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These sub tropical shrubs actually hail from Brazil and are named after Don da Silva Feijoa a 19th century Brazilian botanist. Due to their popularity in New Zealand we tend to think of them as something uniquely Kiwi. Feijoas are exceptionally easy to grow and very tolerant. However given ideal conditions the fruit will have a better flavour and you will get a more bountiful crop of deliciously fragrant beauties.
Give Feijoas a sunny position in well drained fertile soil. If there is a dry spell of weather when the fruit is developing, make sure you water well. Feijoas don't like heavy frost due to their sub tropical heritage but once established they become surprisingly tolerant. Feijoas will grow near the coast and will tolerate quite a lot of wind especially if grown closely together in a hedge. Some of the new cultivars such as "Marion" tend to be more frost hardy. No need to prune unless you require a particular shape however the removal of some branches allowing good light penetration will assist with fruit development.
The fruit matures in late autumn and will fall naturally from the tree when ready to eat. To avoid fruit damage you can apply a thick layer of mulch at the base of the tree. This will also protect the shallow roots. The fruit will keep well for 3 to 4 weeks if stored in a cool place. High in vitamins and minerals, pest and disease tolerant, Feijoas are definitely worth putting on your "must have" list and if you've got kids (big or little) in your family they will just love them.
A desirable new variety that fruits early in the season around March-April. The fruit are exceptionally sweet, large and round. Yum Yum. As with all Feijoas will fruit best when 2 or more are planted. Likes a sunny sheltered position. Evergreen.
Antoinette TM Heavy crops of medium to large fruit with semi smooth green skin. Sweet juicy from flesh that is soft and smooth. Yum Yum. As with all Feijoas will fruit best when 2 or more are planted. Likes a sunny sheltered position. Evergreen.
Vigorous growing variety which ripens in autumn around April-May. Rough skinned fruit which are large, aromatic and very sweet. Partially self-fertile but cross pollination is essential for large fruit so plant with a companion for best results. Evergreen.
Abundance of bright red Christmas flowers followed by delicate wee fruit. Thin edible skin with sweet aromatic pulp bursting with flavour. This bush has rounded canopy, smaller in size, leaf, flower and fruit.Planting 2 or more varieties gives a longer fruiting season. Well drained soil. Evergreen.
Medium to large sized fruit, oval in shape. Attractive smooth, light green skin. Strong aromatic flavour with good sugar-acid balance. Medium vigor tree, moderately compact and easy to manage. Evergreen.
Golden Goose TM. Man size fruit? Large to extra large. White flesh with smooth firm thick golden green skin. Good keeping feijoa. As with all Feijoas will fruit best when 2 or more are planted. Likes a sunny sheltered position. Evergreen.
If you love Feijoas then you will enjoy the large and very sweet fruit of this new variety. It is ready early in season too - towards the end of February so lots of yum for your tum while in the sun. Plant with another Feijoa for best results. Likes a sunny well drained spot. Evergreen. PVR.
This variety of Feijoa has medium sized oval fruit with a rough skin. Inside the flesh is smooth and full of flavour. The fruit ripens around April. Plant in a sunny well drained spot with another Feijoa for company. The fruit will naturally drop when ready. Evergreen.
This recent introduction has large and sweet fruit that ripen nice and early in the autumn. Plant in sunny well drained spot, preferably with another Feijoa close by. The fruit are ripe when they start to fall naturally off the tree. Evergreen. PVR.