Reviving a dried out pineapple guava tree
Hi everyone, I have a pineapple guava tree unfortunately was dried out due to lack of water for 2 weeks last winter. I have repotted it and watered it twice a week. I notice that there are some water shoots coming out from the roots and stem. I am wondering if I should removed all the hard dried leaves because they would not drop for over 3 months now. Any advice is welcome. Thank you.
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If you are still seeing new growth, then it still has a chance. Prune it back when the cold weather is gone. This will help it to come back. Here is an article for more information on the plant: https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/pineapple-guava/feijoa-pineapple-guava-info.htm&sa=U&ved=0ahUKEwiwt-uxt5TZAhUKjSwKHfrtAHUQFggFMAA&client=internal-uds-cse&cx=009296322515861343460:jftykenwinc&usg=AOvVaw2k9F18uXDDb6_gCi5TlLkg
From this article it seems like dead branches should be pruned, and one sign to determine dead branches is that they will have dead leaves hanging (not dropping the dead leaves). In this case it’s majority of the tree. In order to keep it healthy should I remove all branches with dead leaves hanging and leave the main stem be?
Thank you BushDoctor for the quick answer. Since the new growth is only at the very base of the root and the first split of the main stem, I hesitate to prune everything. It's southern California with average temperature of 60+. Would you suggest that I first try removing all the dead leaves to allow new new room to grow at least? thank you.