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GUAVA

Psidium guajava

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The guava is beautiful tropical tree which are cultivated for it's delicious fruits. In South Africa they are classified as invasive and tend to be a problem in KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Flowering time
Summer
Fruiting time
Winter

Harvesting

There is a distinctive change in the colour and aroma of a guava when it ripens. For the best flavour, allow the fruit to ripen on the tree, however the fruit can also be picked green-mature to ripen of the tree at room temperature. Place the fruit in a brown paper bag with a banana or apple if you'd like to hasten ripening.

Propagation

Seed
Source fresh seeds, obtained from a quality source. Prepare a pot and fill it with a seed starting soil mix that contains ample organic matter. Press the seed gently into the soil mix and make sure that you cover the seed with a bit of soil mix. Place the container in a warm place and keep an eye on the pot and water when needed. The seed should germinate in about 2 - 8 weeks.

Special features

Geography

Origin
Tropical regions of Central and South America
Natural climate
Tropical, frost-free areas

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Uses

Edible
Fruits are eaten fresh or porcessed into jams, jellies and preserves.

Personality

Family
Myrtaceae
Flower colour
White
Scent
Mild

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