The Sapota when fully ripe is delicious and is eaten as dessert fruit. The pulp is sweet and melting. Besides food values the Sapota fruits are also used in some auverda preparations.
Common name(s): Sapodilla
Flower colours: Rarely flowers
Bloom time: Non-flowering
Max reachable height: upto 1200 m.
Difficulty to grow: Easy to grow
Planting and care
Plant where they will receive a minimum of 5 to 6 hours of full sun per day. Plants grown in weak sun may not die at once, but they weaken gradually. Give them plenty of organic matter when planting and donâ€™t crowd them.Wear sturdy gloves to protect your hands from prickly thorns.
Sunlight: Part shade to full shade
Soil: Well-drained soil
Temperature: 12 to 36 degrees C
Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer
Caring for Chiku
Plant care is not difficult but does require vigilance. The vines need to be trained early when they are young. You may use plant ties or just weave them through trellis sections. Fertilize the plant in spring just before new growth appears.Pinch off the tips of the vines in the second year to promote branching which will fill the trellis with bushy growth.
Typical uses of Chiku
Special features: Excellent ground cover for areas where invasive spread is either desirable or acceptable or where appropriate barriers have been installed. A good plant for erosion control on slopes and banks. Leave undisturbed to roam in woodland gardens.
Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose.