loquats..

wallisadiMarch 19, 2012

a nice older gentleman gave me a bunch of seeds from Portugal that he brought back. said the Loquat's were twice the size we grow here and the tree is quite different in shape? have one coming up and the leaf does look a bit different....??

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whgille(FL 9b)

Hi Wallisadi

That sounds like a good find! loquats grow very fast but if you have space, give it a try. Fruits in other places do taste better, maybe the soil?
When I was a child I tasted something like a loquat but better, maybe is the same thing? fruits were double the size too.
I will be interested to find out...:)

Silvia

    Bookmark   March 20, 2012 at 8:17AM
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love_the_yard(z9A Jax FL)

Walli, there is a nice Purdue horitcultural website that lists many loquat varieties - although I didn't see any of Portuguese origin. Maybe you will recognize a description and then be able to Google for images? See the link below.

By the way, my parents have had self-seeding loquats for years. Never planted them, and never knew they were edible... until some contractors doing a little painting work asked if they could eat some. I know my mother's eyes were like saucers! LOL!

Carol M. in Jax

Here is a link that might be useful: Loquat

    Bookmark   March 20, 2012 at 9:04AM
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wallisadi

the gentleman invited me to come see his garden, really interested in seeing the tree. thanks for the input!

    Bookmark   March 21, 2012 at 6:01AM
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whgille(FL 9b)

Wallisadi - That is a nice man, you should try to see his garden. When I went to the winery in Italy, I saw loquat trees there with the same leaves that we have them here. I just made some loquat jam and I gave some Italian friends to try it and they were not familiar with it but they like it.
If you go and see his garden take some pictures...

Silvia

    Bookmark   March 21, 2012 at 8:13AM
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ilovetogrow z9 Jax Florida

I have a loquat that grew as a volunteer. I liked the shape of the leaves so I let it stay. I have yet to even try the fruit as it seems this guy likes it better. Have a great day all, Paula

    Bookmark   March 21, 2012 at 8:47PM
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wallisadi

Christine is coming to your party, suppose to stop over here before then, will save a couple seeds for ya and send them along.....if i remember....:) spring is nuts around this yard.........

    Bookmark   March 21, 2012 at 9:30PM
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whgille(FL 9b)

Thank you Wallisadi for the offer, even if you forget.:)

Silvia

    Bookmark   March 22, 2012 at 9:36AM
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