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tropicalaria
Tri-Cities, WA
(Zone 7b)

July 14, 2006
8:16 AM

Post #2504202

After three years, my strawberry guava is finally blooming. I didn't even know that the flowers were fragrant until I smelled this one.

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Vee8ch
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

July 14, 2006
11:25 AM

Post #2504343

I adore Strawberry guava! When you have lots of flowers to waste pop one of them in your mouth for a treat! The flowers themselves are edible and yummy! :)
stressbaby
Fulton, MO

July 14, 2006
12:29 PM

Post #2504479

Tropicalaria, how big is your tree? Mine has grown well but has not bloomed. SB
tropicalaria
Tri-Cities, WA
(Zone 7b)

July 14, 2006
4:03 PM

Post #2505241

It's pretty small and has bushed out, about three feet wide and two feet tall. I grew this one from seed. I would prefer a tree form but I have no idea how to prune it. I wonder if cuttings would root?

Edible flowers eh? Just like the pineapple guava--but completely different!
Ncasselberryfla
Geneva, FL
(Zone 9b)

July 14, 2006
6:14 PM

Post #2505680

They are delicous and make great jam, but, they can also get infested with the little worms each year in the fruit--a real pain. Is this a problem anywhere else? I am in the Orlando, Florida area.
tropicalaria
Tri-Cities, WA
(Zone 7b)

July 14, 2006
6:58 PM

Post #2505777

I sure hope these aren't the same worms that destroy my cherries. On the other hand, I don't even know if these will set fruit parthenocarpically.
dwallace59
Bradenton, FL
(Zone 9b)

July 15, 2006
1:11 PM

Post #2508209

All guavas can get fruit fly larva. This is the same fly that can destroy papayas. I have both and have had some trouble but fortunately both produce enough fruit that I get more than enough for us. Below is picture of our Cattley Guava. It is about 4 years old and 10 foot tall.

DW

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cyberageous
Everglades, FL
(Zone 10a)

July 16, 2006
1:14 PM

Post #2511431

Beautiful Guava tree, dwallace! I have been bottoming mine out because of their beutiful shiny trunk for the ones coming up the driveway and I still have a few to plant further away and let them bush out. They grow wild here so I need to take them out back. Maybe I can make a deal with the bear to stay back there instead of coming to the farm.

All I have is golden guava (3ft tall) and 2 baby pineapple guava. I would love to get seeds for others if anyone has extra (trade or sase).
steph_gem
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10b)

August 8, 2006
3:28 AM

Post #2598304

strawberrry gauvas are super yummy
LindaCA
Concord, CA
(Zone 9a)

August 14, 2006
9:14 PM

Post #2622312

I have a strawberry quava tree that is about 5 feet tall, has very small fruit that is not ripe yet. Last year it had a couple of fruit on it. Its a cute little tree. I planted it a couple of years ago and it was about 4 feet tall. I still don't know what the fruit tastes like.
Linda
shovelmonkey
Long Beach, CA
(Zone 10a)

August 16, 2006
5:03 PM

Post #2628818

I have 2 strawberry Cattley Guava loaded with fruit. Last year the fruit rats got most of the fruit. The ones I did manage to get were watery and had no flavor. The trees are only 2 years old. Should the fruit be sweet and strawberry-like in flavor? Is there something I can do to help with the sugar content? Or should I just leave them to the rats? I planted the trees as a hedge.
cyberageous
Everglades, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 14, 2006
11:46 AM

Post #2721693

Is it lime that sweetens the fruit? Can't remember but my mom did that to keep the citrus sweet. Maybe you can read up on that. One of my books says use 4-6-8 fertilizer.

Com on guys! I sure would love to get a few seeds from you for SASE!
dwallace59
Bradenton, FL
(Zone 9b)

September 15, 2006
10:48 AM

Post #2725547

Cyberageous

Are you still are looking for guava seeds?

I have an unknown pink variety and Ruby Supreme seeds left over.. Just let me know if you want some.

