Position – Plant your cherry guava in a place that gets full sun and is sheltered from strong wind. It is frost-hardy to a point (it cannot tolerate very heavy frost, though).
Soil Type – Cherry guavas will grow in a wide range of soils, as long as they drain well. The soil should have a pH of around 5 to 7. Mix a bag of acid compost with your potting soil or ordinary soil for fantastic results.
Size – This guava tree can grow into an average-sized shrub or a small tree, depending on the climate. They tend to reach a height of between 2 and 3 metres, with a spread of 2 to 5 metres. Give each plant about 4 metres around it.
Watering – This tree requires a moderate amount of watering. If your tree is in particularly sandy soil, water it twice a week. For clay soils (which retain water), decrease it to once a week.
Fruit – The white flowers with fluffy stamens emerge close to the stems. They bloom in late spring, but there is sometimes a second flush in late autumn (depending on the weather). The fruit ripens in mid to late summer and is around 2.5 to 4 centimetres in diameter (the size of a small plum), deep wine-red, with a very thin skin. The flesh is juicy and said to have the finest flavour of any guava.
Harvesting – Your cherry guava tree can produce fruit all year round. Watch their skin change colour to gauge when they are ready to be enjoyed.