The sweet and tangy flavors from this unique fruit are irresistible
Soursop Trees produce remarkable fruit with a unique look and flavor. Those who have never seen a soursop before are often amazed by its elongated shape with bright green skin that has a soft prickly appearance.
However, aside from being famous for a distinct fruit soursops are also known for their amazing health benefits. The fruit and leaves contain a number vitamins and nutrients like potassium, calcium, iron, vitamin C and Vitamin A for healthy skin and energy.
Boil the leaves in water and make Soursop tea for even more nutrients and natural healing properties. Soursop leaves are believed to boost the immune system to help bodies fight off infections and viruses, as well as providing pain relief.
Those who are prone to back pain and illnesses commonly turn to soursop leaves for relief. Even those with eczema use the leaves to aid their skin.
Once you cut past the vibrant skin you will find the soursop’s soft white and creamy flesh. Its zesty tropical aroma will fill the room and you’ll have to give into your urges to bite into to soursop’s tantalizing flesh that is filled with exotic flavors like mango, pineapple, and banana.
Soursop flesh is like a blended fruit smoothie with sweet and sour juices. You can’t find this tropical blend of flavors anywhere else. Soursops are great for snacking as well as pairing with desserts like ice cream or pies.
Aside from producing tons of delectable fruit soursop trees also provide an exotic look with their lush green foliage and bright yellow flowers.The flowers pop against the soursop tree’s long and slender leaves and draw the eye to their striking beauty.
Soursop trees will turn any space into a tropical get away indoors or out. This low maintenance tree is perfect for containers. If you live in an area that gets too cold for this tree simply place it in a pot and bring it indoors once the weather starts to get cold.
Planting & Care
The Soursop Guanabana tree is a low maintenance evergreen tree with an exotic look to their lush green foliage and bright yellow flowers. This variety known as “Annona Muricata” is also known for their amazing health benefits and cancer fighting properties (antioxidants). Soursop Guanabana trees are moderate growers, maturing to a height of 25-30 feet tall and 8-10 feet wide. This tree performs its best in USDA growing zones 9-11 and on the patio (potted) in zones 4-11.
Location: When planting the Soursop tree, find a location that receives full sun and moist, well draining soil. The tree will tolerate a wide range of soil type, but prefers one that’s slightly acidic.
Planting Instructions (in ground):
1) Dig your hole 3 times the width and slightly shallower than the root ball.
2) Loosen the soil, in and around the hole so the roots can easily break through.
3) Use your fingers to separate the the roots of your Soursop and gently position downward in the hole. The top of the root flare (where the roots end and the trunk begins) should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.
4) Hold the tree straight as you begin to backfill the site, tamping down the soil as you go.
5) Back fill the hole, apply water to settle the soil and remove any air pockets that may have formed.
Planting Instructions (potted): The Soursop is also good for container growth if you happen to be in a zone too cold to add it to your landscape.
1) When selecting a container for your Soursop, be sure it has plenty of holes in the bottom as drainage is essential. The pot size should be at least 2 times larger than the pot it initially came in.
2) Fill the container halfway with soil, gently remove the tree from its original pot and position into the new one.
3) Fill in around the tree with the potting soil but be sure not to cover the grafted area of the tree. Leave about about an inch from the soil surface to the rim of the pot for easy watering.
4) Lightly pack down the soil as you fill and then give your tree a deep watering until it flows from the holes in the bottom of the pot.
5) Choose a location on the patio, back yard, front/side of the house providing it will receive full sun.
6) If bringing indoors for the winter, keep by a sunny window and water as needed. Also, avoid exposure to both drafts and heat form a window or vent.
Watering (in the ground): Be sure to give your tree a deep watering so that it can penetrate into the root system. After watering, allow the top 2-3 inches of the sol to dry out completely before watering again as Soursops do not like wet feet. Yellowing and droopy leaves is a common sign of over watering while brown, dry leaves are a sign of under watering. Mulching can help retain the soil moisture and also combat competing grasses/weeds.
Watering (potted): Stick your index finger into the soil down to about 2 inches. If there is moisture present, hold off on watering until it feels more dry at that depth. When ready to water, stop once you see it escaping drainage holes at the base of the pot.
Pollination assistance: You can pollinate your indoor trees by hand since most people do not keep a healthy bee population within their home. Simply take a small, fine tipped paint brush and stick it into the center of the bloom. Swirl it around and collect the pollen on the brush. Go to the next bloom and repeat the process until every bloom has been has been treated. The bloom will fall off naturally and the fruit will begin to form.
Fertilization: Feed your Soursop tree every 3 months with a 10-10-10 formula at half pound per year for the the first year. Increase to 1 pound the following year and 3 pounds for every year thereafter.
Pruning: Soursop trees don’t require much pruning once the initial shaping is attained. Only prune off dead branches or limbs once the harvesting is over.