Freshly harvested loquats. Fertilize loquats three times a year in winter, spring and early summer with 6-6-6 organic fertilizer; avoid high nitrogen fertilizers which can reduce flowering. I wonder what kind of results they’ve gotten with it. Good named varieties include ‘Novak’, ‘Christmas’, ‘Shambala’, ‘SES2’, ‘Champagne’, and ‘Tori’. Do not fertilize trees after midsummer. Hi, I'm Craig Hepworth. According to what I’ve found online, Piera originated in Spain and is also grown in Silicy, Italy. Place bird netting over small trees. Probably the best place to connect with loquat growers in FL & elsewhere is a Facebook group, I think it’s titled something like Backyard Loquat Growers. A friend of mine sells improved forms of loquat out of his backyard nursery in Gainesville – I’ll message you his phone number. A group of kids from the neighborhood were fascinated by this, and they’d come around regularly to check out the developing fruits. Clusters are cut from the branch with clippers. That’s an interesting story indeed Could one still tell if there’s a graft line on trees that old? Plant loquats in compost-rich loamy soil that is well-drained. So true…life is complicated. Any content on this website which is not attributed to someone else is by me, Craig Hepworth. Use sticky traps to trap flies. I have never encountered that – every loquat I’ve ever eaten has had a thin, delicate skin, and I eat them skin and all. They have a leathery skin, but I have never had a problem eating it. In mild-winter regions, loquat trees can be planted in fall. I find it’s easiest to clip clusters of fruit, then snip the stems off each fruit. I have no idea if it’s some loquat varieties which have thick leathery skins, or if that characteristic develops in certain climate regions. Planting Loquats. Optionally, if you feel like letting me know that you’ve shared something from this site, I get a kick out of that. Loquats will not be harmed by severe pruning. Mulch around plants with aged compost or aged manure in winter. I stumbled across this paper, which is sadly behind a paywall. Prune back shoots to keep the tree from growing too tall. If you plan to pick fruit for jam (or any other purpose), try to use it soon after picking. And great screen privacy. Remove dense shoots growth in the center of the plant; this will ensure that sunlight reaches ripening fruit. I love the foliage they provide also. Celebrating the abundance, diversity, and health benefits of food that grows on trees, Small-scale agroforestry in constant evolution, Discovering Your Ancestors - One Gene at a Time, Divulgando la investigación sobre evolución humana | Outreaching the human evolution research, Ruminations of a paleontology-inclined nerd, Exploring nuts, tree fruits, and uncommon fruits in Michigan, An Online Reader for the Permaculture Community, Food Plants | Ecological Gardening | Recipes | Nutrition. With a flavor similar to peaches A self-pollinating tree will produce fruit on its own. Recently I posted some loquat pictures to Instagram, and several people reported that loquats in their areas (Southern California, Central Mexico, Australia, and Hawaii) have thick, leathery skins that need to be peeled before eating. As loquats ripen, they turn from green to yellow, then to a yellow-orange. When I first moved to Florida, I had a number of potted fruit trees of various types dangling fruits. Loquats can grow 15 to 30 feet high. Where the climate is too cool or too hot and humid, loquats will not bear fruit. Loquats are drought-tolerant but they will produce best with regular, deep watering. The best flavor occurs (at least to my taste) when they reach the yellow-orange stage, when they have a rich, sweet, peachy taste and texture. I would be very interested in Shambala, but unfortunately the only two places I have read of this variety are on your blog and on Space standard trees 15 or more feet apart. Although loquats will grow in most areas of Australia except for Hobart and the mountains, they are not as popular in Australia as they are in Mediterranean countries. Water in the soil and create a modest soil basin around the trunk to hold water at watering time. Transplanting Begin by preparing the soil where you wish the tree to be planted, working it to loosen the soil in at least a 4-foot circle around the area where you plan on planting. Dig a hole half again as deep and twice as wide as the tree’s roots. Lots of people use this evergreen Asian tree in landscaping, so there’s plenty of free fruit available. Loquats begin bearing at 3 to 4 years of age. Not many people have it. Do you sell them or know of anyone that may. Choose a large container at least 24 inches wide and deep. Loquot in our area (Northern NSW, Australia) are mostly old, un-named varieties left over from when the area was a gold field (and were most likely bought here by Chinese miners). He is selling them at the downtown Gainesville Farmers Market, Wednesdays 4-7pm. Harvest To Table ( Log Out /  These kids had already developed a fond relationship with this fruit in their early, formative years. When I first moved to Florida, I had a number of potted fruit trees of various types dangling fruits. My neighbor Lyle has a small planting of grafted “Shambala” loquat trees that are ripening lots of fruit, that’s what’s in these pictures. April is loquat season in North Florida, and everywhere you look, golden yellow-orange clumps of these fruits are ripening around here. Eriobotrya japonica. Re-fill the hole with half native soil and half aged compost or commercial organic planting mix; firm in the soil so that there are no air pockets among the roots. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your account. Prune out dead, diseased, crossing or rubbing branches. That report appears to have been published in 2006, and in a quick Google search I don’t see any subsequent reports of anyone growing ‘Piera’. Dwarf trees grow to half the size of a standard or less and can be spaced 8 to 10 feet apart. Loquats are one of the easiest, most problem-free fruits you can grow – a little care will go a long way with this tree. They are adapted to subtropical and mild-winter regions. Of the loquat varieties we grow in North Florida, variety ‘Shambala’ would probably be best for attempting to grow in a cooler climate, as it sometimes has a fall crop in addition to the spring crop. One of our friends lives at a farm/homestead in Gainesville called Shambala, and on the property there’s a big loquat tree that makes heavy crops of large, sweet fruit. I stumbled across a Spanish Germplasm Bank that has a description of the variety. Container and Pot Sizes: How Much Soil Do I Need? There are ppl sharing scion wood of lots of excellent varieties there, and comparing notes on how the different varieties are doing for them.