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Starting a Loquat Fruit Tree

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by philthis on May 21, 2006 11:38 PM
Need help on starting a loquat tree from my neighbors tree... can i just stick a branch in the ground? Been checking into grafting stuff but all sounds so complicated. Want fruit and tree now don't wanna wait for seeds or seedling.
I guess another option or question rather, might be... Can i dig up a mature tree and transplant it with any luck???
by Longy on May 23, 2006 09:02 AM
Here's a site which details loquat culture. Doesn't sound good for cuttings i'm afraid. Seed seems the most reliable but the fruit may be inferior.
Best seems to be grafting. Anyway, have a read and glean what you can.

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by papito on May 24, 2006 10:43 AM
Most Loquat trees [ERIOBOTRYA] are sold as seedlings. My Loquat trees [E. japonica] were grown from seeds. They are doing just find in containers and giving me fruits, some are in ripening stage now.

From Sunset Western Garden Book:

If you want to harvest a crop, look for a grafted variety such as "Champagne" [best in warm areas, "Gold Nugget" [best in cooler regions], or "MacBeth" [exceptionally large fruit.]

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by El mequetrefe on June 09, 2006 10:20 AM
starting from a loquat tree is quite easy. Cuttings are unreliable, i never had one from cuttings, tough i heard root cuttings will work.

select a nice branch about the thickness of a pencil and make an air layer (marcotting). If you don't know the technique, search google. I use ordinary garden soil and plastic bags from the mart. Wait about 2 or 3 weeks and you have enough roots to suport the new plant. I've propagated some new plants, that may also be used as rootstocks.


by art on June 13, 2006 11:29 AM
if you have access to a mature tree,transplanting is easy.take the tree out and transplant it emediately.
keep it well watered for the first few days.cut one third of the top folage off.plant it about 6 inches above original ground level. you should have fruit the following year.

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