Fantastic Feijoas - All you need to Know

You can’t beat the aroma and flavour of fresh feijoas! This hardy and robust fruit is easy to grow and provides you with an abundance of fruit from autumn to early winter. If you're keen to grow your own, find out everything you need to know from Waimea Nurseries fruit expert Kate Marshall.

 

 

 

 

 

PLANTING

Naturally forming a medium to large shaped bush, feijoas can be incorporated into garden beds, can be clipped into formal topiary standards, grown in large pots, trained into an espaliered fan shape against a wall or planted in a row as an edible hedge. For a hedge, plant a mix of varieties around a metre apart to spread the crop over a few months.

Feijoa trees grow well in almost all areas of the country, tolerating all but the very driest and very water-logged soils – though definitely thrive more in fertile, free draining soil. 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. Prepare the site by mixing Tui Super Sheep Pellets and gypsum with soil from the planting hole. Adding these products increases organic matter and nutrients in the soil, as well as improving drainage.

CHOOSING A VARIETY

Kiwi gardeners are the envy of overseas feijoa lovers, having such a wide range of varieties to choose from, ranging from early ripening varieties which are harvested in February/March (depending on the location) through to later season varieties that can be harvested into June or July in warmer regions. It’s best to plant at least two different varieties to cross pollinate, plus these varieties can be selected so that the harvest season is spread (i.e. one early, one mid and one late variety). The flowering times will overlap even though the fruiting times are different.

COMMON ISSUES

Feijoa trees are one of the easiest fruits to grow in a home garden, as there are usually very few problems and the trees fruit prolifically without much intervention.

Feeding

Feijoa trees usually fruit 2-3 years after planting, and should be fed regularly from spring to after harvest to ensure a healthy tree and bumper harvest. It’s important to provide a balance of Nitrogen (N, for leafy growth), Phosphorus (P, for root development) and Potassium (K, for flowering and fruit production). Use Scotts Osmocote Fruit, Citrus, Trees & Shrubs or Tui NovaTec Premium fertiliser for best results.

Pruning & staking

Feijoa trees usually naturally form a bushy tree, and generally only need clipping to maintain a nice looking shape. Similar to citrus trees, the habit should be relatively open – so that a small bird could fly through it. If trees get too large, the branches can be pruned back hard. It’s best to prune in late Winter, as the flush of new growth in spring is where the flowers will form.

Stakes aren’t usually required for feijoa trees unless the site is particularly exposed to wind.

Mulching

Mulch with Tui Mulch & Feed in mid to late spring to keep the roots moist. The roots of feijoa trees are naturally shallow, dense and fibrous, so protection from evaporation will help the tree to thrive and crop more profusely.

Watering

Feijoa trees will struggle during long dry periods if not supplemented with watering. It is especially important to water deeply and regularly from mid to late summer when the fruit is developing and ripening. Don’t over water as it will plump up the fruit but lose the flavour.

Harvest tips

  • Feijoas will ripen a little once picked but are best left on the tree to ripen naturally. The fruit will fall from the tree when completely ripe, and can be picked up off the ground, though don’t leave them too long.
  • For best results, ‘touch pick’ from the tree which means cupping the fruit with your hand, and pull very gently. If the fruit comes away from the stem easily, it’s ready. If the fruit remains attached to the tree, it’s not ready just yet. If ‘touch picked’ the fruit should last for a week in the fruit bowl. Fruit picked up off the ground might only last a few days.

Follow our Feijoa Growing Guide here to plant yours >

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Fantastic Feijoas - All you need to Know Comments

  • Hi i love fejoas and would like to try growing my own.do they do well in a large container pot?i am in a townhouse and grow everything in containers in my sunny courtyard

    kathleen grimward

  • Feijoas are not so easy to grow in the north where we have quava moth, Its takes a lot of work to keep them free of that so not so easy,

    Coral Bailey

  • Hi Kathleen, good on you for growing your own in your townhouse courtyard. Yes feijoas can be grown in large pots and containers. Fill with Tui Garden Mix and feed with Tui NovaTec Premium fertiliser. All the best, Tui Team

    jenna

  • A rapidly increasing problem (particularly in Northland) is Guava Moth and it would have been very helpful if mention of this had been made in the article. My understanding is that there is no current 'cure' although I may be wrong but all suggestions from a company such as yourselves would be appreciated. Thank you.

