PURPLE STAR APPLE Chrysophyllum Cainito Caimito Fruit Tree Plant 3” Pot

September 19, 2019 - Comment

Caimito/Star Apple Tree Purple Variety Grafted in a 3 Gallon Container. This beautiful shade tree has glossy dark green leaves with a silky bronze color underneath. Caimito is a favorite in the Caribbean and Central America as well as Southeast Asia. The fruit has a mild grape-like flavor, and is best eaten fresh. The tree

Caimito/Star Apple Tree Purple Variety Grafted in a 3 Gallon Container. This beautiful shade tree has glossy dark green leaves with a silky bronze color underneath. Caimito is a favorite in the Caribbean and Central America as well as Southeast Asia. The fruit has a mild grape-like flavor, and is best eaten fresh. The tree is not particular as to soil, growing well in deep, rich earth, clayey loam, sand, or limestone, but it needs perfect drainage During the first 6 months, the young trees should be watered weekly. Later irrigation may be infrequent except during the flowering season when watering will increase fruit-set. Most star apple trees in tropical America and the West Indies are never fertilized but a complete, well-balanced fertilizer will greatly improve performance in limestone and other infertile soils. Harvesting Star apples are generally in season from late winter or early spring to early summer. They do not fall when ripe but must be hand-picked by clipping the stem. Care must be taken to make sure that they are fully mature. Otherwise the fruits will be gummy, astringent and inedible. When fully ripe, the skin is dull, a trifle wrinkled, and the fruit is slightly soft to the touch.

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