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Which feijoa for Melbourne?

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I am planning on planting a feijoa in a semi-shady part of our yard but I'm confused over the varieties. Which one should suit us?

Can I plant another type of guava, such as strawberry guava for cross-pollination or does it have to be anotehr feijoa? Actually now I write that I'm thinking it's got to be two feijoas... but one is okay isn't it?

Also- how fast do they usually grow? If I bought a decent size plant to start with (I think they are about 50-100cms tall usually?) how long till it's about 2m tall? The shady spot will probably slow it down a little too I'm guessing.

Thanks!! :)
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meow
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9th September 2009 2:42pm
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Jantina says...
Hi meow, quoting from L. Glowinski, all feijoas should grow and fruit well in Melb. Mammoth, Appollo and Coolidge are either self or partially self fertile and the rest need a pollinator.You may however have other feijoas close by that would do the job. They are heavy feeders and though drought tolerant once established respond to watering when it's dry. Hope that helps.
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11th September 2009 12:03pm
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meow says...
That helps heaps thanks! I was looking through the ones Daley's lists but couldn't work out what was good.
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melbournefeijoas says...
Does anyone know where I can purchase a feijoa tree or the seeds to grow one? thanks!
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Melbourne
18th August 2010 4:47pm
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Julie says...
Seed-grown plants are very unreliable. The tree may grow, but you might not get any fruit. Better to buy a grafted one.
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19th August 2010 7:55pm
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epiphany says...
Just bear in mind some varieties can get really big. We had a Unique back home in NZ...it was a smaller tree compared to some I've seen (never got very big at all, in fact) & is self-fertile. Ours produced lovely big fruit & I was very sad to leave it behind when we moved here (although I managed to replace it later on).

I agree about seedlings. If you want a reliable cropper, get a named variety. Some seedlings may be fantastic fruiters but the majority I've heard about so far either don't fruit or are very poor fruiters with inferior fruit.
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19th August 2010 11:17pm
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J says...
Is it hard to graft named varieties onto seedlings?
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russ says...
i got 2 plants from bunnings if that helps
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Rob says...
Hey guys,
Does anyone know of anywhere in the Geelong/Surfcoast/Portland area or on the net I can buy some "brand name" feijoa trees? Dailys don't post them to Vic.
I have 2 "no name" trees and want to get some others so they will hopefully cross pollinate.

Alternatively and cuttings would be oh so greatly appreciated!!
Thanks
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21st November 2010 8:55pm
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Violet_Cactus says...
Hi Rob,
Perry's nursery in South Australia sells 2 kinds of named feijoas online.
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VioletCactus1
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21st November 2010 9:56pm
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Phil@Tyalgum says...
Rob if you don't have any luck I could give my Mammoth and Large Oval trees a trim and either try and get them going for you or send you the cuttings.
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epiphany says...
Rob...I tired to take some cuttings of my Unique & Apollo a month or two ago but I don't think they've taken (it's actually a bit hard to tell). If they have, you're more than welcome to them. If they haven't, I'm happy to try again later in the year when I trim them again.
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23rd November 2010 4:29pm
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Rob says...
Thanks guys that is so helpful! I have emailed Perries to see if they will send to me. I would love cuttings though if it is still ok ( I love a challenge + am trying to make a hedge!)
My email is Inhernest@live.com
Thanks!!!!!
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26th November 2010 6:08pm
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Phil@Tyalgum says...
Interestingly, Glowinski states that named varieties are more difficult to grow from cuttings than your everyday seedling. I've found that true to date but will persist - might even graft one for you to practice my skills.
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Violet_Cactus says...
Hi Epiphany,
I'd be very interested in cuttings of Unique and Apollo if you have any spare later on.
I have Mammoth and Nazemetz if you want to do a swap (just baby trees - I got them from Perry's recently.

angavar at yahoo dot com
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27th November 2010 9:04am
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Rob says...
FYI Perrys in SA sell them for $55 each + postage.
I think i will have to bite the bullet and get this hedge going!
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Violet_Cactus says...
Rob are you going to start your feijoa hedge from seeds or cuttings?
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VioletCactus1
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1st December 2010 9:36pm
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Rob says...
I have two generic feijoa already, i plan to buy two named varieties to help with pollination and if any cuttings come my way i wouldn't knock them back ha ha. The area is only maybe 6m long that needs to cover a shed wall.
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2nd December 2010 6:39pm
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amanda says...
My home brand feijoa flowered well this season but didn't set fruit. All of the other types of guavas did (as usual) so it definitely needs a friend :)
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2nd December 2010 7:23pm
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ringelstrumpf says...
Our local nursery sold me fejoas and I have just looked on the tag - no variety!
But they seem to grow here in Katoomba at 1000 m. They told me that I can use them as a windbreak.
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Rob10 says...
Hey all,
I have 4 Feijoa in the ground, all very healthy, full of fruit and about waist high and bushy. I am wanting to move them from one property to another in Autumn, both in South West Vic, and am wondering if anyone has transplanted them successfully or has any tips.
All I can find on the net is one website saying just don't.
Thanks
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Jason says...
I always go by the theory if it doesn't go dormant but can grow by cuttings then you can move it. If it won't you can't.

I'd imagine they can be moved, in the end its just a really big cutting with the advantage of still having half its roots.

I've tried moving avocados and that's garunteed death but I would definitely give fejoia a try with confidence. Take some cuttings while you are there just in case it goes badly.
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JimmyJam says...
Has anyone seen a named variety on the east side of Melbourne recently? I saw some nice looking no name plants at a nursery but I don't want to waste my time if they end up not producing fruit.
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BenW says...
I'm pretty sure there were some Apollo and Mammoth at Bulleen Art and garden a few weeks ago.

I'd give them a call before heading over though, as I might be mistaken.
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Rawry57 says...
I don't know which feijoa was grown as hedge since 1960's by my uncle, still growing fruits every year as now.
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