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Crystal Hartman Hey Gainesville, EPP needs your help. We suffered a loss of plant stock!

The fridge that contained certain EPP plant stock malfunctioned and froze some items. Has anyone got any GA jet sweet potatoes
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I think everything else is fine. I do have some turmeric that can be planted, but need more. Our sweet potatoes completely froze.

Any help is greatly appreciated.See Less
28.02.2015 at 12:47 amLike
Crystal Hartman Family afternoon at the Nursery is tomorrow, Feb. 26 at the usual 4-6 time. I am really hoping to see some of you there.

Seriously, I hope some of you come because there have been mostly none of you coming
See More out. 2 or 3 people would be great. Consider this a finger wag from your EPP Nursery Mom. :)See Less
25.02.2015 at 07:25 pmLike
Crystal Hartman Green Sunday is TOMORROW Feb. 22 from noon to four. I will be out there for the first hour showing Evelyn the ropes, after which the reins will be in her hands for the day. Hoping to see some of you outSee More there. Thank you Evelyn!See Less21.02.2015 at 11:25 pmLike
Karen Epple sorry I missed this week my birthday, hope to make the nextone.25.02.2015 at 05:13 am
Kayla Susan Sosnow Hi, do you still have the Cherry of the Rio Grande (Eugenia aggregata) that's on your website? How does it do in our area? Are the cherries actually sweet? Do you have any other cherries? Thanks!22.02.2015 at 02:42 amLike
Michael Adler We had some when I left. They were very small. We had some more in very small pots that need to be up-potted. I seem to remember they were pretty good, not real cherries though. They grow slowly and usually lose their crop to a late frost. I was going to respond to your post about barbados cherries. I wasn't too keen on them when I tried them, and I think they're tropicals. Surinam cherries are also tripical, but will survive in warmer parts of Gainesville, but don't fruit, since they have to regrow from severe frost damage each year. We ordered a couple real cherries (like bing) from Willis Orchards, that supposedly have a low enough chill hour requirement that they should fruit here, if they can handle our humidity etc. We are going to plant them hopefully this spring and see how they do. You are welcome to order some from there and try them out too.22.02.2015 at 04:53 am1Kayla Susan Sosnow I saw those on their website. But when I Google cherry tree Zone 8 there are dozens of varieties available on a half dozen websites. It's overwhelming. I don't know how to sort out the truth from the lies.22.02.2015 at 05:02 amview 4 more commentsMichael Adler Zone 8 may not be good enough, especially if that's the edge of it's suitability zone. Look for something that lists the chill hours. Our area usually gets between 400 and 550, though it varies by location and we can expect a general warming trend. Lower chill hour requirements will still flower here, but may flower too soon, so may the later hour varieties since we seem to get warm spells during the winter, that confuses everything. It's hard to say, really, and it's very hard to accurately measure chill hour requirement. It's not well understood and there are even very divergent models for measuring chill hour credits. There also doesn't seem to be a standard source for chill hours for various varieties. I've looked into peaches a lot and find listings for the same varieties that vary 200 chill hours or more. Anyway, I found this website and it has some tasty looking trees I'd like to try. I LOVE rainier cherries. Anything 500 hours or less is probably worth trying. http://www.tytyga.com/Cherry-Trees-s/1834.htm22.02.2015 at 05:28 amKayla Susan Sosnow I saw that website too, & I figure on getting a variety that would be good to zone 9 in order to be safe on the chilling requirements. From what I've seen, Rainier just misses the mark because its only good to zone 8, not zone nine. Anyway I wish it wasn't going to take forever to figure this out! Thanks, Michael.22.02.2015 at 07:07 amMichael Adler make sure not to get one that needs a pollinizer, without also getting a pollinizer. Some are self-fertile, but probably no the best ones.22.02.2015 at 07:08 amKayla Susan Sosnow Right, but I didn't know self-fertile ones weren't as good. Why?22.02.2015 at 03:17 pm
Crystal Hartman EPP (and myself) need assistance! Please contact me if you are able to help with any of the following:

1) April 18, 2015. Spring Sustainability and Natural Foods Gala at Crones Cradle.

