The Grafted Kohala Longan plants are very very special addition to anyone who loves this fruit but does not like waiting for long. The plant were grafted from a heavily fruiting mother plant grown in NZ and fully acclimatized to NZ weather condition.
A longan or dragon eye tree is perfect if you like lychees and rambutans but your climate isn’t quite tropical enough, as they will tolerate much cooler temperatures.
A highly sought after plant in New Zealand. Kohala is an exceptional variety it has smaller seeds and thick flesh. Very sweet, large, plump and juicy flesh.
Longan trees are part of the Dimocarpus family, an attractive small to medium sized tree with lots of lovely reddish new growth through spring and summer and a heavy canopy of shiny, green leaves, although you may want to keep them smaller or thin the canopy to make harvesting the fruit easier.
See the last photo of my own Longan fruiting in a pot at home in Auckland!
We recommended to keep the plant in a pot for a while until it reaches 1m tall before attempting to replant in the ground. The plants are happily growing in a medium size pot.
1-2 years to get established and fruiting approximately.
Grow in full sun or partial shade. Young plants need to be acclimatized slowly otherwise they will have a heat burn on the leaves
Like a lot of water especially during summer, water them every day. The soil must be kept moist but less so during winter
Well-draining. Happy to be in a large pot. Slightly acidic soil. Add blood and bone in the holes during planting. Mulch often
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 old manure top up every 2-3 months.
Fairly wind tolerant but young plant wound need protection cover until they are established.
Will tolerate light frost. Young plant will need a protection cover
1-3 years for grafted or cutting grown. 5+ years from seeds
Prune slightly to keep it in shaped just after harvest time