Tips for monitoring your Litchi Tree

Tips for monitoring your Litchi Tree

Litchi originates from Southern China and its cultivation dates back as far as 1766 B.C. In Mauritius, the fruit plant was first introduced during the 18th century and since then, it has become a very popular fruit, much appreciated for its taste and flavour.

Key steps to follow
 
Irrigation
By the end of April, the tree should be water stressed (careful not to the extent to cause wilting). This is recommended in order to induce dormancy which is important for blossoming. When flower panicles become visible, irrigation should be resumed (Mid July). Please note that the peak irrigation rate for a 10 year-old tree is around 800 litres per week.  
 
Fertilization
After the litchi tree reaches its flowering stage and when small fruits are visible, a first application of fertilizer is carried out, followed by a second one after 1-2 months. Then, a third application is performed when fruits are harvested. The application rate varies between 700 g to 1500 g per bearing tree and per application. The fertilizer should be applied at the periphery of the tree canopy as shown below and the recommended fertilizers for such application are AZOPHOSKA or SUPERGRO 12-8-15.