Loquats are fruits native to China and is very popular in Japan. These are small fruits packed with a burst of flavors. They can be eaten fresh or made into fruit preserves. It’s perfect with toasts! When made into syrup, it can help soothe itchy throat as well as soothe digestive and respiratory systems.
Loquat trees are very easy to grow and can be a wonderful ornament in your garden. To grow these ornamental trees, follow these simple steps:
1. Buy a healthy seedling from the nursery. For more fruits, look for the grafted selection.
2. Find a spot where it can get full sun and away from other trees.
3. When planting, make sure you water it thoroughly, then every other day in the first two weeks. When you have established the tree, you can water it once a week
4. Remove weeds and grass from the area or the tree will have to compete with the weeds and grass for water and nutrients.
5. Fertilize newly planted trees one month after planting and repeat every eight weeks. Mature trees need to be fertilized two to three times per year.
6. For the first two years, prune by tipping shoots in excess of 2 to 3 feet. Mature Loquats can be pruned if you don’t want them to reach their full height. They can stay at a height of only 6 to 12 feet.