After almost 19 years, farmer grows first ever seedless lychees

  • A farmer from Australia was able to develop a seedless lychee that he bought from China after almost 19 years of trying
  • Having spent 5,000 dollars, the seedless lychees were created by cross-pollinating and selective breeding
  • He took the male part of the lychee flower and transferred it to the female part of the flower
Image captured from a video by Camilleri’s Farm Market via Facebook

Cross pollination is known by every farmer or even individuals who love gardening. Cross pollination is the transfer of pollens from one flower to another plant of the same species.

Recently, a farmer was able to grow the very first seedless lychees through the process of cross pollination, and it took him almost 19 years to do that!

Tibby Dixon is a farmer from Australia who, over the past few decades, have been developing multiple lychee varieties by practicing selective breeding and cross pollination.

Image from Camilleri’s Farm Market via Facebook

19 years ago, Dixon bought a lychee tree from China for $5,000. Since then, he had been trying to create a seedless lychee by cross-pollinating. He would collect pollen from the male part of the lychee flower and transfer it to the female part of the flower in order to get a small seed.

Dixon tried to create a seedless lychee with the hopes of breaking away from traditional fruit farming and start experimenting with new fruit varieties that will be sold in the market.

Image from Camilleri’s Farm Market via Facebook

He kept on going with the process of cross pollination and selective breeding until he ended up with a seedless lychee fruit —  after almost 19 years of trying. Aside from the process, producing the seedless lychees also requires knowledge, skill, and proper tools and labor.

According to an article published in boredpanda, these newly-bred seedless lychees are considered a medium-size fruit and have varying shades of red, ranging from raspberry to dark cherry red.

It was also explained in the article that Dixon’s seedless lychees taste a little bit like a pineapple and very flavorsome. And with his success, Dixon plans on growing more plants that will eventually lead to the commercialization of the seedless fruits.


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