How to Plant Feijoa


Feijoa fruit is delicious and nutritious, but almost unreasonably pricey on the rare occasion that it can be found at your local grocery store. To avoid the high prices, many feijoa lovers opt to plant their own feijoa trees. Feijoa is extraordinarily easy to grow, provided that you start with quality stock. When shopping, take the time to find a reputable nursery that has a variety of feijoa seedlings available and the knowledge to recommend one suited for your particular needs. And while you're there, consider purchasing two trees. While many varieties of feijoa are self-fertilizing, they produce much higher quality fruit if they can cross-pollinate with at least one other feijoa in the vicinity.

Step 1

Select a planting site. The most important consideration when selecting a planting site for feijoa is that it have adequate protection from the wind. Wind can scar and break the limbs of the tree and slow its growth by lowering its temperature and preventing it from retaining adequate amounts of water. Feijoa trees also need protection from direct sunlight and do best with southern or northern exposure or partial shade. If there are other plants or trees in your garden, your feijoa should be planted at least 10 feet away from them to give it ample room to grow.

Step 2

Test and amend your soil if necessary. Feijoas will not grow in heavy clay or highly alkaline soil. Any other soil type should be fine.

Step 3

Dig a hole in your selected planting site. It should be twice as wide as the feijoa's current container, and just as deep.

Step 4

Fertilize the excavated soil with a slow release blood and bone organic fertilizer according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Step 5

Remove the feijoa from its container. Look at the bottom of the root ball. If any roots are tightly curled to fit the shape of the bottom of the container (root bound), trim them off of the root ball with pruning shears.

Step 6

Plant the feijoa in the hole. When placed in the hole, the top of the feijoa's root ball should be even with or slightly above the surrounding ground. If it is not, pile in a little soil beneath the root ball. Then, fill the hole with the fertilized, excavated soil.

Step 7

Tamp the soil down well with your feet. This will remove any air pockets in the soil.

Step 8

Water the tree thoroughly.

Step 9

Remove any weeds or grass (and their root systems) within a 5-foot radius of your tree.

Things You'll Need

  • Slow-release organic blood and bone fertilizer
  • Pruning shears
  • Shovel


  • Panui: Establishing Feijoas
  • California Rare Fruit Growers: Feijoa
Keywords: plant feijoa, grow fruit trees, rare fruit trees

About this Author

Emma Gin is a freelance writer who specializes in green, healthy and smart living. She is currently working on developing a weight-loss website that focuses on community and re-education. Gin is also working on a collection of short stories, because she knows what they say about idle hands.