Sometimes known as strawberry guava, cherry guava is an evergreen shrub with glossy green leaves that bears fluffy white flowers in late spring followed by small, tangy juicy fruit during autumn and winter. The bright red fruit can be made into delicious jams and jellies, smoothies and desserts.
Cherry guava plants will grow in full sun to part shade and are quite hardy, tolerating cool conditions once established (they dislike harsh frosts). Cherry guava can be grown as an attractive hedge and also makes a great container plant.
To encourage healthy soil, leaf growth and fruiting, apply Yates® Dynamic Lifter® Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser around the root zone every 6 weeks and prune after harvest to help keep the plant tidy and compact.
Growing note: Cherry guava has the potential to become a weed in tropical and sub-tropical areas, with seeds being able to be spread by birds and livestock. Avoid planting cherry guavas in these areas and to limit the spread of cherry guava out of gardens, net plants to prevent access by birds and harvest the fruit regularly.
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