Guava ~ Lemon Dwarf

Unpruned v pruned DSCN0819 250My lemon guavas, suitable for containers, make long branches. It’s hard to believe, looking at them now, that they arrived in 2.5 inch pots last summer.

The one on the right has been under the red/blue LED plant light with my tomato and has lots of new growth. The one on the left has long branches without new growth. It’s been sitting on my candle making table with Solatube and clerestory light.

While I very much want to prune the one on the left, I’m feeling I’d better prune the one making new growth before it goes too far, so to speak.

I hope that Guava trees in the video below and these of a more miniature variety are meant to be pruned in about the same way because after I watched the video, I pruned the one on the right. As an aside, the branches smell really good when they are being pruned.

Unpruned vs Pruned

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I pruned the guava on the right. I left the larger one, in part as a contrast, and in part to see how the first one does before I go on to the second.

 

 

 

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5/22/2015 ~ The pruned guava not only made lots of new leaves, it also seems to have set a lot of little things that look like they could turn into guavas.

The picture was taken in full, high desert sun, so the leaves look a lighter color and more translucent than in real life. The reddish color is pretty common on new leaves here in the High Desert. I think the red must protect young leaves from the intense sunlight. We’re at 7,000 ft above sea level, so there’s less air between the sun and plants than at sea level.

I’d really like to transplant the pruned guava into a larger pot, but I’m afraid it would lose all the promising little fruit things.

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Here are the two guavas, side by side, now that I also pruned back the formerly unpruned guava. The unpruned guava is the one with the big leaves, but fewer leaves all together.

There’s nothing like a flower bud or the promise of fruit… yet, on the formerly unpruned guava.

I’m going to repot the formerly unpruned guava without fruit buds. I think it will set fruit, so I better go repot now.

Nutrition in 1 cup of common guava

Vitamins
Vitamin A1030 IU
Beta Carotene 617 mcg
Lycopene - In red varieties8586 mcg
Vitamin C 377 mg
Vitamin E1.2 mg
Vitamin K 4.3 mcg
Thiamin0.1 mg
Riboflavin 0.1 mg
Niacin1.8 mg
Vitamin B60.2 mg
Folate80.8 mcg
Pantothenic Acid 0.7 mg
Choline 12.5 mg
Minerals
Calcium29.7 mg
Iron0.4 mg
Magnesium 36.3 mg
Phosphorus 66 mg
Potassium688 mg
Sodium 3.3 mg
Zinc0.4 mg
Copper0.4 mg
Manganese 0.2 mg
Selenium 1 mcg
Protein4.2 grams
Omega 3 Fatty Acids185 mg
Omega 6 Fatty Acids475 mg

 

 

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