dwarfing a loquat for container growth

gardenweb88(9)April 1, 2013

I just received a small potted loquat that's only about 6" tall right now. Would it be possible to grow a fruit bearing loquat tree in a container and prune the tree so that it remains a manageable size relative to the container? (that's dwarfing, no? if not, apologies).

The info I've found online states the trees have shallow but expansive root systems and naturally grow to 15-30 feet tall and can grow up to 20 feet across if unpruned. My main concern is having the tree bear edible fruit.

This post was edited by gardenweb88 on Mon, Apr 1, 13 at 1:36

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armyofda12mnkeys(7a, Philly, PA)

I read something about this this weekend (I was researching what you can graft onto Quince)... Maybe this is useful for you:

www.cloudforest.com/cafe/forum/69995.html
"Loquat on quince is dramatically dwarfed compared to loquat on loquat. Any quince selection should work; often Provence is used, but it really doesn't matter (as long as its true quince, and not something else, for example Chinese Quince)."

    Bookmark   April 1, 2013 at 1:40AM
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gardenweb88(9)

I'm new to gardening and don't have any experience or knowledge about grafting trees. Is that the only way to keep a loquat tree to a container size that will bloom fruit?

I'm in the Los Angeles area, zone 8b, so I can leave the plant outdoors year round if that factors into the discussion.

This post was edited by gardenweb88 on Mon, Apr 1, 13 at 13:10

    Bookmark   April 1, 2013 at 12:32PM
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