Guava, Lemon (Psidium littorale)

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The Lemon Guava, also commonly called Cattley Guava, is a small sub-tropical fruit tree.  It abundantly produces sweet lime-green to golden-yellow guava fruit. The petite fruit, range in size from 4-8cm, and have a delicious blend of lemony guava flavor and aroma.  Lemon Guavas are mainly eaten raw but can also be cooked. The pulp is often used in fruit salads, smoothies, or in a marinade.  Lemon guavas, like most guava varieties, contain a high amount of vitamin A and folate. It also contains vitamins C (even greater amounts are in the skin) and B-complex vitamins as well as minerals like potassium.

Lemon Guava trees are excellent producers, fast-growing, and are an excellent design element for an edible landscape.  Well-suited for growing in a container and grows successfully as a potted plant in northern zones.  Somewhat drought tolerant!

Plant Type:
Subtropical/Tropical Fruit Tree, Shrub

Harvest Season:
Spring, Summer, Fall

Mature Size:
Lemon Guavas will grow up to 6-15 ft. on average, whereas Strawberry Guavas can reach up to 25 ft.  Cattley Guava tree/shrub size is easily managed, making it very suitable for containers or even growing indoors.  

Soil & Moisture:
Rich, moist, well-draining soil

Light Requirements:
Full Sun, Part Shade 

Self-Fertile: 
Yes 

Growth Rate: 
Fast, Medium

Zone Hardiness: 
Outdoors 9-11 with frost protection; Patio/Greenhouse 4+

Propagation:
Medium Pot Size: Grown from seed and capable to produce in 2 years.
X-Large Pot Size: Capable to produce within 1 year.

 

Quick Care Guide

Plant Type:

Subtropical to Tropical Fruiting Shrub/Tree

Harvest Season:

Spring, Summer

Mature Size: Up to 12 ft. tall
Soil & Moisture:  Avoid planting guavas in low spots where cool air settles, as they don't like cold. 
Light Requirements: Full Sun, Part Shade
Self-Fertile: Yes
Growth Rate: Very Fast, Fast
Zone Hardiness: Outdoors 9-11 with frost protection; Patio/Greenhouse 4+
Propagation: Our Guava Plants are grown from seed and are capable of fruiting within 3 years.
  

Plant Care Guide for Growing Guava Trees

Guava trees (Psidium guajava) are tropical fruit-bearing plants known for their delicious, fragrant fruits. Proper care is essential to ensure healthy growth, optimal fruit production, and disease resistance. Whether you're growing guava trees in your backyard or as potted plants, follow these guidelines to cultivate thriving guava trees.

1. Location and Climate: Guava trees thrive in warm, tropical to subtropical climates. They require plenty of sunlight for optimal growth and fruit production. Choose a planting location with at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight daily. While guava trees are adaptable, they prefer well-draining soil.

2. Soil Preparation: Plant guava trees in well-draining soil that is slightly acidic to neutral (pH 5.0-7.0). You can amend the soil with organic matter, such as compost or well-rotted manure, to improve fertility and drainage.

3. Planting: Plant guava trees during the warmer months, preferably in spring. Dig a hole that is slightly larger than the root ball. Place the tree in the hole at the same depth it was in the nursery container. Backfill the hole with soil and water thoroughly to settle the soil around the roots.

4. Watering: Young guava trees require consistent moisture to establish their root systems. Water deeply and regularly, especially during the first year. Once the tree is established, reduce the frequency of watering but provide deep soakings when the top few inches of soil feel dry.

5. Fertilization: Feed guava trees with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in spring, early summer, and late summer. Choose a fertilizer with a ratio like 10-10-10 or 14-14-14, which provides a balanced mix of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for application rates.

6. Pruning: Pruning helps maintain a healthy shape, remove dead or diseased branches, and encourage air circulation. Prune guava trees during the dormant season, typically in winter. Remove any suckers that emerge from the base of the tree. Regularly thin out the canopy to allow sunlight to reach all parts of the tree.

7. Pest and Disease Management: Guava trees can be susceptible to pests such as fruit flies, aphids, and scale insects. Regularly inspect your trees for signs of infestation and treat promptly if necessary, using horticultural oils or insecticidal soaps. To prevent disease, avoid over-watering and waterlogging the soil.

8. Mulching: Apply a layer of organic mulch around the base of the tree to conserve moisture, suppress weeds, and regulate soil temperature. Keep the mulch a few inches away from the trunk to prevent moisture-related issues.

9. Fruit Thinning: If your guava tree produces an excessive number of fruits, consider thinning them out. This promotes larger and healthier fruits and prevents the tree from being overburdened.

10. Harvesting: Guava fruits are ready to be harvested when they change color and give off a sweet aroma. Gently twist or cut the fruits from the tree. Avoid pulling, as this can damage the branches.

By following these guidelines, you can successfully cultivate guava trees that produce flavorful, tropical fruits for you to enjoy. Remember that specific care requirements may vary based on the guava tree variety and your local climate, so always observe your tree's behavior and adjust your care routine accordingly.

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9 reviews
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    Stefanie
    I do not recommend this product
    Rated 1 out of 5 stars
    8 months ago
    1 Star

    Plant came packed with leaves touching another plant I ordered that was infested with pests and egg sacks under each leaf.

  • MH
    Mattie H.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    Years Gardening 1-5
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    8 months ago
    Tiny/Healthy

    It's a small plant. It arrived in good shape.

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    WAYNE
    Rated 3 out of 5 stars
    10 months ago
    3 Stars

    Its a very small start .

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    NORMA
    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    11 months ago
    5 Stars

    Great

  • RP
    Richard P.
    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    1 year ago
    Doing it right

    We have bought several lemon guava trees from Sow Exotic. Each order arrived in excellent condition. Both the plant health and the manner in which the staff secured the plant was great. Traveling from Florida to California isn’t a short trip. Many hands handled those boxes. Yet, hardly even a teaspoon of dirt was out of place by the time the plants arrived. The trees are intended to be house warming gifts. All of the trees are growing well. Sow exotic loves what they do and it shows through in the quality they display and deliver. Great job guys!

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