    Alison Stewart

  • Hi Alison, this is a great question as yes guava moths can unfortunately be a problem with feijoas. At present no completely effective treatments exist. Guava moths lay their eggs on the fruit and the larva burrows into the fruit. It is very hard to treat once the plant is affected and is a big problem in warmer regions. Prevention is the best method of control. Cover the feijoa trees with fine netting immediately after flowering (when the petals have fallen) to protect the fruit. Secure with tape to the supporting branch. Remove fallen and rotting fruit, and dead leaves and mulch from under the tree as often the moths lay eggs in these areas. Guava moth pheromone delta traps with sticky bases are available from garden centres and rural suppliers. Kind regards, Tui Team.

    jenna

  • I hear you eat them when they fall but mine do not fall.

    Averill

  • Hi Averill, you could 'touch pick' which means cupping the fruit on the tree with your hand, and pull very gently. If the fruit comes away from the stem easily, it’s ready. If the fruit remains attached to the tree, it’s not ready just yet. Enjoy, Tui Team

    jenna

  • I have 2 trees that flower beautifully every year but I never get any fruit is it time to chop them down?

    Diane

  • Hi Diane, it is a good sign your trees are flowering, they are very much still alive. A possible problem is inadequate pollination - plant a cross pollinating variety and attract birds to your garden to help pollinate. Poor tree health is another possible problem - feed with Scotts Osmoctoe Fruit, Citrus, Trees & Shrubs or Tui NovaTec. Keep up with the watering, especially over the summer months and apply Seasol plant tonic regularly for a boost. All the best, Tui Team

    jenna

  • how long does it take a new feijoa to start fruiting.i planted mine18 mths ago as a 40cm plant in a large pot.

    john

  • Hi John, feijoa trees usually fruit two years after planting, and should be fed regularly from spring to after harvest to ensure a healthy tree and bumper harvest. Use Scotts Osmocote Fruit, Citrus, Trees & Shrubs or Tui NovaTec Premium fertiliser for best results. Thanks, Tui Team

    jenna

  • I have had my Feijoa for a year, I heard on a gardening show i needed two. I purchased another and shortly after planting in its pot it stopped drinking and the leaves went grey and fell off. My first one was doing fine grew well but then it stopped drinking and has grey leaves also, the soil is wet. I live at the South coast of Australia

    Sandra

  • Can you put feijoa skins in the compost?

    Sue Graziotti

  • Hi Sue, yes you can as long as they don't have any disease. Thanks, Tui Team

    jenna

  • Hi Sandra, some feijoas are self fertile and others need a second plant to ensure cross pollination. They require a spot in full sun and a moist soil. They will defoliate and drop leaves if the soil dries out, or if the soil gets too wet. It is important the soil isn’t waterlogged, so you may have a drainage issue if you think your plant has stopped drinking. Try applying Seasol plant tonic (available in Australia also) to see if this will boost the plants back into life. Thanks, Tui Team

    jenna

  • We have a feijoa that is about twenty years old. It produces heaps of fruit but all are very small, only about half the size of normal fruit. Is there any way I can fix this problem?

    Paul Sintes

  • Hi Paul, small fruit can be caused by poor nutrition and lack of water (or sporadic irrigation). Feed feijoa trees with Tui NovaTec Premium fertiliser and mulch with Tui Mulch & Feed to assist with moisture retention. Water deeply and regularly, ideally with a hose left dribbling for an hour or so once a week. Water is very important over the hotter months as fruit forms. All the best, Tui Team

    jenna

  • Good evening We live in south island NZ and had great fruiting off mature ish trees although last year we had the fruit get start to rot, The skin developed large patchs of this. I wondered if it was frozen or frosted. I found another fruit this year the same, this fruit was in a very low are on the tree so doubted frost Any answers welcomed

    Kat

  • I planted a KARAMEA feijoa 4 years ago. Big juicy fruits but this year a very short harvest time & the tiny fruits fell off quickly. Why?

