sprouting lychee seeds

houstongardenerAugust 27, 2002

just wondering if anyone has ever successfully sprouted lychee seeds? I cannot find any nurseries near my home that sell lychee trees, but I am able to find lychees in our grocers. About 2 months ago, I buried some lychee seeds in a pot & now I'm getting a seedling. I would like to know if this will be a viable tree or if it will bear fruits.

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Unless you know whether the source of your seed was a hybrid, there's no sure way to know if it will bear fruit or not. Also, lychee can take up to 7 years to bear fruit from seed so don't get your expectations up and enjoy the plant. Maybe with patience you'll be harvesting someday.


    Bookmark   August 28, 2002 at 6:43AM
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joycrick(zone9 FLA)

I don't know where you are in zone 9 but here are sources for Lychee. The plant source is in Florida, near Homestead, I believe. The ECHO nursery near Homestead also has Lychee trees for sale, but they don't ship.
http://www.tradewindsfruit.com for seeds
http://www.tropicalfruitnursery.com for plants

    Bookmark   August 29, 2002 at 1:41PM
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Dear Lychee enthusiasts,

I recommend Jene's Tropicals in St. Pete. She has always provided me with quality plants and has a good selection (and she will ship). I have obtained "Sweet Cliff", "Mauritius", "Emperor" and "Hak Ip" from her. Avoid "Brewster" fruits, which feel more like sucking on big seeds than eating a fruit. Pine Island Nursery in Miami will ship also and have a much larger selection of varieties. However, their plants are usually bareroot and look a little scrawny. I recommend Jene's. It will be better to obtain one of these airlayed varieties. I live in Dover, FL (Zone 9a). Its a little too cold here for lychee, but I've managed. I have 12 lychee trees, all underneath a high overhang of seedling pummelo (good size tree for a citrus)or other large citrus. This keeps them protected during our occasional freezes but does let them have enough sunlight. I do however, have to protect them while young with blankets during cold weather. But when their older and hardier, they will do fine underneath the canopy without blanket protection. The benefits of an airlayed tree of a known variety is well worth the money. You get gauranteed good fruit and in less time. Of the varieties I have mentioned above, I think the Emperor would be the best. It produces good crops year after year. The fruits are big with small-medium seeds and very tasty. Also, the plants stay small! They only get about 12-15 ft high (max). This makes them very easy to protect from the cold. They are slow growing though, so best to start of with a larger size plant (Jene will ship 7gal). I'm not patient enough to grow a tree from seed and then have it make fruit that aren't that good. My friend grew a lychee from seed that was big seeded and acidic and made very fruits (if any) each year. Definately not worth the time and energy to plant a lychee from seed. Hope this helps!


    Bookmark   August 29, 2002 at 6:32PM
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Thank you all for replying. I was wondering about the hybrid issue too but it was fun just to watch that seedling grow. As a kid growing up in the Far East, I spent my summer vacations in a farm that belongs to my grandpa's friend. One year, my grandpa sprouted some lychee seeds & he named each one of the seedling after me & my siblings. We went to the hillside & planted each one of them. All summer long we just watched them grow. Year after year we would go to that same place to look at the lychee trees...I suspect that's how I got interested in plants. Here in Houston we do have winter temps in the teens, I wonder if that will be too cold. I hear that these trees can get quite large (Hak Yip?). Will they survive in a pot if I want to protect it from frost? Lastly, I would like to thank David for sharing his experience of growing lychee, it has been very informative, I would also like to ask if David could tell me where Jene's located, a phone number, an address perhaps?

    Bookmark   August 31, 2002 at 10:05PM
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Dear Houstongardener,

I'm glad that you enjoy the lychee as much as I do. I liked the canned lychee my mother (from Thailand) bought for me when I was younger. You should have seen my face after moving to Florida and eating FRESH lychee! It was like a different fruit and much better. I've been in love ever since. Well, the majority of the lychee I have purchased has been from Jene's Tropicals in St Petersburg, FL. She has always given me good quality plants. Her number is 727-344-1668. I just recently purchased a 7 gal "Emperor" lychee from her. It's gorgeous. The good thing with this variety is that you can keep it in a pot. It's a dwarf (does very well in a pot) and will give bounties of big, small-seeded fruit. She will send you care instructions for growing lychee in a pot. Just remember to leave the lychee outdoors to get cold but NOT-FREEZING temps. Bring 'em in if you think it will freeze. This cold is what triggers them to flower and fruit. Hope all this sets you on your way to enjoying this real delicacy.

