Growing Guava Tree

growing guava tree

Growing Guava Tree (Psidium guajava) from seed to harvest. Guavas are a group of tropical trees in the Psidium genus that produce delicious fruit. It is a shrub or small tree which grows 2 to 8 m tall. The guava tree is the perfect fruit tree to plant in any sized garden and can also be grown in containers.

Growing Guava Tree from Seed

  • Guava Tree Seeds can take up to eight weeks to germinate, so you have to be patient.
  • Soak the seeds in warm water prior to planting, to soften the tough outside and encourage germination.
  • Fill a 4-inch nursery pot with seed starting mix.
  • Press one guava seed into the center of the pot. Use your thumb to gently press the seed under the soil, and cover it with a little bit of the starting mix.
  • Soak the pot with water using a gentle misting spray or the soak setting on the hose, to avoid disrupting the seed.
  • Place the container in a warm place with temperatures around 18C or above.
  • The seeds should germinate in 2-8 weeks depending upon the temperature.
  • Fruit production starts after about 3 years.

Maintaining Guava Trees

  • Prune the Guava tree back to about 2 to 3m each year in late winter or early spring. The guava tree bears fruits on new growth, so pruning is essential.
  • Once a tree is established, fertilizing 3 – 4 times a year is sufficient.
  • Although quite drought tolerant once the tree is established, it is best to keep the soil of the guava tree moist during the blooming and fruiting season.

Harvesting Guavas

  • Harvest guavas when the skin feels slightly soft under light pressure.
  • Guavas are harvested when the peel turns from light green to yellow.
  • Allow fruits to ripen further at room temperature for a few days.
  • Refrigerate guavas for longer term storage.
Medical Disclaimer

Information is for educational and informational purposes only and may not be construed as medical advice. The information is not intended to replace medical advice or treatment offered by healthcare professionals.

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