CHERRY GUAVA, seedlings now ready for transplanting, read on its propagation
Botanical Name:Psidium cattleianum
Plant Family: Myrtaceae
This dark red-skinned guava is very similar to the common Guava, but with an excellent juicy strawberry flavor. The exceptionally adaptable Cherry Guava tree grows well in full sun and with ample water, although short periods of drought will not harm it.
Seedlings can be obtained from our Nairobi nursery by contacting +254 724559286 or +254 790509684
A compact, evergreen bushy shrub to 3 – 6 m in height, native to Brazil, with smooth, rounded branches. Its leaves are smooth, glossy, leathery and about 5 – 8 cm long. The white flowers with fluffy stamens are borne close to the stems. The fruit is round 2.5 – 4 cm in diameter (the size of a small plum), deep wine-red, with a very thin skin. The flesh is juicy and believed to have the finest flavour of any guava. Cherry guavas will grow in a wide range of soils but need good drainage. They dislike low temperatures and will not tolerate very heavy frost but are hardier to cold than the common guava.
Sow When: germinates best at 24 – 29°C soil temp.
Seed Preparation: pre-soak for 48 hours (seedlings available by contacting: +254 790509684)
Planting Depth: 5 mm deep
Spacing: 4 m between plants
Position: full sun
Soil Type: tolerant of wide range of soil types but needs good drainage; pH 5 – 7