pineapple guava (feioja) in cooler climates

how to grow & eat...

Flower petals that taste like cotton candy?

Fruit that tastes like a blend of pineapple, passion fruit, and mango?

… Growing on attractive evergreen shrubs that can grow in cooler climate regions? Yes, please!

Before you commit to growing pineapple guavas, 7 things you should know...

They can be grown in-ground to about Zone 7b - perhaps lower if you have a warm microclimate.

#1: ~ Zone 7b

In cold climates, you can grow them in pots to more easily provide winter protection.

#2: Colder climates

Exposure to temperatures 15°F or below can inhibit fruit production; 5°F or below can kill the plants.

#3: Protection

They need at least 50-100+ chill hours (between 32°-45°F) to produce flower buds & quality fruit.

#4: Chill hours

Versatile space requirements: Unpruned they can grow 15-20’ tall, but you can keep them pruned to 6-10’.

#5: Space requirements

2 plants/varieties ideal for fruit production, but there are also self-fertile varieties!

#6: Pollenizer

Pineapple guava plants can live to be 50+ years old; they’ll start producing fruit around Year 3.

#7: Productive years

Now on to growing and eating…

Spring-summer flower petals might be the most delicious edible flower ever!

Depending on variety, fruit size can range from 1-4” long (oval-shaped) and 1-6 ounces.

Fruit ripens in fall and drops (or shakes!) from the tree when ripe.

For optimal fruit production, plants need full sun + fertile soil + 1” water per week.

They are remarkably disease- and pest-resistant!

Get started by...

Buying saplings (easiest)

Option #1:

Growing from seed (easy)

Option #2:

Propagate from cuttings (hard)

Option #3:

Graft cuttings to rootstock (hardest)

Option #4:

Where do you get plants or seeds? Best varieties? How do you grow them from seed?

Find out in our complete guide to growing and using pineapple guavas!

Click the link below!