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Cherry Guava Tree

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The cherry guava, also known as the strawberry guava, is a compact, evergreen bushy shrub that makes a fantastic addition to any garden or home. In fact, it’s popular as an ornamental tree, thanks to its being a pretty plant that does well in the ground or in an indoor pot.

 

The small red or yellow fruit can be eaten fresh and has a sweet and tangy flavour. It is high in vitamin C, giving the immune system a wonderful boost. It’s also an important source of fibre, which keeps our digestive system healthy. In addition to making lovely fresh snacks, they can be used for sauces, jellies, drinks and jams too

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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.

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