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My Guava Tree is almost three years and last summer produced 8 large Guavas, which were delicious. However, this year it only produced three small ones.
I also have a Mango Tree but no managoes at this stage.


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Kath Kermode says...
Your guava produces some beautiful leaf colours in winter in Melbourne. It could be a seasonal or climatic effect that has resulted in less fruit in one year compared to another. My brains trust suggests defoliating your tree in October could help it to push flowering buds earlier and you will have a longer season for your fruits to ripen, this will be important in your cooler southern climate.
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suzanne says...
richard just wondering what size your guava has grown to in three years and is it the hawaiian variety. I have just purchased one.
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Richard says...
I purchased my Guava Tree from a Nursery in melbourne about three years ago, and I have lost the tag but iI am sure that it is a Hawaiin.
The tree itself has not grown very tall but has spread into a small bush, aorund three feet tall.

In winter I make sure that I cover the tree from frost as we live in a very cold area near the dandenongs. However, this year the leaves have still not fallen.
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Kath says...
The Hawaiin guava is an evergreen tree and if you have protected it it will still have its leaves.
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lynne says...
Hi Richard
Just wondering if you remember which nursery in Melbourne you bought the guava tree from? I'm in Melbourne and would like to get one too. Thanks
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Richard Okeeffe says...
Hi Lynne,

I recently purchased another Hawaiin guava tree from Wandin Nursery about two months ago , but that was the last one.
Another place to buy some tropicals plants like Guava trees etc is next door to Gardenworld in SpringvaleRoad and is called gardensmart Ph; No 9701 8811
This nursery is an agenet of Daleys fruit in melbourne.
Bunnings in Dandenong were selling Mangoes trees from $19.99
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lynne says...
Hi Richard
Thanks very much for the tips. Will definitely visit Gardensmart - hard to find people/nurseries here who know about tropical plants. I planted pineapple guava, persimmon, loquat and kiwifruit plants last w/e. Hope they will survive. I didnt'think you could grow mangoes here. Must be possible if they're sold here? the guavas in your photo are magnificent.
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Correy says...
Growing Mangoes in Melbourne is arguably outside their climatic range But people from Victoria are ambitious and there are success stories. If you look after them I think it is well worth the toil.

I am from Brisbane and are trying things outside my climatic range in Pots because I can move them into a cold position to hopefully get my chill hours.

Perhaps you could do the same if you were to get a dwarf mango (But the opposite eg move them into a protected position in winter to protect them from the cold and a nice sunny position in summer) There are insulators that you can place over or around the plant that keep them warm at night like a blanket.

http://www.daleysfruit.com.au/fruit%20pages/Dwarf-Mango-Tree.htm

At Daleys we rank plants according to popularity eg if someone buys a plant it counts as 1 vote for that plant (if you purchase say 10 of one plant it only counts as one vote to try and make it more fair) and it is interesting that two guava varieties are in the top 10 along with the Black Sapote which is a tropical plant.

To me this says that there are a lot of people who are very keen to experiment by setting up a protected position for their fruit trees.

Most popular fruit trees for Victoria.

http://www.daleysfruit.com.au/Australia/VIC/

Make sure you click "Include Plants not in stock" to get a better picture.

Richard you will have to keep us updated on your mango tree. Here in Brisbane at the moment my mango is creating more buds and has just started waking up from the winter.
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Alan Annon says...
Thanks Richard. Message received. My problem is the Bunningsworld mentality. My constructive suggestion would be to buy trees from nurseries not hardware/supermarkets. I love Dandenong. My guts are strong and healthy,thanks for asking.
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lynne says...
Thanks Correy. Will look into your suggestions further. For now, it seems that black sapote and the guavas listed are safe bets. On Beter Homes & Garden, they said white sapotes can be grown in Vic too. I called Gardenworld and they said there's not much (tropical) in stock at the moment and that October is a better time to try so will call back then. Lynne
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jim says...
Can Richard keep us up to date with the health of his mangoes? Sounded like a juicy discussion!
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Richard Okeeffe says...
Hi Jim,

Currently the mango tree looks pretty sick because of the frost we have had, even though I had covered the tree with Plastic.
However, it has not lost its leaves totally and I think with the warmer months it will be fine.
I hope they mangoes will be juicy when it fruits.
I will continue to post updates.

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Sandy says...
Hello Richard,
I am in melbourne's eastern area, I have 2 strawberry guavas, I transplanted after our frosts had gone. They are in a good quality potting mix, and I added cow manure with all purpose granular fertiliser. hey presto, new buds are growing all over them. I also have a Hawwiian guava in ground close to the back porch, new growth also!. All mine were bought from Daley's. I hope mine get fruit too. We water every day with a watering can, and use sugar cane mulch around base.
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Richard Okeeffe says...
Hi Sandy,

Goodluck, unfortunately, thinking that the worst was over, I took my covers of the the Guava tree, and now it is struggling.

I Live in the Lysterfield area ,and we have had some cold nights.
Please keep us informed.
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Sandy says...
Hi Richard,
I sure will keep you informed of how ours is going. keep the mulch around the bottom, in hot weather, and make sure you keep your tree covered in plastic during winter. Lucerne and Pea straw are also good mulches too.We live at chadstone, not faer from waverley road. Flower Power garden centre is across the road, so it's very handy!
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Anonymous says...
Hi Sandy,

If you are interested in tropical trees then make sure you go to a Open Garden house in Caulfield in February.
He has all the tropical trees in his garden in caulfield.
I will let you know the exact date if you are interested.


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Sandy says...
yes, I'd love to see the garden, if you let me know when and where. I have a pic of acai palms, do you know much asbout these?
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Anonymous says...
Hi Sandy,
open garden is at 257 Balaclava Rd, Caulfield Melway 59:B12 on sunday 6th april 10.00AM to 4.30 PM Entry is $5.00.Belongs to Louis Glowinski, he is also an author of a garden book which deals mainly about tropical trees.

unfortunately,I do not know much about Palms,except the more common ones found in nursey around melbourne.

Good Luck

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Sandy says...
Thanks Richard, I have made a note of the address and ref. etc. Will be looking out for that, next time.
I have my car, so no problem. Currently at flower power, they have a sale on with fruit trees, all kinds. priced around 15 dollars to 40 dollars.
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juanita says...
I have 1 white flesh indian guava & it's been sitting in the pot for few yrs now.Thinking of moving it to the ground comes spring this yr...Anyone here got the same guava like mine?...
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John says...
Sorry, looks like a Java guava to me, which is white inside aswell. I would do it in late march, early april. To late in september. Normally, you would need to cut it back a third first. I think however your problem may be the root ball. If its rock hard when you pull it out you would have to loosen that up carefully. In most plants that would be by cutting around the edges. I just have no idea about your pot. Soak the plant before you transplant it aswell. If there like my guavas, they are very tollerent, even of that backwater of a city called melbourne. hehehehe
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Sandy says...
I would say it is a java guava too. mine have darker smaller glossy leaves, and my Hawwian Guava is different again.
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Texas Lady says...
I need help..Does anyone know if I can ship Acai Palms to the U.S? Or if I can purchase them here and if so where? Any information will be more than appreciated. Thanks Texas Lady
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Sandy says...
Gee, Texas lady,
I don't know about plant rules, re sending overseas. Some plants in USA are not allowed to be shipped over here, either. Good luck anyway, check with quarantine people first.
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juanita says...
Accdg to the plant tag/label it's an indian guava, psidium guajava variety allahabad safeeda..If it turns out to be from java, it's still ok w/ me...
I've just transferred the tree onto the ground last wk.
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Arun says...
Hi Juanita,
I too bought a mature India guava tree about 6-8 months ago. however, it has not grown at all. When I planted it, it was about 6 ft. tall, only one branch, no laterals. But since planting it, it has grown leaves and shed too many leaves. Leaves are getting eaten by some fruit flies. I have applied fruit fly medicine diluted in water on all leaves but no luck.

please help. Indian guavas are very good fruits. I ate them in my childhood in India. But no luck in Sydney so far.

Anyone help me in stopping the tree from leaves being eaten up?

