Monday, March 9, 2015

Loquat firstfruits!


Those fruit are on a loquat I planted out front four years ago.

Loquats are one of my favorite trees for Florida. Attractive, easy-to-grow, productive and tasty. I recommend it highly as a super-easy fruit in Create Your Own Florida Food Forest.

This tree isn't an improved variety, just a seedling, so I'm hoping the fruit is of good quality. They almost always are, in fact, but I've tasted excellent fruit on certain trees so I know how good loquats can be.

The tree has fruit here and there all across it; however, since it's about 15' tall, I can't cover it all with blankets... and the frost claimed most of the young fruit clusters.

The ones above survived because I put a barrel full of water beneath that branch and covered that whole corner of the tree with blankets to preserve at least some of the fruit so we can decide whether or not to leave the tree alone or graft on different varieties.

Soon they'll be ripe and our four-year wait for loquats will be at an end!

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At March 9, 2015 at 8:19 PM , Blogger john mule said...

I still have a year or 2 on my loquat tree.I'm anxiously waiting for them :)
when i was young my grandmother had a huge loquat tree in her yard, they are delicious.
i have 3 in the yard now.! i bought from a nursery about year and a half ago, other 2 i dug up from my moms house down in lake county. I have a cutting i took from the nursery plant last year and its puttting out new growth, so i'll have 4 soon :)

 
At March 9, 2015 at 10:50 PM , Blogger David The Good from FloridaSurvivalGardening.com said...

It's really a great fruit.

Good working on getting a cutting to take - loquats are supposed to be difficult to start that way.

If your fruit end up only so-so, I can hook you up with good grafting material in the future. Heck, I'll come over and help you graft.

 
At March 9, 2015 at 11:18 PM , Anonymous Andi said...

I pinned some of the canes on that Mysore raspberry and it looks like at least one has successfully tip-rooted. Want another one? I can bring it Wednesday.

 
At March 16, 2015 at 9:21 PM , Anonymous SomeGardenGuy said...

Our tree is so incredibly full. It's the one tree in our garden that I never worry about producing an awesome crop. It's amazing because it never gets watered but makes a ton of fruit.

 

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