If you’re looking for something different to grow, try guava (Psidium guajava)! Their deliciously sweet, sour or tangy fruit are perfect for eating fresh, made into jams, smoothies or desserts. And, the trees are generous when it comes to fruiting, so there will certainly be no shortage!

They grow best in sub-tropical to tropical areas, although the cherry guava (Psidium cattleyanum) can be grown in warm temperate zones (check your label before buying). Guavas also make attractive feature trees and can be used as a hedging screen or grown in large pots. 


How to grow Guavas in a garden

  1. Choose a sunny spot with well-drained soil. Enrich the soil with Yates Dynamic Lifter Organic Plant Food. If the soil is clay based, add gypsum and fork in well. 
  2. Dig the planting hole twice as wide and to the same depth as the root-ball. Remove the plant from the container, gently tease the roots and cut away any circled or tangled roots.
  3. Position in hole and backfill with soil, gently firming down. Form a raised doughnut shaped ring of soil around the outer edge of the plant's root zone. This helps keep water where it's needed. Always water in well after planting to settle the soil around the roots and keep the soil moist for several weeks while the new plant establishes.
  4. Mulch around the base with organic mulch like bark chips, woodchip or pea straw, keeping it away from the trunk.
  5. Water deeply, once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions.
  6. During the growing and flowering/fruiting season, feed with Yates Thrive Citrus & Fruit Granular Plant Food.
    Throughout the year, apply Yates Thrive Fish Blood & Bone Plant Food Concentrate.

     
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How to grow a Guava in a pot

  1. Choose a pot at least 600mm wide. Position in full sun and fill with quality potting mix, such as Yates Premium Potting Mix.
  2. Remove the plant from the container, gently tease the roots and cut away any circled or tangled roots.
  3. Position in pot and backfill with potting mix, gently firming down. Water in well.
  4. Water deeply, once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions.
  5. During the growing and flowering/fruiting season, feed with Yates Thrive Citrus Liquid Plant Food.
    Throughout the year, apply Yates Thrive Fish Blood & Bone Plant Food Concentrate.


More Plants

Oranges

Oranges are delicious when eaten fresh, juiced or cooked. Trees can grow up to 6 metres so for small gardens or pots, choose a dwarf variety.

Apples

Apples can grow into large trees, but you can also find dwarf forms. Be sure to find a self-fertile variety or two which can cross-pollinate.

Strawberry

Strawberries happily grow in raised garden beds, in the garden, in pots or even hanging baskets. Eat them fresh, cooked or make into jams.

Passionfruit

Passionfruits grows on vigorous vines and need at least a 2.5m high support, so they’re ideal for growing up and across a pergola or along a sunny fence.


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