Star Apples (Caimitos) are widely distributed throughout Central America and the Caribbean. The trees also grow well here in Jamaica. They do not like cold weather and young trees are easily killed at temperatures in the low 30’s. Always plant your tree in full sun for best growth and fruit production.
Temperatures in the low 40’s accompanied by wind cause wind chill and this will often defoliate trees. Mature trees, however, have survived temperatures as low as 29 degrees.
We recommend you grow your tree in a container until it reaches a height of about 8 feet before planting. This makes it easier to protect the tree while it matures.
Star Apple (Caimito) trees require a well drained soil and they grow well in a variety of soil types. Trees are very attractive with rich green and golden colored leaves. Leaves are golden underneath and green on the top. The trees produce round or pear shaped purple or green skinned fruit. Purple skinned fruit are red to purple fleshed. Green skinned Star Apple (Caimito) fruit is white fleshed inside. Star Apple (Caimito) fruits are sweet and delicious. When the fruits are cut in half they resemble a star.
Star Apples (Caimitos) are in season from late winter or early spring to early summer. They do not fall when ripe but must be hand-picked by clipping the stem. Be sure the fruit is ripe before harvesting. Unripe fruits will be gummy and inedible. A fully ripe Star Apple (Caimito) fruit will have dull skin and slightly wrinkled. The fruit will be a little soft to the touch.
Okay are you ready to eat? Wait don’t bite into that fruit! Be sure to slice the fruit in half and eat the inside. When you slice into the fruit do not allow any of the bitter latex of the skin to contact the edible flesh. Remember,the skin, seeds and rind are not edible. Star Apples (Caimitos) are best eaten chilled. They are delicious all by themselves and you can enjoy a special treat when you prepare a fruit cocktail by adding mango and pineapple. Oh my! YUMMY!!
Some nurseries grow many fruit trees under shade cloth. This is a common practice in the trade. Be sure to ask and if so, slowly acclimate the tree to more and more light before planting. This will avoid the possibility that the trees leaves will sunburn. Sun burnt leaves won’t kill the tree but your tree may not look to good for a while. Be sure to water lightly if major leaf loss occurs.
We do take every possible care to grow healthy plants and send these out in the variety as labeled.
We are very careful with packing and handling our plants, however it is the responsibility of the purchaser to promptly unpack, plant and care for the plants appropriately once they arrive.
Please read cultivation notes for each variety carefully, as Nature Touch Farms will not be held accountable for the care of plants once they leave our premises.
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During busy periods, plant orders can take up to 7 days to process, so please notify us of any dates we need to take into account when sending your plants.