Dover, FL

    Bookmark   September 2, 2002 at 2:01PM
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Thank you so much for sharing your experience of growing lychees with us, I'll definitely give "Emperor" a try. I did a search on the key word on "Jene's" & it brought me to her website. I was so thrilled to see her tremendous selections of tropical fruit trees that reminded me of the fruits I had as a child. I don't think I'll have problem getting their lychees but they do state that they cannot ship citrus to Texas, & I want their Satsuma orange & Buddha's Hands. I guess I'll have to get those locally, perhaps the next season..

    Bookmark   September 6, 2002 at 12:59PM
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I don't know if anyone can help me but... I, out of interest, stuck six lychee stones in a pot with a cheese plant. Much to my suprise all six germinated and I transplanted them into their own pots. Since then five of them have died and the sixth is looking peaky. What happens is their leaves turn brown, from the tip backwards, and then fall off. Also some of the new growth turns black and dies before it has chance to get anywhere? Does anybody have any ideas about how I can save my final lychee?

    Bookmark   February 7, 2003 at 4:23PM
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Lychee will not stand temps in the teens, much less the mid 20's. Most of the old groves in South Merritt Estates on Merritt Island, Fl. froze dead in the1980's.
I now live in Sarasota and it got to 29 for a few hours....Most of the trees locally weren't even bothered a bit!
If the leaves are dying from seedlings, they may need more humidity. Lychee and Longans also die easily if allowed to dry out excessively in their pots. They like lots of root room!(this is from my own experience germinating them) kevin

    Bookmark   February 17, 2003 at 4:12PM
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Could I grow this in the Pacific NW (Seattle area) and maybe overwinter it in an unheated greenhouse? I have a tiny vegetable/fruit garden. Thanks
Will I get fruit?

    Bookmark   February 28, 2003 at 4:12PM
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In order to grow a lychee tree in Seattle you will need to have a heated greenhouse. Although Lychees produce more fruit with some winter chilling and will tolerate light freezing temperatures for short periods of time. Lychees will not tolerate hard freeze conditions so you will have to heat your greenhouse if you want to grow a lychee tree. It sounds like a nice idea though, as lychee trees are probably quite rare in your area.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2003 at 5:04PM
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One of the problems with sprouting lychee seeds (in addition to all of the good info already posted) for container growing is that the seed grows a tap root, unlike air layered trees that develop spreading surface root system.

The tap root grows straight down and curls around the bottom of the container rather than developing a nice root ball like you get with a surface root system from air layers.

If you want to grow a lychee tree in a container, consider a dwarf variety from air layer like the Sweet Cliff. Also, a grafted lychee tree (if you can find one) grows very slow and is basically a stunted tree therefore suitable for container growing.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2003 at 5:18PM
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It is very encouraging to find out that lychee seeds can be planted to produce trees. My 5 year old little boy is extremely keen to grow one. But when we tried to grow one by just putting the seed in a pot of compost last February nothing happened! Would you recommend any special techniques? Should I try to grow the tree indoors? Do you soak the seed before planting it? Maybe it is too cold in the UK. I would really appreciate any advice as we have just acquired a new seed and he wants to try growing one again...

    Bookmark   June 29, 2003 at 4:17PM
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maspirasjr(zone 8)

Hi Joanna:

It really is very easy to sprout lychee. Go to your local Homebase and get some good potting soil. Fill it with soil about an inch away from the rim and have your little boy dig a small indentation into the soil, about 1 inch deep. Place your seed there (make sure it is very fresh-do not use lychee seeds that have been removed from the fruit for more than 2 weeks) then cover with soil. Water by immersion-place pot in a saucer with about 1 inch of water and let the water naturally absorb into the soil, moistening it. Hope your son enjoys growing his first tropical tree!

