Lychee Trees Update
I have 4 lychee trees planted in the ground.
The oldest being a 9-year old Mauritius. It was damaged a few years ago to 3 ft tall. Since then, it has bounced back and it's now standing at about 16 ft, but it hasn't even fruited once! Right now it's still flushing new leaves, but there's no sign of any blooms. I'm just wondering if I have been sold a seedling instead of a air layered plant, or perhaps it's just the way it is. I also suspect that it might be due to its roots being disturbed when I placed a roll of patio blocks 6 ft from its base a couple of years back. Anyway, it's sad to watch this plant not fruiting.
This year, my 5-6 years old Hak Ip is sending out a lot of blooms and it looks like it will fruit this year. It had blooms all these years, except that they don't turn into fruit. My thought was it might still be a young plant, but this year I'm hopeful. We'll have to wait and see.
My 7-8 years old Brewster standing at 12-13 ft tall did very well last year with quite a nice crop for me, but this year, it's all quiet ... not even new leaves flushing. For this, I might be guilty for that ... I'm guessing when we built a potting shed next to it, its roots might have been disturbed.
My 7-8 years old Sweetheart is tall and lanky at 16 ft tall. All these past years, it had sporadic blooms which did not turn into fruit. Last year, I only got one miserable fruit out of it. This year it's blooming on 6-7 spikes only. Considering such a huge plant now, it's kind of disappointing too. I don't know the reason for this, but I'm beginning to think that it might be due to the stone mulch I did 5 ft away from around its base. Not sure though ...
Recently, I planted another 6ft tall Brewster. It came with a few almost dried up blooms ... I don't think it's going to do much this year, but it's ok. I'll try to be patient and let it grow up first.
The other lychees I have are all in a pot. A Mauritius, Emperor and another Brewster (which is flowering now at 4 ft height). Again, the potted Mauritius is a disappointment. It is at least 4-5 years old and hasn't even showed any blooms all these years. The Emperor is a new plant I got last year and it's not blooming either.
With regards to feeding them, I have learned not to be too heavy handed on them, so I feed them periodically and lightly with fish emulsion, compost plus and less frequently micros plus as well.
In summarizing, I would say my lychee planting is at best a hit and miss experience for me. I've come to the conclusion that lychee trees are very sensitive plants. They don't like their roots being disturbed at all and if they are damaged by cold, it might take them a long time to recover from the shock in order for fruit production. Anyway, this is just my hypothesis and I might have been mistaken or be wrong. If you have any useful suggestions or insights to share, I'd greatly appreciate them.
Here are some pictures of my lychees ..
Picture #1 (Hak Ip Flowering)