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Jun 9, 2011 02:49 PM

I have a guava tree and I don't know what to do with it!

Hi all! I've recently tried my hand at gardening and it's been extremely fun! I've got a nice little herb garden and various vegetables that are doing well. There is also a pretty good size fruit tree in my yard that a friend identified as a guava tree. The fruits are tiny and when we tried them, they were kind of tasteless and sour and hard. I've never eaten fresh guava, but I LOVE guava jam and was hoping to make some if I can "fix" this tree.

Is it just because no one has taken care of this tree in a while that the fruit isn't very tasty? What do I need to do to ensure a nice harvest whenever that time is? I've cut away a lot of low branches that were getting in the way, so I hope that will help.... Seriously, I'm really inexperienced. Any tips?

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  1. There are many guava varieties. I suggest either have someone identify it for you or do a google search for pictures of different varieties. No matter what, I don't think you should be eating them when they are hard. Some varieties have small hard seeds which do not appeal to some (like me). I have pineapple guava. You let them ripen on the plant. They should be yielding to the touch when ripe, not mushy. You can just cut them in half and scoop out the flesh. Kind of a cross between banana and pear. Very fragrant and sweet.

    1. Sounds like they are not producing good fruit.
      I have "helped" poor preforming fruit trees by fertilizing, mulching, and making sure they get plenty extra water.
      It will take at least a year or so, maybe to...of TLC.

      1. I have a tip on what to do with guava leaves.

        Guava leaves are great at removing refrigerator odor. Crumble up a few fresh leaves into a bowl and leave them in the fridge. Toss out the leaves after a few days. My mother swears by this natural remedy.

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        1. re: nattythecook

          Very interesting, natt, thanks for that! I have a big pineapple guava, hopefully those leaves work as well.