P.S. Oh, and make sure your plant stays indoors! These are subtropical trees and will not like temps below 5C.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2003 at 6:44PM
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Gtrine(Z9 NorCal)


I am from the san francisco bay area and cannot find any lychee plants. I have been waiting for over a year now but Jene's tropical plants still cannot ship to calif.

does anyone know a reputable place to get "emperor" lychee trees. i would totally appreciate your help.

desperate for some lychee trees here!

    Bookmark   July 22, 2003 at 5:40PM
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Not sure about the specific variety "Emperor" but I'm sure if you contact the following places, they will try to help you as they are listed by the "California Rare Fruit Growers" as having lychee plants and/or fruit:

J.D. Andersen Nursery
2790 Marvinga Lane, Fallbrook, CA 92028
VOICE: 949-361-3652
FAX: 949-492-2198
E-MAIL: jdapalms@cox.net
WEBSITE: www.jdandersen.com

Atkins Nursery, Inc.
3129 Reche Road, Fallbrook, CA 92028
VOICE: 760-728-1610, 800-928-1610
FAX: 760-728-8069

California Tropical Fruit Tree Nursery
2081 Elvado Road, Vista, CA 92084
VOICE: 760-434-5085
WEBSITE: www.tropicalfruittrees.com

Exotica Nursery Inc.
2508-B East Vista Way, Vista, CA 92083
VOICE: 760-724-9093
FAX: 760-940-0914
WEBSITE: http://www.bonusweb.com/exotica/

Green Mart
400 West Lincoln Avenue, Orange, CA 92665
VOICE: 714-637-2060 or 714-637-2061

Laguna Hills Nursery
25290 Jeronimo Road, El Toro, CA 92630
VOICE: 949-830-5653
FAX: 949-830-8526

Roger & Shirley Meyer
16531 Mt. Shelly Circle, Fountain Valley, CA 92708
VOICE: 714-839-0796
E-MAIL: exoticfruit@95net.com

Ong Nursery
2528 Crandall Drive, San Diego, CA 92111
VOICE: 858-277-8167

Pacific Tree Farms
4301 Lynwood Drive, Chula Vista, CA 91910
VOICE: 818-363-3680
FAX: 818-363-3628
WEBSITE: www.kyburg.com/ptf
Periodic deliveries at nominal charge throughout the West

Papaya Tree Nursery
Free catalog
12422 El Oro Way, Granada Hills, CA 91344
VOICE: 818-363-3680
FAX: 818-363-3628

Ben Poirier
P.O. Box 222, Fallbrook, CA 92028
VOICE: 760-751-1605
E-MAIL: benplant@tfb.com

Tropical Oasis Farms
P.O. Box 1011, Cucamonga, CA 91729
VOICE/FAX: 909-941-1060

    Bookmark   July 22, 2003 at 7:04PM
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Gtrine(Z9 NorCal)

thanks a lot violet. I found a person on your list from southern california, although he wont ship his current tress (they are too big) he is going to try and get me a smaller on he can ship. whoooohhooooo thanks again for the help!!

    Bookmark   July 27, 2003 at 2:21PM
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Fabulous! Glad the information was helpful. Which source are you referring to specifically?

    Bookmark   July 27, 2003 at 2:49PM
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ashleysf(9 San Jose,CA)

Hi Gtrine, in the bay area you can buy lychee trees from South Pacific Orchids in Gilroy. They are located very close to the Gilroy outlet mall. Don't be confused by their name and think they sell only Orchids :) they are a nursery specialising in all Asian plants and trees. Call them and double check if they have what you want in stock. their website
http://www.southpacificorchid.com/ has their location details.
They run frequent promotions like 20% off on all fruit trees etc. Good luck!

    Bookmark   July 28, 2003 at 7:42PM
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Lychee trees can actually take UP TO 20 years to produce fruit from seed. The chances of producing a quality fruit are indeed slim. Best to try a marcotted (Air layered) variety.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2003 at 10:24PM
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LMAster(zone 6 NJ)

Hi, I live NJ and am looking to grow a lychee tree. I know that this is probably nigh impossible. What should I do in the (recently heavily snowy) winter, and is it possible to find a nursery to supply a potted variety of lychee nearby? (i.e. in state)

    Bookmark   June 24, 2004 at 11:22AM
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AliKuro(10 southern CA)

great topic, perfect timing! just paid an arm and a leg for less than great tasting lychee (frozen!) and was wondering how and where to get tree... thanks to David and always helpful Violet, have got info and sources to look into! very happy. thanks everyone!