    linda nash

  • Hi Linda, small fruit can be caused by poor nutrition and lack of water (or sporadic irrigation). Feed feijoa trees with Tui NovaTec Premium fertiliser and mulch with Tui Mulch & Feed to assist with moisture retention. Shedding fruit is generally caused by lack of water. Water deeply and regularly, ideally with a hose left dribbling for an hour or so once a week. Water is very important over the hotter months as fruit forms. All the best, Tui Team

    jenna

  • Hi Kat, your fruit sounds like it is suffering from soft rot. To control it you need to remove all the affected fruit from the tree and the ground and spray the entire tree with a winter clean up spray to kill any over wintering spores - check at your local garden centre for a suitable spray. All the best, Tui Team

    jenna

  • Must Feijoa trees be netted against birds and bats ruining the fruit

    Susan

  • Hi Susan, birds aren't usually too much of an issue with feijoas, so they aren't usually netted, however you could if it became an issue. The birds help with pollination :) Thanks, Tui Team

    jenna

  • Hey there! My husband and I love feijoa, we harvest this year but wondering why there are so many dry branches, we did watering a lot, could you tell us why’s that, hope hearing from you soon. We’ll be very appreciate.

    nicole

  • Hi Nicole, dry branches indicate lack of moisture and your plant is shredding the branches it cannot maintain. Possibly your soil may not have the capacity to hold onto a lot of moisture, before the roots can take it up, so enable this to happen, add in some compost to the soil or mulch the soil around the base of your tree. All the best, Tui Team.

    jenna

  • Leaves on the the top half of 1 of our fejoia trees (planted 18months ago, so approx 160cm high) appear to have small holes, are being eaten by something and are curling and bubbling? The fejoia tree 60cm beside it (different type) appears completely unaffected. Any assistance with how to get the sad tree to look like it’s mate next door, most appreciated!

    Kate

  • Hi Kate, thanks for getting in touch. The soft new growth of feijoas is a welcome target for many insects unfortunately. Look carefully at the plant to see if you can spot what the insect is, however now the damage is done it is likely the predator has moved on. Spray with an insect spray, and apply Seasol plant tonic every couple of weeks. And if you haven’t done so already, apply some fruit tree fertiliser to give the plant a boost. All the best, Tui Team

    jenna

  • I have 4 fejoa trees. None with fruit. And no flowers. Do flowers mean it's pollinated? Is it best to plant different varieties of fejoa to ensure pollination? What is one thing u recommend feeding them and when?

    Kirsty

  • Hi Kirsty, your tree will need to have flowers to be pollinated and then to fruit. The first step would be to feed regularly from spring to autumn to ensure a healthy tree and flowering and fruiting. It’s important to provide a balance of Nitrogen (N, for leafy growth), Phosphorus (P, for root development) and Potassium (K, for flowering and fruit production). Use Scotts Osmocote Fruit, Citrus, Trees & Shrubs or Tui NovaTec Premium fertiliser for best results. Some varieties are self fertile, but even self-fertile varieties will produce heavier and more regular crops if they are pollinated by other varieties. Plant at least two varieties to extend your season and ensure a better harvest. Thanks, Tui Team

    jenna

  • I have a mature hedge of feijoas it's probably about 15 years old. We have never been successful with fruit. Some years we get one or two other years nothing. So this year I gave a bit of a trim over last winter have fed the plants with appropriate granules and watered religiously (by hand) through the hot dry summer. There were a few more flowers but they have almost all fallen off. Really frustrated. Not sure what else to do. Chopping them all down and replacing them will leave the bottom garden very exposed as well as being VERY expensive. Is there a limit to how old a feijoa tree will last? The treas seem very healthy, lots of nice grean foliage. So at a loss to know what to do. Any other ideas?

    Mel

  • you can pickle the skins- they are yummy! go to https://feijoafeijoa.wordpress.com/category/chutneys-relish/ there are a few other feijoa recipes there too. i just have one trre- unique- and have great midwinter crps in mosgiel, near dunedin

    Sarah Gamble

  • Hi Mel, it sounds like you are doing all the right things. It is very hard to diagnose your problem without seeing the plants or the ground in which they grow. We suggest you take a sample of your plants and a photo of where they are planted into a garden centre. The lack of flowers indicates the plants are not thriving, and the problem may be in the soil. They enjoy a sunny spot with a free draining soil. Thanks ^Tui Team

    jenna

  • Knowing that birds pollinate feijoa flowers, we started putting bird feeders up near to our feijoa trees. The birds hop happily around in the trees, and they don't touch the fruit at all. And best of all, we have a bumper crop of lovely feijoas.

    Pat &Jack McAllister

  • My original fejoa tree is planted on a slope facing north east. The fruit almost always have very thick skins, making them not so nice to get flesh out of. Any suggestions?

