Chikoo or Sapota is a delicious tropical fruit that belongs to the Sapotaceae family that goes with the scientific name Manilkara zapota. Sapota fruit has a grainy texture and a mildly musky flavor. The soft fleshy Sapota fruit is scooped out to make smoothies, delectable desserts and jams. Sapota is high on calories providing 83 calories per 100 grams. A good source of dietary fiber, the pulp of this Sapota fruit functions as a laxative. It is loaded with a rich array of vitamin C, vitamin A, niacin, folate and pantothenic acid and minerals iron, potassium, and copper.
A step by step guide to growing sapota in containers
Sapota is also known as Sapote, Chiku, Sapodilla, and Lamut. Sapota trees can grow to more than 30 m tall with an average trunk diameter of 1.5 m. Sapota fruit is sweet like a peach. If you want to enjoy it in the house then you can develop it by propagating the Sapota plant. You can germinate Sapota seeds or sapota grafting also.
Sapota trees do not grow very well in chill weather, however mature trees tolerate the cold, as long as the temperature is not falling regularly. The sapota fruit of the sapodilla is yellowish-brown and its leaves are shiny evergreen, and the flowers are white. Mature sapodilla generally produces sapota fruits twice a year. After 4 to 6 months of blooming, mature Sapota fruits are obtained. The Sapota plant requires a well-drained condition of sandy soil.
Planting Sapota in a container or pot
Sapota trees grow well in pot as long as you provide an adequate size pot for root development. Select a pot 18 to 24 plus inches in diameter and 20 plus inches in Sapota height, with adequate drain holes. Glazed containers need far less watering than raw terracotta pots due to their porous nature.
Light requirements for growing Sapota in Pot
Indoor light: A bright and sunny solarium or window location with more southern exposure is best for Sapota plant growth and fruit production. Many customers have reported sapota fruit harvesting from trees that live-in home and patio environments.
Outdoor light: Sapota trees prefer bright sunlight and direct sun. If possible 12 hours of bright light is best for plant growth and fruit production.
Soil for growing Sapota in pots
Sapota is grown in a variety of soil but deep alluvial, black soil and sandy loam soil having good drainage are ideal for doing Sapota farming. Soil mix pH having 6.0-8.0 is optimum for growing Sapota tree. There are multiple ways to grow the Sapota plant. One way is from sapota seed but by planting seeds it takes 6 to 7 years for fruits to come and the quality of fruit depends on the seed quality so it is a time taking process. The other method is to purchase a grafted Sapota plant from a nursery. Grafted Sapota plants start to bear sapota fruits in 2 to 3 years. Growing Sapota trees is not particular when it comes to water requirements. They may do equally well in arid or humid environments, although more severe conditions can result in a lack of Sapota fruiting.