Annona Squamosa, Sita Phal (Grafted) - Plant
Description for Annona Squamosa, Sita Phal (Grafted)
This tree should only be planted outdoors in frost-free areas protected from cold winds. It is best grown in rich, evenly moist but well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Tolerates average soils. A small tropical tree, indigenous to the Amazon rainforest, growing up to 30 feet tall.
The leaves are thin, oblong while the flowers are greenish yellow. Flowers are oblong, never fully open, with 1 in long, drooping stalks, and 3 fleshy outer petals, yellow-green on the outside and pale-yellow inside with a purple or dark-red spot at the base.
The avoid or conical fruit, with a purple knobby skin, is very sweet and is eaten fresh or can be used for shakes. The fruit is juicy and creamy white; it may contain up to 40 black seeds. These seeds are poisonous.
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|Sugar Apple, Custard apple, Sita Phal, Sharifa||Yellow-green on the outside and pale-yellow inside||June||20 to 30 feet||Easy to grow|
Planting and care
The sugar apple (Annona squamosa) belongs to the Annonaceae family. Its exact place of origin is unknown. Although previously it was believed that it is a native of the India, recently found historical and philological data makes this ambiguous and it is believed that it is of either Indian or Central American origin. It is only moderately drought-tolerant, requiring at least 700 mm of annual rainfall, and will not produce fruit well during droughts.
|Full sun to part shade||Rich, evenly moist but well-drained soil||Medium||25 to 41 degrees C||Apply any organic fertilizer|
Caring for Annona Squamosa
- Sugar apple is normally fairly low maintenance and quite easy to grow, as long as a level of basic care is provided throughout the year.
Typical uses of Annona Squamosa
Culinary use: Fruits are edible
Ornamental use: The plant is used for an ornamental purpose. It generally keeps indoor in a living room and in terrace area.
Medicinal use: Used in ethnomedicines