Sunday, January 16, 2011

Guava

I planted my guava tree 4 months ago from a baby plant given by Mr Goh, my customer who owns an orchard in Tambun. When i planted this, it was only 1 feet tall with only one branch, no laterals. Now this tree has not grown very tall but has spread into a small bush, around 1.5 feet tall in ground. I leave this plant with Roy in Roy's Residence and seldom go to check on how it is doing until 3 days ago i went and found some little fruits on this little tree! - Please correct me if those are not fruits (too excited to see these buttons already, haha).

Guava tree (right) on 12/09/2010

Guava tree on 13/01/2011

Leaves are getting eaten by grasshoppers and some fruit flies, and also attacked by pest...

I just wonder how many of you out there are using chemical pesticides in your home garden especially on veggies and fruit trees? I want no harmful chemicals anywhere near my edible plants, any solutions and (organic) concoctions that i can hear from you?

(My current bug-buster recipes are: soap water, vinegar and milk.)


Happy Sunday!
And i'm working today huhuhuhuhuhu

13 comments:

p3chandan said...

Not sure those are fruits or flower buds but it looks very promising you are going to have lots of guava soon. My recipe for pesticide are garlic (crushed), cooking oil, detergent, lots of chili padi (roughly pound) and water.Keep it for a few days first then spray on the plants. Some plants are ok but some like my timun still got a few aphids.

Lrong said...

Hi, got here through Malay Kadazan girl's blog... interesting blog you have... the last time I returned to Msia for a holiday, I chewed the young leaves raw, and it cured my sore throat...

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

Milka, I have not seen pokok jambu for a long time even though I grow up with them used to be my favourite climbing tree. As p3chandan said it look very promising.

milka said...

p3chandan: They actually look more like flower buds, i'm telling beautiful lies to myself, haha.

Lrong: Hi nice to meet you Mr Lrong. Guava leaves can cure sore throat? Wow good to know that!

Diana: Your climbing tree... woo..

Rosey said...

I try not to spray but sometimes you have to protect your investment! I try to use some of the less toxic sprays. Soap spray etc.

I think it will have to be a flower before a fruit? Can't wait to find out. Please post when something new happens.!

One said...

I usually cut those infected leaves away. It has to be a flower first before becoming a fruit. Insects are required for pollination. I'm glad you are not using insecticides. Do you fertilize it?

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Can you watch for the pests to appear...and get rid of them? I would hate to lose my beautiful guava! ♥

milka said...

Rosey: Most home made pesticides are not strong enough to protect the plants. I just thought maybe i could use those chemical ones selling in the shop? But i feel so guilty even think of it!

One: Hehe i thought i would have missed the time when it was flowering.. ma.. anyway those look more like flower buds lor, haha. I fertilized it once only with chicken manure, but very quickly the manure all eaten up by Roy :D

Lavender Dreamer: I think cooler countries have less pest problem? My most headache pests in the garden now are spiders and grasshoppers!

My Garden Haven said...

milka, they are definitely buds which will flower, then become fruit!! Congratulations, you are going to be a guava mama.
As for the pests, I have the solution for you. I literally mean solution. Soapy water! I tell you, I had the same problem, and after using that, the white flies didnt come back for months. You can find more details on my MGBC page.
Rosie

milka said...

Hi Rosie,
Thank you for your suggestion. I use soapy water too, but the pests in my garden seem stubborn. They return very fast. Maybe i should change the detergent, Top? Fab? Or Trojan?

Vendange said...

I absolutely love your guava tree..my family are from the Caribbean Island and guava trees grow just about everywhere. I wish I had some suggestions towe your situation with the grasshoppers, I only know a little about roses when I have that problem with my roses I use soapy water on a spray bottle..Who knows??
Love the bush it going to grow so beautiful..Lots of Luck!

Malar said...

I use soap water.
Hope you will have my fruits !

fer said...

So cool, we have a guava cousin called uvalama back in my country. They are great plants to have.