4" Pineapple Guava Plant

4" Pineapple Guava Plant

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Pineapple Guava Plants
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The pineapple guava is an easy fruit tree to grow. These trees are low-maintenance and resistant to pests and diseases. They may encounter a problem with black scale or fruit flies, but this is uncommon. They are vulnerable to windy conditions so be sure to plant them in a protected location.

Many varieties are considered self-fertile, however planting a second tree as a cross-pollinator will increase the fruit production of both trees. To guarantee a rich yield, hand-pollinating can be done between the two trees.

Blooms appear in the spring and the fruit ripens in the fall. The edible blooms are said to taste like minty guava and are popular in salads and as a drink flavoring. Fruits are 2 to 3 inches long, oblong in shape (like an egg) and green. The taste has been described as a combination of banana, pineapple, guava, and kiwi. Young plants may take several years before fruit development begins. When ripe, the fruits will fall off the tree. Collect these from the ground to harvest the sweet, flavorful fruits.

Native to the subtropics and hardy in USDA growing zones 8 to 10, the pineapple guava tree prefers abundant sunshine. Plant these trees in an area with full sunlight for the best results. However, in areas with very hot summers, the pineapple guava will benefit from some afternoon shade. ***Not winter hardy in Indiana-grow in containers to bring in for the winter.

Rich, well-draining soil is preferred with pH levels from neutral to slightly acidic. They can tolerate salty soil and air, which makes them great choices for coastal areas. One thing they do not tolerate is soggy soil. If soil conditions are less than ideal, be sure to amend the soil before planting to ensure that it drains properly.

Pineapple guava trees enjoy consistently moist soil, so a regular watering schedule is recommended. However, you need to beware of overwatering, as this can lead to root rot.

These trees are considered drought tolerant once established, but a consistent lack of water will affect the yield and quality of the fruit produced. Water the tree just enough to keep the soil moist to the touchno more and no less.

Temperature and Humidity
Despite its tropical appearance, pineapple guava is actually very hardy. This tree can withstand temperatures down to 15 degrees Fahrenheit. Subtropical climates are more ideal than tropical climates, since temperatures above 90 degrees Fahrenheit can become detrimental. The pineapple guava thrives in moderate temperatures and moderate-to-low humidity levels.

Pineapple guava trees appreciate a well-balanced fertilizer given once or twice a year. When potted, these trees do best when fertilized twice a year. Adding a fresh layer of compost annually will also help provide needed nutrients.

**In Southern Indiana these needs to be grown in containers so they can be brought in for the winter.