Lychee fruit anyone?

Discussion in 'Gardening' started by erinszoo, Aug 18, 2013.

  1. erinszoo

    erinszoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So, my nephew came to visit a few weeks ago and brought some Lychee fruit with him for us to try. My being the gardener I am decided that I would try growing the seeds. I read up on it and was pretty well convinced it was a hopeless mission since everything said they have really poor germination rates and I only had 6 seeds. However, I was surprised and three days ago I realized I had 4 sprouts that are now 4 inches high. Since I was planning on this experiment failing (and it didn't) Now what do I do with them?? Anyone have any experience growing them? Apparently we live in the right zone to actually grow them.
     
  2. mylittlechicken

    mylittlechicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have two Lychee Trees, but I bought them as started Trees. So I don`t know anything about germination and growing them yet, but I want to try it, when mine get fruits (should be next year).
    I would like to hear some more of your experience and let you know about mine, since I am new to this plants too.
    Are Lychees not tasting awesome? I love them.
     
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  3. erinszoo

    erinszoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, we like lychees too. I planted 6 seeds, 3 each in two peat pots, thoroughly wet them down, placed them in a ziploc bag which I almost completely sealed, and then put them in my pantry in the dark. After ignoring them for three weeks I checked and found I had 4 of the six germinated so I moved them into the light. This week a 5th seed germinated as well. After a week under lights they are putting on leaves now.
     
  4. destinduck

    destinduck obsessed with "ducks"

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    My lechee tree is 3-4 feet high now. Bought it already started. It made lots of flowers( this the third year) but we had a little freeze I forgot to cover it and so unfortunately they all fell off. But I should get fruit this coming spring hopefully. I heard they are self pollinators.I have always found that when started from seed to add a couple more years before it bears fruit. Good luck with them everyone.
     
  5. mylittlechicken

    mylittlechicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My trees arrived both healthy and with a lot of leaves but after a few days they got all brown and fell off. I don`t know if the roots got damaged or they did that cause the stress of shipping. Kinda worried that they don`t make it.
     

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