Pineapple guava trees are attractive evergreen shrubs with a silvery-green leaf and delicious fast-growing fruit. They are easy to grow, hardy and self-pollinating. Its incredible, unique flowers resemble those of the granadilla vine and are as edible as the fruit. This is not a fussy plant at all, and even grows well in containers. Pineapple guavas are also known as guavasteens.
The fruit is high in vitamin C. Cut or tear it open and squeeze or scoop the sweet pulp out to enjoy it. The flavour has been described as being a combination of pineapple and strawberry. It is delicious in cocktails, juices, smoothies or preserves. The flowers are great in salads.
Position – Your pineapple guava needs full sun, if possible. They can tolerate some shade but require a minimum of 6 hours of sun a day.
Size – They are small trees, growing to about 3 metres tall. They can be pruned after a couple of years to the size that you prefer.
Soil Type – Pineapple guavas can grow in most soils, but they thrive in a slightly acidic, rich, well-draining soil. They’ll do well in a largish container.
Watering – Water your tree frequently after transplanting. Then, water it every 2 to 3 days in hot, dry weather and once a week in winter.
Fertilising – Fertilise it every couple of months after transplanting with 8-8-8 organic fertiliser. The fertiliser you use should contain trace elements like copper, boron, magnesium, zinc, manganese, and iron. You can also add a bag of our volcanic rock dust when planting.
Pruning – It isn’t necessary to prune a pineapple guava tree unless you want to shape the tree to your preference after a few years.
Pests – Few pests and diseases affect pineapple guava trees. You may occasionally find aphids, mealybug, and scales. Use our recommended organic solutions, which usually work well.
Mulch – Mulching conserves the moisture content in the soil, prevents weeds, and insulates the plant in winter. Use organic mulch like grass cuttings or wood chips.
Harvesting – This hardy plant will provide you with an abundance of fruit from autumn to early winter each year. Ripe fruits will smell fragrant and the green to reddish-pink skin with have softened a little, giving a bit under pressure.