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Annona Squamosa, Sita Phal (Grafted) - Plant

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Annona squamosa is a small, well-branched tree or shrub from the family Annonaceae that bears edible fruits called sugar-apples. The ripe fruits are filled with edible juicy pulp surrounding the seeds.
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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 nameFlower coloursBloom timeHeightDifficulty
Sugar Apple, Custard apple, Sita Phal, SharifaYellow-green on the outside and pale-yellow inside June20 to 30 feetEasy 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.

SunlightSoilWaterTemperatureFertilizer
Full sun to part shadeRich, evenly moist but well-drained soilMedium25 to 41 degrees CApply 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

Special features:

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

References

  • http://www.flowersofindia.net/catalog/slides/Sugar%20Apple.html
  • http://balconygardenweb.com/
  • http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/
  • http://www.cabi.org/isc/datasheet/5820

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What garden lovers say ... ?

3 / 5 Punam Nikam 22 September 2017
Just one stem no branches n the plant looks week
5 / 5 Nishi Saxena 31 August 2017
IS this, an indoor plant ????
5 / 5 Rupesh Vachhani 30 August 2017
Gift for my father and he loved it
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