard apple. As denise1 said you need to see the flowers first in spring, then talk about fruits. Maybe you have a seedling and growth under the shade of neighbour house and the tree does not get good nutrients to bear fruits. However, you can try the following suggestions to see how it goes next year.
1. Clear all the tomatoes and small plants around the Cherimoya
2. Apply 10 kg of dynamic liffers
3. Water well 2 times a week
4. In Oct-Nov you should see new young buds/leaves and flowers (most leaves will drop at the end of winter)
will talk hand pollination when we get there. Cheers




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CRAIGIEBURN,3064,VIC
13th February 2019 8:41am
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David01 says...
Hi Waterfall,

How is it going with your Fina de Jete? have you got any fruits and how does it taste? Thanks
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Waterfall says...
Hi David,

Yes last year we got around ten large fruit on it, the taste was very good, a bit more of a pineapple flavour than our atemoyas.

This year I left all our annonas alone to see if they would set fruit without hand pollination. Only the paxton prolific atemoya has set fruit, but I'm not too bothered as the tree will grow stronger this year without fruit on it.
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Waterfall
WATERFALL,2233,NSW
14th February 2019 12:42pm
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David01 says...
Hi Waterfall ,

Wow! The photo of Cherimoya is very impressive. It will encourage anyone who wants to grow Cherimoya including me. Thanks for the information. Mine may take another 3 years. How about the Rollinia? Do you have any fruits and taste like yet, as I have 3 plants but not sure whether it will have fruits in Melbourne. Cheers
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David01
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16th February 2019 10:14am
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Waterfall says...
Hi David,

Yes we did get a lot of Rollinia too, the largest one was 1.2kg

The falvour is basically a lemon flavoured custard apple, very enjoyable!

Ours did not turn completely yellow on the tree due to heavy rain and splitting so I am hoping next time they may taste even better.
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Waterfall
WATERFALL,2233,NSW
18th February 2019 12:17pm
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David01 says...
Hi Waterfall,

Many thanks for the info, this will give me more confident to grow Rollinia in the green house as the temperature is similar to Sydney weather. Thanks.
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Markmelb says...
Hi Waterfall ~ were all your flowers hand pollinated? I had 4 flowers I attempted this Summer after wasting the first for pollen ~ I felt a couple did pollinate but nights down to 15c didnt help.
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21st February 2019 7:51am
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Waterfall says...
Yes Mark last year I hand pollinated everything.

This year I have done no hand pollination to see what would happen and only the atemoya (paxton prolific) has set fruit on its own. Rollinia and Cherimoya have set no fruit.
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