Eriobotrya japonica, Loquat, Japanese/Chinese plum, Naspli (Maltese), Fruit tree, 10 fresh seeds

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Eriobotrya japonica is a large, evergreen shrub or small tree. The tree can grow to 5–10 meters (16–33 feet) tall but is often smaller, about 3–4 m (10–13 ft). The fruit begins to ripen during spring to summer, depending on the temperature in the area. The leaves are alternate, simple, 10–25 cm (4–10 inches) long, dark green, tough and leathery in texture.

Fruit
Loquats are unusual among fruit trees in that the flowers appear in the autumn or early winter, and the fruits are ripe at any time from early spring to early summer.

Loquat fruits, growing in clusters, are oval, rounded or pear-shaped, 3–5 cm long, with a smooth or downy, yellow or orange skin. The succulent, tangy flesh is white, yellow, or orange and sweet to subacid or acid, depending on the cultivar.

Each fruit contains from one to ten ovules, with three to five being the most common. Several ovules mature into large, brown seeds (with different numbers of seeds appearing in each fruit on the same tree, usually between one and four.

The seeds were collected from the tree in my garden, thoroughly washed and stored in the fridge with vermiculate in order to preserve moisture and prevent germination.

Germination method
Loquat seeds are very easy to grow. When you receive your seeds prepare a small pot 8 cm diameter and plant the seeds in peat or mix it with sand/perlite about 1.5 cm deep. Water well and keep the medium moist until germination takes place.
Alternative method. You can germinate seeds in plastic food container filled with moist vermiculite or damp paper towel. Make sure, it never gets dry. Recommended temperature +25°C.
Once the seeds germinate plant them into individual pots.
As for most fruit trees the tall pots will be beneficial.