Feijoa sellowiana originates from South America, however is now very widespread and frequently grown in New Zealand. It is a small evergreen shrub reaching a height of 2.5m x 2m wide. The leaves are a greyish-green colour, and the flowers look a little like fuchsia's.
The fruit is green with a thin skin, and delicious pineapple-like flavoured inside flesh. Tiny seeds are throughout the flesh inside the fruit, and are also edible.
Plant Feijoa when the temperature is cool, and the ground is workable. They are frost hardy, but drought tender. Sow seed on the surface of medium, just covering the seed. Germination can take up to 6 weeks, depending on temperature (best at 18 deg C). Although feijoa will grow in any soil, it thrives in a pH level between 5.5 to 7.0. If the soil is too alkaline, the leaves will turn yellow, and fruit set will be compromised. Full sun, well-drained soil. Full maturity 3 - 5 years.
Feijoa grow slowly, so they don’t require too much feeding. If you choose to feed, use a complete fertiliser every two months. If growing in containers, they will require a good feed after fruiting. Prune plants lightly in the summer after the fruit is harvested to encourage new growth. Plants can also be shaped into a hedge.
Harvest fruit as soon as it drops from the tree as unripe fruit is hard and bitter.
Susceptible to fruit fly, take precautions and ensure any fallen fruit is cleaned up regularly to discourage infestations.
10 seeds per packet