Litchi trees in the age group of 1 to 6 years usually remain juvenile and non-bearing. Just like with any plant out there, lychee trees will take some time to grow and fully mature before their fruit is ripe enough for picking. Tips for Growing & Caring for Lychee trees: During Lychee season, we will be selling Lychee fruit at the Downtown Farmers Market at Centennial Park Thursdays from 7am to 1pm. Some trees may start bearing in the fifth year or even fourth year, but by 6th year majority of the trees in a orchard come into bearing. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Planting and Caring Tips for Your Lychee Tree June 7, 2011. http://blogs.ifas.ufl.edu/trec/2018/03/19/new-serious-pest-lychee-longan-trees-found-florida/, https://www.freshfromflorida.com/content/download/79300/2326248/PEST_ALERT_-_Aceria_litchii_-_Erinose_mite_pest_on_lychee.pdf, https://trec.ifas.ufl.edu/media/trecifasufledu/public-notices/Control-recommendations-for-lychee-mite-UF-IFAS-MIA-EXT-4-17-18-JHC-(2).PDF, http://blogs.ifas.ufl.edu/charlotteco/files/2018/03/Plant-Clinics-Schedule.pdf, Here today – here tomorrow – the bush daisy. A calendar outlining the month-to-month cultural practices for lychee is shown in Table 2. Physical Address During this stage, plant has accelerated growth to develop Fort Myers, FL 33901, © Copyright Edison and Ford Winter Estates All rights reserved. The season is upon us for harvesting the fruit of the Lychee tree.Despite the fruits addictive flavor, it remains one of China’s best kept secrets.Lychees have a rough outer skin that separates easily leaving you with a flesh that is sweet to sub-acid, aromatic and tastes unlike anything else on earth. Global Posts, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and University of Florida, P.O. (p) 239.334.7419 • Open Daily 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Box 110180 Gainesville, FL 32611-0180 | Phone: (352) 392-1761, This page uses Google Analytics (Google Privacy Policy) | Policies: UF Privacy | SSN Privacy | IFAS Web Policy | EOI Statement | Log in. Visit the Edison and Ford Winter Estates Garden Shoppe to see some of the varieties we have available. As we enter the season when lychee fruit ripens and trees here and south of us are laden with red, delicious fruit, a new villain is on the scene. Despite the fruits addictive flavor, it remains one of China’s best kept secrets. Lychees have a rough outer skin that separates easily leaving you with a flesh that is sweet to sub-acid, aromatic and tastes unlike anything else on earth. The trees were introduced to Florida in the 1930’s and some of the larger commercial groves are in an area southwest of Miami. They grow best in the subtropical climates where temperatures are cool and dry for a short time in the winter months. The native soil of Florida is fine for successful growing. Fertilizer Young trees (less than 4 years old) should be fertilized with 0.25 to 0.50 lbs (0.11 to 0.22 kg) of a complete fertilizer every 8 weeks (Table 3). Just when you thought your lychee tree was safe, in steps the lychee erinose mite – a new microscopic mite that can severely damage a lychee tree and its production of fruit. Site by. Trees can also be planted on a mound to ensure proper drainage. The season is upon us for harvesting the fruit of the Lychee tree. Your email address will not be published. Lychees do not like wet feet, so be sure to plant your tree in well drained soil. In SW Florida, fruit is ready for a short time in late May through early July and has a very short shelf life. Coffee – a great ornamental small tree, and maybe, a bean or two! 2350 McGregor Blvd. The horticulture staff is available to assist you and to answer any questions you may have. Although it will take a while for the tree to grow, just know that patience is a virtue and that, in the end, it will all be worth it for those juicy, delicious fruit.