    Bookmark   June 25, 2004 at 1:08PM
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I heard that all you need is potting soil. Is there anything else to put in so it will speed up germination. How long do lychees usally take to sprout? I know that they can get to cold, can they get to hot?

    Bookmark   August 20, 2004 at 2:27PM
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Lychee will sprout in a paper towel with the baggie method within 1-2 weeks.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2004 at 7:19AM
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I live in the UK and I brought some Lychees from Tescos (local supermarket). I ate them and decided to plant the seeds and I now have a plant that is 12cm tall and growing about a cm a day! they are planted in a pot on my window sill at work and love the sun. The only things I were worried about was that they seem to have "tap root", how much longer will they last? and how can I tell what type of lychee they are? At the moment it is a single stem dark brown in colour which goes into a "V" shape with two leaves sprouting off each one. The leaves are a peachy orangy colour, there is also a tiny sprout coming up from the middle of the "V". I am also worried about what will happen to them when we get into the english winter, I am hoping they will survive where they are living at the moment.

    Bookmark   September 6, 2004 at 10:17AM
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msjbean(z8 TX)

Hey all,

I bought some lychees from HEB (a local grocery store) and threw some seeds in with a bag of free coffee grinds I got from Starbucks. I poured it into a pile by a big tree and a week later as I was watering some plants, I noticed a sprouted one!

about nine have sprouted but I put the first sprouted one in a small pot. its been 3 weeks now and the plant is about 5 inches tall!

I bought a 3 foot plant from JRN nursery (wonderful place by the way) but its not doing too good :(
Its yellowing but is still doing better than my longan :(


    Bookmark   September 12, 2004 at 7:44PM
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orchid_addict(USA z7)

I sowed three lychee seedlings. All sprouted, but two died. So now I have a nice 4 inch seedling. I'm not expecting it to bear fruit so I can eat it, because that will be very hard and requires lots and lots of time and patience. So I'm just growing for fun.

Now my seedling has two sets of leaves. The leaves are pink with a little green tint. Is this normal? Pink leaves doesn't sound too normal to me.

My lychee is in a 4 inch pot and on a west windowsill. It is potted in potting soil and I water regularly. I don't see anything else wrong with it except the leaves are pinkish. How weird!

Thanks for any help!

    Bookmark   September 24, 2004 at 7:06PM
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At present I have 8 lychee seedlings and some of those also have pink leaves. Most of them are growing at a really fast rate and I was wongering if there is anything you can do to produce smaller trees such as pinch out a growing tip??? If this is any help to anyone lychees are supposed to be lime hating.

    Bookmark   October 31, 2004 at 9:31AM
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Young lychee leaves are supposed to be pink.

    Bookmark   November 1, 2004 at 3:12PM
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Cheechnchong(z8 TX)

Howdy from the Heights!
I have some Longan fruit- I was thinking I'd plant the ones I couldn't eat or freeze on time... please let me know if you know anything about growing these babies in Houston.
(I thought we were zone eight... we're zone nine???)

Laura who's family is from Guangzhou

    Bookmark   November 8, 2004 at 8:56PM
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Cheechnchong(z8 TX)

Also... doesn't hak yip translate to 'black leaf'?

I speak "mountain" dialect of Cantonese... sounded like black leaf to me!

Would love to hear more stories. I'm a first generation "jook-sing" trying to gain more knowledge of my heritage.

I've still got family 'over there' who grow their own tea, and they showed me their roasting (very rustic!) facilities too. It was amazing.

    Bookmark   November 8, 2004 at 9:00PM
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Eggo(z10soCal LBC)

yep hak yip or hak ip or etc.. does translate out as black leaf. From what I understand its because when the leaves mature on this variety it tends to have a much darker green. Different varieties have different characteristics. For those folks that have little space or must overwinter the tree inside the dwarf variety "Emperor" will grow and fruit well in a pot.