    Kathy

  • We have moved into a house with a huge feijoa tree in the back yard (as tall as the house). No ripe fruit yet and I can't see that many on it. The birds went crazy in it when the flowers opened and were eating the petals and feeding the petals to their babies. I had never seen that before. The noise was deafening.Could that be why there aren't many fruit?

    Judy Thomas

  • Hi Pat and Jack, that is a wonderful idea. Thank you for sharing it with us, we know others would find this information useful too. We hope you are enjoying your feijoa harvests! Happy gardening from the Tui Team.

    jenna

  • I over watered one year and got a great crop of large but flavourless feijoas. So be careful not

    Brian

  • Hi... we planted a hedge of feijoa under our kitchen windows 4 years ago. We cut them back quite definitely each year. They've grown fantastically, we got a small and sparse crop last year and conscientiously watered this year. Had loads of lovely flowers this year in December/January and got excited,... and now no fruit. There is some scale, we sprayed for the leaf hoppers (with the clear but black lined wings) as their larvae were everywhere, still had some adults make it through. We now have a huge hedge, almost covering the kitchen windows, which is frustrating my family as they're desperate for the fruit. We're thinking to relocate as they cover the windows too much and we do have a small orchard with two different varieties of feijoa about 500m away. As the hedge were all the same variety, perhaps this is part of the problem? Am I jumping the gun? Could we still expect fruit even though the flowers are long gone (at least 2 months ago)? Is it safe to relocate the hedges? Thanks in advance

    Jennifer

  • Hi,why the fruit on my feijoa tree are dry why the fall off the tree and tasteless,it has lits of fruit now but the fruit that fall off the grown still not ripe and still hard,I let it sit on the window will till it's soft to eat and has no taste (not sweet at all.Kind Regards Manny

    Manny De Vera

  • We have 2 Feijoa trees in large pots, never had fruit in years and only and very very rarely flowers (and only a few flowers at that) . Will wind prevent flowers and therefore fruit ?

    robert

  • We have the same (or very similar as no frosts here yet) issue. Good crop and a lot are spotting and rotting. What spray would you recommend and when do we apply? Thanks heaps.

    Noeline Oldridge

  • Hi Jennifer, it sounds like you have put in a lot of effort with your hedge. There will be a reason your plants are not fruiting, the most common issues are food – fertiliser, lack of pollination, sun or water or your choice of variety. Some seedling varieties can take longer to fruit. The fact your plants are flowering and not holding fruit indicates either the flowers are not being pollinated or the plant is stressed by something. Cross pollination between two (or more) different varieties will ensure good fruit set and fruit quality. You have mentioned you do have two trees that are a different variety nearby. Your plants can be relocated, and now is a good time of year to do it. Once transplanted, allow two seasons for them to settle in and potentially fruit. Apply Tui Organic Seaweed Plant Tonic regularly and feed with Tui NovaTec Premium fertiliser. All the best, Tui Team

    jenna

  • Hi Manny, lack of flavour normally indicates the plant is lacking in something, it may have been water over the summer or fertiliser nutrients over the season. Suggest applying Tui Organic Seaweed Plant Tonic now and applying a side dressing of fruit fertiliser. Then add a layer of mulch around the base of the tree and hopefully this will remedy the problem for next season. All the best ^Tui Team

    jenna

  • Hi Kathy, this is more than likely just a variety characteristic and not able to be corrected. However it could be worth applying Tui NovaTec Premium fertiliser at flowering time which could help with making more flesh and less skin. All the best ^Tui Team

    jenna

  • Hi Judy, the birds feast on the petals, and pick up the pollen on their chests and beaks which helps to move the pollen between flowers for cross pollination – which is necessary to get fruit. So you don’t want to discourage the bird activity! It can often be hard to see feijoa fruitlets until just before the fruit is ready. It’s not unusual to think a tree has a poor crop, but then have a lot of fruit – it seems to hide well among the leaves. However if a decent crop doesn’t eventuate, we would suggest you apply Tui Sulphate of Potash, mulch and water well around flowering time and during those early stages of fruit development. Regular applications of Tui Organic Seaweed Plant Tonic will also help. If a tree is stressed around this time, it can affect it’s ability to sustain a crop. Happy gardening ^Tui Team

    jenna

  • Hi Noeline, we suggest taking a sample of your fruit into your local garden centre for a definitive diagnosis on the issue. They will be able to recommend the most suitable spray and when to apply based on that product. Thanks ^Tui Team

    jenna

  • Hi Robert, yes wind is a factor in feijoas not being able to hold onto fruit. As your plants are in pots can you move them? Do give your plants a side dressing of Tui NovaTec fertiliser in spring and autumn, plus regularly apply Tui Organic Seaweed Plant Tonic to give the root zone a boost. Thanks, Jenna ^Tui Team

    jenna

  • I’m wanting to buy 2 feijoa trees that have large fruit, what’s the best 2 to plant together ?