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juanita says...
Hi Arun,
I don't know much about in getting rid of fruit flies as i don't see it here in Melb..I thought fruit flies feast on fruits not leaves? Try organic insecticide like "phyrethrum" (spell?), it shld be able to get rid of the nasties...My Indian guava didn't shed much leaves this yr,but all the leaves have turned reddish colour as usual...Hopefully you'll get more helpful hints from anyone here.
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Sharma says...
Hi,
I have recently planted a Indian Guava tree in my garden now i see all the leaves turning red anybody know the reason why???
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Jantina says...
I think it would be the cooler temperatures.
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Sharma says...
Hi Jantina..Do you suggest anything in particular that needs to be done for its healthy growth or any special care that is required for this guava tree..
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Richard says...
Hi Sharma,

I have an indian guava tree growing in Melbourne and it loses its leave evry winter. To protect the tree cover it with Hesan Cloth until spring.
My trees have in the past given me atleast 5 good size guavas

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Sharma says...
Hi Richard,
Do you suggest I should cover it now? or wait for another couple of month for winter to arrive??
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Richard says...
Hi Sharma,
I have already coverd all my tropical trees .In view that we are having a cold autumn it would be advisable to do so.
My guava tree is already losing its leaves, and the Mango tree has been frost bitten.
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Sharma says...
Hi Richard,
Thanks for that precious piece of information regarding covering all tropical trees.I would do that straight away.
By the way what all tropical trees do you have in your garden?
What is the right time to sow any tropical fruit seed for a healthy plant to grow?
Is there any special care do you take for tropical plants?
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Jantina says...
Hi Sharma, Richards advice is good. I don't have any experience with growing tropicals from seed, I'd say someone like trikus, Wayne or fruitist (we haven't heard from you in a while fruitist) would be your best bet for that advice. With my subtropicals what I do depends on the hardiness of the particular plant. Check out your garden for the warmest, most sheltered ,frostfree place with as good a light as possible and go from there. Your most tender things might need to go under a verandah or inside. Since the tropics are drier in winter keep the plant on the dry side.Every place has it's own particular microclimates and soil and what grows well at your place may not grow next door, it's a matter of trial and error and alas the yards of us marginal planters is littered with the bodies of those that didn't make it. On the good side some things do surprisingly well, for instance here below Mt. Gambier I can grow Cherimoya, avocado,white sapote etc as well as things like apples, walnuts, persimmons etc. If you get frosts walk around early in the morning and make note of where the frost sits and where there's none, that will guide you on planting sites. If you go to the growing subtropical plants in Melb. thread you will get lots more tips. Good luck.
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Richard says...
Hi Sharma,

I have the following trees: 2 Mango Trees. 2 Guava Tress, Bay leaf tree,Curry leaf tree ,Plantain tree,Gooseberry Tree,Promergranite Tree.I also was growing a Jackfruit tree but that died last winter.
Also have a Chestnut ,Cherry ,Persimon tree.
The only care i take for thr fruit trees is that I cover them up in winter.
I have no luck with going trees from seed

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Sharma says...
Hi Richard,
It seems that you are too attracted to tropical fruits.....it that gooseberry indian gooseberry which is also called amla.
I have been trying growing curry leaf tree but have not been successful I don't know what went wrong. I will try again with a good and healthy plant if i find.
I think if you get a grafted jackfruit tree it may be more hardy and may give fruit early.
Good luck with your garden.
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Max00 says...
Hi,

I have just bought an Indian Guava plant ( Psydium Guajava) var.allahabad safeeda. It is about 20 cm tall and I intend growing in a big pot until it establishes itself. Apart from keeping it in a sunny place and protecting it from frost, are there any more requirements. I live in Melbourne. Would appreciate your advise.
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HI Max00, I have one in a pot in a sunny place protected from frost and I keep it on the dry side in winter and it is doing well here in downtown Mt. Gambier.
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Brinal says...
I have a Indian guava tree, I have had it now for about 2 years, it flowers but the flower dries up and theres no fruit. the leavea are nice and lush, but I don't get many flowers and when it does flower it just dries up after flowering not bearing any fruit. what can I do to get the tree to fruit? Its about a metre tall.
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amanda says...
Hi Brinal, I don't know if this helps but I have an Indian and a Hawiian guava - both 3yrs. This yr they both carried a huge crop - the hawiian dropped almost all it's fruit when they where golf ball size and the indian carried it's crop right thru. The only thing I did different to them was to give the hawiian a feed and a big water.
I think I may have spoilt it into dropping it's fruit.

Your tree may be a bit young and small to carry a big crop yet? Glowinski says they are heavy feeders and fruit on new growth - so they really need to be pruned to encourage more fruiting wood. You shouldn't have any problem growing them Sydney I would imagine.
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Sharma says...
Hi All,
I had planted a indian guava tree 4 months ago which is 1 feet tall in ground which i had purchased from the local market.Inspite of protecting it from frost i have recently noticed that the leaves have all turned brown as if it has dried up and got burnt and is falling down any idea what is the reason or what should i do???
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amanda says...
Hi Sharma - burnt leaves could be one of many things - might be worth doing a pH test on the soil first.
It can come about from mechanical damage (ie wind, sun) nutrient deficiency (eg potassium, magnesium), toxicity (eg too much nitrogen) or salinity, for example.
You may want to do a search on the net - there are some good sites with photos which may help.
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Richard says...
Hi Sharma,
do not worry about the leaves on the Guava trees going brown/
Just wait till spring and give them a good trim and they will come back/
I currently have two guava trees and two Mango trees and thay are all the same

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amanda says...
Hey richard - is that cos' of the cold? my guavas a little bit the same (but always - regardless of season) but not my 3 mangoes (which I think would be more sensitive..?)
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Brinal says...
Thanks Amanda for you reply about my indian guava tree. I haven't trimed them as yet, I was scared I might lose the tree. Its not a strong tree its only 1 metre high and the branches are just like a small shrub. Do you recommend a special fertilizer for it? I am thinking it probably needs to be pruned?
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amanda says...
Hi Brinal, I'm not sure about your weather there - it may be better to wait until it warms up b4 pruning (eg spring) u could always prune one or two branches in the meantime as an experiment - my guava is putting out new growth after a good prune in autumn but it's probly' warmer here.

The aim is to develop some good strong branches at wide angles - to carry the weight of the fruit on the new growth - your tree will increase it's production as it gets older so it needs to be strong. I find it hard chopping branches off my trees :( - but it's a necessary evil. I try to leave branches on as long as possible (I call them nursery branches - they make food for the tree to grow too) but I contain their size by heading them off...it takes a lot of energy for a tree to grow a branch so u don't want to be lopping off big branches if u can help it. Big wounds also take longer to heal. I review pruning ever year to avoid this.

I only use organic slow release type fertilisers myself...blood n bone (to which I add 10% potash), manure and sometimes dynamic lifter and lots of straw. Personally - I feel that too much food at the wrong time inhibits flowering - but a feed after harvest is important. If the tree looks lush n green then it probly' doesn't need anything?

You may find that starts to flower better in the next year - unless it's too shaded...

I hope this helps...u may want to look at some books on pruning too - it's actually not as scary as people think!
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amanda says...
Hi Kath Kermode...I was just looking at all your edibles further up the postings...that is an impressive collection and your plants look so lovely n healthy! I don't suppose u have time to tell us a bit more about what u feed them? and some of the things u do or don't do?

I read a lot of conflicting info about feeding sub tropicals - particularly with nitrates....it's very confusing :-( but it looks like u have the magic touch! thanks for sharing your photos (love the rock wall BTW!)
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Kath says...
Hi Amanda,
I don't do nearly as much in my orchard as I should. My trees were lucky to have a new years resolution last year which was to get the orchard under control, they enjoyed this. They have not been so fortunate this year though and are in desperate need of a thick layer of lucerne mulch. Fertilizer - old cow manure, chook pellets and compost. I thin lay down newspaper 8 sheets thick to keep the kikuyu at bay and cover this in mulch. I try to use a different mulch each year to build up different textures and nutrients. Luckily I have fabulous soil, black volcanic basalt soil. It is a little on the heavy side of things though, so far I have killed 8 avocados, number 9 is looking fabulous though!
My biggest problems are the grass - in the subtropics it grows behind us as we mow it off. Time - never enough time to get around my trees. Birds - who do not know how to share, just as well those king parrots are gorgeous.
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amanda says...
Thanks again Kath - i am having a go at growing my own lucern this year - it's been expensive buying even just straw over last few years due to the drought. I broadcast 100 kg lupin seed every winter to try and green manure and outcompete weeds.. my most annoying weed is wild turnip..it even haunts me all summer in the form of tumbleweed it's so bad it builds up n then over the fences..argghhh :-(((

Whomever built your stone wall did a lovely job. I envy your soil too!
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Liza says...
Dear Kath,
I bought several Indian Guavas from Diaco's Nursery in the Old Dandenong Road. I believe that Indian Guavas have white flesh and the Hawaiian, pink. One was given away by me as a gift. All the trees get maroon leaves in winter.Did you mention that one has to pull these leaves off? My guavas are pretty slow growers but take quite well to cool winters. They need watering during very hot weather, otherwise they stress. I have mine netted as the possums were eating off all new leaves.
I wonder what fertilizer does one use for them and when, and how long before they fruit. Your garden is amazing. Regards.
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Shankar says...
hi Amanda!
Iam a Guava farmer in south india!
i will like to know more about the potassium sulphate spray for the Guava tree ! what does potassium sulphate spray do for the guava tree?

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Hello Shankar.. potassium sulphate (potash) goes on the ground and is watered in (or rained in..if u get lots of rain!) It encourages flowering and fruit "set" - amoung other things. If you do a google search on the Net u will find lots of info! :)
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Colleen says...
Where do you buy Guava Trees from in Geelong? Would it be better grown in my hot house?
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Dave says...
This is a Indian Guava I grew from seed, 4 years ago, well over 6ft, quite gangly when leaves are sparse, lots of fruit
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Vijay says...
Hi Robert
I am sure those guavas were good. my tree is just a year old and produced three guavas. the fruit were delicious and the size of a tennisball each weighing 200gram. i know that you will get lots more fruit in the near future. enjoy - sorry but he picture is on my phone.
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Vijay says...
Maybe the cold in Sydney, I have an Indian guava tree and produced three beautiful fruit this year - most delicious
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Sharma says...
Hi,
This july i had planted a Indian guava tree in the ground which was 1 feet tall ...now the leaves have fallen and dont see any new growth can anybody tell me if i should wait and watch for the new shoots to come out this summer or plant a new Indian guava tree again?
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Hey Sharma ... wait and new growth should appear in the next month.

