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Miguel.pt

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Psidium australe
« on: December 03, 2015, 12:55:01 AM »
Here are some pics of my Psidium australe plants and fruits.

Plant is a very low bush, and fruits are like small guavas.... green for now, not really sure the final colour they will get when properly ripe.

I can confirm this species is very cold hardy (to 9a climate at least) as I left some plants outside last winters and they were all fine.... it's origins being South Brazil this was sort of expected and not really a big surprise.

Only problem I can report now is that these fruits seem to take forever to ripen, so to those friends I promised seeds earlier in the year I just ask to please be a little more patient... I'm not sure if these fruits will continue to ripen now that we are going towards winter here, or if they will only ripen by next spring... I will try to report my conclusions latter.

In reality my plants have already fruited on previous years but frankly I did not gave it any attention and the fruits eventually disappeared, probably taken by wildlife... this is the first year I am trying to monitor these fruits... Let's wait and see what happens

Here are the photos:









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Re: Psidium australe
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2015, 02:39:39 AM »
Great pictures.  Leaves look like an interesting cross of tropical guava and pineapple guava.  What is the fruit supposed to taste like?

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Re: Psidium australe
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2015, 06:29:47 AM »
Yeah very nice Miguel. My guineense does same thing, fruit sat on tree for about 7-8 months no lie and only reason they ripened was I think stress from missing out on water. Shocked plant and it lost all leaves but all the fruit started ripening and stayed on tree. Sent you a email the other day too.
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Re: Psidium australe
« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2015, 01:01:25 PM »
Congratulations Miguel! Very nice!  ;D

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Re: Psidium australe
« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2015, 05:12:50 PM »
Finally the fruits ripened so I can conclude this topic.

fruits maintain the green colour and they fall from the tree still very hard... but in a matter of few days they get very soft and the flesh gets a gelatinous and translucent aspect... see the photos please... much softer and gelatinous than any other Psidium fruits I've had before...

At this soft stage the flavour is good, a little acid but also sweet and different from any other Psidium fruits, so difficult to describe or to compare with any other more common fruits...

So final opinion is that this species is a keeper on my Myrtaceae collection!... it definitely deserves the space and care and rewards me with a different and interesting fruit and flavour...

Also if someone here is fanatic for hanging pots this is definitely the Psidium species for you!










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Re: Psidium australe
« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2015, 04:53:32 AM »
Very nice miguel, beautiful specimen. Did you receive those seeds yet?

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Re: Psidium australe
« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2015, 02:46:42 PM »
how is the flavor
say in comparison to regular guava... better ?
it seems  more juicy

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Re: Psidium australe
« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2015, 03:08:33 PM »

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Re: Psidium australe
« Reply #8 on: December 29, 2015, 04:25:15 PM »
Very nice miguel, beautiful specimen. Did you receive those seeds yet?
Hi Don,
No...not yet... still keeping my fingers crossed!
Your seeds will depart soon... I will notify you when posted.

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Re: Psidium australe
« Reply #9 on: December 29, 2015, 04:29:07 PM »
Cheers mate. Have a good new years.

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Re: Psidium australe
« Reply #10 on: December 29, 2015, 04:32:24 PM »
how is the flavor
say in comparison to regular guava... better ?
it seems  more juicy
Totally different flavour and definitely juicier than regular guavas.
I do like regular guavas but they are so common that they start to get a little boring to me..
This fruit definitely brings a different and new taste to my table and I find that very positive.

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Re: Psidium australe
« Reply #11 on: December 31, 2015, 12:39:48 PM »
Hi Miguel,

This looks like another interesting one. As Barath said, it looks like a guava, but the leaves and the way it ripens reminds me of Feijoa. This will be an interesting one to grow, and it is great that it survives in a 9a climate.
If you have a couple of seeds left, I would be interested.
Have a good 2016!

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Re: Psidium australe
« Reply #12 on: January 09, 2016, 09:38:31 AM »
Fantastic!
Thank you for the seeds, Miguel  ;D

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Re: Psidium australe
« Reply #13 on: January 09, 2016, 02:30:58 PM »
Fantastic!
Thank you for the seeds, Miguel  ;D

You're welcome!
Happy New Year!

 

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