Chiko Sapote (Sapodilla) Bonsai Diary
These are great container gardening candidates and can be grown from seed. It can take up to 8 years for a well tended tree to produce fruit and then 9-10 months for the fruit to become ripe. USDA Zone 10.
Sapodilla can be grown in planters, and as shown by the photo can make quite attractive bonsai specimen as well. I found some at a store and picked them up. The seeds I bought rotted as they probably are not viable unless sprouted just after eating the fruit. The fresh seeds seem to be swelling up and splitting.
March 5, 2017, 268 Days To Fresh Fruit:Breaking out the macro lens to record plant health and growth, and the Chikoo seems to be doing well, has some nice growth... however... there appears to be some soft bodied scale on it. This is the only plant I have in this area with the scale and it had to have come on the plant.
I sprayed the leaves down and rubbed them a bit to physically clean up the plant and remove the scale. Also isolating the Chikoo from the other plants.
February 21, 2017, 280 Days To Fresh Fruit:
|Manikara Zapote var Alano|
February 12, 2017: Failed Seeds, Ordered a PlantThe seeds failed some time ago. I believe it was an unfortunate skipping of watering that caused the problem. Decided to skip the germination and just get a tree.
October 15, 2016: Seed Germination
|Manilkara zapota 'Rosalyn'|
The mail order seeds were dried out and would not germinate. The fresh Sapodilla seeds were used for sprouting. I tried soaking, wrapping in paper towels and leaving the seeds in water. The paper towels ended up keeping the Sapodilla seeds moist enough to swell up and one actually started a root. The seeds were transferred to a tray/egg crate seed starter which is the absolute best way I have ever sprouted any seeds. First sprouter is named Rosalyn. I'm not sure how many more viable seeds we will have.