Also known as the Chilean Guava, the fruits of Myrtus ugni have a uniquely delicious taste that is beyond compare, rather like a combination of strawberry, pineapple and apple. As a rule, the berries are the main reason for growing this plant, indeed, in Chile they are made into pies and jellies, whilst in the UK, it was apparently Queen Victoria’s favourite fruit, and growers in Cornwall attempted to grow them commercially, using her love of them as one of their selling points. In New Zealand it is being sold as the ‘NZ Cranberry’. It can grow up to 2 metres tall and the small shiny leaves, which have a spicy scent if crushed, can be clipped into an ornamental shrub, or as a hedge. Bees love their fragrant pale pink flowers too. Myrtus ugni is known by several common names, including Chilean guava, murta, murtilla and Tas Myrtus Berry. Once established the plants do not mind drought conditions.
These seeds have already been thoroughly cleaned and cold-stored for several months. They should be sown into well-drained, sandy compost at any time of the year, and covered to their own depth with sand or grit. No artificial heat is needed; the seed tray is best left in a cool spot outside and kept moist. Seeds usually germinate in the spring after a chilling in the cold compost, regardless of when they are sown.
Common name:Ugni molinae, Eugenia ugni, Chilean Guava
Packet Content:20 (Approx)