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Feijoa - what to pollinate with

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I bought 2 generic feijoa from bunnings (oops my mistake!) which didn't mention anything about cross pollination, which it now looks like they may need. On this site I can buy lots of names varieties, but not sure which one or two are best to go with the generic ones I bought already. They are to go into large wine barrel pots.

THANKS : )

Suz
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BJ says...
Hi Suz,
I understand that the Bunnings feijoa are seedlings, so there is sufficient genetic difference between them to allow for pollination. The problem is that seedlings are not always good at producing fruit (or tasty fruit when they do) and the Bunnings feijoa seem to be classic examples of this. I've personally got four Bunnings feijoa and they have fruited (but not proflically), and they taste OK ... but nothing as exciting as is implied for named varieties. The flowers are pretty though.
Why not graft a named variety onto them, or use them to pollinate a named variety? You could even donate them to a neighbour (to assist with your pollination) and put in something that will crop for you! If you look at the Daleys page for feijoa they list a whole heap, check out the edibles pages in your area and the flavours that sound nice and go for those varieties.
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epiphany says...
The smallest I've come across is Unique - my old plant (in the ground) only ever got to around 1m high...having said that, my new one (also in ground) is already bigger than that, so obviously size varies a bit but my point is that it might be better for a wine barrel compared to some of the others that can get huge.

There are a couple of self-fertile varieties but even they do better if cross-pollinated. It really doesn't matter too much which varieties you have round...they all seem to cross with each other (unlike, say, plums). Of course, if there are other feijoas in the area, you won't need another one at all.

I've only tried Mammoth, Apollo & Unique. They're all good, older varieties. But really...any named variety is going to do well for you & if your seedlings do flower, they'll certainly pollinate them. Maybe it'd be best to go for a self-fertile variety in case your seedlings don't flower. That way, you'll still get fruit without being dependent on your seedlings doing anything.
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26th August 2010 9:31am
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Suz says...
Thanks for the replies, I'll check around and see what I can find : )

When I tried to order through the website, it seems alot of the names feijoas won't make it through VIC quarantine, so I just have to fish around and see if any named ones are ok here.

Cheers,

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Jantina says...
Hi Suz, are you saying that you cannot order named feijoas from Daleys if you live in Vic? I've not heard of that, who told you that?
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epiphany says...
I'm in VIC & ordered a Unique & an Apollo from here with no issues. I'm not sure why they'd let in some varieties & not others?
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Suz says...
Thanks guys very interesting!

When I tried to order through this website online orders it bounced back a message saying vic quarantine wont let them through. One of the ones I tried was Apollo (I think I tried just about all varieties in the end though and all got same bounceback).

Epiphany - if your also in VIC and it worked for you, I'm thinking maybe its a website issue with my account, I'll contact them to check.
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Suz says...
Hey guys,

Bad news for any people in VIC, I checked with the Daleys administration on the named Feijoa quarantine rules for VIC and they aren't allowed in any more.

They advise that unfortunately its a new rule which has just come in.

I'll just have to try my luck with the bunnings generic seedlings and hope for the best.

Cheers,

Suzie
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Phil@Tyalgum says...
They're pretty easy to grow from seed, I grew some healthy young plants a couple of years ago which took off even in the cold climate of Central Victoria. I notice Coles is selling imported NZ feijoas at the moment, should be a named variety - the seed from these may have superior parentage.
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Suz says...
Yum- if I grow some that look like that I'd be happy!
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epiphany says...
Bummer! Well, I'm glad I got mine when I did! I wonder why they stopped allowing them into VIC? Seems quite odd. Now I sort of wish I got more varieties when I placed the original order! I pruned my feijoas a few days ago...I wonder if I could do cuttings from them (from what I've read, seed even from named varieties don't always come true to type). I might see if any of my prunings will strike...
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31st August 2010 12:12am
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Jason says...
That's the first I've heard of customs Victoria banning plants of any kind. No doubt the ban is due to some commercial grower somewhere here having a whinge about something. The good news is they are easy to grow from seed and not tooo hard from cuttings either
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Jantina says...
What would be the point of banning feijoas in Vic now when there are already so many growing. It must be as Jason says.Suz what's your email (just put AT for @ to discourage spammers)I'm coming down to Melb in late Sept. and have an idea.
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Jason says...
Here's some info about why it was banned in South Australia and Tasmania, I can't find any such thing fr Victoria but I guess if it exists it for the same half hearted reason. There are plenty of good seedlings and selection in Victoria already though, so no big deal unless they start pulling them out. But I think the real truth to all this would be more like keeping fruit flys out :) because even the little native fruit fly around here go for anything in this family and that's the only time you ever see them.

