Last Updated on March 14, 2023 by Paul Guzman
Pineapple Guava Plant Care Feijoa sellowiana. A sensational plant that produces fruit and gives landscape appeal. It is an evergreen plant that will grow about 12-15 ft. tall and 5 ft. wide. It is native to Brazil and Argentina and gets larger in its native land. The pineapple guava will produce a white flower with a showy red bottom. Also, dark red spikes in the middle and dark green waxy leaves for a nice contrast combination.
Use them as a Hedge
Since it is evergreen, it can be used as a small to medium-sized hedge. Perfect for small to medium-sized yards. They do not mind the trimming as long as it is done in late winter or early spring before flowers start to bloom.
It will do well in the lower elevations of the Southwest but it’s best to follow the advice we have outlined in this post.
Watering Pineapple Guava
They like regular watering after initially planting water every day for about two weeks then cutting back to every other day on a good working drip system. About 15-20 minutes every other day once it has been well established, They need good well composted soil.
Use Good Composted Soil
Soil that is loose and retains water is what they want. Sandy soil is a big no-no for this plant, and so is caliche soil. Best to use a combination of Compost and topsoil when you first plant it. Be sure you dig your hole twice as wide as your container and at least the same length as the pot. If you have caliche or hard soil, go twice as deep and backfill with compost and topsoil.
What and when to Fertilize
Fertilize with a good all-purpose fertilizer with an analysis of 20-20-20 meaning 20 percent nitrogen, 20 percent phosphorus, and 20 percent potash. Or something remarkably close. I highly recommend Grow-More’s 20-20-20 fertilizer. Learn more about fertilizer at “What is Fertilizer“?
The soil in and around the American southwest is poor soil and alkaline. If you want a healthy long-lasting plant fertilize once per month starting in mid-March and ending in mid-October.
Where to place this plant
It likes full sun but does not mind some shade especially afternoon shade. Underneath a big tree will work providing the tree gives plenty of filtered light. As mentioned, before it will bloom in late spring or early summer.
The Fruit of the Pineapple Guava Plant
The fruit of the Pineapple Guava tastes more like bananas than pineapple. Some say, including me, they taste like kiwi and strawberries. It is a small fruit about 2.5 inches long and is typically ready for harvesting in mid-fall. Learn more about the Pineapple Guava at Wikipedia.
You can usually find this plant at most local independent nursery stores. Guzman’s Greenhouse stores will normally have them from early spring until mid-July. But you should call first before venturing out to see if we have this plant. Our number is on our home page Guzman’s Greenhouse.
You can also purchase it at Monrovia.com and have it delivered to your local nursery. This does depend on whether your nursery does business with Monrovia wholesale nurseries.
You can also learn much more about this plant over at Wikipedia.
More evergreen shrubs and trees for the American Southwest.
USDA gardening zone 8-11.
Pineapple Guava Plant Care
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