Have you ever imagined growing a guava tree from a cutting using an apple? It may sound unusual, but it’s absolutely possible! This easy guide will walk you through the simple steps to grow your own guava tree from a cutting, and yes, you’ll be using an apple in the process. Let’s get started:

  1. Selecting Your Guava Cutting: Begin by choosing a healthy guava cutting from a mature guava tree. Look for a cutting that is about 6 to 8 inches long and has several healthy leaves at the top. Make a clean cut just below a leaf node using sharp, clean pruners.
  2. Preparing the Apple: Next, select a fresh, ripe apple from your kitchen. The apple will serve as a medium for rooting your guava cutting. Cut the apple in half horizontally and remove the core, creating a hollow cavity in the center of each half.
  3. Inserting the Guava Cutting: Take your guava cutting and gently insert the bottom end into the hollow cavity of one of the apple halves. Ensure that the cutting is stable and secure within the apple.
  4. Planting the Apple: Fill a small pot with well-draining potting soil. Place the apple with the inserted guava cutting into the pot, ensuring that the apple is positioned upright and the cutting is surrounded by soil. Press the soil gently around the base of the apple to secure it in place.
  5. Providing Ideal Conditions: Place the pot in a warm, sunny location with indirect sunlight. Guava trees thrive in warm, sunny environments, so make sure the cutting receives plenty of light. Water the soil lightly to keep it consistently moist, but avoid overwatering.
  6. Root Development: Over the coming weeks, monitor the guava cutting for signs of root development. You may notice new growth emerging from the leaf nodes or feel resistance when gently tugging on the cutting, indicating that roots are forming.
  7. Transplanting: Once the guava cutting has developed a healthy root system, it’s ready to be transplanted into a larger pot or directly into the garden. Plant it in well-draining soil and continue to provide it with the same care as an established guava tree.
  8. Caring for Your Guava Tree: Water your newly transplanted guava tree regularly, allowing the soil to dry out slightly between waterings. Provide it with plenty of sunlight and protection from extreme temperatures. With proper care, your guava tree will continue to grow and thrive.

By following these simple steps, you can grow your own guava tree from a cutting using an apple. It’s a fun and creative way to propagate guava trees and enjoy the delicious fruits they produce. Happy gardening!