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morris4000

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FEIJOA (pineapple guava) questions
« on: December 12, 2022, 02:19:52 PM »
does anybody have any luck with getting feijoa to fruit in central florida?  if so what variety?  is there a variety with the lowest amount of chilling hours to set fruit?

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Re: FEIJOA (pineapple guava) questions
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2023, 09:13:43 PM »
Iím in California 10a
I looked up chill hours and it said 50-100, at 32 to 45F
The low here this winter was 32 so itís not hard to get those chill hours if you have any winter at all.
I think a bigger problem is pollination. Most types are not self fertile. Coolidge is the classic self fertile variety. I have a lot of them in my neighborhood that are decorative - presumably grown from seed and they rarely set fruit. If you are getting good blooms then I would try getting another plant, preferably a self fertile named variety.

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Re: FEIJOA (pineapple guava) questions
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2023, 08:49:24 AM »
I have seen them fruiting in central Florida, but their owners didn't know the variety name. Just bought them and got lucky. I had a large tree blooming every year and not a singe fruit set.
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Re: FEIJOA (pineapple guava) questions
« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2023, 09:10:20 AM »
most of them need different varieties near by, I know from an earlier thread that Nazemetz feijoa variety is crazy productive with only one tree

in general though you need a lot of diversity for a good Feijoa crop

also chill hours are minimal but preferably more the better, the colder it is outside the sweeter itll taste
edit: also might be worth planting it in shade!
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Re: FEIJOA (pineapple guava) questions
« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2023, 10:44:39 AM »
Something I've noticed is that fruits that do well in ca zone 9b (babaco, etc). are susceptible to fruit flies out there. Are Feijoa sensitive to fruit flies in fl?
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Re: FEIJOA (pineapple guava) questions
« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2023, 10:50:32 AM »
Can these realistically be grown and fruit in a container?

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Re: FEIJOA (pineapple guava) questions
« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2023, 01:40:28 PM »
Can these realistically be grown and fruit in a container?

I'd say they're a great candidate for containers, they take pruning very well and grow their canopy thick/compact like a boxwood or other hedge and you can trim them into shapes. Very aggressive plant that doesn't require much! Shallow roots, drought resistant too
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Re: FEIJOA (pineapple guava) questions
« Reply #7 on: May 25, 2023, 04:12:11 PM »
The flowers to me taste better than the fruit .

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Re: FEIJOA (pineapple guava) questions
« Reply #8 on: May 25, 2023, 06:36:55 PM »
Thanks.  I started a couple seedlings from some fruit I had, but I don't know much about them.  I guess I could try grafting onto them if scion becomes available

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Re: FEIJOA (pineapple guava) questions
« Reply #9 on: May 25, 2023, 09:11:26 PM »
Thanks.  I started a couple seedlings from some fruit I had, but I don't know much about them.  I guess I could try grafting onto them if scion becomes available

checkout my posts, I fruited 2 bushes in 4 gallon containers

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Re: FEIJOA (pineapple guava) questions
« Reply #10 on: May 27, 2023, 11:15:01 AM »

I planted a tree in central fl 9b (highlands county) around 15 years ago (unnamed) probably seedling. The tree grew into a gorgeous tree and bloomed every single year I had it...NEVER set a single fruit!!! And I even hand pollinated it with a small paint brush, not a single fruit set >:(...it died about 2 years ago cause unknown??





A year after planting that tree it I bought an unnamed bush variety at a local nursery and in 2 years that one bloomed and fruited, sadly that also died on its 7th or 8th year.






2 years ago I bought and planted 2 dwarf varieties called "Bambina" Pineapple Guava from Lowe's and I also planted 2 more bushes unnamed near them for cross pollination from a nursery in Jacksonville since NO nurseries near me sold them other than the one variety I found at Lowe's.

None of them bloomed this year, I'm guessing it is still quite young...
Right after planting May 2021




Taken a few weeks ago...No blooms!


The first 5 pictures are now dead  :'(...But right now I have 5 small bushes  :)






« Last Edit: May 27, 2023, 11:16:32 AM by puglvr1 »

 

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