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Sharma says...
Hi Rich,
Are you very sure that new shoots will come up with more warm weather....to me other plants have already started growing new shoots like nectarine, plum, other flowering plants...where as for guava.... nothing coming up.....funny part is i have used magnifying glass to look closely as i can see only the dark dried stem....
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HappyEarth says...
Is the plant still alive? Scrap a bit of the bark back and have a look. A lot of subtropical plants are semi-deciduous in cooler climates - losing most of their leaves about now just before putting on new growth. My guava is just strating to put on new growth now.

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Ellen says...
Sharma

don't pampered it too much, you've just only put it into the ground, of course there will be root shocked so those leaves has shed and so forth, as the weather is getting warmer it will grow for you.

It will take at least1 1.5 months to 2.5 months for the new plant to get use to the natural habitat before it will take off again .
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Sharma says...
Thanks Ellen,
I am happy to hear that my guava tree would grow...i am very found of this fruit ...there is a variety called allahabad guava.... this is the best that i have tasted till now.
keeping my fingers crossed....
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Kalindi says...
I live in Adelaide. I purchased an Indian Allahabad Guava plant from Bunnings three years ago. It is growing very good. Last year it had few flowers but no fruit. This year it has lot of flowers but still no fruit. What is wrong ? What should I do ?
Also part of some leaves becomes brown and dry and curls up ( as seen in the picture ). Why does this happen ? Is it due to any deficiancy ?
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Hi Kalindi,
Use some potash and water well for your guava plant ..then use compost and mulch well.
Next year you would surely get a good result.
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kalindi says...
Thanks Sharma. Which potash powder and how much should I use? Good news is I saw 2-3 small fruits on the tree after I wrote to this forum on 29 December. Lets see how do they grow.
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Sharma says...
Kalindi,
I got the potash from bunnings...cost me $9.
I have just planted Champaca tree near my bedroom and now during hot days i get the smell of the lovely flowers.I think every one should have one in their garden.
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Hi Sharma,

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Sharma says...
Hi Richard,
Your trees look very healthy....Congrats...
i wish i can also have such healthy trees in my garden...I live in endeavour hills.
Have you tried planting Indian JuJube??
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Richard says...
Hi Sharma,

Picture 4 above is a Jackfruit Plant gorwn from seeds.

I am not sure what is a JuJube.

perhaps you can enlighten me and I will try.
maybe one day we will meet each other as you are not far from me.

Regrads
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Richard,

How did you get your banana to fruit for you & what type is it? I have ladyfinger & pisang ceylan, but they never gave me fruits as they died during winter eventho i cover them well.
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Richard says...

Hi Juanita,
I do not know the type of the Banana tree as I was given a suckling from an friend.
I planted the tree facing north against a fence protected by other trees. I get bananas every year.They die down and come back with new sucklings.My guava tree is next to the banana tree and is proceted by the fence and the neighbours.
I cut down the old trees in early spring and new sucklings come up.I never cover the Banana tree.I do not do anything special/Just lucky


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kalindi says...
My 4 year old guava tree is growing well excepe some of the leaves have patch of burn and some look like chewed. I don't see any pest on the leave. Why does this happen? what to do ?
I have attached a picture of the guava tree.
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Hi Richard here is what i have gathered from google...
JUJUBE
Common Names: Jujube, Chinese Date, Tsao.

Related Specie: Indian Jujube (Ziziphus mauritiana).

Distant Affinity: Purple Haw (Colubrina texensis), Raisin Tree (Hovenia dulcis).
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Geepeem says...
Hi,
I am a little amused that people are nurturing guava trees in their gardens. On our bush retreat they grow wild and are even becoming a pest. The birds drop the seeds and new trees are springing up all over the bushland. I am continually slashing new growth trees amongst the grass and weeds. They are in heavy crop right at present after all the rain we have had in the past 3 months (over 30"). They are yellow when ripe. What do you do with so many guavas - make jam from some I guess. But if they are left on the tree until yellow - the fruit fly stings them. One thing I noticed is guava timber is very heavy (cut a 6" diam branch off recently). Has any one used it for wood turning ?
Some of our trees are 4 or 5 metres high. They seem to grow wild in groves along the creeks in particular.
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Lyn says...
Hi Richard,
May I know what do you feed your guava tree? I have a beautiful plant in a pot with beautiful leaves but no fruit. I think it's about three years old now. I did try some potash in summer.
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Richard says...
dynamic lifter(not too much) ,Blood and Bone and also because it is close to my Lime trees, it also gets citrus food.
plenty of water and sunshine facing North.
I lost all my guavas due to the recent hail stones.
To Geepeem,I am not sure if you are talking about the Indian guavas,but I would love to have your problem,down south we are lucky to even grow them let alone cook them

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Violet_Cactus says...
Hi Geepeem, on 'Gardening Australia" last year they had a segment about how to kill Strawberry Guava trees. They are considered a weed in Australia's north.

Down here in Melbourne my guavas, all six varieties, are doing *really* well. They are currently giving us a beautiful Autumn harvest, and no fruit fly to bother us!
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Phil@Tyalgum says...
Which varieties would you recommend? And do you have any good recipes for them? I hear they are good when filled with cream cheese and in a green salad. I'm currently looking for things to do with them, the roadsides and vacant land around here have many wild guava trees, large but seedy yellow fruit with pink flesh. I'd like to make the most of the glut, going to start with guava jelly. Coles are selling fairly ordinary looking fruit for $14.99 a kilo here, might wait until the price drops a little, have noticed no one is buying them at that price.
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Violet_Cactus says...
Hi Phil,
Taste-wise, eaten fresh out of hand, my favourites are the so-called 'Pineapple Guava" which is really a feijoa, the Strawberry Guava and the Yellow Cherry Guava. Delicious!
The fragrance of the feijoas is like an exquisite perfume, and they don't have all those little hard seeds!
Apparently guavas also have more Vitamin C than oranges...

I also have the Mexican Cream Guava, Indian Guava and the Hawaiian.

My Yellow Cherry Guavas do not have pink flesh - Phil, would you like to swap some seeds of those wild pink-fleshed ones?

Found some guava recipes here (the Guava Chiffon Pie looks luscious!):
http://www.justfruitrecipes.com/inxgua.html

http://recipeland.com/recipes/guava/

http://www.grouprecipes.com/s/guava-jelly/recipe/1/relevancy

http://www.squidoo.com/guava-shells-recipe
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Geepeem says...
HI Richard,

I am not sure what variety ours are. But they look very much like the picture in Phil's (Tyalgum) reply. They are pale yellow skin with pinkish flesh - the flesh is quite seedy. They have a strong aroma and flavour. Is this the Indian variety ? Also I forgot to say they are much loved by the wild pigs when the fall off the tree. Eradication of wild pigs - now thats another problem to deal with.
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Mateen says...
Today I bought one Guava tree from Bunnings Springale for $10/-. Its about two feet high in pot. I don't know which fertilizer is suitable for this plant. This plant is from India. Just to ask you people did Guava trees servive in Melbourne weather ??. I appreciate if anybody could give me some more info about Guava tree planting.

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Sharma says...
Hi Mateen,
Indian Guava is a tropical plant so plant it in full sun and and away from frost, apply well rotten kitchen compost, add potash. But do not over water.... use sesol and power feed. The roots have to be wet but not soggy. So mulch well.
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Vijay says...
This year my guava tree produced 9 guavas, sadly they all grew quite large but all had worms in them. Not sure why, but i figured out that it may have been the rain and insects too.
so I bought my guavas from Woolies - and at a price too.
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Sandy says...
I have had my strawberry guavas on my back porch, for the last few months, since theye were getting frost, during winter, and looking a bit sick!
They keep on getting new growth, slowly, but no fruit on them, they are about 2 years old now, I feed them a slow release granular fertiliser, in their pots, but no fruit, as yet.
Is it the potting mix or soil type that's causing problems?
Very confusing. My Fejoia tree, in front garden, gets loads of fruit each year, and I eat them fresh and use rest for jam.
It gets fertiliser, but has a richer compost garden soil, with clay under neath.
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Mano says...
Indian Guavas - red fleshed are growing successfully in Melbourne. They bear very heavily too and can be harvested around the month of May.
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J says...
My indian guava that I bought from bunnings for ten bucks late last year is almost three times its initial size. Doing well. But we will see how it goes during winter. T

To be honest I'm surprised more Melbourne Guava lovers done just grow Strawberry and yellow cherry guavas, they are prolific in melbourne and bear heavily and taste exactly like normal guava for the most part.
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culebra says...
I see them for time to time, they are quite common, but only the strawberry guava.
People don't know what they are so they let them rot on the tree/ground.... same deal with feijoa, pomegranate (especially!), persimon, quince, figs etc etc. such a waste!
people these days don't eat fruit :(
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amanda says...
I have tested a few people on my strawberry guavas - and most don't like them!?