    Madi

  • Hi Madi, great idea to plant feijoas now :) Kaiteri, Wiki Tu, Kakariki and Mammoth all produce large fruit. Cross pollination between two (or more) different varieties will ensure good fruit set and fruit quality. Happy growing ^Tui Team

    jenna

  • Hi, my feijoa tree have a lot of fruit but inside of the fruit are hollow and the flesh is very hard . Any suggestions?

    Loan

  • Hi Loan, it sounds like the soil your tree is growing in is either lacking in nutrients or has gone through a prolonged period of dryness. Nothing can be done now to remedy the problem however to fix it for next year, apply fruit fertiliser to the soil, and add a layer of mulch around the base of the tree. Also ensure that the plant has plenty of water from December until April next season. All the best ^Tui Team

    jenna

  • We have emigrated from the Uk and on the property we bought there is a hedging of feijoas that has had a massive crop. Is it safe to leave the rotting ones on the ground under the hedge to break down as compost or should we take them up?

    Sally

  • Hi Sally, it is fine to leave the fruit on the ground, they will naturally compost over time. However, if the fruit had any blemishes or disease, it would be wise to remove them from under the hedge to help eliminate any problem from reappearing next season. ^Tui Team

    gemma

  • Hi, as with Loan, one of my feijoas had lovely big fruit - but the segments/lobes of the flesh were hollow - though I wouldn't call them hard - could see no evidence of larvae in the fruit - the seeds inside were sort of shrivelled up but the flesh that was there tasted fine. What is with hollow fruit?

    Jess

  • Hi Jess, the flesh of feijoas develops over the summer and autumn months, and if over this period the plant experiences any prolonged dry periods the moisture evaporates out of the fruit. This could be the problem. Another reason could be that the root zone is restricted in some way or that the soil is lacking in nutrients. Feed regularly from spring to after harvest Tui NovaTec Premium fertiliser to give your trees the nutrients they need. Happy gardening ^Tui Team

    jenna

  • Hi We planted two feijoa trees last August and managed to get one feijoa but most the flowers just fell off the tree. The one feijoa we got tasted delicious! This year I've noticed lots of the leaves, on both trees have grey and black (and shades in between) spots on the underside of lots of leaves. I've been ripping them off and throwing them out but I've had to do this a few times. Will the trees recover from this and what do you think caused the spots? Is it a disease?

    Christine

    • Hi Christine, feijoa trees take a few seasons to become established. The essentials to get the best out of them are plenty of water, fertilising them with fruit tree fertiliser such as Tui Enrich Fruit, Citrus, Tree & Shrub in early spring and late summer. They require full sun and protection from strong winds. Your black spots could be a fungal problem, suggest you take a leaf into the garden centre for a identification then choose a relevant product to control the problem. Regular applications of Tui Organic Seaweed Plant Tonic will also help keep your trees healthy.

      Tui Team

  • I would like to thank you for the article on fejoas tree.We live in Perth Western Australia. We purchased two fejoa trees 18 months ago and got a few fruit .This year they are loaded with fruit,but keep dropping fruit.In Perth we don't have soil its all sand,problem being I never put wettasoil around fejoas .After reading your article I will now use wettasoil. Thanks very much. David.

    David Cockshott

    • Hi David, you're very welcome. We are pleased to hear our information has been useful and hope it helps you to grow successful fejioas where you live in Australia. Happy gardening from the Tui Team 

      Tui Team

  • Hi! Any tips for growing indoors? I live in cold and gloomy Vancouver, Canada. I have my fejoia away from direct heat, with its own grow light. I water him often and lightly, measuring with a water meter, and misting daily. At first the tree grew quickly, but the new growth is weak and floppy, unlike the hardy green old growth. The leaves of the new growth seem to curl and fall away before toughening up. What can I do? The fertilizer you mentioned is not available where I live :( Thanks!

