Eriobotrya : Greenhouse Plants
C – cool, minimum of 7°C (45°F)
Eriobotrya japonica is the Japanese Loquat which will grow to 6 m (20 ft) in its natural habitat, producing the edible yellow pear-shaped fruits. However, in the cool house I have never known specimens to bear fruit. They are still worth growing for their large showy toothed leaves which are covered with silvery hair when young. They are extremely easy to grow and make imposing specimens in pots. If you can find the fruit for sale each will contain a large seed. These are best soaked for 24 hours prior to sowing at 10°C (50°F). The important point is not to over-water the, which should be well-drained, while the seed is germinating, which will take up to two months.