Some fruits are an acquired taste I think. EG: My husband can only eat a few mangoes each season (and he has pretty adventurous taste buds) - as he finds them too rich.

I eat almost any fruit n veg (even raw brussel sprouts..) but I really don't like the fruit from my cedar bay cherry. Strawberry guavas, to me, are for people who love guava. My Indian, Hawaiian and strawberry guavas are not the same taste at all.

Myself, I think people today are much more open to new tastes than ever b4 - especially in Aust - being so heavily influenced by many cultures...it's great!!

What rules peoples taste buds is what they are familiar with - which is usually what is sold in the supermarket....and if a particular fruit doesn't store and travel well - the vast majority of folk will never see it.

Or - if it is a rarity - the cost is prohibitive. Make no mistake - people eat lots of fruit... and they have "crunch n sip" at school every day - only fruit n veg allowed. I have tested my daughters school mates on heaps on stuff!! (But - they didn't like the strawberry guavas! loved the raw peas tho'....) :-)
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Sandy says...
I just bought 2 strawberry guavas, for something different to try and for a different taste, but am still waiting for the fruit to appear.
I buy tropical fruits when I can afford them, in the supermarket, and try new ones whenever I can.
I dont like wasting food, either, and make the most of what I have. I try and follow the directions on the tag or out of a book, where possible.
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Hi Richard,
You have some beautiful trees! Can you tell me what picture 5 is of it looks interesting! Also are those bananas dwarf or large size?

Thanks!
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Hi Vijay,

I bet what you had in your guavas was fruit fly. Guavas are about the top of the list of the most fruit fly prone trees in Brisbane. They way to avoid it next year is to bag them at a small size (when the fruit is green, hard and small still). I use green harvest tomato bags, but a piece of mozzie netting or paper bag tied on will do.

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Hi Richard,
You have a beautiful collection of tropical fruit trees. Is the 1st pic a neem tree?
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Hi richard, you say your banana is fruiting in melbourne outdoors?

Do you protect it in winter. i have mine in pots awaiting the greenhouse to be finished, i put them close to the house during winter. they die back a bit and dont look the best but they shoot back up in spring. but i didnt think they would do very well in the ground.
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Rony says...
Please let me know from where I can buy good grafted tropical fruit trees like Indian and Thai Guava, Lychi, Indian Jujubi, Banana and Star apple.
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Richard Okeeffe says...
Hi Sampa,
yes it was but having been in Europe for the past 7 weeks it has since died.i bought in from an indian grocery store in dandenong called MKS

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Hi Steven,

No protection whatsoever, however, it faces north against my Back fence and is protected by other trees. they do die back but come back in spring .
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Hi Richard, I was wondering what kind of guava yours is? The one right back that begun this post in 2007. I notice it has purplish leaves, is that just the new growth?

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Lyn says...
My quava tree had 3 white flowers this year and I tried to hand pollinate them but no fruit formed. Does anyone know why?
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Hi Lyn,
Guava trees are notorious for contracting Anthracnose, which can make flowers drop.
Mancozeb Plus is the recommended spray, but you'll need to add a good wetting agent.
After the tiny fruit form, add copper oxychloride to the mancozeb mix, and spray weekly for 4 weeks.
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J says...
To be honest I've found Strawberry and Yellow Cherry guava super easy to grow in melbourne and I'd recommend them to anyone that wants a fruit (small fruit) that taste like guava growing in their backyard hassle free. Fruit within a year of planting and lots of them per plant. Not bad at all. My indian guava on the other hand doesn't like melbourne winter at all. It's recovering just fine, but I don't expect much fruit from it. Ever.
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snottiegobble says...
Tempted in Bunnings Busso, yesterday, Tropical Guava( tall tree)very healthy plants about 60cm tall under $14.
The question is should I ??
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amanda says...
Hey S.gobble - how much do you like the fruit? I have a Hawaiian and Beaumont pink = tropical guavas? pinks (and Indian cream) - they grow well here - except the Hawaiian drops all it's fruit in the hot easterlies.

I have tried everything to get it to hang on to them :( The bueamont pink is setting it's first crop now - so will see how that goes. The Indian cream has no dramas at all. They all set fruit prolifically.
Fruit fly and mice are my pest problems. Winter no problem for them.
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snottiegobble says...
Hi Amanda, not sure what these are at Bunnings, will take another look! I grew strawberry & strawberry yellow in Vic no probs & tasted feijoas but not tropical guavas. If they are anything like the above I would be happy!
Will email soon!
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amanda says...
Hi S.gobble - I am a big fan of pink tropical guavas (all guavas actually) I get the canned pink ones at Coles when I get desperate for a fix! :)
I don't find them as tangy as feijoas and strawberry guavas - sweeter but still fragrant...(but that's just my taste buds...)
Is that the info u were after?
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fruitist says...
Melt in the mouth pulp
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Lyn says...
Hi fruitist

May I know what type of guava is that? Looks delicious.
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kert says...
Yes, you can grow guavas in colder parts of Oz. No problem . The cherry guava is dead easy to grow and tastes as it should ; the Hawaiian also grows well but I pulled it out. Why? It had no flavour at all. Same goes for a green skinned ,smaller variety whose name I did not know but picked up on the side of the road in Cairns.
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snottiegobble says...
Thanks Amanda, I will take another visit to Bunnings, Busso. Just planted my first banana so what the heck!
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Mark says...
Texas Lady,,, Shipping or Importing plants to or from overseas is always a nightmare.(except maybe for companies?) .... Your Best Bet,, would be to check with the Requirements of the USA Customs,& also with the Customs Dept. of Australia. .... You may find that your plants may leave the country,but cannot enter the USA,or vice-versa. ... You really only have 3 Options. 1/ You can just ship your plants & "hope for the best".(not a clever idea.) Or 2/ You can check the Customs Requirements of BOTH Countries & adhere to them.(best choice I'd say). Or 3/ You can try your hand at being a plant smuggler & Go To Jail when you get caught! (this is a great idea if you are a real dummy. otherwise, forget about it!) ..... There is also a 4th option.... 4/ You can just forget about the whole thing. .... "Personally,, I'd go with the 2nd Option. It's the only one that stands a chance of getting you a good result. .... Whatever you do,, "Good Luck."
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Mark says...
Richard,, I was thinking of planting a mango tree,because my wife loves them! She tells me that they take 7 years before they fruit. (she used to have mango trees before we met.) So,, If Your mango tree is a new/young one,, you might be waiting a few years yet for fruit from it.
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Mark says...
Vijay,, Those 'worms'in your fruit may have been 'Fruit Fly larvae'? considering where you come from. ... In any case,it would be a good precaution to get them sprayed for it.
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Mark says...
"Snottiegobble"... I bet you got that name in Primary School, & it just stuck! (I mean,who would 'choose'to have a name like that!??)
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snottiegobble says...
Actually Mark I had never heard of the word until moving to WA 2 years ago.
The word SNOTTYGOBBLE refers to a local native species Persoonia longifolia that produces an edible fruit part of which reminded someone once of 'something distastful' & that is how it got its nickname.
Unfortunately snottygobbles,along with banksia, jarrah & grass trees are amongst those worst affected by Phytophthora dieback disease which is a major problem here in WA.
Ps. I just changed the spelling a little for my persona.

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J says...
I had my first bird/animal attack of my strawberry/yellow cherry guava fruit. Does anyone know if the fruit ripens off the tree if I pluck them while they are still green? Or do I need to wait for them to ripen on the tree only?
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randey says...
you can pluck them but you may find the sugar levels are drastically reduced. best to try a net covering and some repellant and leave the fruit as long as possible. hope this helps.
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J says...
Randey, Thanks for the info. I'm curious if anyone else has problems with birds and Strawberry guava's. Does anyone habitually pluck them while their green and wait for them to ripen off the tree and actually find that outcome to be acceptable? (as in does the fruit still taste good to you?)
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Nick says...
Mmmm strawberry guavas... I've only picked them while they are fully ripe. I was wondering, why cant I buy a yellow cherry guava off Daley's? I dont understand how it is quarantined for Victoria while I've seen plenty of strawberry guavas around at bunnings, down the street and at Diggers (I'm assuming both types of guavas are weeds). Can anyone help or suggest another place to buy them from (excluding Diggers :P)?
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Nick says...
Also, I looked at the "Most Popular list" for Altona and it had yellow cherry guava as 28. I'm assuming thats the number thats been sent to this suburb...
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J says...
I bit the bullet and ended up buying some bird netting from monbulk rural (thanks for that info, dave!) Great prices, great netting. The strawberry guavas are now covered.