    Bookmark   November 12, 2004 at 7:48AM
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windyrr2(z9a FL)

My husbands sister In St. Petersburg, Florida did plant a lychee tree from seed, but it didn't bear fruit for about 10 years. However when it did, it bore alot of fruit. (After she had already moved to CA.) Her brother, my husbands brother, remained in the house and worked late hours, 6 days a week. He was hardly ever home and he had great trouble each year with people sneaking into the yard and picking the fruit while he was away. I mean whole families with several pails and they would even stand on the roof of his house which was near the tree to reach the branches. Even breaking the branches full of Lychees and dropping them to the ground for easier retrieval.
They would pick it almost clean, I think to eat and also to sell to Asian food markets.
A neighbor he didn't know that well, had seen it every year, but thought because my husbands brother was Asian and it was always Asians getting the fruit off the trees, she had always thought that it was his relatives picking them. She thought it was authorized, until years later when they were talking for the first time about it.
By then he had already cut it down.
They damaged his roof, eaves and gutter and for all his watering and fertilizing, he hardly ever got any.

He finally had to have it cut down to avoid the hassles and further damage to his roof.
My husband has 15 Lychees in pots about to break out. He also has a couple Lychees from seeds.
We're looking for land to plant them on. We live in Lakeland,
I don't think we'll have much trouble with people sneaking in the yard to pick them. Our big doggy would just love to chase an intruder up the tree and keep them up there,( if they could even make it through the gate in one piece).

    Bookmark   February 25, 2005 at 3:00PM
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Reta_CAN(6b Canada)

I am growing 5 lychee seedlings (from seed)that are about 6-8 inches tall and two of them have leaves that are turning brown, starting from the tips.The newest leaves seem okay at first but then they too start to turn brown after a week or two. I have tried adjusting my watering schedule, lighting, etc. I even fed them a multivitamin! I am only fertilizing occasionally with 10-15-10 with trace iron, magnesium and zinc.The other 3 are doing perfectly well.

Should I fertilize more aggressively? Are they lacking copper? Could salt buildup in the soil be a problem (they drain well). I would appreciate any suggestions!


    Bookmark   March 9, 2005 at 4:46PM
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pinktree(Z7, windy NM)

I am a new member and glad to find Lychee fans here. I would like to grow Lychee tree. Can anyone give me opinion which Lychee taste better within these tree kinds: Hak Ip, Sweet Heart, and Emporer.?
I plan to set up tent around Lychee for winter protection. And maybe place a light in the tent too, to keep it warmer. Last winter, my area has been down to 25F.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2005 at 10:24AM
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Eggo(z10soCal LBC)

Reta, seedlings are extremely slow growing for many years. Lychee is known to really hate our tap water with all the chemicals(like chlorine)in them but I don't really know what specifically is causing the brown tips. If available, its best to provide them with rain water, or something similiar.

Pinktree, tastes is all about preference but I think most would say Hak Ip is the best of them.
Although Emperor is known to produce much larger fruits. It also is a dwarf and is known to flower and fruit in a pot. Maybe having a potted specimen is better for your area?

Hope this helps.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2005 at 9:20PM
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Calgary_G(3b AB)

I recently started some longan from seed and now have two small plants in a 8" pot, each with 9 leaves and starting to branch out. Due to my location and the fact I'm living in an apartment, they'll be strictly houseplants and I don't expect fruit. Does anybody have any experience growing these guys in the house? What kind of light and moisture requirements do these plants have?

Thanks, G.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2005 at 4:56PM
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My lychee is doing really well! it survived the english winter and it is now 14cm tall with 14 leaves! two leaves did turn brown and fall off but i found out that it is because my office is not humid enough so i am now misting it with water each day and hoping no more will turn brown. Still not sure what type of plant it is but not that bothered as happy it survived!

