I love love love lychees. Love them. Put a big bowl in front of me and I will peel and eat them until my fingers are numb. I'd even go so far as to say that they are my all time favourite fruit. And that's a big call.
So when I found a dwarf lychee for sale online, I snapped it up... along with the pomegranate and Barbados cherry. And well, you can see that these plants have a theme.
I was so disappointed with the lychee. Look at the leaves! It arrived with these brown tips on all them, I've got no idea what it means. And the shape! If you look at the photo below, the tree forks right at the base.
And this little mini branch grows off one of the forks, while the bulk of the tree grows on the other branch. Which means the tree has this funny unbalanced shape to it, you can see in the first photo that it has a strange bendy thing going on. I'm afraid it's going to overbalance when it gets bigger :(.
Once again, I should have complained. But of course I didn't. I think I was in shock when I saw the state of the plants when they arrived, I'd been so excited and they were such a let down. I know this is ridiculous, but I almost cried I was so disappointed. Lol, that is ridiculous, I only ever cry over little things, I am tough for the big ones.
Anyway, like everything else that I plant this year, I prepared the hole with tender loving care, and I will love and care for this plant despite its dodgy bend and brown leaf tips. I even gave it a lovely little drink of my fabulous new fertiliser.
Oh and that reminds me, there was one more problem. I read on the tag that lychees require a chill to bear fruit. That's a bit of a worry. Do you think an ice pack will work?