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Growing; In the UK best grown in a cool greenhouse or conservatory. Dislikes humidity. Can be grown to a fruiting size in a pot under glass. Prefers a deep, rich, well-drained soil in full sun. Water frequently and offer a low nitrogen fertiliser. Drought will cause the flower buds to drop.
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This exotic, tropical fruit is a native of Brazil, and although it will there attain a height of 10-20ft, it can nevertheless be greenhouse or conservatory grown in a large pot and kept dwarf. With a little encouragement, they can produce their deep claret coloured fruits within 20 months of sowing. These are juicy with a very high Vitamin C content, and with a consistency and flavour much like a strawberry. However, like a great number of tropical plants, with its smooth, leathery leaves, you will still have a splendid foliage pot plant should you be unlucky enough for it not to bear you any fruit.
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The leaves, fruit and seeds of the strawberry guava are edible! The fruit can be eaten straight from the bush, skin and all. Many people choose to remove the calyx —the small protrusion at the bottom of the fruit. You can swallow the seeds whole or spit them out. This makes strawberry guava an easy lunch box snack or an on-the-go treat.
Strawberry guava is a sweet little red fruit that native to southeastern Brazil that ranges from the size of a dime to roughly the size of a golf ball. Inside its thin maroonish-red skin, you will find a soft fruit that’s sweet, pink speckled and yellowish-white with a few hard yellow seeds.
Ripe strawberry guava is dark red. If the fruit still has light green and red tones, it is not quite ripe yet. Let the whole fruit ripen on the counter at room temperature until it is between maroon and deep red. At that point, it is ripe and you can store it in the refrigerator. Ripe strawberry guava should be consumed within four days.
Strawberry guava (psidium cattleianum), is a tropical fruit that’s sometimes called cherry guava, cattley guava, purple guava, or Chinese guava. This small, red fruit has a sweet aromatic flavor very close to that of a regular guava. You may also notice a hint of strawberry when you first bite as well as flavors similar to passionfruit and lime zest with a bit of acidic tart.
If you’re wondering about the ways to eat a strawberry guava, keep reading for peak enjoyment.
You can store the fruits in the fridge for up to 5 weeks if they’re not fully ripe. But ripe strawberry guava needs to be processed almost immediately. You can use it to make jams, pies, or eat it fresh.
Among its most invasive and pervasive pest, root-knot nematode black scale, ants, and fruit flies take the cake. You can use insecticides to get rid of them, but don’t spray the fruits or flowers. The plant is also prone to algal leaf spots, an infectious disease that causes the leaves to look sickly and develop spots. Remove the infected leaves and burn them immediately.
Whether you grow your strawberry guava for ornamental purposes as a stand-alone tree in your backyard, as a landscaping hedge, or for its fruit, one thing is sure, it takes a bit of work to make sure your shrub grows healthy, strong, and fruitful.
While you can consider the strawberry guava as an all-purpose plant that has got it all, you don’t have to limit yourself to just one species. In fact, the tropical forests of South America are abundant with other varieties that you can choose from or mix and match to create a lush landscape in your tropical garden. Even though there are no known cultivars of this specific species, some of its natural varieties include,
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Both the fruits and leaves of the strawberry guava have their medicinal benefits. In addition to the sweet fruits, landscaping designs, and beautiful blooms, science has found many uses for this humble shrub.
As with many fruit plants that grow in the tropics, the best soil is one that is both rich and loamy. If you have compact or dark soil, add sand to loosen it up for the shallow root system of the strawberry guava to grow and spread. The pH levels should be between 5 and 7. If it’s higher than that, the plant will not grow as well as expected. Mix plenty of organic matter in the soil to improve water retention, aeration, and give the shrub the nutrients it needs.
Some people love strawberries. Other people are passionate about guava. But what if you could have a plant that got the best of those two fruits in one juicy and delicious compact package? This is no magic or sci-fi. It’s a real shrub called Psidium cattleianum or strawberry guava for the layperson. Other names include Cattley guava, Cherry guava.
The reason the pharmaceutical industry took an interest in the plant is its recently discovered anti-microbial, antiseptic, and antibacterial properties. It has considered a good source of fiber which helps with digestion. The fruits are rich in vitamin C and help wounds heal faster.
In the spring, the flowers bloom on the strawberry guava, which is a sign the fruits will soon follow. After the flowers pollinate, they fade and make way for the fruits. These take anything from 3 to 5 months to ripen, depending on your weather and soil condition. When they are ripe, it’s time to harvest them. Don’t leave them on the tree for long as they rot easily, and squirrels would steal them.