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Known for its fruit, that is custard apple this plant is a semi-evergreen or deciduous plant. Though the plant is a native from Central America and Caribbean islands these are cultivated in many parts of the world like India, Taiwan, Australia etc.
Annona Reticulata Ram Phal Plant belongs to the Annonaceae family. The fruit tastes pleasant and sweet and is found in various shapes. Leaves are straight, pointed and hairless and the flowers are usually in clusters.
It is not very hard to grow these plants.
As it grows well in tropical regions warm tropical climate is good for the growth of the plant while providing subtropical climate can also help in the growth of the plants.
From both seeds and from the purchased saplings this plant can be grown with a proper care and regarding the soil, it must moist most of the time.
To keep and make the soil moist or damp most of the time, regularly watering the plant is essential.
A mature plant needs to be watered once within twelve to fifteen days while during rainy season watering must be stopped.
Well-drained slightly alkaline, deep, sandy and loose soil with pH 7.0 to 8.0 is good for these plants to grow. It may also grow in various other kinds of soil.
A good well-aerated soil with proper drainage system and more organic components can help the plant to grow healthily.
Temperature between ten degree Celsius and thirty degree Celsius is often considered as the most suitable condition for the plant's growth.
Though the plants show resistance to cold a temperature condition when the temperature falls to zero degree Celsius can result in the decay of the plant.
Flowers tend to bloom mostly in the month of June however a lower rate of pollination between flowers result in less production of flowers at times.
The plant grows up to twenty feet to thirty-five feet.
Fertilization is mandatory at the early periods of the plant's growth and as it grows well in soil with more organic matters, organic fertilizers can be added to the soil.
Organic components in the soil help in the development of the roots of the plants.
Custard apples are known for its benefits.
They help in reducing diarrhea in both children and adults and also helps in treating diabetes.