Eriobotrya japonica

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Eriobotrya japonica

Post by samj » Fri Jan 03, 2014 10:10 pm

I got my first Eriobotrya japonica today and found that it was grafted. Is this normal and OK?

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Re: Eriobotrya japonica

Post by Blairs » Fri Jan 03, 2014 10:49 pm

Yes, it is to speed up fruiting. it is about 2-3 times faster to fruit from a graft than from root grown stock.

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Re: Eriobotrya japonica

Post by samj » Sat Jan 04, 2014 9:38 am

Thanks, that makes sense.. I guess thats why fruit trees are usually grafted

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Post by Dave Brown » Sat Jan 04, 2014 10:06 am

It may also be to control size or vigour :wink:
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Re: Eriobotrya japonica

Post by Yorkshire Kris » Sat Jan 04, 2014 12:56 pm

What plant do they use for the rootstocks?

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Re: Eriobotrya japonica

Post by Blairs » Sat Jan 04, 2014 1:38 pm

Yorkshire Kris wrote:What plant do they use for the rootstocks?
Depends - could be apple, pear, quince or other Loquat.

Loquat cuttings do not root well, hence they use root stock.

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Post by cordyman » Sat Jan 04, 2014 2:03 pm

It may also give the desirable long trunk with bushy head that many desire, i've seen many on here with loqaut where naturally its simply a bush! :lol:

See my pruning thread here too, they take to shaping very well!

http://www.hardytropicals.co.uk/forum/v ... =1&t=19622

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Re: Eriobotrya japonica

Post by samj » Sat Jan 04, 2014 4:03 pm

Dave Brown wrote:It may also be to control size or vigour
cordyman wrote:It may also give the desirable long trunk with bushy head that many desire
Oh dear.. I was hoping it would grow to be big and messy (I like things rustic :D ).

Thanks for your help though..

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Post by leunerj » Sat Jan 04, 2014 4:36 pm

Blairs wrote:
Yorkshire Kris wrote:What plant do they use for the rootstocks?
Depends - could be apple, pear, quince or other Loquat.

Loquat cuttings do not root well, hence they use root stock.
Is it possible to graft evergreens onto deciduous rootstock?

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Re: Eriobotrya japonica

Post by charliepridham » Sat Jan 04, 2014 5:25 pm

The rootstock and what you graft onto it have to be related, not sure how far you can push the boundaries but generally the closer the connection the easier the graft.

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Re: Eriobotrya japonica

Post by cordyman » Sat Jan 04, 2014 6:14 pm

samj wrote:
Dave Brown wrote:It may also be to control size or vigour
cordyman wrote:It may also give the desirable long trunk with bushy head that many desire
Oh dear.. I was hoping it would grow to be big and messy (I like things rustic :D ).

Thanks for your help though..

left to their own devices apparently loquats can get 20 foot etc, wonder what the graft size would be?

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Re: Eriobotrya japonica

Post by Nigel Fear » Sat Jan 04, 2014 7:33 pm

cordyman wrote:
samj wrote:
Dave Brown wrote:It may also be to control size or vigour
cordyman wrote:It may also give the desirable long trunk with bushy head that many desire
Oh dear.. I was hoping it would grow to be big and messy (I like things rustic :D ).

Thanks for your help though..

left to their own devices apparently loquats can get 20 foot etc, wonder what the graft size would be?
I should imagine a fair bit more than that, I have one that's around 15ft. now, planted out from around 6ft. 6 years ago.

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Re: Eriobotrya japonica

Post by Blairs » Sat Jan 04, 2014 7:38 pm

leunerj wrote:
Blairs wrote:
Yorkshire Kris wrote:What plant do they use for the rootstocks?
Depends - could be apple, pear, quince or other Loquat.

Loquat cuttings do not root well, hence they use root stock.
Is it possible to graft evergreens onto deciduous rootstock?
Roots do not know if the plant is evergreen or not, and, Loquat is in the Rosaceae family together with apples and pears etc, so as long as the root stock is related then the graft should take.

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Re: Eriobotrya japonica

Post by samj » Sat Jan 04, 2014 9:22 pm

I bought it for the foliage and hadn't considered the fruits .. Are the fruits good enough to eat when grown in the uk?

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Re: Eriobotrya japonica

Post by jungle jas » Sat Jan 04, 2014 9:39 pm

Mine was doing well until the wind ripped all the branches off at the trunk from one side. I think I may have to chop the head of the tree off to get it to look balanced. Has anyone tried this or has any other Ideas. icon_thumright

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