Soil and climate requirements. The plant grows in any kind of soil, but a fairly deep, friable soil of volcanic origin is conducive to growth and fruiting. It thrives very well from sea level up to 500 meters above sea level. It is best to plant them at the start of the rainy season.
Method of propagation are thru:
1) grafting 2) cuttings 3) marcotting 4) and budding
Planting distance should be three to four meters apart. Can be harvested after two to three years with an expected yield of 3.7 ton per hectare.
Planting Time. Use 250-300 gms. Complete fert. (14-14-14) or (12-24-12). Apply 3 inches below the roots and 5 inches to side of seeding at planting. Eight cm below roots and 10 cm to the side.
Young trees (1-3 years). Use 300-500 g of complete fert. (14-14-14) or (12-24-12) plus 200-300 g urea (45-0-0). Mix and apply in two equal doses by digging along periphery of the tree. First application – start of the rainy season. Second application – end rainy season.
Fruit Bearing Trees. Use 1.5-3.0 kg complete fertilizer plus 200-300 g Muriate of potash (0-0-60). Apply as above.
Fruits are mature when they become dark and shiny green with re-curved spines set far apart and the skin appearing to burst with pressure from within. Ripe fruits are light yellow and soft.