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Annona Muricata, Lakshmana phal ( Grown through seeds ) - Plant

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Annona muricata, a broadleaf, flowering, evergreen tropical tree.
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Description for Annona Muricata, Lakshmana phal ( Grown through seeds )

Annona muricata is a species of the genus Annona of the custard apple tree family, Annonaceae, which has edible fruit. The fruit is usually called soursop due to its slightly acidic taste when ripe. It grows up to 25 to 30 ft. Young branchlets are rusty-hairy. The leaves, normally evergreen.

The flowers, borne singly, may emerge anywhere on the trunk, branches or twigs. The fruit is more or less oval or heart-shaped, sometimes irregular, lopsided or curved. he skin is dark-green in the immature fruit, becoming slightly yellowish-green before the mature fruit is soft to the touch.

Common name Flower colours Bloom time Height Difficulty
Soursop, Graviola, Lakshmana phal Outer petals yellow-green, the inner petals pale-yellow. Throughout the year 15 to 30 feet Easy to grow

Planting and care

It is adapted to warm, humid tropical climate, and can tolerate both drought conditions and partial shade.

Sunlight Soil Water Temperature Fertilizer
Full Sun to Partial Shade Sandy, well-drained soil Medium 25 to 30 degrees C Apply any organic fertilizer

Caring for Annona Muricata

  • There must be adequate moisture in the soil to encourage vegetative growth and blooms that occur on the new branches.
  • The tree should be watered in every 2 – 4 weeks during the period of low growth and every 3 to 5 days while it is flowering and setting fruits.
  • Lakshmana phal is normally fairly low maintenance and quite easy to grow, as long as a level of basic care is provided throughout the year.
  • Fertilize every quarter of the year with a 10-10-10 NPK at a one-half pound per year for the first year, 1 pound the second, and 3 pounds for every year thereafter.
  • Very little pruning is required once the initial shaping is attained. You should only need to prune out dead or diseased limbs, which should be done once harvest is over.

Harvesting

May to June

Typical uses of Annona Muricata

Special features: Soursop can be eaten fresh or used in ice cream, mousse, jellies, soufflés, sorbet, cakes and candy. Filipinos use the young fruit as a vegetable while in the Caribbean, the pulp is strained and the milk mixed with sugar to drink or mix with wine or brandy.

Culinary use: The ripe fruits are edible. The sweetish fruit varies considerably in quality; some are eaten raw but most often they are used in preserves, drinks, ice cream, puddings etc.

Ornamental use: The plant is used for an ornamental purpose.

Medicinal use: Used in ethnomedicinal activities. It shows anticancer, anticonvulsant, anti-arthritic, antiparasitic, antimalarial, hepatoprotective and antidiabetic properties.

References

  • http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/soursop/soursop-tree-care.htm
  • https://www.flowersofindia.net/catalog/slides/Soursop.html
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4519917/

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