After soaking and sowing, you could enjoy the fruits of your labours

Propagation material.
Propagation material.

Grapefruit, oranges, lemons and apples have long been favourites for soaking and sowing at this time of year.

And in anticipation of the obvious question, Will the resultant plants ever fruit?

Yes, they all have the potential to do so eventually, but it can take several years.

In the case of citrus fruits, first enjoy the fragrance that comes with rubbing the leaves of an attractive plant, then the excitement as maturity brings the first flowers and promise of fruits.

You can add loquats, kumquats, kiwis, pomegranates, cherries and grapes to the list of festive plants worth trying.

Then perhaps become a little more ambitious. Root ginger ( Zingiber officinale) comes in rhizome form and therefore should have the potential to develop roots and shoots in a suitable environment.

However, if it has been processed, there is less chance of success.

This is why the young plant we bought on a recent visit to the Eden Project is being nursed through winter.

Surely we can rise to the challenge and get a piece to root next year!