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FEIJOA Kakariki

Acca sellowiana

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An exceptionally early season variety, with very sweet and large fruit. Named after the Maori word for the colour green.

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Provisionally protected by NZ Plant Variety Rights 

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Apart from ‘Unique’ which is reliably self fertile, all feijoa varieties are only at best partly self fertile. Cross pollination between two (or more) different varieties will ensure good fruit set and fruit quality. This is because good pollination produces many tiny seeds, which leads to larger and better shaped fruit and a greater proportion of pulp.  Due to the long flowering season, any combination of varieties seems to provide sufficient cross pollination.

 

Pollination is generally undertaken by birds, which are attracted to the brightly coloured flowers. Blackbirds in the South Island and a combination of blackbirds and mynas in the North Island are the main pollinators. Trees should be pruned to allow the birds to freely fly around and through the bush, therefore an open centre shape is recommended. A dense habit will reduce flowering and pollination.

SOIL

Feijoas can be grown in most soils but prefer well drained, fertile soils. 

PLANTING SITE

Sunny position is best. 

CLIMATE

Feijoas fruit best in warmer areas of the country. Early ripening varieties are best for colder areas. 

WATERING

Water well during the early stages, during long dry periods and when the fruit is developing.

PESTS & DISEASES

Feijoas are affected by very few pests and diseases. 

PLANTING IDEAS

Feijoas can be grown as specimen trees, in a row as a hedge and pruned as a standard. Compact growing varieties can be grown in containers. 

FRUIT

Fruit ripens from late Summer into Autumn. The fruit is ready when it falls to the ground and when it can be easily pulled from the tree.

POLLINATION

Some varieties are self fertile (Unique), but will produce heavier and more regular crops if pollinated by one or more varieties. Plant at least two varieties to ensure cross pollination and good fruiting. 

TREE SIZE

Height varies by variety, ranging from 2-4m. 

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