This year´s trip to Garda Lake brought me a new permanent guest in my plant collection. It is called Eryobotrya Japonica or commonly Japanese Plum. Somehow I never drew any attention on this plant before. The leaves are beautiful, dark green, lanceolate and with a shiny surface. Beside that, the fruits are bright orange and contain big brown seeds that “shouted” at me to plant them (or at least that is how I imagine it sometimes).
Unfortunately these small trees are not frost hardy enough for our Central European climate. As it is possible to overwinter them indoors, there is nothing to stop me from planting them.
There is no pulp sticking to the seeds, so it is very easy to extract the seeds from the fruits. In this case the seeds were already sprouting when I removed them from the fruits, so that part was even easier. I just planted them after carrying them with me for a couple of days in a lunchbox with wet paper towels.
If the seeds are not sprouting when extracted, just let them dry for some days and keep them in a dark box at a cool place until you want to plant them.
Small plants of Japanese Plum are not very demanding. Just make sure that they get water on a regular basis, they do not want to stand in water for an extended period neither do they want to dry out completely. This experience is based on young plants; older plants might be more drought-resistant.