How to Grow Guava Tree From Seed?
The best way to propagate guava trees from seed is through cuttings. Cuttings are the easiest method of propagation and they are also very effective. You can use either leaf or stem cuttings which will give you a new plant every year. There are different types of cuttings available like root cuttings, woodcutter’s cuttings, and so on.
You can buy guava cuttings at most nurseries and garden centers. These cuttings come in various sizes. They have been tested to make sure that they are safe to eat and not poisonous. Some of them are even edible! If you want to get your hands on some guava cuttings, then go ahead and buy them online or visit any nursery shop.
You can also order these guava cuttings from many websites such as Amazon, eBay, etc..
Cutting guava seeds is another way to propagate guava tree from seed. However, this method requires a little bit more effort and care than cutting guava cuttings. Cutting guava seeds require special equipment and skill. You need to prepare the soil beforehand before planting the seeds. Then you must wait until after the rainy season ends before planting the seeds into the soil.
After that, you can expect good results if you follow all instructions carefully.
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Guava fruit. By Matias R. Sanguinetti – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0
How To Grow Guava From Seed
There are several benefits to growing guava from seed, including controlling the color of the skin and the size of the guava fruit. There are many different varieties of guavas and all have different sizes and colors. For example, there are yellow guavas, pink guavas and green guavas. All of these different types of guavas grow on separate trees. If you want to grow different types of guavas, then you need to plant several seeds from different trees.
How long does it take to grow a guava tree from a seed?
It will take about two months for the tree to sprout from the seed. Then it will take about two years before you can begin harvesting guavas from the tree.
How Long Does It Take Guava Seeds To Germinate?
When you plant guava seeds, be sure to plant them in a sunny area that gets a lot of direct sunlight for at least six hours a day. Guava seeds need a lot of light in order to sprout and grow into a healthy tree. If you do not have a sunny area that gets at least six hours of sun a day, then you may want to consider buying grow lights. These lights will help the seeds sprout and allow the seedlings to grow without having to move them outside right away.
You must keep the soil temperature between 75 and 90 degrees in order for the guava seeds to sprout. The soil can’t be too hot or too cold for the guava seeds to sprout. You can buy a thermometer at your local hardware store in order to make sure that the soil temperature is just right.
You should also keep the soil wet. You want the soil to be wet without having water pooling on the surface. Water the guava seeds when the soil has dried out. Don’t let the soil get soggy since this could cause the seeds to rot and die. Using a humidity dome will help keep the soil wet and prevent them from drying out.
How To Grow Guava Seedlings
When your guava seeds start to sprout, be sure to put them under a grow light immediately. Germinating seeds need as much light as they can get in order to grow healthy and strong. The grow light should be about a foot above the seedlings. If you’re using the lights I mentioned in the last section, then you won’t have to change any of the settings on the lights. Just set it and forget it!
Putting the seedlings under the grow light will encourage them to grow more leaves and get stronger. They will also become better able to handle the sun and won’t get sunburned as easily. While under the lights, your guava seedlings won’t need as much water, so don’t water them as much. Make sure that the soil is still moist, but not wet. Let the soil dry out slightly between watering.
When your guava seedlings begin to get bigger, transfer them outside. You can put them outside during the day and bring them in at night. Continue this cycle for a few days until the seedlings are able to handle the sun. The guava seedlings may get sunburned if they’re not used to being outside so it’s important to gradually expose them to direct sunlight.
Planting Guava Trees In Your Backyard
When your guava tree is about knee height, you can plant it in the ground. Make sure that you are planting it in a sunny location. As we learned earlier, guavas need a lot of direct sunlight in order to grow properly. If you have more than one guava tree, space them out three to four meters apart. This will allow the trees to get enough sunlight and not compete with each other for nutrients.
Guava trees do best in well-drained soil. If you are planting your guava tree in soil that is not well-drained, then you should add organic matter to the soil such as compost, rotted leaves or mulch. Guava trees also need a lot of water, so be sure to water your tree every day.
The guava tree will start to grow leaves and branches. You will need to trim the branches back periodically so that the tree doesn’t get “leggy”. You will also need to fertilize the guava tree at least once per year with a well-balanced fertilizer.
Your guava tree should start producing fruit in three or four years. When it does, be sure to pick the guavas as soon as they’re ripe so that the guava tree will continue to produce fruit. If you leave the guavas on the tree, they will eventually fall off and rot which will make the guava tree unable to produce any more guavas.
If you haven’t already, you should really try out your guava fruit! Guavas come in a variety of sizes and colors. You can have a lot of fun decorating and cooking with them as well. You can read more about some awesome guava recipes on my blog here: Guava Recipe Roundup
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