Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Why Pineapple Guava Is For You

Well, if the blooms don't convince you, maybe I can. First off, you can eat them. That's right, send the husband out to pick some flowers for the salad, cocktails, or dessert (No pesticide here, people).

Did I mention that they can hide things? The neighbors, the shed, the compost pile all will disappear behind this baby. It won't take long either, because they grown really fast! Nascar fast!

Oh and what about the fruit? That's right, folks, this bush from heaven will give you fruits that taste a bit like pineapple! Hello smoothies!

What do you have to put into this fabulous example of evergreen shrubbery? Well, $14.99 and full sun to part shade. Alright, you should amend the soil too. They are actually drought-tolerant when established, but they will fruit more with regular water.


Johanna said...

We used to grow these along chain-link fences in California -- lovely fence cover, and good eating!

catherine said...

How tall does the pineapple guava get?

Hester and Zipperer said...

They can get 15-20 feet high if left unpruned, but you can keep them 8-10ft for a nice screen. They respond well to pruning. You could also trip them up as a tree-like specimen.

Hester and Zipperer said...

I mean TRIM not TRIP.

Elaine said...

Our builder planted some Pineapple Guava on stick like stems. If there anyway I can change these to be more like a shrub? Also what are they like as a patio plant in a container?

Hester and Zipperer said...

I'm not sure what you mean by stick-like. Are they trained like topiaries, or are they just so small that they haven't done much yet?

They can be used in a container, but make it a large one so that you won't need to be watering it constantly. In the ground, give them a good slow-release fertilizer like Fertilome's Tree and Shrub Food. It will get them going.