How to Grow Sugar Apple from Seeds
- Soak your seeds to speed up germination.Wrap up your seeds in a piece of paper towel. Soak the seeds with a bit of water. Place the seeds with the paper towel in a ziplock bag. Let your seeds soak for three days and then plant them.
- Find a sunny spot to start your seedlings.You’ll want to put your seeding tray in front of a south facing window so that the seeds get plenty of warmth and light.
- Put potting soil in a seeding tray.You’ll need a seeding tray that is at least 2-3 inches deep and has drainage holes, which you can obtain at a garden center. Fill the seeding tray with fresh potting soil from the garden center, as opposed to soil from your garden. You’ll want to moisten the soil a bit before planting the seeds. It should be moist but not soaking.
- Put the seeds in the soil.In your seeding tray, plant the seeds 2-3 cm deep. They should be spaced one and a half centimeters apart. The plants should germinate within thirty days. Once the seedlings are mature, you can transplant them outside.
- Water your sugar apple seedlings.Spray the seeding tray with a mister to keep the soil moist but not soaking. Since sugar apples do not tolerate water-logging, it is best to let the soil dry out a bit between waterings.
- Rotate the seeding tray to ensure adequate light.Every few days, you should rotate the seeding tray so that all of the plants are able to enjoy the benefits of the south facing window.
- Transplant outdoors in warm climates.You should plant your sugar apple tree in a tropical or near-tropical climate. Since sugar apples can tolerate some level of drought, you could plant it in a dryer climate. Cooler temperatures are not tolerated, so avoid planting it outdoors in places with cold temperatures in the winter or at night. You can transplant your sugar apple tree in the spring or whenever the temperature reaches between 73 and 94 Fahrenheit.
- Choose an area that gets full sun.You should plant it in a sunny spot that is well protected from the wind.
- Make sure the soil gets good drainage.Choose rich, well-draining soil for your sugar apple tree. You could plant it in sandy, limestone or a heavy loam soil, since it tolerates a range of soil types. However, you should avoid water logged soil and ensure adequate drainage.
- Dig a hole and transplant the seedling.Since sugar apple trees have shallow root systems, you should make the planting hole twice as wide as the root ball of the seedling. The depth of the hole should match the size of the root ball. Place the root ball in the planting hole, cover and water the seedling. If you are planting more than one, put them five meters apart from one another.