- 80-100 cm – 10 litres pot;
- 100-150 cm – 18-25 litres pot;
- 150-175 cm – 30-35 litres pot;
- 175-200 cm – 50 litres pot.
The Loquat is originally from Ancient China and was later on introduced to Japan around a similar time period. It has been cultivated there for about 1,000 years. It has since been naturalised in many countries all over the world. The first European contact with the species potentially was in 16th century Portugal at the height of Japanese-Portuguese contact. The plant itself is an evergreen tree that produces an abundance of orange and yellow fruit during the spring time. Throughout the rest of the year, it mainly blossoms white flowers. The hardiness rating is H4 making it very good for most of the UK climate. Only shelter in extreme cold snaps. Make sure it has full natural sunlight whenever possible. Stick to the instructions within pruning group 1 and may potentially need restrictive pruning under glass. It has the potential for pests but is generally disease free.
Latin Name: Eriobotrya Japonica
English Name: Japanese Loquat, Japanese Plum, Japanese Medlar, Loquat
Foliage Type: Evergreen
Flowering Period: Autumn – Winter
Suggested Location: Outdoor.
Suggested Soil Type: Moist but well-drained. Loam, Chalk, Sand, Clay
Suggested Exposure to Sunlight: Full Sunlight
Suggested Exposure to Weather: Sheltered
Hardiness Rating: Medium (H4)
Lowest Temperature Tolerance: -15°C to -10 °C (5 °F to 23 °F)
Maintenance: Under glass prune to restrict size in spring
Growth Habit: Bushy
Cultivation: Under glass grow in loam-based potting compost in full or bright filtered light with good ventilation. Water moderately and apply a balanced liquid fertiliser monthly when in growth and keep just moist in winter. Can be grown outdoors in most fertile soils
Propagation: Propagate by seed at 13 to 16 °C in spring or take semi-hardwood cuttings in summer
Suggested planting locations and garden types: Low Maintenance Wall-side Borders Architectural City & Courtyard Gardens Coastal
Pests: Mealybugs may be a problem under glass
Diseases: Usually trouble free
Final Height: 4 m – 8m (13 ft – 26 ft)
Final Spread: 4 m – 8m (13 ft – 26 ft)
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