Joseth Scott
Joseth Scott
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  • Hinesville, GA
Asked on Jul 28, 2013

My loquat tree puts on blossoms but does not bear fruits.

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I planted a loquat tree six years ago when I moved here to Hinesville, GA. The past three years it has put on blossoms & tiny fruits but they dry up before reaching maturity. The tree itself looks very healthy, an occasional yellow leaf, otherwise lush green leaves. There are no blossoms at this time as maybe it is not yet the season. Is there something extra I should be doing for this tree?
q my loquat tree puts on blossoms but does not bear fruits, gardening
15 answers
  • Douglas Hunt
    on Jul 29, 2013

    It sounds like you have a pollination issue—bees usually do this—or you have a cultivar that is not self-fertile, meaning you would need another loquat to set fruit. You might check with the nursery you purchased your tree from.

  • Joseth Scott
    on Jul 29, 2013

    Thanks Douglas. Pollination definitely is not the problem because BEES I have. I was hoping I would not have to purchase a companion plant as the price has doubled since I got that one(: It did put out more blossoms last time, so I'm hoping I'll luck out this year:)

  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson)
    on Jul 29, 2013

    I wonder if you are getting too cold at some point that damages the fruit? Seems like a recall that being a problem with Loquat, I will have to see IF I can find the article I remember reading on that. ....

  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson)
    on Jul 29, 2013

    Not sure how cold you get in Hinesville, but here is the information I remembered reading :) http://www.walterreeves.com/gardening-q-and-a/japanese-loquat-tree-cold-tolerance/

  • Leona G
    on Jul 30, 2013

    Don't know if this would have anything to do with fruiting but the mulch/dirt at the base of the tree is to close to the trunk and needs to be pulled back. The tree is relatively young. I have one that is almost 5 years old and hasn't fruited yet so it could be a matter of just waiting. Also are you fertilizing it? You probably don't need to as the roots are out in your grass and if you fertilize your grass it should be getting enough nutrients. Good luck.

  • Catherine Smith
    on Jul 30, 2013

    Leona is right. You have a small mulch "volcano" going around the base. Only mulch up to about 3 to 4 inches. The base needs room to "breath". You might also check with your local extension office as the agent should be able to more readily pinpoint the problem and offer suggestions on a solution. They can tap into broader expert resources for these type of questions.

  • Brendan Poynter
    on Jul 30, 2013

    Hi Jose, Your tree is 2 years passed its fruit "due date" and it should be able to bear fruit. Normally trees like this start to bear fruit at year 4. Leona is right, You will want to keep the mulch 8 to 12 inches away from the trunk and over the root zone because it needs great irrigation. You may want to fertilize the tree 2 times a year to improve growth, use tree fertilizer, not garden. You will need to irrigate and water the tree during the fruit production season and dry spells to help production.

  • Joseth Scott
    on Jul 30, 2013

    Thanks you guys for all your advice and suggestions. You know Donna D. I never thought of the cold being a factor, I'll definitely pay attention to that this winter. Temp gets down to the 30s here in Hinesville. To Leona G & Catherine S, no, that is not mulch around the tree, I place those wood there to prevent it being damaged by the mower. Thanks for your suggestion about fertilizing Brendan, I did so for the first time this spring with "Citrus & Avocado" plant food, a 12-5-8. Hopefully I'll have better luck this year, & the tree has not passed its "fruiting" prime:)

  • Catherine Smith
    on Jul 31, 2013

    Jose, wasn't talking about the "logs". If that's not mulch around the inner side of them, then you need to do some weeding, my friend. That sort of thing also pulls nutrients that could be used by your tree.

  • Joseth Scott
    on Jul 31, 2013

    Thanks Catherine, I am most definitely going to pay more and better attention to those little details. Hopefully your advice and m y efforts will "bing fruits"

  • Brian May
    on Mar 27, 2015

    i have one no fruit 4 years 12 feet tall that's it

  • Ruby
    on Mar 30, 2015

    I also have 2 Loquat trees (established ones, when I got the house) that would bear a lot of flowers that turn to small fruits then dry out. I live in Texas which goes down below zero during Winter. My daughter also has 2 trees in her backyard in SanJose, California and it bears lots of fruits, very sweet ones. So I think there is something to do with the cold weather.

  • Sarah
    on Apr 29, 2018

    hi, I live in Northern California east bay. I have a Loquat tree that came with the house. the previous owner said it was just ornamental since it bloomed, but no fruits(not even the small ones). the tree has been pruned last year, the new leaves that came are great and flowering was great. Again no fruits this year. how do i fix this? i have plenty of Bees that come to the lemon and orange trees. the soil is a bit clayish as it is sticky soil. is this the culprit?
  • James Hare
    on Oct 23, 2018

    I’m having same troubles. All blooms and no fruit. We have 2 trees about 8-10yrs old. Very healthy but still no fruit. What do I do?

  • James Hare
    on Oct 26, 2018

    Trees are around 10yrs old and has never produced fruit only blooms. What should I do???

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