Monster Loquats!

simon_growMay 10, 2010

OK, so I came into work today and someone brought in some monster sized Loquats. These guys are larger than a golfball and had small seeds, tons of meat on them.

They were grown in Poway, CA. My friend that grew these said that his tree hardly ever fruits but it fruited heavily this year because of the heavy rains. The fruit was sweet but lacked acidity.

I have two huge Loquat trees about 25 ft tall and 25 ft wide at my parents house and have never had fruit this large before.

I took some pictures on my camera phone but I suck with cameras and technology so if anyone wants to see the pictures, I can send you a text message with the pic attached. I am on the Verizon network.

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nullzero(9)

You should try to obtain some scion wood from this tree to graft, if indeed it is unusually large for loquats. I have seen crazy amount of loquats the last month due to the heavy rains and favorable weather.

This reminds me of the prickly pear that I have spotted off Artesia Blvd. in North Torrance on the way to the 91 east. It had a unusually huge yield of big fruits growing on it. I have to work on obtaining a cutting from the homeowner.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2010 at 10:14PM
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red_sea_me

I've eaten the first couple Mc Beth off my tree already, so nice.

Simon, maybe it is big jim or a seedling of big jim?

Nullzero, have you tasted the tuna from the prickly pear yet, there can be some major differences between plants? There is an area I know of that has thick cacti growth that gets huge bright red tuna, unfortunately they are very bland and lack sweetness. I did recently pick up a cutting of Mexican sweet from a friend, the name sounds promising.

After growing so many difficult or borderline plants it is nice to have some sure things like loquats, stone fruits, figs around to keep me sane.

-Ethan

    Bookmark   May 11, 2010 at 12:13AM
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nullzero(9)

red_sea_me,

I have tasted wild ones which were quite tasty. Like a slightly sweet & sour berry taste.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2010 at 1:25AM
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ashleysf(9 San Jose,CA)

I have heard that "Big Jim" loquats are really large. I am going to get one of those trees this summer. Could they be "Big jim" loquats that you are talking about?

    Bookmark   May 11, 2010 at 2:05AM
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mango_kush

all the loquats i have tasted here have been golf ball sized, or dare i say larger. i didnt know they were unusually large.

maybe because we get more rain here?

    Bookmark   May 11, 2010 at 9:52AM
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jsvand5

Up by me in central FL we have tons of seed grown ones growing everywhere. Most are the size of a quarter or smaller. The ones on my tree are about the biggest I have seen and the were slightly larger than a golf ball.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2010 at 11:50AM
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hmhausman(FL 10B)

John:

What variety do you have of Loquat?

Harry

    Bookmark   May 11, 2010 at 1:10PM
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jsvand5

Harry, It's just a seedling my father in law gave me. To be honest, I probably would cut it down if it was not a gift. I like the fruit, but it is in a prime spot of my yard that could be used for other things. This is it's first year fruiting. The fruit is pretty good when fully ripe. The tree has two trunks so I am going to try to graft half of the tree over to something else. I have tried in the past with no luck but I am hoping for better results this time. The growth on loquats seemed tough for me because there were not any really clear buds to use.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2010 at 2:22PM
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red_sea_me

Nullzero, I've had some wild ones too that were very good, some mulberry and watermelon flavors in there. I have a cylindropuntia (Arizona pencil cholla) that has excellent fruit but they are tiny and still have spines but you dont notice the seeds.

John, I've read when loquats are pushing to veneer graft the scion but dont cut the root stock, bend it down. Supposedly this will push the energy into the scion but if it doesn't take, you still have a branch to try again. Let me know when you get it figured out, I've a friend with an old Italian variety that sounds great.

-Ethan

    Bookmark   May 11, 2010 at 4:50PM
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nullzero(9)

Red,

I bought some seeds of Opuntia sp. Hoconoiste (I am hoping this turns out nicely). I also currently already have a prickly pear growing in a container with relatively few spines (seems like a Nopales variety). I am currently searching for good varieties of prickly pear geared toward fruit quality and production. I thought about collecting the other fruiting cactus, however the small fruit size and or poor fruit quality turn me off. I am contempt with dragon fruit and prickly pear however :), with occasional cactus apple.

I am really looking forward to expanding my fruit garden to producing tasty exotic tropical fruits to use in juice fusions. Prickly Pear, Passion Fruit, Dragon Fruit, etc. added into juice mixes sounds very tasty and appealing.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2010 at 6:57PM
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phranque

Don't get too excited if they are only golfball sized . Just go to Moffett Field in Mt. View , CA to see some 50-60 yr old trees putting out some 3" diameter fruit . THAT'S OVER 9" CIRCUMFERENCE . and it has very little to do with rain . All you have to do to get bigger fruit is graft and thin the fruit. I've seen BIG JIM fruit close to 3" in diameter . Just the seeds from the trees at Moffett Field are bigger than some whole loquats i've seen before . I like to use the GIANT seeds for seedlings . Or just graft onto cotoneaster for bigger fruit .

    Bookmark   June 22, 2010 at 7:12PM
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murahilin(10 fl)

Phranque,
For some reason I doubt the accuracy of your post. Pics of giant loquats please.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2010 at 1:12PM
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ashleysf(9 San Jose,CA)

murahilin, i have heard of Big Jim loquats being that large. I have seen some very large loquats on trees locally (same vicinity as phranque mentions - sunnyvale area), and when asked, was told that they were the "Big Jim" variety.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2010 at 2:25PM
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murahilin(10 fl)

ashleysf, I don't doubt the possibility of a large loquat. 3" diameter is pretty hard to believe though on just someones word without pics. Saying something is a large loquat is much different than saying 3". 3" is giving a specific size that can be proven right or wrong.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2010 at 11:05AM
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jasonlotp

I work The odd thing is I've rarely seen a loquat for sale in any of the nurseries here, I don't know where all of the trees came from.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2010 at 1:40PM
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jasonlotp

Drove down the length of Moffit blvd. at lunch. Not a loquat to be seen, its likely he referred to it being on the base which I couldn't access. So no verification.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2010 at 4:17PM
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greenleaf_organic(8, TX)

I have to say that here in San Antonio, TX we also have an abundance of Loquat trees. I have never seen anything in the local nurserys but loquats grown from seed. After much searching on line I eventually found a grafted Big Jim and a grafted Early Red which I planted last year. Hoping next spring will give me some fruit to see what I really purchased since you don't really know for sure. Anyone out there familiar with Early Red?

    Bookmark   July 18, 2010 at 11:36PM
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