Information About Canistel Trees

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What Is Canistel – A Guide To Growing Eggfruit Trees At Home

By Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)

As orchards expand, fresh fruit harvests offer growers a wide array of choices, as well as a diverse landscape. This is especially true in the case of some tender tropical plants, such as with canistel fruit trees. Learn more about growing canistel eggfruit in this article.


Lychee Plant Profile

Lychee is a tropical broadleaf evergreen tree native to China, where it grows in a warm, wet climate. Although grown commercially for its fruit, in landscape use it is often used as a shade tree or a specimen fruit tree. The lychee bears small, dimpled fleshy fruit with a light, perfume-like flavor. The outside of the fruit has a rough, pink-red skin that is inedible and the inside flesh is clear to white and sweet. The brown seed inside the fruit is poisonous and should be discarded (or planted). The fruit is usually eaten fresh or frozen and can be made into sauces, jam, puree, or preserves.

Like many other tropical fruits, such as avocado, lychee is not a natural choice for indoor gardeners. It's more of a novelty plant and will be unlikely to ever bear fruit or grow to maturity (unless you have a greenhouse). Still, it can be fun to sprout these seeds in an attempt to grow an attractive plant.

Botanical Name Litchi chinensis
Common Names Lychee, litchi
Plant Type Broadleaf evergreen fruit tree
Mature Size 30 to 100 feet tall outdoors, 10 feet indoors
Sun Exposure Full sun
Soil Type Moist, fertile, well-drained soil
Soil pH 5 to 5.5 (acidic)
Bloom Time Early spring
Flower Color White, yellow, green
Hardiness Zones 10 to 11 (USDA)
Native Areas Guangdong and Fujian provinces of Southern China (tropical)

Pruning and caring for osteospermum

Care is simple and you’ll only have to water in summer whenever dry spells and high temperatures extend for a lengthy amount of time.

Remove wilted flowers regularly, this is called deadheading. This step helps stimulate the plant to produce new flowers.

  • Winter is a time when you must protect your plant if you expect temperatures lower than 23°F (-5°C).

Cutting back

If your Osteospermum have grown too tall and leggy, with just a few steps you can cut them back.

  • just after Winter, at the very beginning of Spring, cut all stems back to a finger’s height (3-4 inches or 7-8 cm).
  • topdress with a few handfuls of rich compost
  • lastly, water once a month with a 10% mix of fermented weed tea for fertilizer

This will result in an incredibly rich growth and many blooms!


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