|Common Name||Custard apple|
|Flowering||Greenish flowers appear singly or in pair in June & July.|
|Fruiting||Fruits ripen in September to December.|
Introduced from the West Indies but now naturalised everywhere. It grows on a variety of soils. Identified by thin grey bark and oblong lanceolate leaves with peculiar smell. This species is recommended for afforestation of bare, eroded and denuded areas. It is a light demander, drought resistant and good copplcer.
Morphology of the Fruit/Seed : Carpels united into a large fleshy fruit, 5 to 10 cm diameter, warty, greyish black when ripe. Seeds numerous, embedded in a sweet pulp: Seeds oblong and brownish black.
Seed Collection and Storage : Ripe fruits are collected in September. Seeds are cleaned off their pulp and dried in the sun. Seeds do not retain their viability long.
Pretreatment : Not required.
Nursery Technique : Seedlings can be raised by putting the seeds in polythene bags. Germination takes place within 8 to 10 days. Watering is to be done regularly and one year old seedling is planted.
|No. of seeds per Kg.||Germination percentage||No. of seedlings per Kg. of seed|
|400 to 500||70 to 80||280 to 350|