Medlar growing tree or shrub of the genus Mespilus also known as Mespilus germanica, Common Medlar perennial deciduous plant, grow for the edible fruits also as ornamental plant, grows in temperate and cold mediterranean or subtropical climate, and growing in hardiness zone 6-10a.
Leaves color green light to dark in oval shape.
Flower color white with five petals, flowers grow in clusters.
Fruit color brown-yellow with a strong structure the fruit size 2-4 cm in round shape, taste remind quince and some cultivar need to be bletted or artificial ripening of fruit .
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Requirements for Medlar growing and care:
Cool winter, if the tree attack in the beginning of the winter need to collect all the leaves and the fruit from the ground, cut all the infected branches
What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed
Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
Yes, in order to get bigger fruits, sweeter and less seeds, but possible to
Difficulties or problems when growing:
Winter, spring, summer, in winter to early spring better to start with bear roots establish better
Pests and diseases:
Aphids, borer, mite
Autumn to winter
How to prune:
Weak and dead branches, for design, for tree when young need to prune all the side branches or shrub need to prune the top of the main trunk in order to induce more side branches.
Size of the plant:
3-8m, 10-24 feet, possible to grow it smaller as shrub
Growth speed in optimal condition:
Average amount of water (possible to big amount of water)
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Is it possible to grow as houseplant?
Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:
Yes, possible to grow it as
General information about the flower
White flower mostly grow in clusters
Thinning the bloom:
The first years until the tree strong enough
Pollination is done by:
Fruit harvest season:
Summer / Autumn
Fruits pests or diseases:
Birds, mite, fruit fly
What can be done with big quantities of Medlar fruits?
Eaten raw, baked, jams, cakes
Work requirements on the fruit:
How long does it take to bear fruit?
How to grow from seeds
Moist soil, sunny location
Saving seeds and care until sowing:
Keep the seeds in cool and dark location
Winter to spring
Better in separate pots and graft it, the best that grow transplant to the location
Depth of Sowing:
1cm (0.5 inch)
Conditions for seeds germinate:
Moist soil, full sun
Watering requires for Seeds:
Average amount of water / Big amount of water, don’t let it dry
4-6 weeks not include burying
Condition of seedling:
Moist soil, put mulch and water regularly
Do the seeds require burying?
Time to bury the seeds:
1-2 months, better to put it in the refrigerator or to sow it outdoor in the end of the winter
Alternative names: Common medlar, Crataegus germanica