Pineapple Guava Soil Requirements

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Coolidge – Self-fertile. Native to Australia, but is now one of the most widely grown varieties in California. This variety reliably bears fertile semi-wrinkled fruits. Can bear fruit earlier than other varieties. Grows well in cooler coastal climates and is also one of the most suitable guava for the Pacific Northwest (including “Edenvale Improved Coolidge”) Most resources indicate that pineapple guava grows best in USDA hardiness zones 8 to 11. However, my friend has a thriving feijoa growing in Tennessee Zone 7! (Edit: Since I posted this, I`ve heard about another Insta friend growing Nazemetz pineapple guava in Kentucky`s Area 6b. To learn more about how it does this, see the “Planting Location” section below). Feijoa is doing exceptionally well in California, the Pacific Northwest, Florida, Texas and more. Pineapple guava is also a great choice for coastal areas as it tolerates salt spray and slightly saline soils. The safest way to successfully grow pineapple guava is from a transplanted young nursery. If you are reading the rest of this article and decide to grow feijoa at home (good choice!), I suggest you call your local nursery to see if they are wearing them. If not, ask if they are able to bring one (or two) on special order for you! You should also (hopefully) give an overview of the varieties that work best in your area.

These fruits are oval-shaped, similar to a chicken egg, and they resemble guava with a combined flavor of pineapple, guava and mint. Water the plant frequently, especially during the first year of plant growth. Established and mature plants are drought tolerant. Still, the plant should be given an inch of water every week. Water loamy soil once a week and light soil twice a week. Reduce the amount of watering in winter and during the rainy season. A rich, well-drained soil is preferred with pH values ranging from neutral to slightly acidic. They can tolerate salty soil and air, making them a good choice for coastal areas. One thing they don`t tolerate is muddy soil. If soil conditions aren`t ideal, be sure to change the soil before planting to make sure it drains properly. Pineapple guava is remarkably resistant to diseases and pests, with few or no known problems. Despite our fair share of late blight, aphids, cabbage worms and other annoying creatures in our garden, Feijoa remains unscathed.

It is even deer resistant! I have never seen rodents, raccoons or opossums chase away fallen fruit. On the contrary, birds like to eat the petals, but this is more of an advantage than a problem because they help with pollination. In California, feijoa can sometimes have problems with black scales, but can be treated with neem oil. Pineapple guava bushes are evergreen, with silvery-gray-green leaves, oval and thick. Combined with their beautiful structure, appearance and carefree nature, they are a popular plant for decorative landscaping and privacy – fruits aside! Untamed, they grow with several stems branched from the base. If you live below USDA Zone 8 or in a cooler climate, growing feijoa in pots is the best option. All growing requirements and care tips are similar to what we recommended for planting on the ground. Feijo, also called pineapple guavas, is a small oval fruit with smooth gray-green skin and juicy, pear-like creamy white flesh. The taste of Feijoa is sweet and reminiscent of pineapple, pear and banana. Now let`s get to the fun part. As if growing pineapple guava couldn`t be easier.

The fruits also reap themselves! When feijoa ripen in autumn, they naturally fall from the shrub to the ground below. Thankfully, they`re still a little firm when they do, so they shouldn`t get hurt too much. Then you can simply explore the soil under the bushes and collect the fruit. To make the process or harvesting of a large fruit-laden plant easier, you can also place a net, cloth or tarp under the plant to catch falling fruit and then shake it! True to their slow and loose nature, pineapple guava grow voluntarily without strong fertilization. Once or twice a year, apply a balanced, slow-release fertilizer around the base of the shrub. (Twice a year is best for pineapple guavas, which grows in pots, as in spring and autumn).

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