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Longan (Dimocarpus longan)

Longan is a tropical fruit tree native to Asia and has been introduced to tropical and sub-tropical regions throughout the world. The delicious Longan fruit has a sweet butterscotch-like flavour and, when in season, is a staple fruit at Asian supermarkets and produce stands. 

The Biew Kiew Longan is a variety from Thailand that's well-suited for growing in subtropical regions with cooler winters. It has a supreme quality fruit with a stronger caramel flavour and smaller seed than most other Longan varieties.

Much like its close relative lychee, the Longan's glossy, dark evergreen leaves emerge from its symmetrical branches, soaking up the sun and growing vigorously in any subtropical or tropical climate.

Disclaimer:
Although some seeds growing plants are not true to type, it will still provide you with a delicious tasting fruit in years to come.

Plant Care 

Light

Grow in full sun or partial shade.  Young plants need to be acclimatised slowly otherwise they will have heat burn on the leaves

Water

Like a lot of water especially during summer, water them every day. The soil must be kept moist but less so during winter

Soil

Well-draining. Happy to be in a large pot. Slightly acidic soil. Add blood and bone in the holes during planting. Mulch often

Fertilizer

Weekly liquid fertilizing is important for their strong growth and maturity. Cut down fertilising to once a month during winter. General fertilising every 3-4 months will keep the plant healthy. Love an old manure top up every 2-3 months.

Wind

Fairly wind tolerant but young plants would need protective cover until they are established.

Frost

Will tolerate light frost. Young plants will need a protective cover

Fruiting

1-3 years for grafted or cutting grown. 5+ years from seeds

Pruning

 Prune slightly to keep in shape just after harvest time


 

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