If you have more fruit than you can consume fresh, there are several ways to preserve pineapple guava cheese. Making guava jam is a particularly popular method! We like to mix ripe fruit with coconut milk or coconut cream to create popsicles from guava, using this stainless steel popsicle. Or you can simply freeze the whole fruit to process or enjoy it later (although the texture isn`t as wonderful when they thaw again). Pineapple guava trees produce beautiful, eye-catching flowers in spring. Each flower consists of soft, pink and white petals surrounding bright red spiny stamens. These striking flowers are fragrant and have edible petals. They reach a size of up to 1 inch. You have to cultivate them to find out! Joke. Feijoa has a unique taste that is both extremely sweet and slightly tart. It`s reminiscent of pineapple, banana, kiwi and guava – perhaps with a hint of pine mango or mint. Basically, they are really, really delicious! Best of all, pineapple guava fruits are rich in vitamin C, fiber, antioxidants, and B vitamins.
It prefers sandy soils, rich in organic matter – loose, light and gravelly. The soil should be well drained, but not too dry. When planting, add perlite or sand to the soil in your garden. Pineapple guava trees are both beautiful and lush, producing a tasty fruit that tastes and looks like guava. Also sometimes known as Feijoa, Acca sellowiana is not the same as a common guava (Psidium guajava), although they are both part of the myrtle family. After spring flowering, pineapple guava fruits develop during the summer and ripen in autumn. On average, the feijoa fruit is about the size of a medium to large egg, or 1 to 4 inches elongated. Immature pineapple guava plants usually take several years to bear a decent harvest of fruit for the first time, although this can vary depending on climate, variety and species (e.g. from grafted seeds, shrubs, etc.). Overall, I think they`re worth the wait! Mulch at the base of your tree with organic materials such as straws, grass clippings and twigs.
You can also use coffee grounds. Mulching preserves the moisture content of the soil, prevents weeds and isolates the plant in winter. Pineapple guava isn`t a big fan of strong winds, so keep that in mind when choosing their location. Planting a feijoa shrub near a wall or fence can help provide shelter from the wind, as well as reflected heat and additional frost protection in areas with harsh winters. In the event of a sudden extreme cold snap, you can also drape your pineapple guava bush with a bed sheet or antifreeze blanket to protect it. Guava has a tangled, shallow and spreading root system – many tendril roots that spread circularly from the trunk. This allows the guava to resist the wind. The removal of a guava can take some effort because the roots are a web. It would be better to plant guava away from concrete pipes and driveways. If you must plant nearby, place a metal barrier film in the soil 2 or 3 feet deep; The roots do not penetrate or grow under the barrier. slow and long water; The roots follow the moisture downwards. 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. Pineapple guava trees enjoy a balanced fertilizer that is administered once or twice a year. When potted, these trees thrive best when fertilized twice a year. Adding a new layer of compost each year also helps provide the nutrients you need. When the leaves turn yellow, it is a good indicator that the soil pH is not balanced. Pineapple guava trees like neutral to slightly acidic soils, so yellowed leaves can mean that the soil is too alkaline. To solve this problem, supplement the soil with compost or another acidifier.
Appearance: This evergreen shrub can easily reach heights of 12 to 15 feet. The upper surface of the leaves is dark green and shiny. The underside of the sheet is blurred with a light silver color. This tree is sometimes planted in the landscape simply because of its attractiveness. When planted in close proximity to each other, they form a perfect edible viewing hedge and act as a dense windbreak. Birds also love to nest in branches! The wood is very dense, but the small branches break easily due to its brittle nature. Intact, the natural form of Feijoa is multi-branched, but it is possible to form it as a single trunk. It`s even possible to carve a tree into a lattice or grow it 20+ feet tall. Pineapple guava does not change color (remains green) when ripe.
Once they fall from the bush or tree, your pineapple guava may still need a few more days to fully ripen. Let them sit at room temperature until they have reached the desired consistency and taste. Ripe guava smells good even before you cut it, then reveals the cream-colored or pale yellow inner flesh. Propagation can be done by cuttings, and it is best to do it in the fall. To multiply, you need a pair of garden snaps, light soil, a small pot and root hormone. Then follow these instructions: birds and bees are the main natural pollinators of Feijoa, but you can also participate! Hand pollination may be the safest way to get a good guava crop. We get a lot of fruit without pollinating our plants by hand, but it`s really easy when needed! Simply use a small brush (such as a brush or makeup brush) to collect pollen from the flowers of one plant, then brush it on the flowers of the other plant. Continue this between the two (or several) plants. The flowers appear in spring, and the fruit ripens in autumn. Edible flowers are said to taste like mint guava and are popular in salads and as a beverage flavor.
The fruits are 2 to 3 inches long, oblong (like an egg) and green. The taste has been described as a combination of banana, pineapple, guava and kiwi. Seedlings can take several years before fruit development begins. When ripe, the fruits fall from the tree. Harvest them from the ground to harvest the sweet and tasty fruits. If you start the seeds outdoors, simply plant them in late spring, when all the danger of frost has passed. Keep the soil moist and watch a new tree come to life. 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. Depending on the circumstances, pineapple guava trees typically take three to four years to bear fruit. Pineapple guava plants bloom abundantly in spring, dotting the green shrubs with spectacular, fragrant flowers. The flowers are white and pink with red centers resembling fireworks, and the white petals (sepals) around the outside of the flower are edible and delicious! They melt on the tongue like cotton candy and marshmallows combined. Birds and bees are strongly attracted to flowers and help with pollination when they visit. The wild birds in our garden also like to eat the edible petals. Make sure your plant is exposed to full sun for at least 6 hours. Grow other plants around it to shade the base of your tree.
It is resistant to cold, drought and heat, but it does not grow well in a windy place, so do not hesitate to plant it near a wall to protect it.