Hello fellow gardeners! My favorite fruit is Feijoa, has been since I was very young and although I know the trees will grow well in Brisbane my research has lead me to believe that they need a cooler climate in which to fruit well (not enough chill time here apparently). However I was reading Organic Gardening mag today and a lady from Brizvagas sent in a question asking what fruit trees to grow here in Brisbane and they suggested it???
Has anyone got a feijoa, and had any success in getting it to produce fruit? and if so, what conditions do you have it under? Thanks very much!
No Feijoa here Michelle. Hopefully someone growing one will respond.
I grew a Feijoa in a pot. It grew and fruited well, but the fruit were very dry inside and although the flowers and tree where very pretty I pulled it out.
Well, that's positive to hear! I know they are quite tough little trees but had never thought of putting it into a pot. Seems like I might need to give it a go and just keep my fingers crossed
I have a feijoa in a pot for at least 4 years, never flowered. I don’t think it’s to do with chilling requirement though, as they need less chilling than my other trees that flowers and fruit okay in Brisbane, more likely because what I got was a seedling tree. Here’s some good information on feijoa at https://feijoafeijoa.wordpress.com/growing-feijoas/
With dry fruit it sounds like a water issue rather than temperature. Pot culture is quite tricky if you want a decent crop. Too much drainage is usually the issue and with it, the leaching of nutrients.
Mine just flowered for the first time! Only one single bloom though, so I doubt it will fruit :)
Still - its exciting - that's progress!
Won't be growing Feijoa myself again but read the article from your link Florence and it is a good one.
Very curious about the birds "feed(ing) on the sweet, fleshy flower petals". I would have thought they were just after the nectar.
I have three feijoas fruiting in Murwillumbah - very similar climate to Brisbane. No special treatment needed except I believe some need cross-pollination?
I have a young one that is less than 12 months old. It is growing well in a raised garden bed. I read in a magazine (forget which one) that someone up the coast has a commerical farm of them. I'm pretty confident they'll fruit.
Thanks everyone - Seems I should just give it a go. I guess even if I dont get fruit, I do love grey foliage trees so it should work with the rest of my colour scheme :)