What is a Cherimoya?
The cherimoya, also spelled chirimoya and called chirimuya by the Inca people, is a species of edible fruit-bearing plant in the genus Annona, from the family Annonaceae, which includes the closely related sweetsop and soursop.
Where Can I Find Cherimoya In South Africa?
Possibly the world’s largest cherimoya orchard is located at Little Brak River, Cape Province, South Africa.
Where does cherimoya grow best?
The Cherimoya is native to the Andes in Central America and is a subtropical plant that can do well in many areas of Southern California, however, they grow best in the coastal and foothill areas of the region, at 3 to 20 miles from the ocean. They prefer lots of sun and a very well-drained soil.
How long does it take a cherimoya to produce fruit?
Seeds should germinate within 3-5 weeks. It begins to bear 3-4 years after planting or 4-5 years after sowing. Production of fruit is better if hand-pollinated since the flowers rarely self-pollinate.
Are cherimoya trees self-fertile?
Cherimoyas are self-fertile but will bear even better if hand-pollinated. Or you can spray with a 1:5 solution of sugar to water and let the insects do the pollinating for you! Once established they will tolerate an occasional mild frost. These are all grafted trees and should fruit in 3 or 4 years.