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  • From: mIEKAL aND <>
  • To: Devin Smith <>, nafex mailing list at ibiblio <>
  • Subject: Re: [nafex] container loquat flowering
  • Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 06:59:51 -0500

In all the years I've grown container loquats, I've never gotten one to
flower, even tho a bunch of the trees I've grown were seedlings from a loquat
in an indoor conservatory in Madison. I'm guessing you have better
winter-time growing conditions than I do, since they don't do a lot of
growing for me inside the house… I'd love to see photos of it flowering,
maybe you could post them to the NAFEX Facebook group since I don't think
this list allows photo attachments…


On Jun 10, 2014, at 8:57 PM, Devin Smith via nafex wrote:

> I'm excited to see that loads of blossoms on my 2 container loquats are
> unfurling. I've kept these here in southern VT for the past 4 years or so,
> and they have always flowered around the "normal" time, which is early
> winter. While I've gotten a fair number of fruit the last couple of years,
> they've always been really puny because of the short overcast days during
> ripening. This year, they seem to have "adapted" to the climate by
> flowering a second time in late spring. Do any of you keep container
> loquats, and if so, have you gotten a "breba" crop too? I assume flowering
> is related to photoperiodism. Maybe the aberrant sunshine of late winter
> fooled the tree in to thinking it was winter again? They did flush with
> growth after the first crop, maybe around late february, and those leaves
> seem to be mostly dropping. I kept them in the master bedroom of my passive
> solar/superinsulated house, so they never saw temperatures much below 68,
> and got lots of sun
> intermittently on the days it was available. If nothing else, I'd like to
> figure out what kind of trick I pulled so I can pull it again. I'm hoping
> finally for some good sized fruit from these babies.
> -Devin Smith
> Witness Oak Polycultures
> Rockingham, VT
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