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AndrewAZ

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Are there dwarf loquats
« on: November 22, 2023, 12:28:12 AM »
I had a big in the ground.  But after 8 years in ground with no flowers and the past 2 years, about 30% die back, I decided to axe and plant something more productive.
Would like to may be container grow a loquat, that way can move it into shade in June, July, August.
Anyone know of dwarf varieties with sweet fruit and if so, where to purchase?

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Re: Are there dwarf loquats
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2023, 12:55:53 AM »
Was yours grafted? My grafted ones try to fruit in 1 gallon pots, not even two feet tall.

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Re: Are there dwarf loquats
« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2023, 08:04:58 AM »
I would ask Kaz.

With select pruning once, maybe twice per year, should have no problem keeping loquat at manageable size.

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Re: Are there dwarf loquats
« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2023, 08:35:13 AM »
Andrew, I grew loquat seedlings for 6 years in a 20 gallon pot before it finally flowered. I bought 2 1 gallon cultivars and grew them in a 2 gallon pot for 1 year before they flowered (forced flowering in spring) and them potted them up to a 10 gallon. This is the plant now 18 months after purchase.


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Re: Are there dwarf loquats
« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2023, 08:48:04 AM »
Quince is used as a dwarfing rootstock for loquat.

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Re: Are there dwarf loquats
« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2023, 10:14:14 AM »
My parents have a seedling loquat thatís over 10 years old and has never flowered. On the flip side, I have grafted named varieties to seedlings and they flowered the following year.

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Re: Are there dwarf loquats
« Reply #6 on: November 23, 2023, 02:57:57 AM »
To answer your question , You can graft any Loquat variety onto Quince to dwarf it . I have a 10+ year old Multi graft Loquat on Quince rootstock.
It's less than 8' tall.

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Re: Are there dwarf loquats
« Reply #7 on: November 23, 2023, 07:18:48 AM »
I agree with the quince rootstock for dwarfing as mentioned. I hear of many people using it since it grows slowly, trunk doesn't grow fast like a loquat seedling.
« Last Edit: December 11, 2023, 04:26:38 AM by sc4001992 »

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Re: Are there dwarf loquats
« Reply #8 on: November 23, 2023, 07:23:45 AM »
Andrew,
"I had a big in the ground.  But after 8 years in ground with no flowers and the past 2 years, about 30% die back, I decided to axe and plant something more productive."

Don't kill your larger tree, just cut it down to the height you want and a few feet more, then wait until you get new shoots or do a bark graft on the stumped tree with some good varieties from me or other forum members here. This way you can get fruits in 1-2 yrs just like an adult loquat tree would fruit, in 2 years after grafting that tree will give you many fruits faster than any new tree you plant. If you want it in a larger pot, just dig it out after your grafted scion wood is growing (1-2 ft).

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Re: Are there dwarf loquats
« Reply #9 on: November 23, 2023, 08:33:21 AM »
What Kaz said, but leave one branch of the seedling (un-grafted shoot) to see what your seedling produces.
I had a tree in the ground must have been 8 plus years before it fruited from the seedling, grafted varieties had been fruiting for a few years.  When the seedling fruited, it was a very excellent fruit.  Great tase and nice size.

This way, you both eat your cake and have it :)

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Re: Are there dwarf loquats
« Reply #10 on: November 23, 2023, 08:49:07 AM »
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