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Pineapple Guava Feijoa

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.

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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.

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Position – Your pineapple guava needs full sun, if possible. They can tolerate some shade but require a minimum of 6 hours of sun daily.

Size – They are small trees, growing to about 3 metres tall. They can be pruned to the size you prefer after a couple of years.

Soil Type – Pineapple guavas can grow in most soils but thrive in slightly acidic, rich, well-draining soil. They’ll do well in a large 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 it to your preference after a few years.

Pests – Few pests and diseases affect pineapple guava trees. You may occasionally find aphids, mealybugs, 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 abundant 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.

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