    Bookmark   April 21, 2005 at 6:30AM
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cover your longans and lychees in the winter, in houston. They should do just fine. MY parents have one of each and they are about 4 years old. the first winter they were in large pots, the trunks were about 1 inch in diameter, and 5 ft tall. they were brought in close to the house under an overhang, and barely had any leaf damage. The following season, were planted in the ground in a semi sheltered area and have survived 3 winters. They are covered with regular burlap on the top during freezes. they were Bought at a vietnamese place called St. Josephs' nursery on 288.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2005 at 2:22AM
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If anyone has any extra seedlings, please let me know. ;)

    Bookmark   July 8, 2005 at 4:50PM
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I'm not sure what zone I'm in but I live in Sicily and temps are reaching the 100's nearly every day and it's very humid most of the time. Anyway, just to see what would happen I took 4 lychee seeds and placed them in a pot with some potting soil, watered it just a little bit, placed the whole pot inside a ziplock bag and set it outside. Last week, two of them sprouted and then over the weekend the last two sprouted. Trouble is now their all together in the same pot. I didn't plant them with the intention of getting trees; I was just curious to see if they would sow. Now that they have - how do I transport them into their own pots?
Also the seedlings are right now about 1 inch high with tiny tiny leaves beginning to form...how long should I leave in the 'green house'?

    Bookmark   July 18, 2005 at 11:33AM
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Check my exchange page, scroll down to:

How to Save and Grow all These SEEDS!
Click on the links for all the information you need on when to transplant.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2005 at 12:05PM
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oh, and if you have them in pots make sure they receive a little bit of cold weather. I had one in a pot and kept in the house the whole winter. when i planted it the following spring, it didn't flower, even though it had flowered the last couple of years.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2005 at 9:14PM
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Just posting an update...My lychee seeds are still growing strong. I gave 3 of them away and kept 2. I have them still in pots and they are now 7 to 8 inches long and the tallest has new leaves forming. I've been keeping them outside just above my dryer vent on the window sill. We're going into our winter season (cooling down to around 60 at night...brrrrr) so I'm keeping an eye on them to make sure they're warm enough.

    Bookmark   November 23, 2005 at 10:01AM
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i have used a needle to poke the seeds about 2 mm in, and then i put them in a glass with paper towel, and water inside. i keep the water level just underneath the position of the seeds so that they are not completely under water. i have three lychees that already sprouted, and it also works on longan. (both types are from the grocery)

    Bookmark   January 20, 2007 at 2:16AM
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Hi, no one has said which end goes up - I planted two seeds with the pointy end upward, but just yesterday - should I turn them around, or sideways, or ?? Thanks!

    Bookmark   January 29, 2007 at 7:21AM
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hi lucy, the rough end is where the root comes out

    Bookmark   January 29, 2007 at 6:46PM
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Thank you, now all I can do is wait.

    Bookmark   February 1, 2007 at 9:11PM
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Hi all..

I have grown a lychee tree from seed. It is about one year old, and doing pretty good. I keep it inside because the winters here in Denmark gets way to cold. I have a slight problem though. The tree which is about 20 cm tall seems to have stopped growing. Could this be hybernation? If so what should i do to make it start growing again?

    Bookmark   February 3, 2007 at 1:51PM
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Actually, it's normal for lychee trees/plants to stop growing for up to 2 years once they reach 20-25 centimeters. Just have patience, and don't overfertilise them in an attempt to get them growing again, and it should happen all by itself eventually.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2007 at 12:30PM
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Hi I am going to plant lychees I live in Winnipeg MB will it grow in my house it is 22ºc do I need anything or equipment thanks tasty

    Bookmark   February 20, 2007 at 6:08PM
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Hi what month do plant it inside

    Bookmark   February 21, 2007 at 1:20PM
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Hi tasty, I also live in canada (i'm in ottawa). i guess it doesnt really matter which month you plant it inside, since you'll have to keep it in the house over the winter anyways. i suppose that now is the right time, as the days are getting longer, so by the time it grows leaves it will have enough light exposure. I have planted mine around late january, and it already has eight leaves. the leaves start out red, and then they become progressively greener. currently i have 12 lychee trees growing in my home. they are actually very easy to get started compared to other plants.

one key piece of advice i can give you is to start them off in a plastic bag. this way, they will be grown in a highly humid microclimate (they seem to dislike dryness).

