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Guava 'Mexican Cream'

Psidium guajava 'Mexican Cream'

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Sweet, creamy, fragrant oval-shaped fruit grows on the 'Mexican Cream' variety of guava trees. The Mexican Cream variety has cream to white, fine-textured pulp that is widely used in desserts and the making of jams and jellies in the culinary world. It is beneficial for overall health due to the antioxidants contains, as well as being used in various other medicinal applications. This evergreen tree can also be planted as an ornamental garden tree, or either as a container plant or an indoor plant.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer
Fruiting time
Winter

Harvesting

Pick guava either green or ripe. When ripe, the skin of the fruit of most varieties will turn from green to yellow, although some remain green. Fruit will continue to ripen after picking. Fruits will keep for 5–7 days in the refrigerator or 3–4 days at room temperature. After freezing, you can store guava for up to a year. Pick young leaves or use the leaves from parts of the plant you remove when pruning to make a tea.

Propagation

Cuttings
Stem cuttings with 2 or 3 leaves will root in soilless media.
Seed
Germination takes 28–84 days. The resulting plants will not remain true to type and therefore needs grafting of desired cultivar. It’ll take 3–8 years for production.​
Layering
Air or mound layering.

Special features

Indoor plant
Can be grown indoors in colder climates given enough space and sunlight is provided.​
Pot plant
Can be grown in containers.
Attracts useful insects
Attracts insects such as honeybees.
Attracts birds
Flowers and fruit attracts various birds.
Hedge plant
Can take heavy pruning and can be used as informal hedges or screens.

Geography

Origin
Central America and Mexico.
Natural climate
Sub-tropical

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Uses

Medicinal
Beneficial for the treatment of digestive issues, dysentery, coughing, colds, scurvy, and high blood pressure. Guava (and guava leaf tea) helps to decrease or moderate blood sugar levels.
Edible
The fruit is excellent fresh or for desserts to make guava paste, jelly or syrup, ​and the leaves are often used for tea.
Notes
Culinary, medicinal

Personality

Family
Myrtaceae
Flower colour
White - cream
Scent
Mild

Problems

Pests include the mediterrean fruit fly, guava moths, thrips, guava whiteflies, scale, nematodes, and mealybugs. Diseases include guava wilt, anthracnose, leaf spot, algal spot or red rust, canker, and seedling blight.

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