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06.03.2015 at 03:31 amLike
Roger Perez
04.03.2015 at 07:11 pmLike
Crystal Hartman Please come out this Thursday (3-5-15) from 4-6 pm to help with the nursery. I will have my kiddoes and we will be a-working. There is a lot to do right now and we could use some hands.04.03.2015 at 03:38 pmLike
Crystal Hartman I realize Michael used to keep a log of nursery activities accomplished in a volunteer day. Simply put I have had to pick my battles and have not had time to keep that tradition going. I think I can takeSee More a stab at it now though, so here is the first in a series of brief activity blogs I like to call the EPP Captain's Log (OK I admit to being a Trekkie.) I wonder if Michael will come back? Perhaps I should call myself the Acting Captain? Anyways, here goes:

Plant Date: 3-1-15
Trained a new ensign today by the name of Gabriela Waschewsky on how to run the Mother Ship. While Commander Jamey Sadler and I took the Silver shuttle to High Springs to rescue the S.S. Plant Trailer, she and Nancy Hendler took the helm. With the impending spring bloom, there is much activity aboard the ship. Here is a short list of current ongoings.

Gardens are mostly plowed (many thanks Bill for loaning your tiller!) Many plants are started in the greenhouse. Evelyn Giansanti Reedy started pigeon pea, maypop passion fruit and moringa a couple weeks ago. About a week ago I started some Molokhiya, India lettuce and roselles. Today Gabriela and Nancy planted more roselles for the upcoming orchard, uppotted some Cedar Key mulberry clippings, cleaned some sprinkler heads and swept up some spots in the greenhouse. This Thursday we will be focusing on cleaning the ground cloths and sprinkler heads and finishing uppotting the mulberry.

Hartman, out.See Less
02.03.2015 at 02:54 amLike
Karen Sherwood Great work you all, glad to hear of things moving along!02.03.2015 at 11:19 am4
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
See More and/or turmeric?

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

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












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

4 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.

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