The guava fruit tastes fruity and slightly floral, a cross between a strawberry and a pear, you can try and grow it yourself with this guide!
Guava trees are native to South and Central America. They look attractive when fully grown and produce delicious fruits (guavas).
Guava trees can grow to a maximum height of 33 feet. So unless you have a double or triple height room in your home, you cannot grow them indoors.
The best regions to grow guavas in the USA are Southern California, Hawaii, Texas, and Florida. In the U.K., it is difficult to grow them.
In this guide, we will share with you information on how to easily grow guava trees from guava tree seedlings. If you follow it, you will be harvesting delicious, immune-boosting, and energy-giving guava fruits from your backyard in no time.
How To Plant Guava Fruit Trees
You can grow a guava tree from a seed, a seedling, or a cutting. The easiest way to grow a guava tree is from a seedling. So get a seedling from a reputable local nursery or an online store.
Once you get a guava tree seedling, you can prepare a planting site in your garden. Do this by tilling the ground thoroughly and mixing it with planting soil or compost. Once you do this, hole the planting site in the middle.
Make the hole twice as big as the width of your seedling’s root ball and about as deep as the root ball. Then place the seedling the hole after removing its plastic container. After placing the seedling, pack soil and compost around it to stabilize it.
After planting a guava seedling, water it thoroughly.
How To Care For Guava Fruit Trees
Consistently watering your guava tree is important, but what is even more important is staking it. Many people assume guava plants do not need support, but they do especially in the first month.
They also need fertilization every three months. The best fertilizers for guava trees are fertilizers that are rich in phosphorus.
Guava trees grow really tall, so they need occasional pruning to remove tall and sunlight-blocking branches.
How To Harvest Guava Fruit
Guava trees are grown from seedlings generally take less than three years to start producing fruit. Those grown from seedlings take about eight years.
To know if your guavas are ready when they start changing colour from green, and they will give to light pressure.
The tastiest guavas are those left to fully ripen on guava trees.
You can harvest guavas by cutting them from stems using sharp scissors. Once you have harvested ripe guavas, you can store them for 14 days max in a refrigerator.
Tips & Common Problems
If you want to grow more than one guava tree in your garden, you should plant them at least 10 feet apart to ensure they do not compete for nutrients.
And if you are growing them in a hot climate, you should protect them from the hot sun using netting, especially when they are young.
Fruit flies, moths, and whiteflies can attack guava trees. The best way to deal with these pests is to use sticky traps.