pineapple guava

sdinenno(7B)June 14, 2009

Does anyone in here have experience growing pineapple guava (Feijoa sellowiana)? I need to know if I can expect it to be hardy in the Gwinnett County area (about 25 miles NW of Atlanta).

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satellitehead(z8 ATL Metro)

according to messages on the Atlanta Fruits yahoo group, it will be hardy for you in our area.

    Bookmark   June 14, 2009 at 10:33PM
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girlgroupgirl(8 ATL)

Yep, my friend grows them...I'm waiting on mine - as soon as we have a place to plant them, in they will go!!!

    Bookmark   June 14, 2009 at 10:51PM
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jerryngeorgia31557(8)

I am from South Florida and grew them there, but found they were not hardy even here in SE Georgia. Just my opinion.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2009 at 1:23AM
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satellitehead(z8 ATL Metro)

Rob, over on the aforementioned group, has had one in his yard for upwards of 9 years and it's still kicking, has had minimal leaf drop, which is a fact not an opinion ;)

He lives immediately around Atlanta.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2009 at 11:29AM
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girlgroupgirl(8 ATL)

Satellite, we have the same friend :)

    Bookmark   June 15, 2009 at 2:49PM
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satellitehead(z8 ATL Metro)

he's not our only friend in common. i think you also know Bob M, a lawyer that lives just a hop, skip and a jump away from the Holy Comforter. i'm still hugely surprised we've never bumped into each other.

(or maybe we have, just didn't realize it!!)

    Bookmark   June 15, 2009 at 10:20PM
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davidcf(7 GA)

For the person posting poor performance of guavas in Ga, perhaps you are referring to "true" Guavas, which are essentially tropical? Pineapple Guava is another genus and is not a "true" Guava, and is considered cold hardy to at least zone 8. I don't recall ever seeing Pineapple Guavas in so Fla, but saw the occasional, and always unattended (taste not as ambrosial as original planters had hoped?), true guava.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2009 at 9:41AM
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Bamateacha(z8)

My pineapple guava thrives with little attention here (Columbus, Georgia area).

    Bookmark   June 20, 2009 at 8:17PM
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jerryngeorgia31557(8)

Sorry for my earlier post. I was wrong. Can you eat these? In SW Florida we ate them and they made great jelly. If you can, can someone tell me where and how to get some? Thanks in advance.

    Bookmark   July 4, 2009 at 3:44PM
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flossieann(GA 8a)

I have one here in south Ga. It's seen it's way through two winters (last year it went down to 29F) and lived happily through it but I have to say it's a slow grower. I really don't believe that it's much bigger now than it was when I planted it two years ago.Part of the plant died off the first winter but the majority of it lived even when it was that young and tender and this year it looks very healthy although, as I said, not very big!

    Bookmark   July 11, 2009 at 12:21PM
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jerryngeorgia31557(8)

I would really love to have some seed of these. When we lived in SW FL we would make jelly and it is the best in the world. If you have any seed I would appreciate your getting back to me.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2010 at 5:40AM
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bradkairdolf(8)

Does anyone know if any of the local nurseries carry them? I've been keeping my eyes open for one for a while but no luck so far.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2010 at 9:10PM
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jay_7bsc(8a)

I've grown pineapple guava for several years in the northwestern corner of South Carolina (Zone 7b). During the past exceptionally cold winter, the plant sustained considerable leaf burn, but is now releafing vigorously. I don't know whether it will bloom and produce fruit this year, or not. It may be using up most of its energy replacing its leaves. According to what I've read about pineapple guava, it will produce fruit as a solitary plant but will fruit more heavily if it has a paramour nearby.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2010 at 1:31PM
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girlgroupgirl(8 ATL)

Not locally. I ordered mine mail order from edible landscaping online and it arrived at a beautiful size! Lovely plant, so healthy.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2010 at 11:35PM
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