Asked by: Sadia Groothoff
asked in category: General Last Updated: 26th January, 2020

Do Feijoas only grow in NZ?

Growing conditions
It is a warm-temperate to subtropical plant that will also grow in the tropics but requires some winter chilling to fruit. A lot of feijoa are grown in New Zealand, where the fruit is a popular garden tree and the fruit is commonly available in season.

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Considering this, where do Feijoas grow in NZ?

Despite their South American heritage and tropical appearance, the trees are hardy to around -12 degrees so can even be planted in regions with very cold winters like Canterbury, Otago and Southland. Feijoas grow best in sites with full sun and can be planted at any time of year.

One may also ask, why is my feijoa not fruiting? For feijoas, the pollen ideally comes from a different tree of a different variety in order to fertilise the plant and set the seeds or fruit. If your tree is too dense and the birds can't get in to the flowers, then pollination may not be occurring, just one reason that your tree may not produce fruit.

In this regard, how do Feijoas grow in New Zealand?

Feijoa Growing Guide

  1. Autumn is an ideal time to plant feijoas in most areas of New Zealand.
  2. Prepare your soil with organic matter like compost and sheep pellets.
  3. Add a layer of citrus & fruit mix to plant into.
  4. Feed fejioas regularly from spring to after harvest.

Do you need 2 feijoa trees?

There are a few varieties around, that are self-fertile (such as Unique) but most varieties require a pollinator before they will fruit well. Thankfully sorting out a pollinator for Feijoas is easy. All you need to do is grow 2 or more varieties.

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