ABOUT THIS GUAVA TREE.
Red Strawberry Guava Tree (psidium littorale) – All Time Best Selling Guava – Deliciously sweet right off the tree. Commonly called Strawberry guava it is fairly drought, semi cold-hardy and soil tolerant, Guava trees grow rapidly and can bear fruit in just 1 to 2 years. This smaller evergreen tree bearing glossy, aromatic, elliptical leaves, will reach a mature height of 16 to 20 feet with a showy reddish brown bark. Native to Brazil its fruit varies in size but is typically grape sized and are edible off the tree or juiced and made into jellies and preserves. In addition to the fruit the leaves are often dried and used for tea.
Our plants allow you to enjoy fruit in the first year or so. All the Guava trees we offer are vegetatively propagated from healthy, vigorous, fruit producing mother stock, grown right here in our nursery. This means, you receive an exact clone, true in form and flavor and won’t have to wait four to five years to enjoy fresh homegrown fruit, as is often the case with seed grown or tissue culture plants. Truly a better tree!
The growth rate of Red Strawberry will vary greatly depending on soil type, sunlight, temperature and other factors. A few leaves are often trimmed prior to shipping to reduce transpiration and travel stress.
|SOIL TYPERich Moist||% SUN80-100%|
|POT SIZE2x2x7″ Deep||INCLUDESOne Plant|
GUAVA TREE CARE.
Guavas are easy to grow, delicious fruit producing trees often producing 75 pounds of fruit per year. Guava will grow happily, flower and fruit in a pot or in-ground. They add a tropical accent to any outdoor space, garden or patio. In cooler zones a containerized Guava can be relocated indoors for the winter months.
When you receive your new Guava, there is no need to worry about planting right away. Your new plant can be stored for a while by simply placing it in a bucket and moving it to a shady location, simply keep moist. This will give you plenty of time to select the ideal location for your new Guava.
All Guava varieties grow very well in containers, indoors or on the patio. Smaller varieties grow best indoors in 10″ to 14″ diameter pots while larger varieties need enough room for growth, generally a 14″ to a 24″ diameter, 14″ deep container will suffice. Remember the looser the roots, the taller and healthier your Guava will be. When the plant becomes root bound its growth will slow, at that point it is time for a larger pot.
Red Strawberry Guava enjoy a well drained, general potting mix easily found at your local box store. Remember try to stay away from arid or wet, mucky soils.
To help establish your new Red Strawberry Guava, fertilize sparingly ten inches away from the base, tri-annually with a slow time released product. Unfertilized they will tend to grow at a slower pace. Note: The heavy salts in cheaper fertilizers will damage the roots and possibly kill the plant. Its best to use a brand you know and trust.
GROW ZONE & LIGHT.
Best outdoors if grown in zone 8b-11, find your zone here. This Guava requires 80-100% sunlight. Depending on your location full sun is often best. In the northern end of their grow zone Red Strawberry Guava should be brought indoors or protected during the winter months. The patio zone is 4b-11 which means the potted plant will flourish over the summer months in colder zones but must be brought inside before winter.
BEFORE YOU PLANT OUTDOORS.
At the nursery these Guava are grown under 20-40% shade cloth. If you plant this Guava in a brightly lit area you may experience leaf burn. It is best to acclimate this plant to its environment by keeping it outside and slowly moving it into a sunny area over a week or two to avoid stress before planting.
WHAT IS THE SHIPPING SIZE.
All Red Strawberry Guava for sale will vary in size. In the spring, plants are often smaller than plants shipped in the fall. Plants designated with a sku ending in -4, -6 or -8 will arrive in a standard 4 inch, 6 inch or 8 inch round growers pot respectively. Our new, reusable, recyclable deep plugs are 7 or 9 inches deep and 2 or 2.5 inches in width. Products growing in these pots are easy to transplant and allow for deeper roots and faster growth, they are designated with a sku ending in -7 or -9. (Note: The item sku number can be found just below the buy button.) The color and style of these pots may vary. If we are out of a particular size item, we may ship a larger size at no additional charge. For more information, click the “best packaging” link at the bottom of this page.
Note: Before leaving, Guava are inspected, watered, and pruned. Larger plants, generally those that ship in 8″ pots, will be topped to 36″ or 48″ overall, depending on the variety, if necessary, to facilitate shipping. Your new plants’ pot is then bagged to ensure that the soil stays in the pot and not loose in the box. Plants are tissue or kraft paper wrapped and generally secured in place with natural biodegradable peanuts. You may want to order your Red Strawberry Guava Tree (psidium littorale) online now while they are in stock, supplies are limited.