Dale
cyberageous
Everglades, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 15, 2006
10:52 AM

Post #2725553

Sure Dale! I don't know why- guava is very popular here but you can't find plants or seeds. I will d-mail you my address. Thank you so much! I can get more dwarf papaya seeds if I may reward you for your generosity.
tropicalaria
Tri-Cities, WA
(Zone 7b)

September 15, 2006
5:49 PM

Post #2726737

Just a note that my strawberry guava flowered for about a month. Lots of flowers, no fruit. I suppose I'll need a second one for pollination.
dwallace59
Bradenton, FL
(Zone 9b)

September 17, 2006
9:51 AM

Post #2731748

Cyberageous

I sent you a Dmail this morning.

You are right about the difficulty finding tropical guava trees for sale. You can find Cattley everywhere but unless you go to a nursery that has a good variety of tropical fruit trees you rarely see tropical guavas.

At the Manatee Rare Fruit tree sale I brought 20 or so tropical guava trees and everyone sold. I also brought 15 nice Cattley guavas (a couple had flowers and/or fruit) and only a couple sold. I guess you never know.

Good luck with the seeds.

Dale

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cyberageous
Everglades, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 17, 2006
1:46 PM

Post #2732020

Good morning! I already had lunch and about to do my "horizonal digestion". We do our gardening at dawn and dusk when it's the coolest.

My neighbor brought me a tray of guava paste that she just made for me to send to Darius. That was so nice of her. Excuse type-o's- I broke my glasses. This guava paste was wonderful- I can't imagine better quava. Ours grows wild here but tastes good- not great tho. My trees (local variety) are less that 2 years old and were rootbound for quite a while before I finally got to plant them in the ground. I hope by next year, they will take off and fruit. Yours is magnificent!!!!! How old is it?
dwallace59
Bradenton, FL
(Zone 9b)

September 18, 2006
10:48 AM

Post #2734586

It was pretty good size when I got it, maybe two years old. It has been in the ground two years now and really took of this summer. It has both flowers and fruit on it right now.

I have a much smaller one next to it that is only a couple of years old and is may 5 feet tall now that has not flowered yet. Below is a picture of it.

Dale


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cyberageous
Everglades, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 18, 2006
10:52 AM

Post #2734591

I didn't get to see the image! Ahhhhh. I bet it's as beautiful as the older one!
dwallace59
Bradenton, FL
(Zone 9b)

September 19, 2006
11:28 AM

Post #2738328

Lets try it again.

Dale

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cyberageous
Everglades, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 19, 2006
11:40 AM

Post #2738351

I can't wait for my guava to grow. My neighbor's guava is fruiting like crazy and she gave me some homemade yummy guava paste.
I can't even imagine how wonderful the cattley guava is.
cyberageous
Everglades, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 21, 2006
10:28 AM

Post #2744914

My husband brought me a strawberry guava cuban pastry. Boy was it awesome!
cyberageous
Everglades, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 21, 2006
10:31 AM

Post #2744920

Dale- I never got a d-mail from you so please don't think I am rude for not getting back to you.
Haydee
Jacksonville, NC
(Zone 8a)

October 8, 2006
1:59 PM

Post #2796705

How well will tropical guava do in zone 8, North Carolina?

I would love to have a few seeds to experiment with. I am a novice at this sort of thing.

Regards,

Haydee
cyberageous
Everglades, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 8, 2006
6:37 PM

Post #2797287

I don't know anything about guava in zone 8 except that it grows like crazy here. I planted all my guava seed, sorry but maybe another DG'er might still have some. Maybe next year I can help you with seeds.
LindaCA
Concord, CA
(Zone 9a)

October 9, 2006
8:50 PM

Post #2801086

My strawberry quavas are finally ripe and boy are they delicious. The seeds are a pain but the fruit is wonderful.
I can save seeds if anyone still wants them.
Linda
BDunn
Sunset Beach, NC
(Zone 8a)

October 16, 2006
6:27 AM

Post #2821220

Haydee,
I had pineapple guava when I lived at Sunset Beach, NC (south of Wilmington) and the flowered, but didn't fruit. I think if it had fruited there still wouldn't have been time for the fruit to mature before the weather turned too chilly. If you're closer to the water, the temp will stay up a couple of more degrees than inland. I think you can do the pineapple guava there, but you might want to plant on the south side of your house. I loved the flowers on mine!
Barbara
aimeelea
Deer Park, TX

