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White Sapote Pruning

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Chad starts with ...
Hi, I was hoping someone could help me with regards to white sapote pruning to encourage lateral growth (should have asked a lot earlier.). As you can see in the photo I don't have a central leader due to my earlier work, just two upright shoots growing at an angle. Is it possible to cut them both off without killing it?
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Chad
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25th January 2018 4:29pm
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Fruitylicious1 says...
Hi Chad

If I were you I will cut the 2 shorter less vigorous of the 3 shoots. Then cut the remaining trunk to 1/2-3/4 to encourage lateral growth on the remaining central leader. White sapote trees are very forgiving especially the seedling grown specimen. So don't be afraid to give it a go. I think there is still plenty of time to do the pruning before the dormant season begins. Just do it ASAP if you can. Do a slanting cut and situate the pruned tree away from the hot afternoon sun to avoid sunburn from the newly decapitated trunk. You can also paint the trunk with water based diluted white house paint to further protect the whole trunk from sun scald.

Happy Gardening :-)
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Original Post was last edited: 26th January 2018 1:19pm
Chad says...
Thanks for that. Will do
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Fruitylicious1 says...
Hi All

My white sapote 'Kampong' is flowering ATM after only six months from purchase. It's purportedly a self fertile cv. Let's see what it can do when the frost starts to show up by the end of next month (May). I'll let nature takes its course this time. Thanks for your attention.

Happy gardening to all :-)
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Original Post was last edited: 22nd April 2018 2:51pm
David01 says...
Hi Fruitylicious1,

Daleys said Kampong required 2 and did not state time to fruit, but your info is very exciting, I may buy one when it is available. Any news for the trip? Cheers.
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CRAIGIEBURN,3064,VIC
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Fruitylicious1 says...
Hi David

According to California w. Sapote growers c. Edulis normally flowers between fall and spring so my w sapote is still within that range. Btw what w sapote cv's you have? I might need some scion to graft to my w sapote seedling after the cold season is over. With regards to my trip we might do a very long drive (13-14 hrs) back to Melb on Saturday this coming weekend.

Happy gardening :-)
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Chad says...
Mine also flowered after six months, had to pick off over 100 flowers. Very fast growing
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Original Post was last edited: 23rd April 2018 2:14pm
Markmelb says...
Kampong & Suebelle are self fertile in my experience - you can see yellow pollen on them but Pyke & Lemon Gold you cant - Wilson could also be SF. Cheers
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David01 says...
Hi Markmelb,

From your experience which White Sapote has a good taste as I am not familiar with W. Sapote at all. Thanks

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David01 says...
Hi Fruitylicious1,

I don't know much about W. Sapote and have not yet taste the fruit. I am thinking should I add this CVs to my collections. See you soon. Cheers
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Fruitylicious1 says...
Hi Mark and Chad

How do you rate the Kampong w sapote taste compared to other popular cv's like pyke, vista, Ortega, lemon gold, suebelle, reinecke, blumenthal and Vernon. ATM I have reinecke, Kampong, blumenthal and an unknown seedling. I am aware that taste is highly personal. Just base on your personal preference would be great.

Thanks in advance.

Happy gardening :-)
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Original Post was last edited: 24th April 2018 12:47pm
Linton says...
Wilson White Sapote fruiting now is the biggest and the best type, absolutely delicious, better than the others.

In my humble opinion and compared to all the others I grow, Wilson has the best flavour with large size. These are whoppers, bigger than tennis balls and fruiting in pot every year! Cheers.....
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