    Jillian

    • Hi Jillian, feijoas are not natural indoor plants, they are hardy to long dry periods and cold temperatures. Avoid watering the foliage of the plant and focus on the watering the soil deeply once a week. Don't leave the plant sitting in a saucer of water. Wilting leaves may be the symptom of too much water. Your local garden centre will be able to help advise on a suitable fruit tree fertiliser :)

      Tui Team

  • Hi, i planted 2 feijoa trees 2 1/2 years ago, they flower but never fruit. What am i doing wrong?

    Jenny Yates

    • Hi Jenny, thanks for getting in touch. The article above provides some great tips on common issues including this one. It is a good sign that your tree is flowering and it is still reasonably young. Lack of fruiting is often caused by inadequate pollination or poor tree health. If your tree is not self fertile it is recommended to plant a cross pollinating variety. Even self-fertile varieties will produce heavier and more regular crops if they are pollinated by other varieties. Plant at least two different varieties to extend your season and ensure a better harvest. All fruit trees benefit from a regular feeding regime to provide the right nutrients for maximum tree health and top crops. Tui NovaTec Premium fertiliser is suitable for your feijoa trees planted in the garden or in pots and containers. Feed in spring and summer to provide your fruit trees a balanced and even spread of all essential nutrients for maximum fruiting and flowering. Happy growing!

      Tui Team

  • Hello, We moved into our home in North Canterbury a year ago. The property has two Feijoa plants. They appear healthy and though they flowered well there was no fruit. I have no idea which variety of Feijoa they are, Can you please suggest a suitable variety I can purchase in case they are not self-pollinating (which I suspect). The trees are about a metre high and I would guess not more than about two years old. Thank you in advance.

    Lynn Evans

    • Hi Lynn, thanks for getting in touch. It is hard to advise on a variety without knowing the variety/varieties you already have - it would just need to be a different variety to the one you have planted (if they are actually the same variety). Lack of fruiting is often caused by inadequate pollination or poor tree health. Your trees are also still reasonably young. If the varieties are different then the lack of fruiting could be due to poor health and lack of nutrients. All fruit trees benefit from a regular feeding regime to provide the right nutrients for maximum tree health and top crops. Tui NovaTec Premium fertiliser is suitable for your feijoa trees planted in the garden or in pots and containers. Feed in spring and summer to provide your fruit trees a balanced and even spread of all essential nutrients for maximum fruiting and flowering. Happy growing! 

      Tui Team

  • I have 5 feijoas the oldest is at least 6 years old. It fruited for the first time this summer but lost a lot of the flowers. There were 3 nicely plumping fruit a few days ago and none now I think maybe a possum.. Not even a flower on any of the others. I have a half acre section and have planted them in different parts from each other. I have created a bird haven so its not lack of birds, Getting desperate here. Can you help?

    Anne Young

    • Hi Anne, were the feijoas seedling grown or grafted varieties? Seedling grown varieties take 6-7 years to fruit, grafted varieties take 2-3. Flowers and fruit can drop if the tree becomes stressed, especially over summer if you experienced drought conditions. Mulch around the tree with Tui Mulch & Feed or an alternative suitable mulch, this will help conserve soil moisture. Now is a good time to mulch around your trees. Feed them with Tui NovaTec Premium now that fruiting has finished and again as they start to flower. Regular applications of Tui Organic Seaweed Plant Tonic will also help your trees.

      Tui Team

  • We have an old large feijoa tree that had lots of fruit however for the last two years about half the fruit doesn't have the jelly like substance in the middle. Why is this? I'm assuming we not to water the tree more over summer, is this the reason? Thanks

    Rachael

    • Hi Rachael, feijoas are pretty hardy trees but they still need water and this may be why the fruit hasn’t developed as it should. Summer was pretty hot and dry. Feeding is also important. Use a citrus fertiliser or Tui NovaTec Premium in spring when the tree flowers and apply again once fruiting has finished to help improve fruit size and flavour. The tree also could be a seedling grown variety and not a grafted named variety so the fruit may be smaller than other varieties. Prune the tree back by about one third, you can go harder if desired. This will stimulate new growth. It will reduce fruiting for the first season but the fruit will be bigger. Mulch around the tree in spring as this will also help keep moisture in the soil and adds organic matter back into the soil.

      Tui Team