Loquat farming in Kenya. You have recently been seeing them on the streets and markets in Nairobi and other parts of the country, their season is here, but do you know how they are farmed?
The loquat, originally from China is a fruiting tree, often grown for ornamental purposes with large green leaves and small yellow or orange fruit. Loquat trees are generally drought tolerant and effectively grow in a wide range of climates thus contributing to their spread across the globe.
With the potential to grow to around ten metres tall, large loquat trees can be quite spectacular and add a tropical touch to the farm.
Comparable in flavour to guava and passion fruit, the loquat tastes both sweet and sometimes acidic.
Loquats are usually yellow or orange, teardrop shaped and around 4cm long.
Loquat trees can produce fruit at the age of between 2 – 8 years depending on the tree’s health, cultivar and original propagation method (grafted plants fruit earlier).
Ripe loquats tend to be orange in colour and are softer than unripened fruit.
Surprisingly, loquat trees can tolerate a wide range of soils from sandy to dense clay.
Provided that the soil is well drained and nutrient rich, loquats will thrive however they do prefer soils rich in organic matter with a slightly acidic PH balance.
If your soil is lacking in organic matter, a mixture of compost and cattle manure can be dug in to improve it. Loquat trees have a relatively shallow root system, therefore, preparing soil is only required at a shallow level.
In most cases, loquats are propagated by seed.
The seeds can be removed from ripened fruit and immediately planted directly into soft potting soil. Once planted, the seeds can be watered from above daily to ensure that the soil is kept constantly moist. Soon enough your seeds will sprout and slowly begin growing.
The seedlings can be re-potted or planted into the ground once they have reached a height of around 15cm tall. Grafting has its advantages when it comes to loquats. When grafted, loquat trees can bear fruit at as early as 2 years of age. Rootstocks used for grafting loquat include those from quince trees and loquat seedlings.
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