Myrtle Rust
Myrtle Rust (Uredo rangelii) is a newly described pathogen closely related to Eucalyptus/Guava rusts (external link). These are serious plant pests that affect the family Myrtaceae including many Australian Natives like willow myrtle (Agonis sp.) and bottle brush (Callistemon sp.). It was recently detected on the NSW Central Coast on three species of native plants: A. flexuosa (willow myrtle) cv. 'Afterdark' and cv. 'Burgundy', Syncarpia glomulifera (turpentine) and Callistemon viminalis (bottle brush)

The scientific classification of Feijoa changed a few years ago from Feijoa sellowiana to Acca sellowiana. It is possible some people may still be using the old scientific name. Notwithstanding that name change, Feijoa is still classified as a member of the Myrtaceae family. As a result, it is a prohibited import under the new quarantine rules announced last week. Acca was already on our published list of plants in the Myrtaceae family but, just to ensure anyone still using the old scientific name is clear, we have added Feijoa to the list as well.


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Rev says...
goodluck getting rid of feijoa

for most its just an ornamental
they wouldnt know what it was!
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sam says...
they are currently (mid august) available at ceres in brunswick. $10.
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Suz says...
Thanks Sam will have a look at Ceres. Good excuse to take my kids there for a look too.

Thanks Jantina for the offer, I like a good sneeky idea
: ) I'll try Ceres and see what they've got, might save some trouble if they have some there.

Cheers,

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Violet_Cactus says...
Epiphany, I would like to buy or swap cuttings of your named Feijoas, if you're happy to do so. I'm in Victoria and can't get the Daleys ones. My email address is angavar at yahoo dot com
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krazykangaroo says...
Can't see the point really since every third backyard has one. In a town near here they are grown as street shrubs, all pruned to nice square shapes. The locals on the street don't eat them so I get bags full every year. They taste good too.
Sounds like it might be worthwhile for me to go around next fruiting time and keep seed of the best and try to get one worthy of being named.
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Violet_Cactus says...
Hi Krazy,
Yeah I have a couple of feijoa plants, and every second house around here has them, but I'd really like to get all the named varieties Daleys have on their list.
Mine are all seedlings, and all the ones at local nurseries are seedlings too.
Now we Victorians can't get feijoas from Daleys any more... :(
So if anyone in Victoria already has the Daleys named feijoas growing, please sell or trade some cuttings!
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j says...
Daleys have similar rules with Yellow cherry & strawberry guavas and Jaboticaba's. So no more jabs or guava's for victorians from daleys.

They did not have this in place back in march 2010 because I made a massive feijoa order. My plants are still small but I'd be happy to provide cuttings to all of you in a year or so. I have Apollo, Mammoth, Duffy and large oval.

Alternatively, I know Perrys has Mammoth and Nameztese(not sure if that is correct spelling) and there seems to be no restrictions from SA to VIC, since I got a jaboticaba recently from them but couldn't get it from daleys (boo!).
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Violet_Cactus says...
Thank you j! Please keep me in mind when your plants are big enough to take cuttings. Those varieties you listed are all ones I am looking for. :)
Email: angavar at yahoo dot com
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Ellen says...
and why is that Daleys not shipping them down there?
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Violet_Cactus says...
New quarantine laws.
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Daniel says...
The only quarantine restrictions I can find seem to relate to the control of Queensland fruit fly in the glenrowan and bairnsdale areas of Victoria - warmer and drier areas than Melbourne. Does anyone know of any restrictions specifically applying to melbourne? I already have a lot of plants of the restricted genuses in my garden but it seems the new quarantine restictions being applied by Daleys are so extensive that there are very few fruit trees left in their catalogue that I can still import.
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Sandi says...
Hi J, reading with interest the forum on feijoa -I have a seedling that flowers but never sets fruit (in 15 years), so I wonder if it would be possible to get a couple of your named varieties as cuttings),(I'm in North Queensland). If you are interested, I could send you some seed or seedlings (if that's possible to Vic) of Grumichama. My mobile number is 0418884610.
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Sandi says...
Hi again J, Just thought of a few more swaps for you if you're interested- I have arabica coffee, yacon and white chokos for swapping.
This also goes for anyone else reading this post.
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J says...
Hi sandi my email address is jmubaraki AT hotmail.com feel free to shoot me an email
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tbcha1 says...
any tips on propagating feijoa's from cuttings? i live around bayswater, vic and theres a few feijoas around the nature strips. Theres a couple of them that produce large tasty fruit which i wouldnt mind propagating. Also do i need different variety? or having the same tree variety close by enough to produce fruit? thanks!
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