Growing Lychee Trees From Seed

Growing Lychee Trees From Seed

Many gardeners are hoping to grow lychee trees in their garden. Although you can get some adult trees from nurseries, it will have fun if you grow a tree from seeds. As a tropical tree, most lychee trees can grow more than 10 meters in height and they can bear delicious fruits for your family if they are carefully maintained. Since most lychee trees grown from seeds may take more than twenty years to bear fruits, you should consider if you are intended to do that beforehand. Apart from the trees directly from seeds, you can also buy some grafted trees from the tree nurseries to quicken the process.

Since hybrid lychee trees won’t bear any fruits, you should not choose these seeds. The common planting time for lychee trees should be in spring when all potential frost hazards have gone. For better growth, the newly planted trees need plenty of water during the first several months. Once the root system is established well, you can decrease the amount of water applied if there are adequate rain water in your region.

Apart from that, lychee trees like full sunlight and well-drained soil to grow happily. You should avoid planting your trees in shade areas which will result in absence of fruits. Due to the delicacy of the young trees, you should provide some cover for seedlings trees to protect them from the strong wind in spring. Lychee trees prefer slightly acidic soil types.

The best fertilizer for lychee trees is the compost and organic fertilizers made from natural stuff. You should avoid using chemical fertilizers to be environmental friendly. Some earthworms can be added into the soil to improve the structure of soil. The trees need pruning from time to time to become tidy and healthy. You should remove the redundant foliage especially after the harvest. This can facilitate the growth of the tree for the coming year.

Image provided By Asit K. Ghosh Thaumaturgist (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 ( or GFDL (], via Wikimedia Commons

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