Gardening Questions And Answers
Self-pollination may occur in lychee through wind pollination however, flowers are generally recognised as self-sterile and insects are beneficial because they can transport pollen from anther to stigma for fruit to set. Lychee yields can sometimes be unreliable, erratic and rarely approach the capacity of the tree.
While they are still young, lychee trees are pruned regularly to promote a full, rounded shape. Select branches are pruned from the center of young trees to open up the canopy to good air flow and reduce wind damage. When pruning a lychee tree, always use clean, sharp tools to avoid the spread of disease.
Litchi may induce symptoms of food allergy, including anaphylaxis, in sensitised individuals. Other reported symptoms include swelling of the lips, swelling of the oral mucosa, pruritus, generalised urticaria and dyspnoea. Food-dependent exercise-induced anaphylaxis associated with litchi has been reported.
They grow best in the subtropical climates where temperatures are cool and dry for a short time in the winter months. Lychees do not like wet feet, so be sure to plant your tree in well drained soil. Commercial varieties such as: Brewster and Emperor are larger trees that may not be suited for a […]