Sapodilla, also referred to as chico fruit, is a tropical fruit tree that can actually sustain low temperatures (-2C – -3C) for short periods of time, and today we’ll show you how to grow sapodilla AKA chico fruit! This delicious fruit has plenty of other names such as Chicle, Sapota, Zapote chico, Sapodilla plum, and Naseberry. You may have even recognoze the name “Chicle” which refers to the latex that is excreted by the sapodilla fruit and used as a chewing gum base (Chiclets anyone?!?).

Sapodillas originated in the Yucatan peninsula, but has now spread throughout all of the Caribbean as well as Florida. Because the sapodilla fruit can sustain such low temperatures, you can grow your own tree almost anywhere you live as long as you create a semi-tropical environment. This means that you’ll either need a greenhouse OR you’ll need to grow sapodilla in a pot which can be moved inside. Keep reading to learn how to grow sapodilla!

How to Grow Sapodilla

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Planting Sapodilla:

  • You can find sapodilla seeds at your local nursery (depending on where you live) or online.
  • Plant directly into the ground if the conditions are right, or plant in a pot.
  • Use a good quality, well draining soil.
  • Choose an area with plenty of sun, at least 6-8 hours per day.
  • Push the seed into the soil about an inch deep and water.
  • Once the tree germinates, be patient, as it may take 5-8 years for a sapodilla tree to start bearing fruits.

Sapodilla Care:

  • Fertilize young trees with -8% nitrogen, 2-4% phosphoric acid, and 6-8% potash every two or three months with 1/4 pound and increasing gradually to 1 pound.
  • Sapodilla trees are drought resistant, but water once a week if there is no rain.
  • As long as the tree is protected from frost, the tree does not need a lot of care and you should expect fruits to bear!

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