"Gefner" atemoya

Longboat Key, FL

Is anyone growing one?

I just installed one today -- and am hoping -- hoping -- hoping.

(o_O)

Longboat Key, FL

So, it's 8 months later -- and it looks like I'll have to buy atemoya fruit.

All I get under the tree are these little green ball-bearings.

I get an occasional blossom -- but they fall off.

Any suggestions?

(o_O)

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Longboat Key, FL

And the tree looks like this:

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Longboat Key, FL

This is it at the end of the season. The leaves are starting to drop -- and I am looking forward to severely pruning it next spring when the buds come out.

Does anyone want to hold my hand when I start cutting?

Be well

(o_O)

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Keaau, HI

The tree looks a bit young to start producing good fruit.

When the plant flowers, hand pollination should be done to insure more fruit.

Pruning should be done during the winter.

Longboat Key, FL

Metro~

Thank you.

The first two links worked -- but not the third.

But, they help.

I asked the nursery to get me a "bearing Atemoya" and this is what they delivered.

Guess i'll have to wait.

Be well

(o_O)

Keaau, HI

You're very welcome!

I have also located the Fountain of Youth for you!

http://www.fountainofyouthflorida.com/index.php

Longboat Key, FL

Thanks -- but I couldn't handle "youth" again.

I just get so tired.

Be well

(o_O)

Jacksonville, FL(Zone 8b)

Besides the water from the spring taste nasty. Beside it does not work. I have tasted it twice--well my DM does say I am the oldest kid she knows!!!!

Longboat Key, FL

It must work.

You're here, aren't you?

Be well

(o_O)

Sarasota, FL

I have an atemoya from seeds I've started. I have a sugar apple from seeds I've started.
I grew tired of the atemoya never setting fruits so I moved the sugar apple (in a 3 gal pot) next to the atemoya growing in the ground.
The atemoya had a lot more frost damage. That dead area grew; making the tree smaller by the week. After cutting 4 ft from the height; it began to flower.
This past season I picked 4 sugar apples and no atemoyas.
I've been successful hand pollinating atemoya's flowers with a piece of straw.
Looks like this coming spring, I'll be crossing the 2 trees by hand even tho they're 1 ft apart.

Longboat Key, FL

atemoya flowers.

I had none this year. It's supposed to be self-pollinating. Who knows.

I'll be cutting back the long branches in half next spring.

Be well

(o_O)

Jacksonville, FL(Zone 8b)

LOL

Longboat Key, FL

Thank you, Metro~ and Wren~

Be well

(o_O)

Longboat Key, FL

Wonder of wonders.

I took the loppers to my tree -- I had to tame it. To keep it from spreading all over the lot.

And -- look what I found hidden in the foliage.

I hope it ripens.

Be well

(o_O)

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Jacksonville, FL(Zone 8b)

Good find

Longboat Key, FL

Thank you.

I was giving up hope. I bought what the nursery said was a "bearing" tree. Plenty of blossoms -- none set.

Hope that next year will be better.

Be well

(o_O)

Longboat Key, FL

Pretty good -- so far.

Will it survive during the winter (?) ?

(o_O)

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Allthingsplants, FL(Zone 8b)

I don't suppose you'll get ANY frost in the Keys so I wouldn't know what you'd have to worry about. If you think it might get too cold some odd nights you could always run an extension cord with a 60 watt bulb & hang it near the fruit -- that will keep it warm enough.

Longboat Key, FL

How long before it gets ripe?

Be well

Allthingsplants, FL(Zone 8b)

You'll have to find that out by yourself as I have no earthly idea. Try Googling it.

Longboat Key, FL

Thanks anyhow

Have a happy Thanksgiving

Longboat Key, FL

This year's atemoya.

It is the best I could do with the iPhone

Be well

(o_O)

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Wake Forest, NC(Zone 7b)

Hmmm, look like green bananas to me - is that what they taste like? (when they ripen?)

Longboat Key, FL

Naaahhhh.

They taste like vanilla pudding when ripe. Also they have a few giant-sized seeds.

Be well

(o_O)

Longboat Key, FL

Maybe this year. I hope, I hope, I hope.

Be well

(o_O)

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Keaau, HI

Be sure to pollinate the flowers!

Longboat Key, FL

This is the first one that opened. What do i do? Wait -- or gather some pollen on a Q-tip?

Keaau, HI

Yes.

Gather male pollen on a Q-tip. And save it.

When the female shows her self (should be the next day), dust her with the male pollen.

You will get a fruit that both of you will enjoy!

Pollinating your flowers is highly recommended!

Longboat Key, FL

Do you have a link to photos which detail the difference?

Longboat Key, FL

So I am wandering around with my Q-tip in hand -- forcing it into little blossoms as soon as they open. Weird, huh?

Here are the blossoms

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Longboat Key, FL

And -- I hope that I am responsible for these tiny brown balls that appeared when the petals dropped off.

If I am right it is going to be a good year for Atemoyas.

Be well

(o_O)

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Longboat Key, FL

Another year -- another atemoya. Two, so far.

Be well

(o_O)

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Winter Springs, FL(Zone 9b)

Congrats on your fruit. I admit I've never heard of it and had to look it up.

Great info here on it: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/mg332

Longboat Key, FL

Thanks for the link

Be well

(o_O)

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