May 21, 2007
2:09 AM

Post #3518368

I have a pineapple guava that blooms profusely,but doesn't fruit.I just bought some frozen(unknown type)guava from an oriental mkt.,and planted the seeds. Hoping some will come up. If you have extra seeds or cuttings of a cross pollinator,I would love some.I'm not sure what it needs to fruit. aimee
stressbaby
Fulton, MO

May 21, 2007
2:17 AM

Post #3518399

Wow, this is an old thread. My Strawberry Guavas are covered with fruit, as is my Guava 'Nana' and the Lemon Guava. They are VERY difficult from cuttings, aimeelea. I have tried many times and I have never had one root. I can refer anyone who is interested to another forum/thread describing the somewhat specialized technique that is apparently necessary to root these from cuttings.

Seeds, OTOH, are easy. I have Lemon Guava seeds for anyone interested.
jbclem
Topanga, CA

May 21, 2007
2:45 AM

Post #3518494

stessbaby,

I'd like to have some of your lemon guava seeds. Should I send you a SASE?


John
Topanga Canyon, Ca.

Ariel73
Riverview, FL
(Zone 9b)

May 22, 2007
12:30 PM

Post #3522906

Are Guavas true to seed?

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

May 23, 2007
2:05 AM

Post #3525405

I'm glad I found this tread. For those of us in lower zones than 9. Listen up. Guava can grow successfully in our regions. Only problem is, does it need another variety for cross polination? I've one, brought from Lowes a couple of year ago. It's about 5' tall, spreading habit. It tolerated the weather well, last year I've noticed one single flower. No fruit! (I'm contemplating on moving it to a brighter, more sunny area), but now, new question arises; cross polination? Any input would be appreciated.
Kim
stressbaby
Fulton, MO

May 23, 2007
2:10 AM

Post #3525418

Mine in the GH seem to set fruit without any trouble. 'Nana,' Lemon, and Strawberry Guava have all set fruit separately on their own.

Lemon and Strawberry are separate species or subspecies, not varieties, and so I think that they are true from seed. Someone correct me if I am wrong.

SB

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

May 23, 2007
2:23 AM

Post #3525471

Stressbaby;
I've Lemon tree in GH, during the winter months they bloomed so profusely. Comes spring. All flowers fell off. Lack of polinators (insects, bees) I gathered?
They said that Blueberries require a different variety, as does Paw Paw. Some fruits tree/vine have male/female flowers. The info. sometimes is more than I can digest on one sitting. lol
Kim
Heavinscent
South West, LA
(Zone 9a)

May 25, 2007
3:31 AM

Post #3533192

Stressbaby, I would love to have some of your seeds. JLMK if you still have some I send an enve.
Thanks!
Caren
dwallace59
Bradenton, FL
(Zone 9b)

May 26, 2007
2:25 PM

Post #3537948

I have never had trouble with either my Ruby Supreme or Strawberry guava flowering and fruiting. I am not aware of any other guava trees in the immediate area.

I have grown hundreds from seeds and are ready to plant in about 18 months. I have never had luck with cuttings either but I do not have a misting bed either. Air layering is another popular way of propagtion.

Dale

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

May 26, 2007
5:32 PM

Post #3538440

It's helpful info. Thanks. I was just wondering whether I should move mine, or needing to get more in order to set fruits.
Thanks all.
Kim

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

May 28, 2007
8:37 PM

Post #3545836

My guava have few flower buds! Finally. I'll see if I beat the chipmonds and squirrels to its fruit this year!!!
stressbaby
Fulton, MO

May 31, 2007
10:07 PM

Post #3558677

The Strawberry Guava turned color abruptly, almost overnight. Taste, to me, is slightly better than the Lemon Guava.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

June 1, 2007
1:17 AM

Post #3559334

Congrats!!!! Stressbaby, which zone are you in? May I ask?
stressbaby
Fulton, MO

June 1, 2007
1:49 AM

Post #3559505

5b/6a. But I cheated, you see, because the guavas are grown year-round in the greenhouse.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

June 1, 2007
12:48 PM

Post #3560891

That's all the more better. Congratulations!!! You've success.
redheadedwonder11
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

