Mamey, Pouteria sapota
||High (10-12 hours)
||Medium (2-3x week)
||30" x 30"
Mamey is native to the seasonally dry forests of Mexico and Central America but has now been introduced to the Caribbean, South Florida, South America, and Asia. The plant forms a large-spreading canopy tree that is exceptionally handsome, with whorls of large tropical dark green leaves clustered at the ends of stout, ascending twigs.
The nondescript exterior of the fruits, the color and texture of sandpaper, are misleading. Inside is vivid salmon-red flesh with a creamy texture and rich pumpkin pie flavor, unmatched by any other tropical fruit. The fruit are formed directly on the thick twigs and branches. Nothing about the stark exterior of the fruit prepares you for what is revealed when you cut one open. The pulp is aromatic and sweet, soft when ripe, and almost fiber free.
In South Florida, the greatest part of the fruit crop matures from May through September, but some mature fruits can be found at any time of the year. Often flowers, immature fruits, and mature fruits will be present on a tree at the same time. An individual fruit takes more than a year to mature on the tree.
Mamey is a vigorous tree. It can make a picturesque specimen for the landscape and should be given adequate room to develop. Mamey trees grow best in a warm and sunny location. Trees prefer well-drained, sandy soil with regular applications of water for new transplants. Addition of plant mulch to the soil surface will improve water-holding capacity, nutrient retention and availability to soil structure. Fertilization is best done with three applications per year, in March, July and September, with an 8-3-9 application or other fruit tree formulation.
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