Have a healthy bite: Guidelines to grow guava at home
Growing our own fruit plants is the best idea to avoid consuming pesticide residue in the fruits bought from markets. Guava is one of the tasty and healthy fruits commonly found in Kerala. Though guava is available in the market, we cannot make sure whether they are purely organic.
As the nutrients are pooled just beneath its skin, it is better to consume guava without removing the peel. So, we can blindly trust the guava grown at home rather than those from the market. Not only the fruits, but also guava leaves have medicinal qualities.
Things to remember while growing guava
Dry weather and water permeable soil are best for growing guava.
Do not plant guava in water puddling areas.
Soak guava seeds in water for one day for fast sprouting.
The nature of soil influence the growth of guava.
Fill a flowerpot with equal amounts of soil, sand and compost to plant guava.
Put fertilisers in plenty and irrigate during summer.
Prune the guava tree by cutting the head when it grows upto 4-5 feet.
Pruning will help boost plant growth and yield more fruits.
Organic fertilisers are best for increasing fruit production.
Guava trees start blooming within 1-4 years of planting.
Guava blooms during the months February, June and October.
Fruits become tastier when they ripe on the plant.
A guava tree has about 30-50 years of life.