QUESTIONS ANSWERED: On Longkong, Bignay & Calamansi

Q&A: How do you check if the grafted lanzones you bought is Longkong or our native variety? Very easy. Take a leaf of the plant and chew it. If it is bitter, it is the native lanzones. If not bitter it could be either Longkong or Duku
Grafted Longkong. If you chew a leaf and it is not bitter it is Longkong. If bitter it is the native lanzones.
Q&A: Is there a male Longkong? We suspect so but very rare. The fact is that we have one tree in our farm that produces profuse flowers every year but no fruit has ever been formed.
Fruitful Bignay. Grown from a marcot.
Q&A: Are there male and female Bignay seedlings? Yes, there are. That is why you should plant a grafted tree to make sure it will bear fruit. Better still, plant a marcot from a bearing tree.
Q&A: Can we multiply calamansi by rooting cuttings? The late National Scientist Benito S. Vergara had written in a report that rooting calamansi cuttings is a fast way of multiplying the fruit tree. However, the resulting plants tend to be dwarf. That could be good for producing calamansi in containers but may not be desirable for a large plantation,
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