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Loquat seedlings

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Craig Edmeades starts with ...
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My name is Craig and i am trying to sprout loquat seeds. I have collected over 20 seeds from a fruiting tree in the park where i live and cleaned and planted them. A few months later they started sprouting. My problem is when they sprout they go crispy on the ends and the new leaves die, leaving only a stalk. This has happened to all 20 seedings. I have tried full sun, part shade, flouro light(fish tank) watering twice a day. Soft drink bolttle as a green house to keep moist but no luck. They all go crispy where the new leaves start growing, leaving only stalk. Please help....
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Craig Edmeades
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2nd December 2014 1:02pm
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sternus1 says...
Well, your first mistake is trying to grow them from seed when you have access to the tree itself and can strike one from cuttings.

I suggest you google striking from cuttings, toss out the seeds and do this.
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2nd December 2014 1:07pm
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jakfruit etiquette says...
Either way, cuttings or seed, sounds like your seed raising mix might be a problem. What mix are you using? Also inspect the roots of the failed seedlings to see if they are healthy or not.
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2nd December 2014 5:27pm
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Craig Edmeades says...
Thanks jakfruit etiquette for the reply.
I have tried expensive soil (daileys), coco peat, coco / soil blend, and plain garden sand. I ahve had the same results with all my soil experiments also. It's a bit confusing because every thing i read says these loquats are real ease to germinate and grow.

I have inspected the roots when they go crispy and they had nice white roots...not brown or yelow at all? any ideas would be appreciated people?
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3rd December 2014 11:38am
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Waterfall says...
I would try growing them under shade cloth in full sun while they are small. The gradually introduce full morning sun as they get bigger.
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jakfruit etiquette says...
If the roots are clean its not root rot, but it still sounds like damping off, ie infection at the soil surface, by various fungi. I would try soil free prop mix, say 30% cocopeat + 70% coarse sand in tall tubes, ie 1 litre milk carton or similar PET bottle. You may need to surface sterilize the seed, or heat treat(microwave) the sand, esp river sands. Or use preventitive fungicides, including anti-fungal microbes etc.
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srt says...
Do you know it takes 10 or 11 years for a seedling to fruit?
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JohnMc1 says...
Maybe mine are an exception, I have two seedlings from two cultivars that have fruited in half that time. My climate is borderline warm temperate/sub tropical.
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jason says...
They take 5-10 years down here in Southern Victoria, which isn't too bad compared to most species seedlings. But the problem sounds either soil or water. They are super easy to grow.
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Craig Edmeades says...
Thanks every one for their ideas and input. I think i have found solution. I have stopped watering the seeds and the new shoots seem to be doing fine. I have a shoot with a set of leaves!!! ya for me! thanks again everyone for ideas.
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