Loquats are excellent trees to plant in the garden They are ornamental species with beautiful white flowers that appear from late spring to early summer, offering a delicious aroma and autumn color. The edible fruits of the loquat tree have a particular flavor that many people love. They can be eaten raw, although others prefer to make jellies, desserts and even wine.
Loquats were widespread throughout Europe in the Middle Ages. However, it has lost popularity in recent years and is rarely seen in gardens. This wild fruit tree is most common in orchards and along fields and roadsides. But, this loss of popularity can be considered a mistake, since it could be one of the best spaces for planting. If you are one of those who like to take care of incredible species, try planting an olive tree from an olive in a pot.
How to plant loquat trees
Loquat thrives in both sunny and semi-shaded locations as long as the plant is protected from strong winds. Generally, it prefers well-drained, slightly acid soils with low lime content. You can plant your tree bare root, opening a hole large enough to cover it completely. It is best to do this in late fall or winter so that they can develop strong roots and grow well the following spring.
If you prefer to plant medlars in pots, you can do it at any time of the year, although this tree is not the most suitable for planting in pots, as it needs a lot of space to develop its root system, so we recommend using a large enough pot.
If you want to plant several loquats at the same time to create a hedge, do it leaving a meter distance. The advantage of this plan is that the trees support each other and are therefore less susceptible to wind damage. You can use stakes for young loquat trees to give them the support they need.
Where to plant
The loquat has successfully spread to regions as diverse as Southeast Asia and Northwest Europe. This plant will not produce fruit in tropical climates, as it requires winter cold to flower, just like apples. They grow well, harvest well and produce good quality fruit in most parts of Europe. They should always be planted in full sun for optimum fruit production, but will produce good amounts of fruit in partial shade.
Loquat trees can be grown in the lower canopy. Tree size is determined by a number of factors, including growth conditions and the pruning regime chosen. Take into account that this is a hermaphrodite species, that is, it has both male and female organs, and is pollinated by bees and other insects. The plant is self-fertile, although it will benefit from cross-pollination.