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Temperate Fruit & Orchards => Temperate Fruit Discussion => Topic started by: JoeReal on May 30, 2019, 12:01:26 PM

Title: Gold Nugget Loquat, just the beginning.
Post by: JoeReal on May 30, 2019, 12:01:26 PM
One of my frustrations in creating a multi-grafted loquat tree is that most loquats are susceptible to fireblight. If we had a weird season that there would be rains when the loquats are in bloom, fireblight spreads so easily and it can kill the tree. I used to have an 8-n-1 loquat tree but it succumbed to fireblight during one of those unlucky years.  I don't want to apply antibiotics to control fireblight but am working on other alternatives.

So I am starting to build a multi-grafted loquat tree again from seedling. And it's pushing out. I usually start with a couple of seedlings and use one as a backup. Once they've reached appropriate size and survived, into the ground they'd go and I give the other one away to friends.

I would let the side shoots live so I can graft on them next year!
(https://i.postimg.cc/gwg7J6Vy/0lq1.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/gwg7J6Vy)


Side Veneer graft looking good!
(https://i.postimg.cc/LYhbZ6Dc/0lq2.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/LYhbZ6Dc)


This one hasn't pushed out yet. I removed the paraffin tape cover to hasten the take or its death. The sooner I know, the better, as I am ready to re-graft just in case.
(https://i.postimg.cc/WFKfmLfh/0lq3.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/WFKfmLfh)
Title: Re: Gold Nugget Loquat, just the beginning.
Post by: MotherofDragons on August 06, 2019, 12:29:37 AM
How exciting! I love loquats. Do you find them difficult to graft? I have over a dozen seedlings started this year and have plans to try and graft some next year. I have never grafted before, but will be diving in head first next season.
Title: Re: Gold Nugget Loquat, just the beginning.
Post by: Triloba Tracker on August 06, 2019, 08:54:19 AM
Nice, Joe!
Title: Re: Gold Nugget Loquat, just the beginning.
Post by: JoeReal on August 08, 2019, 02:32:46 PM
How exciting! I love loquats. Do you find them difficult to graft? I have over a dozen seedlings started this year and have plans to try and graft some next year. I have never grafted before, but will be diving in head first next season.

Treat them like citrus or avocado grafts. All techniques used on avocado or citruses work on loquat.