I was mesmerized by the notice; ‘… a storehouse of essential vitamins and minerals’. Wow!
When it comes to plants, it doesn’t take much to convince me. With the cherry guava, I didn’t stand a chance.
I got the plant without tasting the fruit, but then a ‘cherry guava’ can only taste good, right? And how can a fruit which is also known as ‘strawberry guava’ be anything but delicious?
When the plant reached my height, I started to look for buds and flowers.
There were a couple of false alarms. New leaves unfurled from what I thought were promising buds. After that initial disappointment, I decided to let the plant grow in peace.
I rubbed the small fruit and bit into my first cherry guava. I ate one, then another and yet another. I only stopped because there were no more ripe ones to be picked.
And then, a few weeks back, I finally saw the first real bud on my cherry guava plant! It was no bigger than a peppercorn but it could have been the Koh-i-Noor at the rate I was snapping photos.
More buds appeared and then I saw their blooms for the first time. The pretty flowers have five ivory coloured petals and multiple stamens.
So far no fruit has formed but I guess, and hope, that it’s just a matter of time before it does. One thing I am certain of though; its first fruit will taste like sweet ambroisa. It couldn’t be anything less.
Care and propagation: Full sun, not fussy about soil conditions, water moderately. Propagate using seeds or by air layering