Nick, the only place/person outside of bunnings and diggers that I know of that sells yellow cherry/Strawberry guavas is peter the permie. Google him. I've found the bunnings "pick me edibles" strawberry guavas to be great. 10$ per plant and they fruited in a year for me.
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Nick says...
Thanks for the answer J, I bought a pick me edibles strawberry guava myself about January so I'm hoping for some fruit next year! Do you know if pick me edibles plants are cutting or seedling grown?
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J says...
I'm not sure if the pick me edibles ones are seed or cutting grown their website doesn't indicate it either, nick. I'd say cutting grown but I'm just speculating. I bought a non-pick me edibles strawberry guava that was much larger (and cost about 25$) from bunnings about the same time as I bought the other ones, and that one has only set two fruit so far. Plenty of flowers but not much fruit! So stick with the pick me edibles for now.
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Nick says...
I read that strawberry guava/ yellow cherry guavas come true to type. Can anyone confirm this?
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Peter says...
Most of the yellow cherry guavas, except a few odd ones. There is much more variation in the red cherry guava (=strawberry guava) according the the CSIRO book 'Discovering fruit and nuts'
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Nick says...
Thanks :)
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Nick says...
Any ideas how I can go about grafting/ budding my seed-grown indian guava? I've heard the seedlings are unreliable but also that grafting is difficult.
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amanda says...
Nick - someone mentioned taking root cuttings for guava awhile back, as the best method...I haven't tried it - but if someone else can explain it (or try googling a method maybe)
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Nick says...
Sorry for the slow reply, thanks amanda, I might try that out sometime (probably have a book somewhere that explains it :P).
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Esskay says...
Guava are sensitive to frost and extreme cold. The leaf colour in your picture shows a winter state.

You need to put Cow Manuare and Potash powder. Donot use Dynamic Lifter. It will give growth and not allow the fruiting to take place.
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amanda says...
I use Dynamic lifter on my guavas (about 20 plants) and get fruit by the bucket load..?? DLifter is not high in nitrogen Esskay (around 5) - it's more mid-range.
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Rajiv says...
Can they be grown from cuttings?
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Nick says...
Hi Rajiv, its seems the general opinion is that guava hardwood cuttings are extremely difficult to root but most websites recommend root cuttings and one http://www.cabi.org/GARA/FullTextPDF/Pre2000/19900359749.pdf) says that tip cuttings can root fairly well. If you want to try something that is quick and easy I suggest seed because they seem to grow fairly true (my 1yo strawberry guava is flowering!!). :)
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Esskay says...
When I used Dynamic Lifter, the tree gave lot of leaves but the fruiting reduced drastically. Nursery told me not to use Dynamic Lifter. Instead to use Cow Manure and Potash. It worked beautifully.
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Esskay says...
Hi Nick,

I saw and brought coupel of Indian Guava small plants inpor\t from Bunnings! Next week I saw about 10-15. Looks like they are now popular. So try Bunnings!
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Mike says...
There are Indian Guavas in the Bunnings stores in Cairns as well.They also have Thai white,hawaiin,both coloured cherry guavas and recently had mexican creams.They appear to be getting a bigger range of fruit trees and even have some of the better,rarer types.
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Mike says...
There are Indian Guavas in the Bunnings stores in Cairns as well.They also have Thai white,hawaiin,both coloured cherry guavas and recently had mexican creams.They appear to be getting a bigger range of fruit trees and even have some of the better,rarer types.
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Nick says...
Guavas, both red cherry and normal, are common year-round at our bunnings! Im impatiently waiting for them to start stocking some of the rarer things you find here. :)
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A.Ikhlas says...
Generally No but air layyering and seeding, yes
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Nick says...
Whats wrong with this red cherry and chilean guava? They've had plenty of compost then dynamic lifter, seasol and liquid powerfeed- could it perhaps be a lack of trace elements?
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amanda says...
Done a pH test Nick? If the soil is tending alkaline - the choices are iron, manganese and zinc. Iron deficiency affects the youngest leaves first. Personally - I find it pretty hard to tell the difference between zinc and manganese, in real life, so I use the Manutec Zn/Mg mix.

Was it home made compost? (I always pH test outside stuff) sometimes the effect of manures etc is only temporary - but forewarned is forearmed.

I am guessing iron - some iron chelates are the go (or iron sulphate to the soil)
Magnesium deficiency tends to leave a distinct 'wedge' of green along the leaf rib - which gets wider towards the stalk end.
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Nick says...
Hi amanda I originally dug in homemade compost but then used bought stuff because i was lazy lol. Yesterday I bought a proper pH testing kit (a Manutec one, not a $5 probe from singapore) and it turns out the soil in our backyard is actually acidic- about 5 or so! Oh, and I also bought a trace element mix just in case.
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amanda says...
Well that's easier to work with Nick...The acidic soil folks here will be able help?
(was it that pH under those two plants too though?)
There is probably not much point in adding trace elements until you correct/tweak the soil pH...

Eg: at pH 5 the "availability" of NPK, S, Ca, Mg is less - it doesn't mean it's not there in your soil necessarily - it can just mean that it's not in a form that is available to your plants - because of the high acid levels.

So you can keep adding those elements - but not much will happen. Once your pH is sorted then you can see better what your soil may actually be "physically" deficient in..

Hope this makes sense? :)
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Nick says...
Thanks for the information, it really helps!:) I've started piling on the eggshells and ill put on some wood ash from the fireplace soon. Im really annoyed because I tested the soil down the side of the house under a hydrangea and the pH was above 7...
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amanda says...
Hey Nick - yes that can happen too! :/ When laboratory soil analysis is done it can be done on half a dozen samples taken from different parts of your property...and in each of those 6 spots u can take a few representative samples and mix together to make up just one of the six samples...

It's a good idea to pH test here and there and get a feel for different parts of your property...I used to use my kit a lot when I first started here - now things have 'settled down' and I rarely need to check it now.

It's the very first thing I reach for, though, when I have a plant with a deficiency that I am not expecting. I also keep an eye on the pH of my potted trees too.
I do check soil amendments sometimes...many are very alkaline! This is usually transient though - but may cause a transient problem in the tree also. I don't know about u - but I often forget what I have added here and there...and often I use very different ingredients too..(depending on what I can scavenge also :)

It should end up fairly even in the long term (unless you have a pine tree or such in the backyard!...) if you use Organic matter to help buffer your pH.
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Ariel says...
I bought from Daleys Kensington pride Manfo this year and survived the winter by covering it with anti frost blanket I got in the US. some new leaves started to come out. Hopefully will survive another winter.
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Nick says...
Congratulations Ariel! :)
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Dwain says...
Hi all,

I have recently noticed that the terminal leaves on my Strawberry Guava tree are warped – just wondering if this is normal?

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amanda says...
Hi Dwain..I'll have a bash ;) More info would help though...have you put these in the ground recently at all? (like last 2 months or so..?)

The leaf colour is good - so I wouldn't be too worried about it - yet. I do get some leaf eating weevils here and they are quite partial to my strawberry guavas (I have about 16 plants) so I do get leaves like this too...they munch the edges of the leaves - causing 'puckering' and missing bits...

See how they go for a bit. They will be due to put out some healthy new growth about now, or soon (not sure about melb climate) as the weather warms.

(ps - there is a little bit of paleness between the leaf veins - what are u feeding them and what is your soil pH? They are usually very, very hardy plants tho')
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Nick says...
Hi Dwain, the local strawberry guavas are putting out new growth at the moment. :)
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Hi Richard,
How tall is the guava tree after 3 years? Thanks.
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Dwain says...
Thanks for the information :)

The tree has actually been in a 45cm pot for nearly a year. It was fertilised early spring with rooster booster and occasionally I apply liquid seaweed / fertiliser.

There doesn’t seem to be any major insect damage on the leaves. It is actually the new growth on the tree that is distorted and slightly yellow. I did a bit of research on the net and found that this could be possibly due to over-fertilising.

I did a PH test - the soil appears to be neutral. I was a little bit worried that this could have caused some of the nutrients to be lock up in the soil so I added some trace elements to the mix. It actually made it worse – a number of leaves have fallen from the tree.

I think I will leave it alone for a while and see how it goes.
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Ariel says...
Thanks Nick..it has sign of flowering now too...
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Nick says...
Good stuff Ariel, hope you get some fruit off it, my KP is also flowering so fingers crossed!
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db says...
Hi All, I would like to know which guava variety tastes best. Recently I bought Hawaiian Guava seedling plant from Daleys and was planning to put in in ground until I read some comments above that Hawaiian Guava does not have flavour at all, is it really the case? Does anyone thinks Hawaiian also has good flavour? How does this pink one compares to Indian Allahabad guava taste-wise? Yellow and strawberry guava sounds good but they are smaller fruits, I'm after bigger fruits like Hawaiian. Any suggestions?
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Db says...
Anyone? Which varieties got better flavour than others?
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Tom says...
Our Hawai'ian guavas have a strong, sweet taste, which is what I expected from all that I'd heard about them before we put them in. We use fish emulsion, cow manure, grass clippings, and wasted coffee grinds as fertilizer / mulch; so maybe that helps their flavour.

We have several varieties growing in espalier among citrus to try to keep greening away from our lemons and limes (so far, it's working), and I think the best tasting of them are the pink-fleshed ones: Barbie Pink, Hawai'ian Red (Pink), Hong Kong Pink, Pink Mexican Cream (the best of them all!), and Ruby Supreme. Among our white ones which have fruited, the Yellow Mexican Cream is the best - very strong, very sweet flavour. Recommend putting each fruit in a large organza bag once it's about 3cm round to keep fruit flies out.

