Fruitless Loquat Tree: Getting A Loquat Tree To Bloom And Fruit
The following are some of the reasons why your loquat tree is not producing fruit.
1) You have no water source.
2) Your soil contains too much clay or pebbles.
3) You have poor drainage in your garden area (potholes).
4) You have a low humidity level in your home.
5) You have too many pests such as aphids, spider mites, whiteflies, scale insects etc.
You might want to read more about these problems before deciding whether you need to buy a new loquat tree or if you should try something else. If none of the above solutions work out then you will need to consider grafting a loquat tree into your garden area.
Grafting a loquat tree into your garden area is very easy. All you need to do is take one of the existing loquats in your garden and cut it down to size. You can even use a dead tree as long as its at least three feet tall. Then just plant it in the right place where there are lots of small plants like tomatoes, peppers, lettuce etc., so that it gets plenty of sunlight and water.
When the tree begins to bud you need to maintain a regular watering routine without fail. Even if you do all this it is not guaranteed that you will get any loquats. It can take up to a couple of years before you see any results, so make sure you stay motivated and be patient.
You can also try planting a loquat tree from a seed but this option is very time consuming because you can wait up to twelve years before your tree bears any fruit. Choose a healthy loquat from somewhere in your garden or a friend’s or buy one online. If you have any doubts about which is the healthiest then try using an encyclopedia to find out how your tree should look.
When you get your seed you have to clean it properly before you plant it.
First, wash your hands and make sure they are dry. Then put on some gardening gloves because you do not want your skin oils to contaminate the seed.
Your loquat seed should be able to pass through a 2mm sieve so if yours is any bigger than that then it is no good to you. If it is any smaller you still need to rinse it thoroughly before planting it because of all the dust and dirt that will have passed through the sieve.
Fill a bucket or bowl with water and put your sieved loquat seed into the container. Soak the seed for around 48 hours. You must change the water every 12 hours or so because it quickly becomes contaminated and all your seed will be ruined.
After soaking for 2 days gently sieve the water and collect all the floating loquat seeds into a container. You can throw away the water because it is now dirty and has bits of loquat seed hull in it.
Finally, take your container of floating loquat seeds and find a pot with some good quality compost in it. Pour some water over the compost and mix it around a bit with your hands. Make a hole in the center with your fingers roughly the size of the container of seeds. Now pour all the loquat seed into the hole and gently firm down the soil with your hands. Keep the container of seeds wet by putting a small amount of water over them every now and then.
Water your seedling everyday and keep the soil moist but not waterlogged. It is going to take around a year before you start getting fruit and even then it isn’t going to be very big. You can get bigger ones from loquat trees already growing in the ground but you will have to wait at least 4-5 years before they get big enough to harvest any fruit.
One last thing you can try is to buy a grafting kit off the internet. This involves growing a sapling to maturity, making a sloping cut and then using some kind of grafting tape to secure the new variety of loquat tree onto the old one.
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