feijoa sellowiana seed germinating
I decided to start a new thread instead of continuing to hijack the seaberry one.
Larry gave me some feijoa sellowiana (pineapple guava) fruits to try from his mature self-pollinating plant. I mentioned that I planted some of the seeds and they happened to germinate and he wanted to know the percentage and if I did anything special.
Larry, if I recall correctly, I scraped the seeds out of the relatively ripe fruits. I separated the seeds from the pulp and poked them between 1/4-1/2" or so into potting soil that contained a pepper seedling or two and some goji berries I had also sprouted.
Planting them was almost an afterthought and I didn't do anything special. I suspect they are very forgiving. I count 3 seedlings and I probably "planted" somewhere between 5-10 seeds. The medium was some relatively inexpensive organic potting mix. I had them under flourescent lights in my living room which was kept between 60-75 degrees most of the time. I don't recall for sure but they must have germinated some timeframe between 2-3 weeks.
When I went to Singapore for 2 weeks they were neglected. My whole operation was infested with aphids, water was infrequent, and everything was dowsed with Safer insecticidal soap.
These seedlings survived the whole process (much better than the gojis and peppers), and I should note, the aphids seemed entirely uninterested in them in the presence of the other plants. They strongly prefered the peppers, then the goji when the peppers got crowded, but left the feijoa all alone.
I now have them outside where I'm not doing a good job of controlling their environment. Putting them out there was one step short of throwing everything away and starting over in an attempt to get the aphids out of the house.
Last I checked, 2 of the 3 looked like they were doing all right and the 3rd was browning. I definitely water stressed everything as I underestimated how frequently I would need to water out there. They are still tiny after 3-4 months; probably less than an inch tall.