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Feijoa Pineapple Guava – 1.5-2m Tree

R675.00

Feijoa (Acca sellowiana) belongs to the Myrtaceae family. It grows as a dense, bushy shrub, reaching heights of 3 to 4 meters. The plant features dark green, leathery leaves with silvery undersides, which emit a pleasant fragrance when crushed. The flowers are striking, with vibrant red petals and prominent stamens.

The Feijoa, also known as Pineapple Guava or Guavasteen, is native to South America, particularly Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina. The plant thrives in regions with mild, subtropical climates. They can tolerate winter temperatures down to minus 4°C. and brief periods of frost but may suffer damage if exposed to prolonged freezing temperatures.

It is a subtropical and warm-temperate plant that can thrive in tropical regions. It requires at least 50 hours of winter chilling to produce fruit, and it can also endure frost. However, young plants might be vulnerable to strong winds despite their ability to withstand cold temperatures.

The fruit of the Feijoa is its main attraction. It is oval-shaped, about 3 to 5cm long, and has a thin, green skin. When ripe, the fruit yields to gentle pressure and emits a sweet, aromatic fragrance reminiscent of a blend of pineapple, guava, and strawberry. The flesh is translucent and juicy, gritty like a pear. Feijoas are consumed fresh or used in various culinary applications, including jams, jellies, desserts, and beverages.

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Position: These plants do best in full sun to partial shade. In hotter climates, some afternoon shade might be beneficial to prevent sunscald on the fruit.

Soil: Feijoas prefer well-draining soil with a pH between 5.5 and 7.5. Add a bag of acid compost to your soil. Ensure good drainage to prevent waterlogging, which can lead to root rot.

Watering: Feijoas require moderate watering. Watering deeply and regularly is recommended, particularly during dry spells. However, avoid overwatering, as soggy soil can lead to root rot. Once established, they are drought-tolerant.

Fertilising: Feijoas benefit from regular fertilisation during the growing season. Apply our slow-release fertiliser—1 teaspoon every 4-5 months—even though it is called berry fertiliser; it is for all plants/trees.

Pruning: Prune feijoa plants after the fruiting season has ended to maintain their shape, remove dead or diseased branches, and encourage air circulation. Pruning can also help improve fruit production by redirecting energy to fruit-bearing branches.

Pollination: Feijoas are self-fertile but often benefit from cross-pollination to enhance fruit production. Planting more than one feijoa variety can increase pollination rates and fruit yield. Bees and other pollinators are attracted to the fragrant flowers.

Pests and Diseases: Feijoas are relatively pest—and disease-resistant. However, they can be susceptible to aphids, scale insects, and fungal diseases like powdery mildew. We recommend Effective Microorganisms to prevent the spread of these pests and diseases. Hose the tree first, to remove the aphids, and then spray well with EM Control. As they tree grows larger it will be healthy and pests will be a thing of the past.

Harvesting: Feijoa fruits ripen in late summer to early Autumn, depending on the variety and growing conditions. Harvest fruits when fully ripe, indicated by a slight softening and a pleasant aroma. Twist the fruit off the stem or use pruning shears to cut it from the plant.

Weight 8 kg
Dimensions 20 × 20 × 150 cm
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