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Feijoa FAQ


Can feijoas be dehydrated (dried) like many other fruits and vegetables?

Yes they can be dehydrated, we did them this year. Some varieties are better than others. If too thick they take a lot longer to dry.


Not flowering
I purchased from Mitre 10 Taumaranui almost two years ago 8 bushes. It states that I do not need another variety as they are self pollinating. I have just read in the latest Palmers that the only reliable variety that is Self pollinating is UNIQUE.
Is this why mine have never flowered or fruited?
They are planted as a hedge they are in very good free draining soil.
Look forward to your reply, Thank you

This is very hard to understand. Firstly are these plants incredible edibles®? As all our plants are cutting grown or grafted plants, it makes me think because they have not flowered that they are seedling plants. If they are our plants has the top plant died and the rootstock is only growing? The rootstocks are grown from seeds.
Apollo is a semi self-fertile plant and with any feijoa in an urban situation because the birds pollinate them, they will cover a large area and pollinate between several gardens. But pollination is not a problem because you are not getting the flowers.
I did wonder if you were pruning wrongly as the flowers are borne towards the base of currents seasons shoot growth. But this would be very hard to do. If you were pruning too hard you would still get the odd flower.
I then did wonder if your temperatures were too cold but the flowers are not affected by very cold spring so this is not an issue.
Feijoas are one of the easiest plants to grow so it makes us think that your plants are seedlings as seedlings can take many years to flower and fruit.
I would love to hear any comments about the above as it is an unusual situation.


Pollination
Hello, I bought 2 new feijoa Wiki Tu trees a year ago (about 1m high) and they flowered but fruit didn't set. I had intended to get 2 different varieties and the nursery lady suggested that I get the same variety so they flower at the same time to pollinate, but I am now wondering if this was correct advice. Can you please advise me as I do want to get the trees producing as soon as possible and if it means getting a third tree I will do so and perhaps you could advise the variety I should get.

Feijoa Wiki Tu is not self-fertile so it needs another feijoa variety for pollination. But if you live in an urban situation a feijoa in another garden will help pollinate your plant. They are pollinated by birds.
Other varieties I would suggest if you are going to buy another plant would be one of the following; Apollo Golden Goose Kakapo Karamea Marion Opal Star These varieties all will flower at the same time.


Fast Fruit
You can see where we live. It is in a unit with a very sunny back yard. My wife ; bless her heart ; would just love a feijoa tree. Can you please take a minute or two of your time & provide some advice. What variety that gives the quickest return ; we are not young ; Do you suggest we get. I have all the info from your web site. How long do we have to wait before we obtain fruit? I used to belong to a golf club that had about 6 feijoa trees ; the new green keeper came along & pulled them all out !!! What a riot !!!

Thank you for your enquiry. Feijoas take about 3 years to fruit. The yield will increase as the tree grows. I have attached the feijoa chart for you. I do not know a variety that fruits quicker than the others. I would suggest if you are buying several plants that you buy plants that fruit at different times of the season so you have fruit for a longer period. Sorry we are unable to sell to you unless you are a garden centre or commercial grower. I suggest you contact either M10, Palmers or Bunnings in Pukekohe and ask them to order the plants for you. I hope this helps a little. If there is anything else I can help you with let me know.


Not Growing or Fruiting
Good morning I purchased 2 plants of yours from Mitre 10 back in 2005. One was Apollo and the other Kakapo. To date they have only grown to 850cm & 900cm respectively. Neither have fruited, although they both flowered (about 3 or 4 flowers each) for the first time last summer. I was hopeful fruit would develop, but nothing!!
I live about 200m above sea level in the Suburb of Maungaraki & admittedly they do cop the northerly wind (I have wind breaks in place). I have recently purchased another (Karamea I think)and planted this in the middle, in the hope of cross-fertilisation. Any advice you could give me, as to what could be wrong, would be much appreciated. I am very much a novice at growing fruit trees. Thank you for your reply. If I dig up the plants, will that kill it, or can it be re-planted? The soil is definitely clay. We do get a lot of birds out the back esp' natives, but I planted the trees on the front lawn near the foot path and road

This is very strange. These two plants should complement each other flowering wise. But what I find strange is that they have hardly grown. I suggest you dig up one of your plants and tell me what their roots are like. I wonder if the roots were not teased apart when planted and are growing around and around. Or what is your soil like, clay, loam or sand? Yes the wind can be a factor if your plants are exposed to very strong winds. Can you send me some photos of the plants and others around it? Pollination is by birds - do you have plenty of birds in your garden? I am interested to hear more.
I think we need to look at the roots as it is a concern why the plants are not growing. Dig a large hole and carefully remove some soil to look at the roots. You do not need to take the whole plant out but need to get down and look at the roots.
If your soil is all clay this could be the issue, restricting the roots from growing and maybe keeping wet all the time. I am only surmising as I can not see your plants.
Feijoas will grow in almost any soil type and grow best in slightly acidic conditions. Their fibrous root system penetrates soils easily and even heavy soils with fine particles are fine for them to grow in. High alkaline soils as in the case of clay has a high pH and this can cause yellowing of leaves and stunted growth. This soil condition can be altered if this is the issue with your plants.
Discuss with an experienced local garden retailer your problem and my comments above. They should be able to advise you if what I am saying is correct for your situation and the fact that clay soils and high pH is an issue in your area. If this is found to be the case then they should be able to advise you on a course of remedial treatment to bring your pH down to a suitable level.


Touch Pick
When giving information about the new Feijoa Bambina, you say, "Touch Pick is when at fullest flavour". What does "touch pick" mean? Thank you from a Beginner Gardener,

'Touch Pick' is when you touch the fruit with your hand they full off the plant without any pulling or twisting from yourself.


Transplanting
I want to know if you could help me I have a 6 year old feijoa about 5ft tall and about 4foot across and I need to shift it to another part of my garden I need to know what to do as it is high yielding tree and I do not want to loose it.

The time to shift it is now - winter after the crop is finished. Prune your tree back hard – it will shoot away again. Dig up a good sized root ball and carefully transplant your tree. The important thing is to have the root ball balanced with the growth left on the tree. When you have replanted, stake to give extra support. Mulch well and water regularly to keep the soil moist. I would be temped to remove any flowers the first year to let the tree concentrate on putting down a good root system.


Yellowing Leaves
Hi, I planted a large feijoa last year. Quite close by there are two smaller (younger) plants. The leaves on the older plant are beginning to turn yellow. I regularly put compost material around the trees. What should I do to get the leaves green again? Thank you so much for responding. There are not too many new leaves yet, some of the small leaves are completely yellow especially at the top of the bush, the younger trees are yellowing around the edges of the leaves, do I need to feed NPK or is there something better. We had quite a good crop for young trees last season.

What are the new leaves of your older plant like? A photo might help. The younger plants - what is there colouring like? Are they healthy and green?
I wonder if your pH is incorrect. Feijoas grow best in mildly acid soils (pH 6.0 - 6.5). They are intolerant of alkaline soils (pH 7 and above). This will result in yellowing of the leaves. Incorrect pH sometimes stops some nutrients from being up lifted by the plants. So if your pH is too high you may need to lower it. pH tester maybe available at your local garden centre. Aluminium sulphate will lower your pH and this can be bought at your local garden centre. Please follow the instructions on the packaging.

 


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