    Bookmark   March 2, 2007 at 7:03PM
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I live in Tomball,TX (Harris county) believe I am in zone 9a.
-Does anyone know if I can buy Lychee trees in Houston metropolitan area from a nursery or do I have to put a mail order at one of florida nurseries.
-How was u guys experience mailordering them from FL. I am curious to know how these plants are shipped in mail and how they arrive(Damaged,wilted)
-I am deciding between Mauritious and Brewer variety, what would be a good fruit for my zone...

Appreciate any help

    Bookmark   July 26, 2007 at 2:27PM
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I have had good luck (improved tree health) using mycorrhizal fungi supplements on my potted trees. See the growing supplies section of lycheesonline.com for product ideas.

    Bookmark   August 2, 2007 at 1:51PM
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Check out JRN Nursery on 4809 Breen Dr. near hwy 249. They have a lot of tropical fruit trees like lychees, longans, mangoes, persimmons, papayas, citrus and jack fruits to name a few. I got carried away and bought one or more varieties of the list above.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2007 at 2:52AM
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I live in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada and I have grown many of my plants from seed or cuttings in my home and at my office, always, with south facing windows.
I had sprouted two lychee seeds in an eight inch pot...that was mistake number one. I should have realized that once they took off, I would have to repot them in separate pots, as they would have a negative affect on each other.
As both grew to 12 inches high, with multiple layers of leaves, they were quite nice looking plants. One eventually began to fail, while the other grew taller and fuller. I waited a couple of weeks and found one had reduced itself to a stalk, while the other flourished. I decided to remove the dying one and move the healthy plant towards the middle of the pot...mistake number two. Within a week of moving the plant, the leaves were drying out and becoming very brittle.
I had kept the plant moist, but not wet, and out of direct sunlight.
The leaves are presently curling up, and I expect the plant to die.
I will plant the next seeds in separate pots and not repot until rootbound.
To repeat one of the folks listed above, the plants does not form an immediate root ball, but does send down a long root that coils down in to the pot.
good luck folks!

    Bookmark   November 28, 2007 at 10:35PM
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Wow, I see this thread has a long history back to 2002. I hope some of you folks who started your lychee or longan seeds back then have been successful in raising your plants and perhaps even getting fruit from them? I'm beginning to sprout a bunch of longan seeds after having bought them from a local grocer. Many of them have sprouted and I'm just curious how these will turn out eventually. If any of you have any success stories to share, would love to hear from you.

    Bookmark   September 2, 2008 at 2:24PM
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I have a few Lychee seedlings, just now starting to get brown tips, I'am going to take the advise and transplant them into a bigger pot, or directly into the ground. they are pretty plants and fast growing here. 2 months since i planted from seed and they are 6" already

    Bookmark   December 10, 2008 at 2:13PM
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I live on the mississippi gulf coast (biloxi,gulfport area). Does anyone know if I can grow Lychees here? I am thinking about ordering from Jenes if Fl, but I wonder if it would be a waste of time and money considering my location. Also, can anyone recommend a variety (I see there are a few to choose from). Thanks!!!!

    Bookmark   March 5, 2009 at 9:16PM
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I am an American living in Nanchang, China and it is VERY hot and humid here. I have just had my first taste of FRESH Lychee and have seeds.

My question is - what size pot should I start them in and how many seeds to a pot?


    Bookmark   June 16, 2009 at 8:29PM
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    Bookmark   June 27, 2009 at 11:27AM
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Hey sagebrush,

The ideal number of seeds for a pot would be just one as I have read that lychee seedlings(and plants/trees)are very touchy, so you would want to avoid disturbing them as much as possible.

As for the size, i would go for 4inch pots as once they start to grow, you would eventually need to repot them. If you use a pot which is too big, the seeds may get oversoaked and may not sprout. Just my humble opinion, hopefully some of the more experience would chime in..:P

    Bookmark   July 6, 2009 at 5:27AM
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Woo hello everyone,

This thread has been the boost for me to finally succeed at growing one of these seeds indoor (Belgium). I have one now that is nearly a year, I don't know which kind it is, but it's looking beautiful! Will try include some (iPod-) pics here --->

How I keep atmosphere moist:

My precious (in the pot I sprouted the seed in):


    Bookmark   January 6, 2012 at 10:35AM
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