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White Sapote

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Elke starts with ...
I planted a white sapote in Dec 2005. The tree is growing nice, but no signs of flowers. When will it start fruiting.
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18th August 2011 9:18am
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Dave says...
Sounds like its a White Sapote seedling and not grafted? It probably should have shown some flowers by now if it was a grafted variety.

Check this info out:
http://www.crfg.org/pubs/ff/whitesapote.html

look at fruit and propogation descriptions.
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18th August 2011 9:37am
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Jason says...
ELke, if it's a seedling it will flower at about 3 meters tall on average in Victoria. Sometimes grafted trees flower quickly, sometimes they take longer than a seedling... It just depends on the variety and climate
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18th August 2011 1:46pm
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Jason says...
+ Most or all trees are on a genetic timer, after x amount of leaf nodes they are old enough to flower so don't prune a seedling before it flowers
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Elke says...
Thanks guys. Looks as if I just have to wait. I bought the tree in a nursery all the time ago and it does not look as if it is grafted.
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amanda says...
Let's hope it's a good one Elke :) I must admit I get rather annoyed by plant-sellers passing off random seedlings as something desirable.

Anyone can grow a seedling themselves. It can spoil the reputation of a fruit when people get the wrong impression from something hardly worth eating :(
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21st August 2011 10:55am
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Jason says...
I got to eat a fruit from my first seedling sapote to mature a while ago and it tasted just the same as the majority of named sapotes
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amanda says...
Hey Jason - what type of seedling is it? I have got a couple of my lemon golds growing - I thought it was worth a try!

They formed an incredible tap root very young though and it caught me by surprise as it had curled around the inside of the pot? :(

I don't know how long I will be able to keep them in the tree sack because of this..?
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Jason says...
Yeah, once I grew some sapote seeds in 60cm? long pvc pipe and they reached even the bottom of that not long after they were poking above the soil surface with just a couple of leaves. After that experiment I just plant them out as soon as they have germinated.

The first seedling is just some random seed, I think from a Vernon? it's actually not much different to a Vernon so that would make sense. I have some other seedlings from other sources flowering but no fruit from those yet, but should be in this next season.

I just went for my first post Winter (almost) walk in the garden just now and saw that one of my apricot seedlings is flowering :P that's almost more exciting. It takes quite a while for an Apricot seedling to flower, not like a peach which is almost instant
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