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I wanted to put on another pruning workshop for EPP volunteers, but can't be in town. Then I just saw this! ... See MoreSee Less


May 26, 2016, 4:30pm - May 26, 2016, 7:30pm

An Extra Special Workshop HANDS ON with Our Own Oliver Moore LOCATION: His House! 7405 NE 22nd Lane...

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Ok, so new topic, new thread :) I own Coffee Culture. We had an organic farmer picking up our spent grounds, but he no longer does. We go through 110-120+ pounds of beans/week. If someone is willing to begin picking them up every 2-3 days (so we don't have grounds piling up/health code violation,) then I'm happy to provide. And since I'm a newbie gardener, I wanted to get involved somehow anyway to help and learn. ... See MoreSee Less

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Will be out of town this weekend. Have not heard of any volunteers. for Sat.5/7/16. ... See MoreSee Less

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Sat 9-3pm 7040 SE US 301, the former Koala Stop store in Hawthorne, Fla
Edibles Plant sale Hawthorne Grand Opening of Farmers' Market
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Edibles Plant sale Hawthorne Grand Opening of Farmers' Market

April 30, 2016, 10:00am - April 30, 2016, 4:00pm

GRAND OPENING / SKILL SHARE @ Hawthorne Community Market 7040 SE HWY 301, Hawthorne, Florida http:/...

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This Sat, 10-4, Epp plant sale fundraiser and volunteer sign up at the Grand Opening and mini Earth Skills at the new Hawthorne Farmers' Market. Come Sat hi. Anyone else want to table with us?
Open House at the Hawthorne Community Market
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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

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

6 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).

  • 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.

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