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Loquat seedlings are available now!

November 12, 2010

This morning I came back from Malaysia. A few days absence and the Chiang Mai valley has already changed. We are now well within the dry season. Many local monsoon plants such as gingers and Dendrobium orchids prepare for dormancy, while exotic rain forest plants like mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana, Clusiaceae) demand daily attention in the form of moisture and irrigation.

A happy surprise was that our loquat (Eriobotrya japonica, Rosaceae) seeds have germinated. As I wrote in September when I visited China, this is a delicious fruit well worth the effort to grow in our monsoon climate. If it demands a cool period for normal development, like cherry (Prunus cerasoides, Rosaceae) and blue rain (Wisteria spp., Fabaceae), then the Chiang Mai valley will not be suitable, but if it does not mind the heat, like the newcomer fruit feijoa (Acca sellowiana, Myrtaceae), then we soon have another sweet darling on our fruit plates. Curious gardeners who wish to obtain some seedlings can buy from us, although this is purely experimental.

Eric Danell

A very limited number of loquat seedlings are available at Dokmai Garden.

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