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Plant description:

An evergreen shrub or small tree grown for its fruits. It has oval leaves which are smooth on the upper surface and hairy on the lower surface. Guava produces solitary white flowers and berry fruit. The fruit is oval in shape and green to yellow in colour. The flesh inside ranges from white, yellow, pink or red in colour and contains yellowish seeds.

Family: Myrtle

Synonym:

Botanical Pronunciation: Psid·i·um gua·ja·va.

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Common name(s)

Guava

Botanical name

Psidium guajava

Plant Care

Origin

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Foliage

The leaves are oval and blunt and feather-veined.

Fruit

The fruit is oval in shape and green to yellow in colour. The flesh inside ranges from white, yellow, pink or red in colour and contains yellowish seeds.

Soil conditions

Guavas grow well in any kind of soil but they prefer well-drained soil.

Planting Instructions

Guavas can be planted at any time of the year, but the warmer months are better. Plant the young tree 2 to 3m apart. Add some compost and manure.

Interesting planting ideas

Companion planting options for guava trees include Citrus trees. Chives. Marigold. Comfrey and Borage.

Interesting info

Guavas contain 4 times more fibre than a pineapple and 4 times more vitamin C than an orange.

Flowers

Solitary white flowers about 3 cm in diameter.

Pests and diseases

Diseases: Rust, leaf spot and anthracnose.

Pests: Fruit flies

Harvest

They give fruit 2 years after planting them.

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