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flyboyFL

flyboyFL
Longboat Key, FL

January 16, 2010
12:25 AM

Post #7465513

Is anyone growing one?

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

(o_O)

flyboyFL

flyboyFL
Longboat Key, FL

August 9, 2010
2:21 PM

Post #8029496

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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flyboyFL

flyboyFL
Longboat Key, FL

August 9, 2010
2:22 PM

Post #8029498

And the tree looks like this:

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flyboyFL

flyboyFL
Longboat Key, FL

November 10, 2010
1:13 PM

Post #8205061

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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Metrosideros

Metrosideros
Keaau, HI


November 11, 2010
4:20 PM

Post #8207034

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.

Metrosideros

Metrosideros
Keaau, HI


November 11, 2010
4:39 PM

Post #8207068

Here's Atemoya links:

http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/mg332

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atemoya

http://www.pubhort.org/actahort/books/497/497_7.htm

flyboyFL

flyboyFL
Longboat Key, FL

November 11, 2010
4:56 PM

Post #8207101

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)

Metrosideros

Metrosideros
Keaau, HI


November 11, 2010
5:03 PM

Post #8207122

You're very welcome!

I have also located the Fountain of Youth for you!

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

flyboyFL

flyboyFL
Longboat Key, FL

November 12, 2010
8:01 AM

Post #8207909

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

I just get so tired.

Be well

(o_O)

wren107

wren107
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

November 20, 2010
2:20 AM

Post #8221335

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!!!!

flyboyFL

flyboyFL
Longboat Key, FL

November 20, 2010
10:35 AM

Post #8221912

It must work.

You're here, aren't you?

Be well

(o_O)
Kalpavriksha
Sarasota, FL

November 20, 2010
1:42 PM

Post #8222109

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.

flyboyFL

flyboyFL
Longboat Key, FL

November 21, 2010
6:56 AM

Post #8223005

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)

wren107

wren107
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

November 21, 2010
7:29 AM

Post #8223066

LOL

Metrosideros

Metrosideros
Keaau, HI


November 21, 2010
8:54 AM

Post #8223207

How to pollinate Cherimoya / Atemoya:

http://cherimoya.orconhosting.net.nz/pages/hand_when.html

http://www.crfg.org/pubs/ff/cherimoya.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cherimoya

flyboyFL

flyboyFL
Longboat Key, FL

November 21, 2010
11:07 AM

Post #8223391

Thank you, Metro~ and Wren~

Be well

(o_O)

flyboyFL

flyboyFL
Longboat Key, FL

November 16, 2011
4:18 PM

Post #8893306

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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wren107

wren107
Jacksonville, FL
(Zone 8b)

November 16, 2011
4:21 PM

Post #8893312

Good find

flyboyFL

flyboyFL
Longboat Key, FL

November 16, 2011
4:50 PM

Post #8893336

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)

flyboyFL

flyboyFL
Longboat Key, FL

November 23, 2011
7:25 AM

Post #8902558

Pretty good -- so far.

Will it survive during the winter (?) ?

(o_O)

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flaflwrgrl
North Central , FL
(Zone 8b)

November 23, 2011
8:23 AM

Post #8902611

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.

flyboyFL

flyboyFL
Longboat Key, FL

November 23, 2011
10:21 AM

Post #8902735

How long before it gets ripe?

Be well

flaflwrgrl
North Central , FL
(Zone 8b)

November 23, 2011
11:31 AM

Post #8902819

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

flyboyFL

flyboyFL
Longboat Key, FL

November 23, 2011
12:19 PM

Post #8902920

Thanks anyhow

Have a happy Thanksgiving

flyboyFL

flyboyFL
Longboat Key, FL

September 15, 2012
9:28 AM

Post #9275891

This year's atemoya.

It is the best I could do with the iPhone

Be well

(o_O)

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pbyrley

pbyrley
Port St Lucie (+ Wk , FL
(Zone 9b)

September 17, 2012
6:47 AM

Post #9277599

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

flyboyFL

flyboyFL
Longboat Key, FL

September 20, 2012
11:16 AM

Post #9281214

Naaahhhh.

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

Be well

(o_O)

flyboyFL

flyboyFL
Longboat Key, FL

April 18, 2013
9:32 AM

Post #9488546

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

Be well

(o_O)

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Metrosideros

Metrosideros
Keaau, HI


April 18, 2013
10:44 AM

Post #9488610

Be sure to pollinate the flowers!

flyboyFL

flyboyFL
Longboat Key, FL

April 18, 2013
10:59 AM

Post #9488621

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

Metrosideros

Metrosideros
Keaau, HI


April 18, 2013
3:01 PM

Post #9488826

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!

flyboyFL

flyboyFL
Longboat Key, FL

April 18, 2013
4:51 PM

Post #9488946

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

flyboyFL

flyboyFL
Longboat Key, FL

April 22, 2013
2:05 PM

Post #9493447

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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flyboyFL

flyboyFL
Longboat Key, FL

April 22, 2013
2:08 PM

Post #9493455

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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flyboyFL

flyboyFL
Longboat Key, FL

June 14, 2014
3:04 PM

Post #9867949

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

Be well

(o_O)

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sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 16, 2014
5:45 AM

Post #9869106

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

flyboyFL

flyboyFL
Longboat Key, FL

June 16, 2014
8:32 AM

Post #9869235

Thanks for the link

Be well

(o_O)

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