Should I collect fallen feijoa fruit off the ground at the end of the season?

Q.

Hi Tui. Should I pick up all the feijoas that are on the ground at the end of fruiting season?

Roger Wallis

A.

Hi Roger,

Thank you for contacting Tui. If left on the ground to rot naturally, the fallen fruit are a good source of organic matter as they break down into the soil. But, there is the risk of harbouring overwintering insect pests and increasing insect pest populations. Best practise would be to collect up fallen fruit and dispose of to prevent this happening. In Northern regions there is an insect pest called the guava moth that overwinters in fallen fruit. It hasn’t been found in Hawkes Bay yet, but is in Northland, Auckland, Coromandel and Bay of Plenty.

Regards,

Tui Team

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