pineapple guava (syn. Feijoa)
- Position: full sun
- Soil: light, well-drained soil (or a loam-base potting compost such as John Innes no. 3 for container-grown specimens)
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: July
- Flower colour: purple-red
- Other features: in warm areas the flowers are followed by edible red-tinged green fruit
- Hardiness: frost hardy (needs winter protection)
An exotic-looking evergreen shrub producing attractive, purple- red flowers with long, red stamens in mid-summer and grey- green leaves, white-woolly beneath. This pineapple guava copes well with drought and salt-laden air making it a valuable specimen or hedging plant for a sheltered, sunny, coastal garden. In areas where temperatures fall below 5°C to guarantee a crop of edible fruit it's best grown under glass in a cool greenhouse.
- Garden care: During the growing season water container-grown specimens regularly, applying a balanced liquid fertiliser every 4 weeks. Water sparingly in winter.
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