May 27, 2008
4:06 AM

Post #5008428

I just bought some red strawberry guava seeds. Impatiently waiting for them to arrive in the mail so I can start some! :)

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

May 27, 2008
2:22 PM

Post #5009675

The seeds will germinate easily with warm environment. I've had good success with tropical guava's seed germination, and now have several seedlings that are several inches tall.








redheadedwonder11
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

May 27, 2008
6:19 PM

Post #5010676

Would it be advisable to use a heat mat? I was thinking of getting a heat mat through the co-op that is open right now, but I wasn't sure how much it would get used.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

May 27, 2008
7:11 PM

Post #5010965

My zone is much warmer in general, but I germinated mine in the basement greenhouse with supplemental light. Temp. in 70's and without supplemental heat mat.
redheadedwonder11
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

May 28, 2008
12:31 AM

Post #5012226

Ok. I think I will try germinating them with a heat mat. Does it matter at what time of year they are started?
Heavinscent
South West, LA
(Zone 9a)

June 10, 2008
12:05 AM

Post #5079360

How do you know when the fruit is ripe? I have about 8 green fruits but they don't seem to be doing much. They have looked the same for about a month now. Thanks for any help!
Caren

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

June 10, 2008
12:34 AM

Post #5079522

Caren, have you got some pics.? Is yours strawberry guava, or pineaple guava?
Kim
Heavinscent
South West, LA
(Zone 9a)

June 10, 2008
1:16 AM

Post #5079748

Sorry, mine is the strawberry guava. I started this one from seed 3 years ago. Here is a pic of the fruit

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stressbaby
Fulton, MO

June 10, 2008
12:20 PM

Post #5081555

Strawberry guava turns red when ripe. They will sit there for a long time.

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Heavinscent
South West, LA
(Zone 9a)

June 10, 2008
3:05 PM

Post #5082342

Thank you!
Flower_Mtl
Montreal
Canada

June 29, 2008
2:45 AM

Post #5175690

I have also started seeds for this wonderful fruit tree. I intend to grow mine in a container. Any advice for growing guavas in container
redheadedwonder11
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

July 2, 2008
11:28 PM

Post #5194991

I am starting seeds for container growing too :) The first one I tried to grow ended up molding. :( Hopefully I will have better luck another time. Have your seeds germinated yet Flower?
Flower_Mtl
Montreal
Canada

July 4, 2008
1:50 PM

Post #5202699

No they have not. But my roselle seeds I bought from Tradewind Fruit and Plant seeds have already germinated, after about two days. Please note that they are in a greenhouse, which gets very hot during the day.

Has anyone have luck with guava seeds purchased from Tradewind fruit and plant seeds?

Thanks,
Charmaine
redheadedwonder11
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

July 5, 2008
2:57 AM

Post #5205839

I have had very good luck with Tradewind. I purchased a bunch of stuff and what I planted has had a great germination rate. That is where I got the guava from. Right now, I have marsh mallow and pacay growing from them.
Flower_Mtl
Montreal
Canada

July 5, 2008
5:34 AM

Post #5206301

Redhead - I was wondering what you do to winterize your plants. Also, any good advice on how to keep them healthy during the winter. Thanks.
redheadedwonder11
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

July 6, 2008
10:47 PM

Post #5214196

I am pretty new to all of this. I just started getting into herbs and other plants in February, so I haven't wintered anything yet. One of my mom's friends is starting a greenhouse, and she offered to keep my tropicals for the winter. I have a very sunny south facing window my herbs seemed to like in March and April. Sorry I can't be more help! Have you tried asking around in the Canadian Gardening forum?

This message was edited Jul 6, 2008 3:47 PM
rjogden
Gainesville, FL
(Zone 8b)

August 21, 2011
8:27 PM

Post #8769793

[quote="Ncasselberryfla"]They are delicous and make great jam, but, they can also get infested with the little worms each year in the fruit--a real pain. Is this a problem anywhere else? I am in the Orlando, Florida area.[/quote]

You really need to contact the Florida Extension agent in your county and make sure these are not Mediterranean fruit flies. They are a horrible pest here, very difficult to control, and threaten the entire Florida fruit industry if they are allowed to live and reproduce anywhere in the state.

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