Lychee, Litchi Plant (Air Layered)
The Lychee plant, scientifically known as Litchi chinensis, is a tropical evergreen tree native to Southeast Asia. This Sapindaceae plant, known for its aromatic and tasty fruit, thrives in warm and humid regions. It has an attractive nature, with glossy, dark green foliage and gorgeous clusters of fragrant, tiny flowers. Lychee fruits are juicy, transparent, and have a sweet, flowery taste. Lychee fruiting happens in the summer, usually in May or June. An absolute favorite in home gardens, the lychee plant is propagated through air-layering, which produces fast, robust growth.
- Sunlight: Ensure your lychee plant receives full sun for at least 6-8 hours a day to encourage healthy growth and fruit production.
- Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. A well-draining soil mix and regular, deep watering will prevent root rot.
- Fertilization: Feed your Litchi plant with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer during the growing season (spring and summer) to support its nutrient needs.
- Pruning: Prune your plant to maintain a manageable size and improve air circulation. Remove dead or diseased branches to keep it healthy.
- Mulching: Apply mulch around the base of the tree to retain moisture, regulate soil temperature, and deter weeds.