Guava Seedlings

andrew78(6)May 13, 2010

I just got 2 guava seedlings in the mail from a women in Texas. She told me first that they were yellow guavas but then said they may be pear guavas. The seedlings are barely 2 inches tall. She also sent me a bunch of the seeds to start some more in case the seedlings didn't make it. I was just wondering if guava grown from seeds will produce a decent fruit. Personally, I never have liked fresh guava fruit but I got them for somoene else that does. I prefer guava paste or desserts made with guava. When I went to P.R. about five years ago, I fell in love with this breakfast pastry called quesitos. They are this pastry that is made with puff pastry and filled with guava and cream cheese and then baked in the oven until puffed and golden. Yummy! Now that's how I like guava! Any tips on growing these trees? I may end up throwing them out if the fruit isn't well liked and just buy a grafted tree. Thanks for any tips.

Andrew

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trianglejohn

My experience has been that most of them have no problem setting fruit when seed grown and some will do so while still at a young age.

The smaller types - like strawberry guava, have a flavor that I got used to after munching on them while working in the yard. Like you I am no big fan of fresh guava or guava juice but the little round red strawberry guavas become addictive over time even though they are grainy and very guava-ey in flavor. Though the larger ones are picked from trees in the tropics I have had them set fruit while just a two year old sappling in a pot.

I also got my first exposure to guava paste while visiting Puerto Rico, only it was the white soda bread with string cheese and jelly made by reconstituting guava paste.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2010 at 4:56PM
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nullzero(9)

I love the taste of strawberry guava, its a sweet tangy very agreeable taste. I actually just purchased a second strawberry lemon guava tree. The great thing about the yellow strawberry guava is it bears heavily in a container all year round, I don't believe the regular red variety bears all year round though.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2010 at 5:41PM
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yaslan(8 WA state)

Andrew, I hope your guava seedlings do well for ya. Good luck!

nullzero - Then I should've gotten the 5' strawberry guava for $15 bucks at my local nursery! Now it's gone. : ( I might just have to hunt one down.

Bo

    Bookmark   May 13, 2010 at 9:25PM
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