2) April 25 and/or
See More 26. Sow it Grows Farm Tour at the EPP nursery

3)This Sat. OR Sun. (2-21 OR 2-22) for about 4 hours to shovel horse sweepings (2 hours will be driving to and from High Springs). Woohoo!See Less
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Gabriela Waschewsky Can't do 1 or 3, but I can help w/2 on the 25th.21.02.2015 at 12:44 am1
Edulis Exsto There it is....all the reason to plant decidious perenials and start building greenhouses of any size...."I thought Fl doesnt get cold"....
20.02.2015 at 12:22 pmLike
Herbert Adikt its one day. and the low is higher than the high in a good portion of the country. so no it really doesnt get that cold here. greenhouses are always a good idea tho :D20.02.2015 at 02:19 pmBrian MonkeySoul Stanton For sure, but many plants go out of dormant states, into growth mode and get damaged or they cant take below freezing.20.02.2015 at 03:51 pmview 3 more commentsHerbert Adikt ^oh mine are covered fo sho. a bit worried about the bamboo i planted in the fall. covered them in dec but forgot last night. its still looking hearty enough tho so i'm hoping for the best. im just sayin at least a greenhouse would help us. i dont think new england is gonna have any plants left soon lol20.02.2015 at 04:43 pmBrian MonkeySoul Stanton Ya I heard they grow mangos in Canada, soooo why not Gvl!?
My friend Craig Hepworth is a bamboo expert around here. I recall a photo of some in snow that lived. Is that right?20.02.2015 at 06:25 pm
Craig Hepworth Brian- Yeah, some kinds of bamboo can take down to -10F. Also, 'expert' is a relative term. Most people don't know much about bamboo, so you don't need to know much to be a bamboo 'expert'. Compared to many of the folks in the bamboo society, I'm a bamboo noob.20.02.2015 at 10:14 pm

Chaya


Chaya or spinach tree or Tree Spinach (Cnidoscolus chayamansa) is actually about twice as nutritious as spinach. It is a good source of nutrients including protein, calcium, iron, potassium, and vitamin C. It is a fast growing dense shrub, native to Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula. It grows to about 6-8 feet tall.

Soil: Tolerates most soil conditions, but might dislike acid. Liming and fertilizing should benefit Chaya. The leaves contain a lot of protein, calcium, and potassium, so the soil must have it for the plant to extract, if it is to be healthy. (Nitrogen to make protein)
Water: well to somewhat well drained. Tolerates brief flooding and droughts
Sun: full is best, tolerates shade
Cold: Can be killed by a hard freeze, but will usually resprout from the roots. Mulch the base to protect it.
Pruning: Unnecessary, but sometimes used to control height. Crowded internal branches can be removed for propagation or aesthetics.
Propagation: Easily propagated by stem cuttings.
Pests: none
Other problems: It can be slow to get going.

Harvesting, storage, and preparation: Most recommendations say not to harvest until the second year, because the plants are slow to establish before they can grow quickly. Our plants seem to take very quickly to our special potting mix. Never harvest more than 50% of the leaves, except from stems cut for propagation. Leaves must be cooked to release cyanide, which evaporates. Apparently aluminum cookware can cause a diarrhea-causing reaction with the cyanide compounds when cooking. We are not sure if this is true. On principle it’s wise to cook all fruits and vegetables in non-aluminum pans because of their high acidity.
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More photos on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/search?sort=relevance&text=Cnidoscolus%20chayamansa
More information, including recipes: http://thematrix.sureste.com/cityview/merida2/articulos/chaya.htm

pdf – Chaya Information Sheet (to print out)


3 comments to Chaya

  • Brian

    Hey everyone,
    So, I planted on of these at the Health Department in Belle Glade ~2 years ago. It’s about 5-6 ft now. I have not tried this until this weekend. I boiled it 2x, then I added them to some mashed potatoes. Not bad.

    For some reason, our ECHO link doesn’t work. This does.

    http://echotech.org/mambo/images/DocMan/Chaya07.pdf

    FYI for nutrition
    http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/proceedings1996/V3-516.html

  • Natalie L.

    I have one for 3 to 4 years that i started from cutting. it just grow by itself in poor sandy soil and part shade with very little watering. I use it like cooked spinach or collards greens and add in in soup or curry. tolarate light frost, drought.

  • Jeanne Ridings Delacruz

    A friend gave me a plant, 12 inches long. I planted in poor soil but building it up. It grew to 6 feet. The branches easily break. I just make a hole and plant them all over, here and there. So far 4 are growing. They do not take much room and are delicious. I mix my greens and cook in coconut milk and spices, so good. Thank you for the pictures and the name. I did not know. The samoan people love this and eat a lot. Aloha from hawaii Jeanne

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