Purple Forest Guava (Psidium eugeniaefolia)

Purple Forest Guava (Psidium eugeniaefolia)

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Get a taste of the Brazilian rainforest! 

Each Purple Forest Guava comes with a unique, variable acidity and occasional tannin note, depending on growing conditions. Overall, their creamy white flesh is known to taste quite tropical, somewhere between berries and pineapples. The petite red-to-purple fruits grow to the same size as their Guava relative, the Strawberry Guava. They bear a similar aesthetic (and nutritiousness) to the Camu-Camu and have occasionally been falsely called Camu-Camu.

The tropical to subtropical shrub/tree grows gorgeous, feathery white flowers loaded with nothing-short-of enchanting aromatics. Glossy leaves grow canopies up to 12 ft. and live happily as potted plants. The Purple Forest Guava tends to tolerate frost better than most guavas, staying hardy down to 28F, and grows with little maintenance, so long as it is planted in well-draining soil paired with plenty of sun (however, it will grow just fine with filtered light/part sun conditions). 

As far as nutrition goes, the Purple Forest Guava carries plenty of potassium, magnesium, cyanidin 3-glucoside, lutein, beta carotene, and vitamins A and C.
You can prepare the highly-seeded fruit as a juice, cook it into jams or simply enjoy it out of hand!

Plant Type:
Tropical/Subtropical Perennial Evergreen Fruit Tree/Fruiting Shrub

Harvest Season:
Spring, Summer, depending on variety

Mature Size:
 6-25 ft tall, depending on variety

Soil & Moisture:
Likes moist, rich well-draining soil. 

Light Requirements:
Full Sun, Part Shade

Self-Fertile:
Yes

Growth Rate:
Fast, Medium

Zone Hardiness:
Outdoors 9-12 with frost protection until established; Patio/Greenhouse 4+

Propagation:
Small/Medium Pot Sizes: Grown from seed or tissue culture and will be mature enough to potentially fruit within 2-3 years.
Large Pot Size: Grown from seed or tissue culture and capable to produce within 1 year. 

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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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    juju
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    Years Gardening 10+
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    3 days ago
    Tree top Terriffic!

    Great size, Secure packaging, healthy plant. So Happy to have 1 extra to share this as a surprise valentine's gift

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    Chris N.
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    I recommend this product
    Grown This Variety Before? No
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    1 year ago
    This is my second one from Sow Exotic.

    This is my second one from Sow Exotic, beautiful, healthy, specimen. I will enjoy watching them grow.

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