Feijoa sellowiana - has anyone grown this?

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Feijoa sellowiana - has anyone grown this?

Post by marie06 » Sun Mar 07, 2010 11:17 am

I really like the look of this, another one to go on my wish list - if it's got a chance of surviving winter!

So, has anyone grown this? I've given up relying on written hardiness reports, they all say something different.

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Post by Chalk Brow » Sun Mar 07, 2010 4:31 pm

I have two in the garden, they have been there for about ten years and have never suffered, but the lowest temperature in the time has been about -6C. They are now about seven foot tall, they are growing a very dry part of the garden.

Feijoa sellowiana is now known as Acca sellowiana I believe.

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Post by Nigel Fear » Sun Mar 07, 2010 4:39 pm

Do you get any fruit off them grenville?

Though well worth growing even if you don't. 8)

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Post by Chalk Brow » Sun Mar 07, 2010 6:15 pm

Nigel Fear wrote:Do you get any fruit off them grenville?

Though well worth growing even if you don't. 8)
Not yet, while both plants flower they haven't yet realised they need to flower at the same time. But I keep hoping.

marie06

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Post by marie06 » Wed Mar 10, 2010 1:17 pm

Thanks Grenville, I'll try to track one down this weekend.

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Post by simon » Wed Mar 10, 2010 1:20 pm

You can get seeds from Jungle Seeds, Marie.

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Post by otorongo » Wed Jun 13, 2012 7:33 pm

I bought one in January this year. It's been in a pot outside ever since.

It didn't start putting out new leaves until mid April or so. Now it has flower buds forming. I'm confident I'll get flowers, but not sure about fruit? I hear some cultivars are self-fertile. Only time will tell.

If it doesn't, I may have to get another one or get rid of it.

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Post by Trainer John » Thu Jun 14, 2012 9:43 am

I bought an end of season sale one for £1 in 1996, just prior to the bad winter in Jan-Feb 1997. It completely defoliated at around -9C but recovered in the spring. Hasn't had any problems since despite similar temperatures in recent winters and is now about 10ft tall and trained as a small tree. Quite a few flowers, no fruit - probably needs another clone for cross fertilisation. As well as a specimen they also make good hedges, recovering quickly from clipping.

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Post by otorongo » Thu Jun 14, 2012 10:29 am

-9C in Plymouth? I thought it was zone 10a :shock:

It's a shame feijoa is not popular around here, as it's very low-maintenance and fully hardy with a good margin (rated as hardy to -15C, when the London minimum is -7C). People grow all sorts of low-maintenances evergreen trees like laurels etc. that don't do anything special. If they grew feijoas, they would get more diversity, nice flowers, and a few feijoas in the neighbourhood might just solve the pollination issue and give us all fruit.

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Post by jungle jas » Thu Jun 14, 2012 12:54 pm

I was told It was hardy to -12c I can't confirm that though as I have only had -8c here. I have had mine for 4 years and it has taken all the last few years have thrown at it. I would recommend it. icon_thumright

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Post by Trainer John » Thu Jun 14, 2012 1:11 pm

otorongo wrote:-9C in Plymouth? I thought it was zone 10a :shock:

It's a shame feijoa is not popular around here, as it's very low-maintenance and fully hardy with a good margin (rated as hardy to -15C, when the London minimum is -7C). People grow all sorts of low-maintenances evergreen trees like laurels etc. that don't do anything special. If they grew feijoas, they would get more diversity, nice flowers, and a few feijoas in the neighbourhood might just solve the pollination issue and give us all fruit.

10a? Might be in the city centre but definately not at 260ft up on the north edge of the city. We're closer to Dartmoor than the sea.

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Post by otorongo » Sat Jul 14, 2012 11:23 am

The first flowers on my Feijoa have opened :)

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I think I've heard they're supposed to flower in June, this weather must have delayed everything.

I'm wondering if they ever set fruit in the UK or need more heat?

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Post by Conifers » Sat Jul 14, 2012 1:26 pm

otorongo wrote:I'm wondering if they ever set fruit in the UK or need more heat?
"This species very rarely sets fruit in this country even in the milder parts, but the reason for this may be that it is self-sterile ... to ensure cross-pollination at least two plants should be grown; these would of course have to be seedlings, or belong to different clones, for the cross-pollination to be effective" – W.J.Bean

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Post by Rick1965 » Mon Jul 16, 2012 7:49 am

I tried one of these many years ago but failed after a couple of seasons. Going by what some of you guys have achieved, I think I will give it another try as the flowers are very beautiful.

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Post by Las Palmas Norte » Wed Jul 18, 2012 10:05 pm

I've had one planted out since 2002 and it's survived a one off cold snap of -14°C / 7°F in the winter of 08-09 without issue.

Cheers, Barrie.

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