We put in Lemon and Strawberry Guavas (Cattley Guava) a couple years ago, and I'm about to pull them out because they're poor tasting, too small, and more abundant in fruit flies.
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db says...
Thanks Tom for ur reply, it helped..
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Mike says...
Guavas must have just about the widest range of suitable climates.I have just bagged (thanks Mary T) some mexican creams and chinese pears which are very tasty.db hong kong pink are nearly always strongly flavoured but I have had mixed experiences with hawaiin pinks with some being bland. Any my cherries and brazil guavas might need bagging as well.I have a thai white about 8 years old and pruned to 2.3m that is unbelievably productive.I just plucked about 30 large ff effected fruit off for disposal.Their impressive size made me check their weights.The average weight was about 660g with the largest tipping the scales at a melon sized 1030g.I might have to use pillow slips to bag the big ones.
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db says...
Hi Mike, today morning only I visited Daleys Nursery and already picked up Mexican cream after reading more abt guava varieties. Looks like I shud get some cuttings of ur Thai white, lol. 1 kg is VERY huge guava, how do they taste?
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Mike says...
db they are white fleshed,with hard seeds and are usually eaten crunchy like an apple but ripen to have a mild taste.I can try to strike some cuttings for you if you like.I was going to try and do the same with my brazilian guava.
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John Mc says...
Mike, I have difficulty striking Guavas here, although air layering and seed works reasonably well.
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db says...
Mike, if Thai white has hard seeds then I'll give it a miss for now.. is there any good quality seedless variety?
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Mike says...
db the seeds are hard but sparse and perhaps provide the same level of inconvenient as in a cherry guava.Seed hardness,abundance and distribution is probably as important as flavour with the feral pinks sometimes like a handful of coarse sand is in there.
Thailand and Taiwan have good quality seedless types that have spread to other countries and the US has dozens of types.We don't have the seedless types here or the most of the American ones.
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andy says...
Could anyone tell what the best way to propagate strawberry guava's is? Do they go well from cuttings? I grew a couple of feijoa's from cuttings. And I also just bought a yellow and hawaiian guava. Would they do ok planted out with temps as low as -2?
Thank you! ;)
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snottiegobble says...
andy I would leave it to the spring. Too many frosts there! I never grew strawberry guavas from cuttings in Vic. because the seeds of both varieties are so viable & germinate very quickly. There are probably seed savers like Diggers where you can source from & you could start them off indoors so they would be a reasonable seedling by spring.
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Spowter says...
I have five guavas, #1 red cherry guava, growing apart from the others and fruits well but the birds usually beat me to the fruit. It's growning under an Ice Cream tree and in hard clay! Go Puzzle! #2 is three trees of lovely yellow tropical guava - with pink insides... only 1.5 metres high but covered in fruit ( have to watch for the birds). one in full sun, one in under bananas and one in part shade - all fruiting! I moved one last year and it's still covered in fruit! amazing & #3, is supposed to be a lovely hawaiian green guava which was the last plant my mum propagated for me before she died in 2002. The tree is very healthy and is now over 4 metres tall, each year it's covered in flowers and bees all over it but although only a couple of metres from the 1.5 metre high yellow guava it has never set a fruit. Are there such things as a male guava?
I also have gripes with my mango. Flowers heaps but no fruit. three years ago we had 5 x 1.2 kg mangos off it! The passionfruit ( yellow) has only one fruit, the pumpkin - only one pumpkin! what am I doing wrong? WE're sub tropical and very rarely got frosts. usual overnight temps at this time of year 17c.
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Nick says...
I was surprised to find out my strawberry guava seedling from bunnings is actually a yellow one (the fruit is 2 inches wide!)?

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snottiegobble says...
Nick, you hang onto the seeds, mate cos its a damn good one. My yellow was prolific compared to the reds, but never any fruit over an inch!
Spowter I have a feeling your PF & pumkin may be in shade for too much of the day. They need a good 8 hours, but you could try sulphate of potash.
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Spowter says...
Thanks snottiegobble,
* But the red guava in in full shade & covered with fruit!
* The pumpkin gets at least 10 hours sun every day and had heaps of male flowers but no female ones!
* and the large un-fruiting guava tree is growing in perfect conditions with lots of sun, water and fertiliser, and although covered in flowers regularly and only growing one metre from the tiny ones that are covered in fruit - NEVER has had even one fruit, so I think that it MUST be a male one that is fertilising the rest!
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snottiegobble says...
Spowter, the pumpkin one is easy, keep cutting back the tentrils & they will branch out .The plant gets 'frightened' it wont reproduce so the branches will start to produce females, promise!
Guavas usually self polinating, so are you sure the leaves are identical & its the same species?
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Spowter says...
Thanks snottiegobble,
I'll try that & frighten my pumpkin!
... and as to the guava, It's is def a guava and it is supposed to be a green Hawaiian one ( with pink centre) but it hasn't had ANY fruit. It is growing 1 metre ( 3 feet) from the other three guavas ( 1.5 metres tall), It is 10 years old and the others all about 3 yrs old. All grown from seed. & the big one ( 4 metres tall) is covered in flowers two or three times a year! Same flower as the little ones, same leaves too! The big Green one is in the sun the other three are in mostly shade! go figure!
I'm stumped!
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snottiegobble says...
Maybe its time to bring out the sharp bits & teach it a lesson it will never recover from!! :-)
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Spowter says...
:( meanie! It's such a pretty shady tree that for that alone it lives! As I have so much fruit on the other ones it will get a reprieve and flower away till it dies!
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Db says...
Anyone growing china pear guava variety? Daleys description says exceptional flavor, how does it compares with other varieties like Mexican and pink hawaiian? Also how large is the fruit of china pear and is tree fast or slow growing? Thanks
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db says...
So no one growing China pear guava?
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Mike says...
db, I have a china pear pink guava and have eaten lots of hawaiin pink and hong kong pinks before.Mine are a feather smaller than the other 2 common pinks,stay green when ripe and are more oval in shape,being produced in a short fruiting season.The flesh is thicker and it is less seedy as well with a stronger aroma than HK or Hawaiin.The promise of the sweet pungent smell is not matched by the flavour of the flesh which is blander and less sweet than the other two.Perhaps in Briz it would have more flavour.
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Db says...
Thanks Mike for the reply, may be i'll give it a miss then, fruit fly is major issue with guavas I guess, I already have Mexican n Hawaiian, so hopefully it will give me sufficient guavas.
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Georgia says...
My guava tree in Brisbane is 2 1/2 years old and for the last two years has produced 300-500 guavas! Yes, if I let them ripen until they fall there are a few small fly maggots in there but I figure that after boiling for 2 hours with sugar to make guava paste it doesn't matter. Alternatively pick them green, and fly free, and give them to your anyone you know of Indian orgin - I've got several friends who adore them green, eaten with chili, salt and lime juice
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Db says...
Georgia, that's massive amount of fruits for 2.5yr old tree, well done... What variety you got?
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Georgia says...
Sorry - I don't know! I got it from Caley's and shoved it in - can't take any credit for its success!
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Linton says...
Help! - Dog eating guavas! I can't stop my dog from eating all the guavas. Last time it got them all off the tree while they were still green and I didn't get any. It's belly was so full it could hardly walk.
I've tried building fences and scolding it but nothing seems to work. Any suggestions will be highly regarded. Thanks.
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peter 10000 says...
try mixing some strong chilli powder
with water and a wetting agent and
spray a few guavas, he probably wont
eat to many more.
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Db says...
I'm very excited to see that my mexican cream guava is fruiting now in its first season, its only 11 months old and it was in pot for first 5-6 months, now in ground.. It has set around 20 tiny fruits now, most are pea size at this stage and there are around 10-15 more flower buds, so more fruit to set soon..

I would like to know at what stage I should bag fruits to avoid fruit fly? I have yet not purchased any fruit fly bags, so thinking to use just normal plastic bags that we get in coles/woolies, is it ok to temporarily use them till I get fruit fly bags? I think I'll need to puncture them to avoid too much moisture building inside bag.. I would also like to know how long it takes to fully develop fruit and be ready to eat?
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Phil@Tyalgum says...
They can be very prolific producers
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MaryT says...
Groan. Not fair, Phil––and you are not in Melbourne! LOL so stop getting Melbournians all excited! Though looking at the addresses on the past posts I think we can declare this thread officially hi jacked.
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Jason says...
Although the isle of Melbourne's quite warm man made climate has little to do with the area of Victoria it sits on. I would still expect guavas to taste like paper there compared to the sub tropics?
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Db says...
My Mexican cream guava tree has now set total 40 fruits in its very first season, so very happy. I hope they grow to full size quickly. Hawaiian seedling guava tree that I bought at same time as mexican is nicely growing next to it but yet not flowered.
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MaryT says...
Wow Db; that is a success story but did you really count the fruit? haha I hope my new MC follow the example set by yours.
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BJ says...
Great Db! Mine is much smaller than its counterparts Hawaiian and China Pear as it gets hammered by grasshoppers. None have flowered as yet, but I expect a good haul next season. they have had no love during the dry spell but have got their roots in and they are ready to go for next season.
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Db says...
MaryT, yes I did count the fruits, I was very excited to see so many fruits as it is fruiting for the first time, so I did count it :)

BJ, My seedling Hawaiian is bit smaller than MC but growing very nicely with lots of branches since I have transferred in ground... I'm sure it will fruit in next season, in fact it had 3-4 flowers this time as well but didn't set fruit as it was recently transferred in ground that time. The cutting grown Hawaiian plant that I bought in one market here is currently growing in small pot, it developed one flower and set the fruit straight away and its growing now, so I'm sure next year it will also fruit prolifically like my MC.

