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How does your garden grow?  
By Eric Danell Dokmai Garden

 

Now is the time to prune your longan tree

Pruning of longan takes place after harvest; in this case in early August. The bamboo poles give support to the branches when they are heavy with fruit.

Longan (Dimocarpus longan, Sapindaceae) is a fruit tree which is native to Lanna (Northern Thailand). Longan is Chinese meaning ‘Dragon’s eye’. The Thai name is ‘Lamjay’. Ever since the introduction of orchards in the 1930’s, China has been a big importer.
The best variety is considered to be ‘Idoh’. A home owner may not care too much about his longan, it is just a curiosity with nice tasty fruits in July. A commercial grower would irrigate if dry in the rainy season, and he would add extra nutrients and spray against insect attacks (mites and moths). A home owner does not rely on a maximised harvest to sustain his family, which is why such precautions may not be necessary in a recreational garden. However, some people like to prune their fruit trees. As can be seen from the picture some owners take away all branches inside the tree, and only leave a small cluster of leaves at the end of the main branches. Some prune even more, they remove all small twigs, leaving naked main branches only. As the fruits are formed on the new shoots, this might be a good practice.
 


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Now is the time to prune your longan tree