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i just got a white sapote this weekend. the guy i got it from said he had it for a very long time. i asked if it ever fruited and he said "i think so". he also told me he grew it from seed. so heres my question. how long does it take for these to fruit from seed. he wasnt sure how old it is. i have bought from him many times and trust that he's telling me the truth that its old. while im at it i should ask what they like. im planing on a full sun area. any info would be great.

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The only thing I can help with is that I know they'll grow in clay soil, they don't mind being dug up, and they grow fast and get large. I know this because a friend gave me one that was a seedling he dug up from under a huge tree in La Mesa that was growing in heavy clay. He claims that the fruit from the second generation, seed grown trees is excellent in quality, just like the mother.

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thnaks matt. im going to start planting my side yard so im going to use this as a canopy tree. should work out good if it grows fast. i just hope it starts fruiting soon...

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I think they're evergreen so that's cool for canopy. I'd assume that they'd fruit after a couple of years, just like most fruit trees that are suited to our climate.

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Mine took seven years from seed to fruit. That's in Florida, maybe different for you.

Alan

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Mine took seven years from seed to fruit. That's in Florida, maybe different for you.

Alan

That's not to bad. When do they normally flower? I checked mine and there's no sign of buds at all. On a positive note my cherimoya is full of flower buds biggrin.gif

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Mine typically flowers Nov, Dec. This year, flowered late October, set fruit, flowered again in December, set fruit, flowering now and setting fruit. My grafted tree (Younghans) flowered I think in December, set one fruit. The tree I grew from seed now has three sets of frutis at various stages of development. Flavor of the seedling tree is excellent.

Only blooms and fruit have been damaged by cold, tree does get 'sun burnt" in the summer sometimes but not always.

Alan

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Mine typically flowers Nov, Dec. This year, flowered late October, set fruit, flowered again in December, set fruit, flowering now and setting fruit. My grafted tree (Younghans) flowered I think in December, set one fruit. The tree I grew from seed now has three sets of frutis at various stages of development. Flavor of the seedling tree is excellent.

Only blooms and fruit have been damaged by cold, tree does get 'sun burnt" in the summer sometimes but not always.

Alan

Thanks Alan. Sounds like you have fruit most of the year. I hope mine behaves the same way...

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You are lucky to be able to grow the cherimoya. A few have been successful in Florida, but it is tough to get fruit to mature. I have had good luck with atemoya, its good, but I do wish I could do the cherimoya. I need to get a few more annona this year.

Alan

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Do you have any pics of your sapote tree Steve? I'm wondering what kind of growth rate these have and I'm trying to decide where to plant mine.

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Delicous fruit , like a creamy pear . Just saw lots of fruit set on a mates tree . Ones I had in sub-tropics grew very fast .

 

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For those of you whom have not tastes its fruits or see a full grown tree yet, then take your time to do it before grow this  tree in your  yard.

I saw one tree about 4' tall x 3' w and it already bloomed. I believe this one was an air layered tree. Few blocks away from that man house, there another guy has a tree about 20' tall with full of fruits and many more all over the ground. I asked about it. He told me that he not even bother to eat it anymore. I could understood  why. The first time I tasted its fruit was in few years back, when I visited another person yard. To me it was good, but its taste not something that make you want more. Maybe because I have tasted many tropical fruits ,so this one did not give me a wow thing. Beside that , the tree grown very big. His tree was about  30' +. After I saw that tree, I just removed it from my must have fruit tree on my list. . Go Youtube search white sapote , there is Bill in Fremont, California. You will see how big of his tree.

It is depent on your location, weather , soil condition...etc. a seedling can take up 6 to 10 years + to set fruit.  It is a good tree to grow , if you have a large garden and if you can eat all of its fruits.

Good to know your cherimoya full of flowers. Got to do hand pollination with it.

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On December 19, 2015 at 4:18:25 PM, Danilopez89 said:

Do you have any pics of your sapote tree Steve? I'm wondering what kind of growth rate these have and I'm trying to decide where to plant mine.

No I don't. I ended up digging mine out. After some thought I decided I didn't want a big dicot and replaced it with a coccothrinax :)

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