Feijoas are an easy to grow shrub producing highly nutritious fruits from Autumn to Winter. They are filled with antioxidant-rich vitamin C, as well as B vitamins, vitamin E, and vitamin K. Feijoas also have plenty of great minerals in them too including calcium and magnesium. They will keep you healthy and free of illnesses, plus they are filled with fiber so you’ll stay full for longer. Not only does homegrown fruit taste best, it can also save you money!
There are loads of feijoa varieties to choose from and the best variety for you will depend on what you like in a feijoa.
Want large fruit? Try Apollo, Golden Goose (the largest of them all!), White Goose, Wiki Tu, Antoinette, Den’s Choice, Karamea, Mammoth, Opal Star, Kaitere and Kakariki.
Prefer small to medium sized fruit? Try Bambina, Gemini, Kakapo, Ponamu, Triumph, Unique
Have a small garden? Try compact varieties Bambina, Kakapo, Opal Star, Unique, Wiki Tu
Want to grow feijoas as a hedge? Try Karamea, Apollo, Marion, Triumph
Feijoas are pretty hardy and will tolerate most soils from heavy clay through to sandy soil. When planting the feijoa dig a hole around double the depth and width of the container the plant came in, then fill the hole with a mixture of your existing garden soil and a good quality garden mix. A layer of Manuka Garden Mulch around the base of the shrub will help retain moisture in the soil and suppress weed growth. Remember to give the feijoa a good watering after planting.
It is a good idea to stake newly planted feijoas to keep them steady and protect from wind and the lawnmower.
Feijoas are frost hardy and will survive temperatures as low as -10°C. Their ideal growing environment is full sun light and protection from strong winds.
To keep your feijoa healthy and growing, add an NPK fertiliser in early autumn, May, and again in summer.
Feijoas are fairly pest and disease free but recently Guava Moth has been doing damage to feijoa fruit across the country.
The best time to prune feijoas is after fruiting has occurred (late autumn/winter). Feijoa shrubs can be pruned at achieve or maintain a certain shape and to stimulate new growth. You can also prune to open up the shrub so birds and insects can have easier access for pollinating. Remove any weak or damaged branches by pruning back to the main trunk.