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Thank you very much to all the groups that came out to volunteer at the EPP Last Sun the 26th. There were so many I lost track of what groups came out. I know the Ladys Softball team came out and helped a lot. If you came out in a group let me know the title of the group and accolades will of appreciation will follow. Thank you all so much!!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Hey guys, Tristan from Coffee Culture here. I think there's been a misunderstanding with the grounds bins. To be clear, coffee culture should only ever have 2 bins at time. We fill about a bin a day, so if you guys came every other day to pick up and switch out, then we'd be in business. Otherwise, we're going to have to discontinue this agreement. We do not have the capacity inside to store all these bins, and it looks unsightly in the drive thru. Thank you for understanding! <3 ... See MoreSee Less

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This exciting event is coming up Sunday. We will be setting up the workshop at Joni Ellis patio. Also, if anyone is interested in volunteering or shopping at the monthly Sunday brunch workday there will be folks staying after the workshop to help out at the nursery as well. The speaker Katie Rogers is very excited and bringing a few folks with her that would love to help out also. You are welcome to bring drinks and refreshments. No charge for the workshop. If you'd like to make a donation, it will benefit sponsoring future events. ... See MoreSee Less

Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener and Sunday working brunch

March 26, 2017, 10:00am - March 26, 2017, 1:00pm

Are you tired of wimpy tomatoes and bland beans? Try making your own new varieties! The Edible Plant...

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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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