Though soursop bushes are comparatively simple to handle and normally do not require a number of upkeep, they’re fairly troublesome to get pollinated if left finished naturally. That is why many growers hand pollinate the flowers. This isn’t solely to extend the fruit set fee but in addition to enhance the form of the fruits and their high quality.

However as just a little facet notice, so I heard that bees do not appear to love to pollinate the guayabana (soursop) flowers. It is the beetle or one thing after they get pollen sticking round their physique in a single flower after which go pollinate different soursop flowers.

Anyway, allow us to try tips on how to pollinate the soursop bushes now.

Selecting A Soursop Flower for Pollen

To pick a flower for pollen, you must search for these which can be close to the highest of a smaller department or the flower itself is of a small dimension. It is because these flowers are comparatively harder to get fertilized or even when so the fruit dropping fee is excessive or at instances fruits do not get developed in any respect. Which suggests, though they may not be good candidates for fruit bearing, they might good pollen donors.

Take a look at these flowers which have their three petals barely open outwards. Gently raise open one petal to have a look inside. Should you see that the anthers are frivolously darker and they’re starting separate, we are able to reduce the flowers to gather the pollen.

The perfect time to choose the flowers is within the cool afternoon. After choosing the entire flowers, we are able to lay them on a bit of paper in an hermetic field or just a paper bag to guard them from moisture loss or the wind blowing the pollen away. We are able to do the pollination tomorrow morning.

The subsequent morning, you possibly can break off the flower petals of the collected flowers. Shake the flowers just a little bit so the darkish grey anthers fall onto the piece of paper.

You may then use a dry cotton swab or Q-tip to softly rub the pollen out of the pollen sac (anthers). Often, the pollen from one flower will likely be sufficient to pollinate 6-8 different flowers.

Now we are able to get on to:

Selecting A Flower to Pollinate

To decide on a flower for pollination, you possibly can search for these on the principle soursop trunk. As just a little enjoyable reality, these fruits that develop immediately on the soursop trunk are sometimes the easiest and sweetest.

We are able to additionally search for flowers on massive branches, with massive flower stems or with no pests or illnesses for a very good pollination.

Some growers select flowers close to the bottom of a department or close to the bottom of a fork department (like close to the assembly level on the letter Y) and never too far out from the principle trunk. As a result of a soursop can weigh as much as 4-7 lbs (1-3 kg) per fruit, that is so the department would not must droop or bend down means an excessive amount of when bearing the fruits.


Soursop flowers on a trunk | Picture by:Tu7uh

While you see that the three flower petals are barely open, the stigma could also be of age and mature. Gently open the petals to see the stigma inside. If it appears moist and slimy, we are able to start the pollination.

Let’s Get to Pollinating

The perfect time to pollinate is round 8-9 AM within the morning. Simply as nicely, the stigma of the female-stage flower is most receptive from 8-10 AM. In full bloom time, we are able to hand pollinate the flowers each 3-4 days.

While you do the pollination, you should use the index and center finger to sort of maintain the flower stem securely in place (like when somebody is holding a kind of cigarette, though this won’t be a very good analogy for these of you who’re non-smokers). However anyway then, use your thumb to barely open one flower petal – anybody is okay.

Then alternatively, with a cotton swab in hand, dab just a little pollen on. It’s okay to dip the cotton swab head a bit in water. This could improve the pollen sticking fee.

Then, gently unfold or rub the pollen onto the stigma. It would be higher if the pollen is unfold evenly throughout. Repeat this thrice. The fruit will develop even and never too deformed or bizarre wanting.

If there’s a flower rising between two little fruits which have already set on the department and also you need to pollinate it, simply be just a little further cautious although. With a skillful pair of palms, it is okay.

Nevertheless, if it is one among your first few instances doing the job of a bee, then you might need to go away that sandwiched in-between flower alone. Some poking and drilling right here and there may disturb the neighboring new fruits, inflicting them to drop. It would be an actual waste.

After Pollination

After pollination, simply go away the flowers as-is and do not contact them. About 4-7 days after hand pollinating the flowers, you possibly can have a test on the flower stem (or pistil).

If it appears to be like nonetheless inexperienced and appears to have grown just a little greater, then congratulations this implies the pollen takes and our pollination course of is full. We are able to then look ahead to the soursop fruit to kind.

In one other case, if the pollination is not profitable, the flower stem will flip extra darkish, dry up and finally fall off. Higher luck subsequent time. We cannot have any soursop to take pleasure in this time.

Additionally, if a female-stage flower has been pollinated, it would nonetheless develop and turn into a male-stage flower and develop anthers (with pollen). Some growers, just a little bit greedily talking, nonetheless exit and gather the pollen on these flowers. It sadly causes the flowers to drop. So no fruits nor pollen.

So when you’ve got pollinated a flower simply go away it as-is and do not go for extra pollen. You may tie some kind of string or break off a small piece of the flower petal for marking which flower has receieved pollen. It would be a safer guess.

After the male stage, some pollinated Annona flower petals will dry up and switch extra darkish. Some growers thought that these darkened flowers had been lifeless and subsequently plucked them off.

However earlier than you achieve this, have just a little sneak peak inside. If there appears to be just a little fruit rising inside, then the pollination takes. The flower petals turning darkish and dry after the 2 phases are regular. That is partly why you’d have a greater likelihood of figuring out by wanting on the flower stem or pistil (it will develop greater and extra woody). So simply make sure that to take a look in the correct place so you do not waste any younger new-forming fruits.

The Fruit

If the soursop tree is hand pollinated, the fruit set fee will typically be a lot larger. With a skillful pair of palms, the profitable fertilization fee might be round 80-90%.

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