growing loquats. help.

ok, i’ve mentioned before that i bought some loquat fruit from tesco. i ate them and planted the seeds about 6 months ago, not really expecting much to happen, what with being a tropical plant. well i’ve had to repot them 3 times now and they are growing like crazy. they’ve been living outside, but are inside now due to frosts latley. i’ve looked them up on wiki, and yeah they’re easy to grow into a shrub or tree. max size 20 meters. so pretty big. mine are about 6 inches tall and i don’t really want huge plants. of the 15 seeds i plantes, i have 11 young plants. ok there’s the history. but i want to know how/if i can prune them to keep them small. if they need to be fed. what minumum temp’ they should be kept at. and watering during winter, as they are evergreen. i can find info on the plant, but not on growing and care. thanks.

ps, i’d recomend these to anyone. the fruit are like banana and jychee. and the plant is very attractive too. just found out they are toxic with sedative flower scent.


A 5-year-old girl in Florida ate 4 unripe loquats, fell asleep and was difficult to awaken and seemed dazed. After about 2 hours, she was back to normal. There have been instances of poisoning in poultry from ingestion of loquat seeds. The seeds contain amygdalin (which is converted into HCN); also the lipids, sterol, b-sitosterol, triglyceride, sterolester, diglyceride and compound lipids; and fatty acids, mainly linoleic, palmitic, linolenic and oleic. There is amygdalin also in the fruit peel. The leaves possess a mixture of triterpenes, also tannin, vitamin B and ascorbic acid; in addition, there are traces of arsenic. Young leaves contain saponin. Some individuals suffer headache when too close to a loquat tree in bloom, The emanation from the flowers is sweet and penetrating.