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Feijoa not fruiting

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Andrew starts with ...
Good afternoon.

We live in Bayswater in Victoria, and in the three years we've lived here, our only feijoa tree flowers prolifically but has never fruited.
I had read that feijoas don't need another feijoa to cross pollenate, but just need pollinators such as bees (Of which we seem not to have many of).
Am I misinformed in what I've heard?. I suspect that we may need to firstly know what type of feijoa we have, and we may need to have another feijoa that pollenates it?
If however we just need more bees, how can we attract them?

I think our feijoa tree may be about 20-30 years old.

Looking forward to hearing from you, and hopefully also buying from you.

We can provide photos of our feijoa tree if required.

Many thanks in advance.

Andrew
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9th November 2009 12:42pm
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Julie says...
Hi Andrew. I suspect it may be a seedling. I was given a seedling 10-15 years ago which has flowered but never fruited.

Before that, I lived in a house with a Feijoa which fruited prolifically, and there was only one. I never fed or watered it.

I'm not saying seedlings never fruit, but they are variable, so you don't know how they will perform.
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paula-f says...
I also had problems with 3 seedling trees Andrew.....flowers but no fruit after being in the ground for over 6 years. I splashed out a few months ago and bought a couple of grafted trees, so am hoping for a better outcome.
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9th November 2009 9:24pm
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Andrew says...
Hi all.

Still not quite sure what to do....
I've pulled many pretty trees out from our property & replaced them with fruiting varieties such as pomegrate, seedless mandarin, fig and goji; naming just a few out of a total of 12.

Should I plant another fiejoa next to the existing one, or plant a new and more youthful fruiting feijoa in its place?

Functionality thru the bearing of fruit is really the main priority here, over the cost and time, or only getting pretty flowers every year.

Your further help would be appreciated.
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10th November 2009 1:38pm
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Andrew says...
.. By the way, we did notice one solitary piece of fruit grew last season on our tree, but it was about half the normal feijoa size.

Maybe it's a pollenation issue
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amanda says...
Hi Andrew - if you go to the very top right corner of the forum home page - you can do a search on Feijoas. There's lots of info on this topic.

I planted 5 generic Feijoa plants from Bunnings 3 yrs back and they did squat - flowers no fruit. They were close together and I have loads of bees and no problems with pollination in my garden. I have lots of guava types and they bear well. I ended up pulling the feijoas out :(

I am going for named varieties next time.
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eve says...
I have had this problem with several trees that flower but never had any fruit. My friend suggested I damage the tree trunk to "frighten" it (fear of not being able to regenerate) so I cut off a full thickness piece of bark (approx. 4 in square) and this is the first time I am getting the largest feijoas I have ever seen-almost the size of eggs and still growing!
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MaryT says...
Thanks Eve for that suggestion; I have a few trees that may respond to that treatment. Will keep you posted.
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Evo says...
I reckon these are slow to fruit. My trees took every bit of 6-7 years to fruit. Now they are giving me around 1-2 kg per tree. I found I had to add a tonne of potash to get the flowers to stay on. I like making a tropical ice slurry with ice, banana, stawbs and pepinos.
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Katinzahat says...
I'm confused were we talking fijoas or pepinos?
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denise1 says...
I have noticed In Auckland all feijoas are inclined towards prompt and copious bearing yet going further north the bearing decreases. Also in Auckland tropical guavas are marginal but bear better going further north. If you cant get feijoas fruiting then grow guavas and visa versa. Also feijoas are commonly pollenated by blackbirds in NZ. They eat the sweet succulent flower lobes while shifting pollen around. If your tree has plenty of flowers you can grow them for eating
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Potty Bob 1 says...
I have had the same problem with my feijoas , have two plants separated by a tamarillo tree , they have flowered for several years , but no fruit .
Next door has native bees ,and I have plenty of bees in my garden .
I did some research and tried hand pollination this year , simply using a small artist paint brush . I also shook the trees a little to help move the pollen around . One plant seems to flower more proloficly and earlier than the other and they are both in 85l pots. So far I have large cherry sized fruits forming , still awhile till I get ripe fruit .
So it seems hand pollination may be of help .
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David01 says...
My neighbour has only one Feijoas tree about 3.5m tall, about 15 years old having a lot of fruits. The same with my friend in Ringwood, only single tree but more than 20kg per year. No special treatment but they both need a lot of water during flowering to set fruits. Cheers
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David01 says...
However, if you want a better results watch the link below. Cheers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tucIAxQ8kGg
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