Fruit Tree, Soursop
If you have some space, patience, and want to grow a unique, strange-looking fruit, you’ve come to the right fruit tree. This low branching, bush-type evergreen tree will produce fruit that has bumpy, spiny, green outer skin and a heavily seed-laden pulped interior. The size of the fruit can vary in length and size, sometimes weighing up to 15lbs. Wow! These fruits are also commonly used in ice cream and sherbets. I am not too sure how that is done, but I am sure that would be a fun activity to do with keiki!
These trees are each 18 months old.
Days to Maturity: Soursop can produce its first crop in 3-5 years
Plant size: 30 ft. tall
Plant spacing: 12-16 ft. apart
Sun, soil, and water requirement: Plant your new soursop tree in full sun and protected from high winds. Soursop trees can tolerate most soils, although they prefer well-drained, sandy soil. Soursop benefits from mulching due to its shallow root system and should be irrigated regularly to prevent stress (although they are somewhat drought tolerant).
People regularly plant fruit trees with minimal soil planning and naturally, trees can grow productively without much care. However, the best way to ensure you are accurately improving your soil for your tree is by having a soil assessment done before planting. Plant production can be improved by amending the soil with compost and other nutrients, depending on your soil assessment.
Pruning: Little pruning is required once the initial shape is achieved – you’ll only need to prune out dead or diseased limbs.
Harvesting: When the fruit starts to change from dark green to a lighter yellowish-green color, they are ready to be harvested. The spines will also begin to soften, and the fruit will appear bloated. Soursops will continue to ripen over the next 4-5 days once harvested before they are fully ripe. The best time to eat them is 6-7 days after harvesting.
Culinary: Some people like to use soursop leaves to create a tasty, healthy tea before the fruit sets. Soursop fruits are usually eaten fresh, used in juices, ice cream, mousses, jellies, sorbets, cakes, candy, and more. It’s a very versatile and delicious fruit!
Nutrients: Soursop fruit will provide you with energy, 100's of grams of protein, calcium, iron, vitamins, and much more- making it a very healthy fruit to grow.
Special considerations: The seeds and bark are considered toxic and are not edible.
Companion planting: Soursop trees are often planted between larger mango, avocado, and macadamia trees – but don’t truly have a preference.
Locally sourced seed
** Pots and plants may vary from the picture depending on the size and maturity ordered. All plants have been carefully hardened off and are ready to be transplanted into their permanent garden home or pot once delivered.
** Growing details provided are general. Conditions will change depending on your location, elevation, climate, rainfall, and accessible sunlight.
** Nutritional information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.