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A Home Propagation Event

January 21, 2017, 11:00am - January 22, 2017, 1:00am

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Here's a one page overview of the HPP - If you're going to be one of our 'propagators' please print out your copy.

The HOME PROPAGATION PROJECT

The MISSION
To enrich, expand, and develop LOCAL varieties of popular, edible, tasty, climate and soil appropriate perennial food trees and plants that homesteaders/gardeners would like to have in their own backyards.

The Home Propagation Project (HPP), Sponsored by the Edible Plant Project - EPP a 501(c)3
Supported by Grow Gainesville (just a bunch of folks), In cooperation with Forage Farm - a 501(c)3

Do you have some EXCEPTIONAL perennial edible fruits and vegetables in your garden that you would like to SHARE with others?
SIGN UP and help us with the work.
Contact Audra Tyler via e-mail at: audra.b.tyler@gmail.com
Or by phone at: 214-995-0422

PROJECT COORDINATOR: Audra Tyler

PROPAGATION INSTRUCTORS:
Melissa DeSa, Timothy Noyes, Brian Mather, Tad DeGroat (others as needed)

The Edible Plant Project (EPP) will provide the following after approval of each cultivar

One (1) gallon pots and fresh, enriched soil.
Minimum 10 - Maximum 20 (more on approval)
Other supplies as required. (rooting medium, grafting tape, etc)
Instruction/workshop (if required) on the different methods, of plant propagation
Mentoring throughout the propagation process

What is required of the Home Propagator:
Sign up with Name, address, phone, and e-mail
Let us know what YOU would like to propagate, your description and why you think others would like to grow them.

Provide appropriate environment (temp, sun, water, nutrition) during the winter season while your plants grow to transplant/sale size.
Occasional updates on progress: Health & Vigor. Finally, notification of failure if it happens.

Return to the EPP of 80% of the successfully propagated plants when they have sufficient root development for transplanting into the ground.

What We’re Looking for From YOUR Garden
Perennial fruits and vegetables that YOU LOVE and have grown successfully to abundant and healthy production.
Things that are:
Climate appropriate
Soil compatible with a minimum of inputs

EXCLUSIONS
No citrus (we’re not permitted for it). No toxicity. Non Invasive (non-natives are fine)
Anything that requires SPECIAL treatment, i.e. full time greenhouse or extensive customer instruction.
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Cherry of the Rio Grande (Eugenia aggregata)

This Cherry Tree (Eugenia aggregata)  grows as a narrow evergreen shrub, 10-20 ft high.
It flowers in the spring and summer. Flowers are followed in three weeks by 1-2″ oblong, dark- red/purple fruits that are sweet, have a thin skin and a single seed.
Cherry of the Rio Grande tolerates a wide range of soils, but can show signs of mineral deficiency in calcareous/basic soils, preferring those with a pH in the range of 5.5-6.8.
New plants should be lightly fertilized with a magnesium containing fertilizer that has a 1-1-1 ratio.

Fruit size and quality is largely a function of proper nutrition and irrigation.
Mature plants should be fertilized with an 8-3-9 with 5% MgO. Mineral deficiencies can be corrected with foliar sprays.
Cherry of the Rio Grande is cold hardy to 20 degrees.
Plant in full sun or part shade. It can be container grown.
The plant can survive droughts well, but will fruit poorly during them. Seedlings often take five years to fruit.
The fruit is eaten fresh or made into a jelly or jam.
Cherry of the Rio Grande Cherry of the Rio Grande

More photos on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/search?sort=relevance&text=Eugenia%20aggregata

pdf_Cherry of the Rio Grande Information Sheet
(to print out)

7 comments to Cherry of the Rio Grande (Eugenia aggregata)

  • Sarah Jumel

    Would anyone care to swap some Eugenia Aggraveta for some other stuff? I’d like to have it, and it has become Eugenia Aggravating for me (I’ve tried raising it from seed various times, no go).
    thanks.
    drasaid@yahoo.com

  • We don’t have any Eugenia aggregata for sale/trade any more. The local crops are consistently lost to late frosts. We got seeds one year, but probably delayed planting too long and they never grew.

  • Kayla

    Do you still have Cherry of the Rio Grande? Does it grow well here, and is it sweet?

    I thought only Barbados Cherry MIGHT grow here in Gainesville. Plus it’s hard to find sweet Barbados Cherry cultivars. Most are described as tart. Florida Sweet is described as semi-sweet. Manoa Sweet is described as sweet, but it’s mostly grown in California. There’s only one Florida supplier, in North Palm Beach, so I don’t know if it would grow here.

  • Dennis J. McNamee

    Pine Island Nursery in Homestead carries the “Florida Sweet”. They have just about EVERY plant found in Central and South America as well as Asia.

  • Sharon Mohr

    Does anyone have any recipes for these. I have my first crop now. Very different.

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