My china pear from Daley's is in ground now and growing nicely, hopefully I'll get also fruit next year... I'm also growing 2 yellow cherry guavas in pot.. So many guavas, isn't it..
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VF says...
Great fruit set Db!!! My 7mth plant has 8, so I'm pleased too.
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MaryT says...
Yes, Db. I don't blame you; I caught guava fever last year as well. Now I have five - yellow cherries (too many fruit to count though I had to fight the urge to try) , strawberry (tons of flowers, two fruit), Hawaiian that came back to life from near death, Mexican Cream and China Pear both looking healthy but not yet flowering. Maybe next year.
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Db says...
VF, 8 fruit in 7 months is very good, I'm sure yours will be loaded with tons of guavas in next season :)
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Db says...
3 of my Mexican cream guava that I mentioned above ripened prematurely, they were full of maggots inside :( Now I have bagged rest of the fruits which does not look stung from outside, so hopefully they are ok...
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Db says...
Update about my Mexican cream guava tree - I lost only 5-6 fruits so far due to FF (as I was bit late in bagging fruit). As mentioned above I have now bagged all remaining fruits and they are now FF free and started ripening now one by one. They are delicious, very sweet and creamy as per name, they are weighing around 220grms. I liked taste very much, highly recommended.
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Db says...
Picked up last of around 35 fruits from my Mexican cream guava around couple of weeks back and tree has more than 150 flowers already which is just started flowering in new growth, tree is only in second season now.. Last season most of the flowers did set fruits.. Rest of my guava plants (all only 1 yr old) are flowering too which includes 2 Hawaiian seedling, China pear, yellow cherry, pink cherry.. Looks like we are going to eat lot of guava this year... I think I need to purchase more bags now to avoid FF..
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MaryT says...
Db I am so jealous! Not a flower on mine yet and you're eating 35 guavas? Guess that is the difference between container trees and those in the ground. My garden also suffered a set back due to my absence for a month. Serves me right.
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MaryT, out 6 guava trees that I have 3 are in container and 3 in ground, but all are flowering now.. Both cherry guava are very young, hardly 4-5 ft tall and only 6 months old.. I hope they will set some fruit so that I can taste.. But my Mexican cream seems to be extremely productive and so much tasty... One Hawaiian pink seedling in container (not from Daleys) did gave me 1 large fruit last season, it had strong fragrance but I did not liked taste so I'm hoping Hawaiian seedling that I bought from Daleys (in ground) to be different on taste, its actually biggest of all my trees, last season it did flowered a bit but could not set any fruit, I hope it sets fruits this time... I really hoping that china pear sets fruits this time, its in ground and growing fast now, already 8 ft tall in last 8 months...

Yes you are right, container gardening is hard, I have now started watering all of my containers almost daily as soil gets dry quickly now... Hang on, I'm sure yours will flower too as its just a start of flowering now.. May be give little bit of sulphate of potash..
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MaryT says...
Thanks for the encouragement, Db. My yellow cherry guava is promising lots of fruit again and the strawberry guava is in flower so I am hopeful. I know I need to be patient with the others.
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MaryT says...
Today I checked my tropicals - Mexican Cream, China Pear and Hawaii all have flower buds on them. I wonder if it has anything to do with my neighbours' fish pond water and worm juice? I'm looking after her place while she's away and I promised to take a bucket of water out of the pond once a week and replace it with fresh water. :)
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starling says...
That's interesting mary--my Hawaiian doesn't have any flowers, a lot of new growth but that's about it.
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MaryT says...
Starling, It took a while but I think the recent heatwave we had in Sydney had something to do with it. It's cool today but the rest of the week will be hot again.
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ylr says...
I have mango trees but 2 years it didn't bore fruit but this year it has :( idon't know why and what did i do...

I like guava tree, cause I'm juicing guavas too, good source of vit C.
I used a centrifugal juicer on speed level 3 and just washed the whole guava. I threw 1 guava into the juicer whole along with 1 peeled tangelo, 1 peeled naval orange and 1 whole Granny Smith apple. The juice is delicious and a beautiful colour of yellow with no identifiable seeds or pulp :)
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vlct says...
no ones got any spare hawain guava seeds by anychance ?
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JohnMc1 says...
I'll have a look vlct. The cockatoo's might have left a couple of seeds inside the fruit skin if you're lucky.
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vlct says...
legend.
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vlct says...
can Hawaiin guavas be grown from seed. their all cuttings arnt they ?
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Of course then can vlct. I collected some for you today.
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did u receive my email
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JohnMc1 says...
Yes, thanks vlct, I'll get them off to you tomorrow.
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vlct says...
thanks heaps. what's your Hawaiian tree like ?
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thanks for that john. seeds arrived today.
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vlct says...
gday john u wouldn't have any China pear seeds by any chance ?
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MaryT says...
Do guavas grow true from seeds, vict?
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vlct says...
yeah most do. I dont understand why the feijoa doesn't. I can't order any due too quarantine so this is my only option..
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MaryT says...
My China Pear has fruit on it but now that it's turned cold I don't know if they would ripen. Will save seeds if they do.
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sternus1 says...
How old is your tree Mary, and have you tried the fruit before?
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BJ says...
Mine are full of fruit after 2 years in ground. Should be ripe in a few weeks. Doubt I'll get any as the fruit flies are getting into my Hawaiians even though they were bagged when tiny. Organza bags only work on fruits that fruit fly aren't that interested in...
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MaryT says...
Not sure how old my trees are; a couple of years since I bought from Daleys? The Mexican Cream, The Hawaiian and the China Pear all have fruit on them.
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vlct says...
if someone could kindly save me some China pear seeds. that would be great. :) thankyou..
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sternus1 says...
You know daleys has plants for sale right now?
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JohnMc1 says...
vlct, China Pear is one guava I don't have. Will take a closer interest in it, though. I have an "orange fleshed" guava doing well from seed that Mike sent me only 18 months ago. I wouldn't be surprised if it flowers next year.
The Indian guava is on the left, Mike's Orange Fleshed guava in the middle and the Hawaiian on the right.
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Ok Markmelb, here are photos as requested. First, Mexican Cream. It is in the biggest pot and therefore the largest tree
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The Hawaiian suffered a set back from mites or something when it arrived and 'died' within a few days but was brought back to life after much nursing so it is the smallest. It also have to compete for space and is pushed back constantly.
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hey sternus. they don't deliver guavas too adelaide. unless your willing to help me out like ya said few weeks ago. u get it and il pay pal you. thatd be even better :)
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Markmelb says...
Ive resubmitted this with some pics the smaller fruit is the Hawaiian and my plant in 430mm pot about same size as yours and the bigger one not a guava but is a pear LOL a few months from ripening pretty proud of the way its growing and bearing (Lamb Hass Avo)
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hey Mary how would u rate China pears taste ? better than some guavas
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Vict I have not yet tasted any of my guavas. Here is a pic of the China Pear. I can't get the tree to stand upright in the pic.
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Markmelb says...
Im not greatly impressed with the flavour of Indian Guavas - the cherrys ive had are slightly better and was keen to know if Mexicans and Hawaiians taste slightly or much better - cant wait for your report when you try the China pear - wet and rainy 13c now in Melb
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hi vlct
are you under the impression that daleys
do not deliver to adelaide at all?
click on the kiwi fruit picture at the
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MaryT says...
Will report on taste though these are the first fruit so they may improve with age. I have a jacaranda over my 'orchard' so growth is retarded. I am having an arborist come to lift the canopy next week so hopefully it will get a bit more winter sun. It's a challenge growing anything around here. The tree covers the entire front of my place and there is no backyard.
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vlct says...
hi peter due to quarantine they don't send guavas to s.a ??
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sternus1 says...
Yeah V I can do that, I'll have to work out postage first though, you'll need it express obviously so you're looking at 15$ thereabouts is my guess, I never know despite the AP guidelines what I'm out until I'm actually at the post office.
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that'd be great sternus let us know mate thanks heaps..
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peter3000 says...
ok i just tried ordering one and got the quarintine message, thats news to me, because i have got a yellow cherry and mexican cream from them way back.
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vlct says...
how does your Mexican cream taste peter?
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peter3000 says...
ended up giving that one away, fruited
very easily and was very aromatic,
tasted good, still have the yellow cherry which are ok but nothing special
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sternus1 says...
I'm yet to taste one better than the Hawaiian-derived varieties. Hong Kong pink/beaumont etc. Thai white is under rated.
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MaryT says...
vict this article suggests that guavas won't grow true from seeds

