Learn how to grow feijoa in this article. If you live in a cold temperate or subtropical climate growing feijoa (Pineapple Guava) is really easy for you.
USDA Zones— 8 to 11
Soil pH— Slightly acidic to slightly neutral
Feijoa, or pineapple guava is a large and attractive evergreen shrub that is native of South America. It belongs to the myrtle family (Myrtaceae) and is widely known with the name of guaiabo, pineapple guava, guavasteen. However, it is not a real guava and generally grown for its ornamental values and sweet, aromatic fruits that taste like a combination of guava, pineapple and mint.
Growing Habit of Feijoa
If you’re growing pineapple guava you should know it is a slow growing shrub that can grow up to 5.5 meters (18 feet). Its edible and mildly fragrant white flowers bloom in summer, fruits mature in 5 – 6 months after the flowers.
These fruits have the shape of an oval, similar to chicken egg and they look like guavas with a flavor of pineapple, guava and mint.
Feijoa lives long between 50 to 70 years. Despite its subtropical origin it is resistant to some freezing temperature, although below 12 ° F (-11 ° C) the plant suffers.
How to Plant Pineapple Guava
- Plant the shrub in slightly acidic soil that is rich and well drained. Pineapple guava can grow in a variety of soil types but the plant does best in slightly acidic soil.
- Dig a hole that is twice in depth and width of the previous pot in which you’ve bought the plant from nursery.
- Mix one part of soil with one part of compost and peat.
- Remove the plant from the container, loose the root ball and place the plant in the hole. Plant the plant in the depth of or slightly higher than it was planted in its previous pot.
- Pour the soil into the hole and gently pat the soil over the roots and around the plant.
- Water the soil around the plant carefully so that air bubbles are removed and the soil settles.
Growing Feijoa in Pot
If you live below USDA Zone 8 or in more colder climate, growing feijoa in pot is a good idea for you. All the growing requirements and caring tips are similar as we’ve recommended for planting on the ground.
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