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If you’re looking for something different to grow, try guava (Psidium guajava)! Their deliciously sweet, sour or tangy fruit are perfect for eating fresh, made into jams, smoothies or desserts. And, the trees are generous when it comes to fruiting, so there will certainly be no shortage!

They grow best in sub-tropical to tropical areas, although the cherry guava (Psidium cattleyanum) can be grown in warm temperate zones (check your label before buying). Guavas also make attractive feature trees and can be used as a hedging screen or grown in large pots. 


How to grow guava in a garden

  1. Choose a sunny spot with well-drained soil. Enrich the soil with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser. If the soil is clay based, add gypsum and fork in well. 
  2. Dig the planting hole twice as wide and to the same depth as the root-ball. Remove the shrub from the container, gently tease the roots and cut away any circled or tangled roots.
  3. Position in hole and backfill with soil, gently firming down. Form a raised or doughnut shaped ring of soil around the outer edge of the plant's root zone. This helps keep water where it's needed. Always water in well after planting to settle the soil around the roots and keep the soil moist for several weeks while the new plant establishes.
  4. Mulch around the base with organic mulch like bark chips, sugarcane or pea straw, keeping it away from the trunk.
  5. Water deeply, once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions.
  6. Feed every 6-8 weeks with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser to encourage healthy soil, leaf growth and fruiting. During flowering time, feed fortnightly with Yates Thrive Citrus & Fruit Liquid Plant Food to promote flowering and fruiting. 
     
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How to grow guava in a pot

  1. Choose a pot at least 600mm wide. Position in full sun and fill with quality potting mix, such as Yates Potting Mix with Dynamic Lifter
  2. Remove the shrub from the container, gently tease the roots and cut away any circled or tangled roots.
  3. Position in pot and backfill with potting mix, gently firming down. Water in well.
  4. Mulch around the base with organic mulch like bark chips, sugarcane or pea straw, keeping it away from the trunk.
  5. Water deeply, once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions.
  6. Feed every 6-8 weeks with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser to encourage healthy soil, leaf growth and fruiting.  During flowering time, feed fortnightly with Yates Thrive Citrus & Fruit Liquid Plant Food to promote flowering and fruiting. 

Growing tips

  • Prune after harvest to help keep the plant tidy and compact.
  • Guavas are self-pollinating, so they only require one tree to produce fruit. Encourage pollinators, like bees to your yard by planting lavender, salvia, nasturtiums or catmint.

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