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Lychee, Litchi, Lychee Nut

NewCROP has Lychee information at:

Lychee—Julia Morton, Fruits of warm climates

Tropical Fruits—Mary Lamberts and Jonathan H. Crane

Magness J.R. et al. 1971. Food and feed crops of the United States.

And outside links to more Lychee info:

LYCHEE"FRUIT FACTS" (Fruit Facts are a series of publications of the the California Rare Fruit Growers, Inc. that contain information on individual fruits, including botanical identification, description and culture notes based on California research, and characteristics of cultivars).

Lychee Information from the University of California Fruit & Nut Research and Information Center

Lychee Production in Australia

Current Comments

"In Davie, South Florida, I've managed to grow about 60 lychee trees. Lychees grow well in South Florida. The trees are very delicate when they are small, they may suffer from chlorosis, but this may be corrected with nutritional sprays and/or chelated iron supplements. Use fertilizer very sparingly or not at all until the trees are well established, I'm convinced that people kill more lychee trees by overfertilizing than by any other means.

There are significant differences in growing the different lychee cultivars. While some seem to tolerate the highly alkaline soils of Dade County quite well, such as the 'Brewster', others such as the 'Sweetcliff' simply will not grow unless the soil has an neutral or acid reaction.

Where I live the soil is mostly muck, which I suspect has an acid reaction. have ten different varieties of lychees and they all seem to grow well here. You should not have any problems growing lychees provided that you irrigate during dry spells."
- Mario Lozano, April 1998

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