Sunday, December 27, 2009

Sweetheart Lychee Blooming- December 2009

What an exciting year this is. The lychee bloom spikes started mid November. There are a lot of bloom spikes for my 6 ft tall sweetheart lychee! It was disappointing at first since there were only female flowers and no male flower at all. Female flowers bloomed on December 14 and not until December 27 where I got some male flowers. I think there are only 10% of male flowers. It's not easy to pollinate these flowers. A brush will not work since there are some nectar around the flowers causing the brush to get very sticky. So what I did was to collect some male flowers with my tweezer and then use the tweezer to clip the male flowers and brush it on the fresh female flowers. Cross my fingers and hope I will get some fruits. I will continue to do this pollination for the next few days until all my flowers are gone.

December 1. Still just bloom spikes.

12-14. Some female bloomed.

12-18. Still just female flowers.

12-21. More female flowers

12-15. More female flowers

12-25. The bloomed female ovaries are larger.

12-27. Finally some male flowers!!!

Here are a lot of female flowers without pollination since there was no male flower. Somehow the ovaries still swell up. We will see if these will fall off later or not.

Me trying to pollinate with my


ICook4Fun said...

These plants are really like your babies :) I am excited for you too. I hope you will get some lychee fruits out of it. Good Luck!

Simply Life said...

those flowers are beautiful!

Zoe said...

Wow..amazing. I think Gert is right. The plants are really like your babies. Just wait until you have your own kids. What are you going to do with these plants? :-)))

ch3rri said...

Yes, these are like my babies. Not sure what I'm going to do with them when I have my own I'll just care for them a little less....hehehee

Chey can cook! (and more) said...

How beautiful! What can you make with the lychee fruits? Looking forward to learning more!

Zoe said...

If you don't have time to take care of these tropical plants when you have kids, I volunteer to take care of them for you. You can give them to me :-) ha! I just need instruction on how to take care of them :-) hehehe

lilyng said...


happy new year

Anonymous said...

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