I've got a lovely chilean guava plant that I would like to propogate. I've already taken some semi-ripe cuttings about 6 weeks ago (with 2 out of 6 surviving so far), and will try a couple of hardwood cuttings. I'd like to try germinating from seed (I'm only just getting into seed saving this year), and not sure best way to go about it. None of my books are specific enough. I've got a few fruits that have fallen already, and the fruits look fairly mature. The Plants for a Future website says to sow in late winter,so what should I do in the meantime to maximise chances of the seed surviving for the next couple of months? Wash, dry and then store in the fridge? I've got little plastic seed bags that I'm re-using - I'm guessing they're OK, or am I better with paper? Any advice gratefully received.
Ruth, I did this, myself, about 3 years ago, by harvesting seeds out of ripe guava fruit, following instructions I found on the web. Suggest you search on something like "germinate feijoa" . Essentially, we are to allow the seeds to sit in a dish, in their own moist, gelantinous surroundings from the fruit, in order to ferment, for a few days. Then allow the seeds to dry. In the spring plant them in pots, keeping the soil moist till they sprout. I was able to get 6 new plants.
One plant I gave to a friend, one to my mother, one to my brother. Theirs are all doing well. One seedling I planted here in my townhouse complex; it simply disappeared one day. Another I guerilla planted at the local library, but it too disappered after about a month. The last one I planted at a park half a block away from me. This one I thought would die or disappear (because there is no water from a sprinkler system there) but, in fact, it is doing well. I've had to take water to it several times over the summer but I took some mulch over there and every time I visit my plant I make sure any fallen leaves are drawn up around the little bitty so it has a nice blanket.
Also, I kept the dry seeds in a little plastic sleeve. As this plant is native to relatively warm area, it does not need a period of cold, like in the fridge, in order to germinate. I live in Los Angeles and the South American guava thrives here.
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