http://www.itfnet.org/contents/fruit/fruitInfo/html/trdLevel1643.html

but if my China Pear ripens and you still want the seeds I can save them for you - you also need to sprout them fresh.
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vlct says...
hopefully sternus may help me out. thanks
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vlct says...
that is, only if he is doing an order for himself..
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sternus1 says...
Makes no difference either way V, I pay the same postage cost either way. It's done by weight. Daleys postage costs too much, there are better ways of doing it. You're probably looking at 40$ thereabouts after I factor is shipping and postage. I can cut the tree
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vlct says...
yeah true itl cost a fair bit.. any other ideas sternus. cheers
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sternus1 says...
40$ all up, including the tree, is not that bad. I'd pay it.
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vlct says...
forsure I'm keen if your willing too do that for me bro..
bargain :)
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sternus1 says...
Yeah I can do that. I'll ned a couple of days before you can drop the money into paypal, because my account is frozen. I bought a PC from ebay which never showed up and paypal are punishing me for this dicknozzle's crime, have had to send all my personal info (drivers licence, birth cert and everything) to them just to get my money back. Don't EVER use paypal for a major transaction, use your bank. They'll keep your money hostage as long as they possibly can so they can generate interest off of it--that's how they make money.
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MaryT says...
sternus1 I am wondering how come you can send a guava tree to vict when Daleys can't? Wouldn't it be subject to the same quarantine rules? BTW the China Pear is out of stock at Daleys - please let us know if there is another supplier, thanks.
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vlct says...
they won't know what's in the box !
ok thanks, sounds like a head case.. il wait til u get that sorted first mate.
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Linton says...
I tried to order some other plants from Daleys about 1 months ago but got a similar message saying that due to quarantine restrictions, they couldn't be sent to Victoria.

Must say I was a bit surprised so I ended up ordering them online from another nursery up North and they were delivered to me without any problems.

Any comments?
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MaryT says...
Is this to do with guava rust that is in NSW?
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sternus1 says...
The difference between Daleys and myself Mary is that I don't give a shit about interstate quarantine laws. Daleys are made to care, but I have no doubt they don't like it either.It's bullshit like this that squashes small business and paves the way for oligopolies. When I'm given a salient reason not to ship interstate that makes sense and isn't purely a thinly vizarded money-grab, maybe I'll lower the black sails. Australia is detestably over-governed--and the type of legislation effected in the name of 'border and pest control' is precisely that which is going to pave the way for a monsanto takeover. This is how they did it in the US, India, and Europe--not through competition, but through lobbying parties and bankrolling new legislature. We now have an ultra neocon government which will, I promise, roll out the red carpet for them; it's probably already in the pipeline. Don't forget Abbott's comment that 'The only thing I wouldn't sell is my Arse'.
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MaryT says...
OK; good luck.
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sternus1 says...
Ok V, my paypal is restored.

Daleys are out of stock of China pear, let me know if you want something else.
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vlct says...
ok sweet. there in production so might just wait til there ready. have u tried the pear?
whats your fav or would recommend.
I have Hawaiin and strawberry.
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vlct says...
hey Mary is your Mexican still not ready? when are they ment too ripen up. ? late autumn or more
winter time ?
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MaryT says...
vict I hve no idea; they have been hanging on the tree for months but condition at my garden is less than ideal and I've noticed that growth is retarded here compared to gardens in full sun.
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vlct says...
hmm.. Mexican cream.. or China pear. ??
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sternus1 says...
China pear is going to be better than mexican cream.

Yoy very well might not rate either over your hawaiin though, dependng on which cultivar you have of this. A few different types get marketed.
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vlct says...
pears a larger fruit aswel, il wait til they come into stock and wel do this.. if your still willing to help out.
I'm not sure about the Hawaiian hey, I got it from Perry's here in s.a.
yellow skin. pink flesh.. no fruit yet.
can't wait too deHidrate a few tho..
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vlct says...
has anyone grown the Hawaiian guava variety from Perry's fruit nursery here in south oz .?
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is this a cream or china pear ?
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MaryT says...
Not China pear, vict, as mine looks like a pear. My Mexican creams are somewhat rounder so maybe not that either.
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this was inside. was so nice
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vlct says...
it could only be a China pear hey ?
it was a old tree.
the Mexicans are small and round. it had some hard seeds.
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TMary says...
OK vict; I stand corrected. As you can see my China Pear looks like a pear and my Mexican is not much smaller. Of course both are immature and may get bigger (or not).
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vlct says...
so jealous...
some of the tip came off when I picked it so it may
look a lil different.. what else could it be?
idian guava ..
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here's a better photo Mary.. there looking more pear shaped ?
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does Mexican cream have same leaves as pear.
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MaryT says...
oops yes, they look like pears :)
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Sorry vict - the first photo was upside down - the China Pear leaf is actually broader on the bottom!
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TMary says...
They look quite similar, vict. The China Pear leaf seems to be more rounded on top and the Mexican leaf is more rounded on the bottom.

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thanks Mary I'm positive there the China pear..
hopefully sternus can still help me out with one :)
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MaryT says...
vict if you have access to a China Pear tree maybe you can try getting some cuttings or do an air layer. And do save the seeds of the fruit and plant them too.
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vlct says...
when would be the best time to take a cutting. and what's the best method? thanks..
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MaryT says...
I have not tried propagating guavas but I would go for air layering from what I've read. Others may have experience?
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JohnMc1 says...
Air layering works for me. I've had success from October onwards here. They are slow to take you need patience.
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vlct says...
thanks john. I've found a sucker with some roots. hopefuly itl take off for me..
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thanks john. I've found a sucker with some roots. hopefuly itl take off for me..
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Terrence says...
Please take note----yes, you can grow guavas in Melbourne but the fruit is poor tasting and ,in my opinion, not worth growing.
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26th May 2014 5:44pm
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MaryT says...
Lucky you, vict - I'm sure it will go well for you.
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27th May 2014 7:07am
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vlct says...
some of my picked (chinapear) are turning shade of red. Do they change colour like the Mexican
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28th May 2014 7:06am
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MaryT says...
vict, I believe that the skin of the China Pear is meant to be 'flushed with red'.
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28th May 2014 7:13am
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vlct says...
thanks Mary.. sounding more and more like the pear. I'm convinced. thanks again.
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28th May 2014 8:18am
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TMary says...
That's great; vict. Unfortunately my largest China Pear fell into my hand this morning not quite ripe and I noticed some rot on the bottom. Sad. The fruit was fragrant and would probably be nice cooked. There are about a hundred seeds in it so I might try to sprout some. :(
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28th May 2014 9:52am
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TMary says...
A hungry caterpillar made a meal of my Mexican Cream. :(
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28th May 2014 10:17am
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vlct says...
hey mary, if u get a chance. would you be able to post a photo difference between the flesh of the mexican and the China pear .?
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31st May 2014 9:31am
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BJ says...
Made a nice juice this morning with a load of china pear and Hawaiian guavas. The skin of the china pear I find quite bitter and gritty, so i find it tastes best if it's peeled before juicing/blending. The Mexican creams are slower with only a few set to ripen in the next few days, but another nice flowering coming on now.
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31st May 2014 12:22pm
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MaryT says...
OK vict; will do when I have more ripe ones.
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31st May 2014 3:38pm
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vlct says...
does anyone know what type guava this is very large and mostly round..
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12th June 2014 7:05am
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denise1 says...
can you send a photo of the inside?
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12th June 2014 11:15am
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12th June 2014 4:14pm
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sternus1 says...
thai white.
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12th June 2014 5:25pm
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vlct says...
any good eating.?
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13th June 2014 9:35am
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sternus1 says...
Pretty good, depends what you like in guava. They never go soft, and are meant to be eaten like apples. Apple guavas are a different cultivar but they are essentially the same in all respects, including taste and consistency.
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13th June 2014 5:31pm
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Raquel says...
Just wait a bit. I have a mexican guava and I thought it died from the frost. The leaves fell off and some turned red. I still planted it in the ground two weeks ago hoping that it's still alive. Bingo! The new shoots are starting to come out. It thrived from a few hot weather we had lately. I cant wait for summer.
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12th October 2014 11:06pm
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Raquel says...
I had a mango tree in the pot for two winters as we were waiting to move in to our new house we built. Surprisingly, it survived and thrived during summer. It was growing very fast that it seems to be busting out of the pot. I didn't do any extra except to water and fertilise. I just placed the pot beside the fence facing the afternoon sun. It is now in its permanent place and hoping to thrive there.
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12th October 2014 11:15pm
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Linton says...
The Brazilian Guava leaves also turned deep red in the cold Winter.

However, on another unknown Guava variety next to it in the second picture, the leaves have remained green.
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17th August 2015 3:21pm
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Phoenix says...
Can anyone here supply me with guava leaves? I'm using them to boil into a extract for a hair treatment. Will offer $10 for 20 leaves
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Cranbourne West
4th August 2016 10:39am
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Benji says...
It's because of the wind I have one too cover during winter
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Clayton
16th August 2016 1:39pm
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Benji says...
Put a tape round the trunk n apply some bearing grease so the caterpillars don't climb
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