Star Apple Tree Care

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The Star Apple Tree

Growing

Star apple tree care should see your tree produce delicious fruit. The star apple Chrysophyllum cainito is a tropical fruit tree. With origins in Central America and the West Indies, it is also very popular in South America and Asia.

Location and Soil

This tree grows quite well in hot tropical lowlands.

The tree is forgiving of poor soil. It grows particularly well in deep, rich earth, clayey loam, sand, or limestone. However, it must have good drainage.

Propagation of star apple tree

Time needed: 4 minutes.

How to Grow Star Apple from Seed

  1. Remove seeds

    Cut a ripe fruit in half and remove seeds. Be aware most seeds do not grow true to type.

  2. Clean Seeds

    Rinse seeds then leave them in a bowl for 24 hours. Seeds lose viability fairly quickly. You should sow within a month of collection.

  3. Prepare

    Fill a started pot with potting mix and water the potting mix.

  4. Sow

    Place seeds on the surface of the potting mix. Spread a thin layer of potting mix over the seed. Then lightly tap it down.

  5. Germination

    Leave the pot in a sunny location and water at least weekly. Do not overdo it, as your seed will rot if your medium is permanently soggy. You should see a sprout after 25 – 30 days.

  6. Transplant

    After a month or two transplant your seeding into a new pot or to your preferred location in the garden.

  7. Wait 5 to 10 years.

    Yes, if you want to grow star apple from seed, that is how long you may have to wait to see your first fruit.

Are star apple trees grown from cuttings?

Yes, they often are. Cuttings taken from mature trees are known to root well.

Star Apple Tree Care

Fertilising

We fertilise at the very beginning of the ‘wet season’ and two more times before the end of the wet. So just 3 times per year, two months apart.

Pruning

Prune just before the end of the dry season. You do need to prune your tree. However, you may need to if you want to keep your star apple tree a manageable size.

Watering

Make sure you water your tree every week for the first two months after planting. After this you will need to water only every few weeks during the dry season (a nice deep watering). During a typical wet season no watering is necessary.

Mulching around your trees will reduce evaporation and help you save a little on water. Plus your tree will love it.

Pests and Diseases

This tree is more disease resistant than most. The biggest problems are usually fruit flies, fungal infections, leaf spots and birds.

To address disease, it is good practice to remove dead and diseased leaves. Pruning your star apple tree to increase air-flow through the canopy can also prove most helpful.

Eating the Star Apple

star apple tree fruit
star apple tree fruit

Wash the fruit of the star apple tree and then cut in half. Then remove the outer skin from each half. The skin and seeds of this fruit are not edible.

The remaining white milky flesh and rubbery membrane that can be eaten. You will find it sweet and tasty.

Usually, the way the fruit is eaten is to scoop out the edible part with a spoon and eat it fresh. However, the pulp is also used in other ways, such as juices and jellies.

Health Benefits

This fruit of the star apple tree offers many health benefits. It is widely known to help with diabetes and rheumatism.

Fibre

Star apple has a high fibre content. This helps keeps the digestive tract to stay healthy and regular.

Immune System

This fruit has antioxidant properties help the body to repair damage caused by environmental pollutants. In addition, it is good for your skin and boosts your immune system.

Antioxidants

The fruit contains antioxidants. These antioxidants fight free radicals in the body. Consequently, antioxidants can help reduce the risk of a number of diseases, including cancer and heart disease.

Prebiotics

The star apple contains prebiotic fibre that helps to promote healthy gut bacteria. Gut health is increasingly being recognised for the contribution it makes to your overall wellbeing.

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