This in the third fruiting year for my Fairchild canistel and it's FULL of blooms. The canopy has spread nicely and I hope to get a bumper crop this year.
Are there any other canistel owners having what looks like a good season?
amazing, how old is your canistel? was it from seed?
It's a "Fairchild #2" so I suspect it was grafted. I've had it in the ground ~3 years, and it's about 12 feet tall (~4 meters) and 5' wide. I think it was 3 years old when I got it.
It was slow growing at first and I'm told it won't be very large which is good. I planted many smaller trees and right now my back yard is "planted out" to the ultimate end of having a mostly shady yard with a canopy over the garden paths.
Here's a pic of it with my Jackfruit in the background
Beautiful trees Gnappi. Nicely done
i am actually looking to buy one right now.
do you have suggestions as to nursery and cultivar ?
I hear Fairchild #2 is one of the best.
there is a trompo on Ebay right now.
t-tropical has a bruce, an Oro and a Trompo
Pine island site says they carry Bruce and Ross
but no info on inventory
not sure how muich i trust getting an ebay tree ?
I have only tasted two Canistel cultivars so I'm not an expert by any stretch but, the Bruce and Fairchild#2 are both delicious.
The Bruce is a larger fruit AND MUCH larger tree. My Fairchild gives up smaller fruits and the tree is going to be much smaller.
I got mine locally here in south Florida from a grower so I can't help you there unless you get down here.
I got some bananas on Ebay they were a waste of time, but I doubt you can go wrong with a Canistel I'd worry more about shipping in the summer than anything else. They may allow you to pick it up or better still have a larger one in stock for pickup?
I got mine for about the same price as the EBAY one (~$60) and it was much larger and bore fruit the first season in the ground. For me I'd rather pay more for a larger tree and get fruit sooner :-)
Good to know about the size of the tree.
i figured it wouldnt be a small tree,
but if i can keep the size down a bit, its not a bad thing.
im not that worried about fruit size, as long as is doesnt effect the amount of fruit per year - in pounds, or whatever...
i mean, i know a smaller tree might not produce quite as much fruit, and its just for me...
as for that, not too worried about waiting 1-2 years for fruit.
i have about 30+ small trees - jackfruit , choc sapote, lychee
cherimoya, loquat, papaya, guava and others.
-several of each
all about 1-2 ft tall
in 5 years i will have a full belly of fruit :)
I was really hoping on shipping.
getting to Fla to buy a fruit tree probably won't happen soon.
i have a 2-seater convertible :)
guess i can call the nursery and ask what they think.
any other nurseries besides Pine Island ?
i heard 1-2 reports on this site saying they are pretty good?
There's Excalibur nursery in Palm Beach County. They have great variety. Maybe Benders Groves in Broward also.
Benders grove is pretty much the place to go in broward. He will likely have whatever you are looking for.