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psidium cattleianum (strawberry guava), red or yellow?
« on: November 29, 2018, 11:54:30 AM »
Hi, I wanna try to grow psidium cattleianum, but I've read a lot of contraddiction on the web, in taste especially.
Are there some cultivar in particular? Which is the most cold resistant? First of all I wanna eat fruit, so transformation of fruit  fall in a second  line of importance for me. Are there cultivar without seeds?

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Re: psidium cattleianum (strawberry guava), red or yellow?
« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2018, 03:11:24 PM »
I haven't seen any improved varieties of strawberry/lemon guavas. In my own experience:

Strawberry (red) guava advantages: Plant is more vigorous, heavier bearing, fruit keeps a little longer on the counter.
Strawberry guava disadvantages: Smaller fruit, a little more astringent than lemon guava, a little more tart, and the fruit's red color might attract more birds/pests than yellow ones.

Lemon (yellow) guava advantages: slightly larger fruit, softer fruit, better fruit to seed ratio, sweeter.
Lemon guava disadvantages: Less vigorous plant, fruit doesn't keep as well on the counter.

I'd go with the lemon guava, but that's just my two cents from growing both varieties in Southern California.

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Re: psidium cattleianum (strawberry guava), red or yellow?
« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2018, 04:43:00 PM »
I had both and removed the yellow one.  The yellow fruit get sun burn if you are in a hot area and turn to mush to easily.  The red fruit has a much longer hang time on the plant and firmer texture that doesnt go mushy.  And it makes way more fruit.
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Re: psidium cattleianum (strawberry guava), red or yellow?
« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2018, 03:57:28 PM »
I like them both and it will be hard for me to chose between them. Here is my Yellow. The fruits are bigger then Red. I put them in a frig and forgot for nearly a month and they were still good when I found them. The Red ones would be spoiled.





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Re: psidium cattleianum (strawberry guava), red or yellow?
« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2018, 09:51:11 AM »
They are super variable across the board. There are ping pong ball sized red and yellow.
There are incredibly productive for their size red and yellow.
Bottom line: most people think yellow tastes better but again so much variability in seedlings.

I want to know what people have successfully grafted on ??, as i have a large red id like to top work.

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Re: psidium cattleianum (strawberry guava), red or yellow?
« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2018, 01:39:29 PM »
Yellow. You won't bother with the red after it gets medium size and they'll just collect fruit flies.
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Re: psidium cattleianum (strawberry guava), red or yellow?
« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2018, 02:58:35 AM »
Miguel.pt from Portugal has selected better larger fruited strains from both the red and yellow varieties. Try to get some seeds from him.
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Re: psidium cattleianum (strawberry guava), red or yellow?
« Reply #7 on: December 02, 2018, 06:08:01 AM »
I removed my Strawberry guava as the fruit is subpar in my opinion and gets heavily attacked by fruit fly.
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Re: psidium cattleianum (strawberry guava), red or yellow?
« Reply #8 on: December 03, 2018, 10:54:40 PM »
my red is starting to ripen. tastes like a fruit drink but shelf life is short

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Re: psidium cattleianum (strawberry guava), red or yellow?
« Reply #9 on: December 04, 2018, 12:04:51 AM »
I would get the better selected varieties if you can.  I have the lemon guava and the fruit taste horrible.

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Re: psidium cattleianum (strawberry guava), red or yellow?
« Reply #10 on: December 04, 2018, 06:44:28 PM »
OmG it is an hard problem  :o  so the best choice is to grow psidium cattleianum from a selected seeds? how many years does it takes for the first fruit?  :-X

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Re: psidium cattleianum (strawberry guava), red or yellow?
« Reply #11 on: December 04, 2018, 10:18:21 PM »
If you strain out the seeds from the pulp/juice, they make an excellent italian ice!

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Re: psidium cattleianum (strawberry guava), red or yellow?
« Reply #12 on: December 05, 2018, 07:07:29 AM »
It can fruit in 3 years from seed is my experience.
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