you tell me what is happening to my feijoas? The fruit develops
a large brown blotch on the surface. It only happens to fruit that
has fallen under a few of my 10 trees. Maddeningly, the largest
fruits are the ones affected. Should I do anything to prevent the
rot spreading to the other trees?
discussed this with several fruit experts and it seems the most
likely source of the problem is bruising when the fruit falls to
the ground, and the bigger and heavier the fruit the greater the
bruising. Skin thickness also varies between different varieties
of feijoas, the thinner ones being much more susceptible to bruising,
which is possibly why the problem is worse with some of your trees
So what can you do about
it? You could try picking fruit from the tree before it falls or
try to create a soft landing for them when they do. You could hang
netting under the branches to catch fruit or lay something soft
like bunched-up frost cloth on the ground beneath. If they are dropping
on a lawn, then you could try leaving the grass to grow longer to
cushion their fall.
Gardener, Issue 197, 2006, Page 28
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH.