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I bought a Custard Apple and planted it in memory of my late monkey friend who loved to climb trees. After discovering the unique pollination procedure I wasn't sure if it would work for me but yesterday my guests noticed 2 baby custard apples on the tree. yay!! I don't know yet how to post photos but when I do I'll post s pic. :) yay.

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Comment by Ania on December 27, 2013 at 8:01
Susan I'm still getting new flowers at the moment, it's not too late :)
Comment by Ania on December 27, 2013 at 7:30
I only bought my tree in september. I was skeptical of my choice as it was simply a leafless, Y shaped stick then but the lady assured me it was my best option with my criteria. Thats why I am so stoked for it to have flourished and fruit already. So judging by the branches mine is now in its 3rd year. I collected the first pollen and pollinated the second flower about 3 days later. Try Powerfeed - it's a purple bottle.. Promotes flowers and fruit. :)
Comment by Lissa on December 27, 2013 at 6:08

Time passes and your plants eventually start fruiting :)

With fruit trees, the earlier they go in, the earlier you get some fruit. My neighbour for instance has been living beside me with an empty yard for about 8yrs now. They have focused on improving the house which is great but they've lost all those growing years.

Comment by Susan on December 26, 2013 at 22:31

How long have you had your tree in for?  Mine has been in for 2 years now and I went out after reading this blog to see if I could spot a flower.  ONE!!!! And from the sounds of it I have no hope of fruit if it is female and then turns male :(  *sighs* oh well - there's hope for next year.

Comment by Lissa on December 18, 2013 at 17:38

Important to keep the water up when plants are supporting fruit.

Comment by Ania on December 17, 2013 at 20:24
Thanks for the info Elizabeth , I hope so much these grow successfully this year! Looks like there may be 2 more on the way :D
Comment by Ania on December 13, 2013 at 0:16
*bee envy* Majorly. I have seen a total of 2 bees in 2 years of gardening :(
Comment by Lissa on December 12, 2013 at 18:21

Ahhh :) Sweet.

I don't do anything to pollinate my custard apple. It does it all itself.

Comment by Ania on December 12, 2013 at 9:03

It all starts with the flower bud.. in the mornings when it first opens, it is female. By 3pm it has turned male and time to collect the pollen for the next days attempt of pollination..

Miraculous moment of realisation that I actually have fruit on the way!!

A second baby custard apple!!! *happy dance*

The first fruit , taken yesterday. An exciting new gardening adventure lies ahead. :)

Comment by Ania on December 8, 2013 at 7:42
Incredibly sad. I made a mistake above- he was a quadriplegic. We take solace in the idea that now he is free from his wheelchair to climb again. :)

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