-CHOICE: Bigger box + choice select + less trimming = superior specimens normally not provided under the flat rate system.
-HEAT PACKS: We can ship out all year round, but that doesn’t mean we can ship to you. If you live in a FROZEN state and don’t want to wait until the thaw we can add heat packs. The parcel will also be wrapped / sealed / taped more thoroughly than usual. For best results add on this upgrade for as many true tropical plants you order, or know that each upgrade unit will provide up to 2 heat packs to the parcel. If you only add 2 heat packs to a bigger order we can’t be held responsible if things die. A lot of stuff in the inventory can deal with being cold actually, but other stuff simply cannot. If you see this message then the order will be held until you thaw, unless you add heat packs (72 hour). Unless you have it shipped to your workplace (recommended), they might be labelled advising the USPS hold the parcel indoors at the Office for you to pick up (they may or may not actually do it).
While being fully capable of surviving in much colder or even hotter climates, for fruit production, Zone 9, such as here in the ‘Citrus Belt’ (Central Florida), is an ideal sweet spot for choice fruit production. This local treat is a personal favorite. It’s a shame that the fruits don’t keep well and therefore they are very seldom seen in stores, not even while the fruits are in-season.
Loquat is somewhat of a rarity amongst fruiting trees & shrubs, as in the first 3-4 years from seed it begins to flower and produce fruit. On the grounds, even bound up in a contatiner (lacking deep root water table access, for starters) outdoors where we experience extreme dry spells, this still proved true.
Folium Eriobotryae Tea:
Loquat leaf tea is highly regarded as health tonic, and as it turns out it has 50 published papers in PubMed.gov, with benefits ranging from anticancer to anti-inflammatory to antidiabetic.
The leaves and kernel [seed pit] contain amygdalin. Amygdalin is otherwise known as
the anti-cancer vitamin B17 or laetrile.
Loquat Research Data Links:
Crescent Bloom – Dave’s Garden – Extension – Floridata – FAO – Google – Kew – PFAF – PubMed – USDA – Wikipedia – Youtube Videos
Plant Germplasm (definition):
Mespilus, Japanese medlar, Japanese plum, Chinese plum, “pipa” (枇杷), Eriobotrya japonica, May Apple, Biwa Cha, Biwa Tea, Pi pa ye, Leaf Folium Eriobotryae,
Any portion of genetic material that can be grown into a live plant. Examples include seeds, stem cuttings (via many methods including air layering), root cuttings, root divisions (multiplication via division), leaf cuttings, leaf fragments (in tissue culture), rooted nodes (vines), “eyes” (offshoots from potato tubers), cacti pieces, etc. The term germplasm can also be used to describe a collection of genetic resources for an organism such as as a seed collection or, for trees, a nursery.
All live plants, bulbs and recalcitrant seeds are regularly inoculated with numerous strains of beneficial symbiotic mycorrhizal
fungi & bacteria (listed below) essential for strong healthy plant roots. Generally this is one of the last aspects of horticultural science that gardeners learn about when it should be the first. Beneficial Ectomycorrhiza: Laccaria bicolor
, Laccaria laccata
, Pisiolithus tinctorius
, Rhizopogon amylopogon
, Rhizopogon fulvigleba
, Rhizopogon luteolus
, Rhizopogon roseolus
, Rhizopogon subcaerulescens
, Rhizopogon villosulus
, Rhizopogon vulgaris
, Scleroderma cepa
, Scleroderma citrinni
, Suillus granulatus
, Suillus punctatepies Beneficial Endomycorrhiza:
Gigaspora brasilianum, Gigaspora margarita
, Gigaspora monosporum, Glomus aggregatum
, Glomus clarum
, Glomus deserticola
, Glomus entunicatum
, Glomus intraradices
, Glomus monosporum
, Glomus mosseae Beneficial Tricoderma: Trichoderma harzianum
, Trichoderma koningii Beneficial Bacteria: Acidovorax facilis
, Azotobacter chroococcum
, Azotobacter polymxa, Bacillus azotoformans, Bacillus coagulans
, Bacillus licheniformis
, Bacillus megaterium
, Bacillus pumilus
, Bacillus stearothermophilus
, Bacillus subtilis
, Bacillus thuringiensis
, Cellulomonas flavigena,
Paenibacillus dorum, Paenibacillus florescence, Paenibacillus gordonae, Paenibacillus polymyxa
, Psuedomonas aureofaceans
, Saccharomyces cerevisiae
. Most of these strains are available in water soluble form in "Myco Madness" (available here at M.S.B.).
MASS SPECTRUM BOTANICALS (Tampa, Florida):
Germplasm Factory - Micronursery - Commercial Seed Bank
Areas of Intent & Expertise:
>Custom heirloom vegetable seed vaults.
>Live Plants of a useful nature (exotic fruits, tactical landscaping plants, etc.).
>Plant growth hormone regulators (PGR's) and other Plant Biostimulants.
>Rare edible perennial jungle plants (green leafy vegetable year round tropical plants).
>Drought tolerant edible landscape xeriscaping.
>Complimentary Cancer Survival medicinal plants;
>Cutting edge skin, weight & diabetes health targeting.
>Laboratory-spec seed sprouting, germination & vegetative propagation kits.
>Advanced horticultural science.
>Isolated herbal extracts. Pure & technical grade chemicals (powders, salts & crystals).
>Tissue Culture laboratory research supplies.
>Antibiotics for fish, bird, cat, dog, reptile, horse, marine, swine, chicken & invertebrate care.
>Aquarium, aquaculture, hydroponic, aquaponic & pet terrarium supplies.
>Bioremediation / phytoremediation environmental solutions for the natural cleanup of toxic / nuclear waste spill / contamination.
>Seeking to Buy / Sell / Trade. Seeking trade partners, suppliers and purchasing agents worldwide.