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Japanese plant label translation

Posted by trianglejohn z7b NC ( on
Fri, Jun 22, 12 at 10:05

I need help translating this plant label from a tree I bought. I know it is a Yamamomo but I was wondering if it had a cultivar name or variety name and if the label states what the root stock was (it is grafted and the root stock is sprouting leaves that look different). All the other Yamamomo's died so was wondering about pollination. This species usually needs a male and female tree but some types will give both sexes of flowers. And if there is a better cultivar for cross pollination the next time I order trees.

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RE: Japanese plant label translation

Here's the backside of the label.

The tree had a hand written tag on it with the name 'Zulko' which may have been 'Zuiko'.

RE: Japanese plant label translation

Here's what I got out of using online translators:

山モモ (yamamomo)
å"ç¨®å (cultivar): 瑞光 (zuikou or zuiko)

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The sweet and sour fruit is prized for eating raw, making jams, etc.
The tree is vigorous and easy to grow.
Looks interesting fruiting in a garden corner or as a container plant.

Planting instructions:

In-ground planting
Choose location according to ???
Please dig a hole, mix in humus/compost, soil ???
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Fertilize with rapeseed oil cakes, chemical fertilizer (can't figure out the frequency).

Container planting
Use 6 parts number 6 or 7 Akadama (bonsai potting soil), 3 parts humus/compost, and 1 part sand.
Water when the surface is dry.
Every year, embed 3 to 4 pellets of bonsai fertilizer around the edge of the pot.

"Actual plant might differ from image on label" kind of thing

Hopefully you can find out more using the cultivar name. I think some sites say that they have distinct male and female plants.

RE: Japanese plant label translation

Err, the post kind of messed up with the Japanese characters, but it's mostly there if you change your browser to UTF-8 encoding.

Anyway, the important thing is that the cultivar is Zuiko. They don't list the root stock on the label. From what's on other sites it might be a female plant.

If you scroll down on this page it seems to list different types of yamamomo cultivars. Google translated page puts Zuiko as the 4th on the list and that "[i]n the bayberry, the most popular varieties."

RE: Japanese plant label translation

tzei_yang - thanks so much for the links. I had no idea Google translation worked that way.

I assumed all of the trees I ordered were female. I had one tree grown from seed when I placed the order so I was hoping it was a male and would pollinate them. Now, all the trees except this 'Zuiko' have died, including the seed grown one. This one is doing fine but I noticed the root stock was sprouting leaves with a jagged edge that looked a bit different than the top growth. I'm thinking I'll just let one branch of the bottom growth get big enough to bloom along with the top.

I know that in China and Japan they don't have to worry about male trees because there are so many wild ones nearby. Here in the states not that many people grow the tree so it will be harder to find.

Thanks for all your help

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