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Title: Crystal Guava When to pick?
Post by: Vernmented on March 20, 2019, 01:02:05 PM
The Crystal Seedless scions I got from xshen are starting to fruit. Most of the pictures I can find show somewhat small fruit. I feel like this needs to get a little larger. When is the optimal time to pick? Thanks.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7891/47375580432_bc6d6c0d26_c.jpg)
Title: Re: Crystal Guava When to pick?
Post by: wslau on March 20, 2019, 10:04:08 PM
For crunchy texture, pick when it just transitions from darker green to a lighter green.  It will be lightly sweet, but refreshing. 
If you let it go longer (even lighter green with red streaks), it will be even sweeter, but lose a lot of itís crunchiness.
Right now, I would consider your fruit in the picture as ready to pick for good crunchy texture with light sweetness.
You must be experiencing a later crop, as most of my crystals were gone well over a month ago.

Here are pics of moderate crunchy, moderate sweet (overripe to Xue):
(https://i.postimg.cc/RW8QvgpR/5943947-C-BFD0-43-DD-8630-5-BAAD386-F7-D1.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/RW8QvgpR)

(https://i.postimg.cc/56sSR4wD/6-BD328-BA-F1-EA-4-AA1-94-B2-06-C9-E05-AB149.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/56sSR4wD)
Title: Re: Crystal Guava When to pick?
Post by: Vernmented on March 20, 2019, 10:40:43 PM
Excellent. Thank you for your help. I think guava can fruit most of the year here in Florida. Pruning stimulates flowering as well. There are a couple small fruits and the rest of the tree is covered with flowers right now.
Title: Re: Crystal Guava When to pick?
Post by: Jungle Yard on March 20, 2019, 10:49:30 PM
Is this a truly seedless guava? I am very interested to know how it tastes.

You might have enough fruits to try them on different stages of ripeness and decide which one you like. I did that with my guava.
Title: Re: Crystal Guava When to pick?
Post by: wslau on March 21, 2019, 11:50:24 PM
Is this a truly seedless guava? I am very interested to know how it tastes.

You might have enough fruits to try them on different stages of ripeness and decide which one you like. I did that with my guava.

Youíll probably get 6-12 seeds in each fruit.   That constitutes seedless in my book.
The seeds are small and donít bother me.