Michael Adler I might get a load of pine bark Tuesday afternoon, and maybe some coffee grounds too. We're out of both and need them to mix soil. Anyone want to help?22.07.2014 at 01:08 am
Brian MonkeySoul Stanton Joni Ellis could use some volunteers this Saturday 830 - 1130 am, to help me manage the volunteers from UF. Could you explain more on what and why weSee More will be moving garden beds to the school and working on the loquats at the front road? It would be nice to have a couple people help me give guidance as to what needs to be done. I thought that was going to be you until you decided to go to the mushroom workshop. I have 14 volunteers from UF, I could use some help.See Less16.07.2014 at 10:34 pm
Michael Adler what time?16.07.2014 at 11:44 pmJoni Ellis Oh yeah, 8:30 am to 11:30 am17.07.2014 at 07:35 amview 6 more commentsBrian MonkeySoul Stanton Maybe make an event?17.07.2014 at 10:02 amMichael Adler Do you have enough tools for everyone?17.07.2014 at 11:14 amMichael Adler How did it go?20.07.2014 at 03:27 amJoni Ellis It went well, we got lots pulled out of there and I paid John Colburn to spray garlon on the stumps. There is more to do, but we have a great start on this. We need to keep up the work out there and get it ready to plant in October.20.07.2014 at 08:06 amBrian MonkeySoul Stanton Any other volunteers show and how many students? Good job20.07.2014 at 11:02 amJoni Ellis We had 10 students and a woman named Lisa Mac from EPP. Will and my neighbor Paul manned the chainsaws and the students put it on the trailer and we dumped it down the road where they are taking trees out anyway.

We got a lot done. There is more to be done to finish up and get new trees in. But this made a great start, now we can actually get into the area.

John Colburn came and sprayed herbicide on the stumps and sprouting vegetation like cherry laurel and paper mulberry. So let's get some EPP volunteers down there soon to finish this up. We can put some trees in before the end of august. Give them a head start on growing before they go dormant for the winter.
~ J20.07.2014 at 12:54 pm
Michael Adler No Volunteer Day Sunday

Hi everyone.

We have lots to do, but we will probably not be doing any of it this Sunday, unless someone else wants to head
See More things up. I'm going to be at the mushroom workshop. I can show someone how to prepare air layers. We need to do that to the grapes and the Chickasaw plum. It's pretty easy, but time consuming.

Michael


P.S. Here is a report from last week:

Last Wednesday was our monthly plant sale. Chris Neilubowicz helped load the trailer. I managed to recruit a volunteer at the market to help pull the trailer in. I set up the booth. Aunt Maggie came and I could finally go move my car. Brian and Gabriela came toward the end and helped. They helped pack up and Gabriela helped me put the unsold plants back.

On Sunday, I was joined today by Zot and new volunteer Paul. We worked in the Siembra garden. I sprayed the callaloo while Zot pulled crabgrass. When paul arrived, he also worked on pulling crabgrass while I hauled loads of mulch, and he also spread mulch. Eventually I decided I'd hauled all the mulch I could that day, and Paul had pulled all the weeds he could, so we switched. Eventually everyone had done everything. Paul had to go and Zot helped me finish up putting things away and applying some fertilizer to some plants. Zot also brought figs to share, and we all took home lamb's quarters.See Less
15.07.2014 at 12:06 am
Faith Carr Love hearing (reading) the update! Give an idea of what a workday at EPP is. I think maybe you have some sit down work even I could do! July is full to the brim, August awaits!15.07.2014 at 07:44 amDeborah Aldridge Sounds like a lovely couple of days. Can't wait until it's cooler so I can join you.16.07.2014 at 06:09 pm
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07.07.2014 at 12:37 pm
Michael Adler but they don't have that pest in their database!15.07.2014 at 12:06 am1
Michael Adler My calendar tells me people are coming on Saturday 7/19, to trim the trees by the loquats planted along the entrance road. It neglects to say who andSee More when and any contact information. Does anyone know anything about this?See Less08.07.2014 at 05:51 pm

Cranberry Hibiscus


Cranberry Hibiscus ( (a.k.a False roselle, African rosemallow – Hibiscus acetosella) is a striking and colorful plant with red leaves that resemble a maple leaf. It can be grown as a border or hedge plant – its dramatic purple leaves contrasting nicely with plants that have paler green leaves.

Zones: 8-11 Mature Height/Spread: 4-6 (10) feet
Mature Form: Wild & rangy, a dense bush if well pruned
Growth Rate: Rapid
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Soil Requirements: 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
Soil Type: All kinds of soil as long as it is well-drained
Water: Fairly drought tolerant
Leaves: Burgundy to bronze-green
Flower Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Late Fall/Early Winter
Propagation: Cuttings or seed. Seeds can be dried on plants and collected (wear gloves to protect hands when handling seeds)
Pests/Diseases: It is nematode and insect resistant It does best in full sun to light shade and has rose pink hollyhock-like flowers that open for a few hours at midday mostly in the fall. It tends to grow so tall it straggles all over the place because its slender branches bend right over from the weight of its leaves. Prune it when it is young by pinching out the growing tips to encourage it to form a dense bush. Cut it to the base after it has finished blooming and it will usually grow a second year. If kept well pruned, it makes a lovely hedge or shrub. Hibiscus sabdariffa is a sister species whose calyx (the sepals of the flower) is widely eaten throughout Africa. The calyx of cranberry hibiscus is not fleshy and is not eaten.

In Central America the flowers are blended with ice, sugar, lemon or lime juice and water to make a delicious, purple lemonade. The leaves are pleasantly tart and can be eaten in salads and stir fries. They retain their red color even after cooking. Because the leaves are a bit mucilaginous (slimy), they are best cooked in small-ish quantities and cooked only for a short time.
Hibiscus Drink: Collect about thirty blossoms at dusk after they have folded. The petals add a bright red color rather than any special flavor. Bring 6 cups of water to a boil and remove from heat. Add 4 oz. dried hibiscus flowers and allow to steep, covered. When cool, add sugar to taste, and ½ cup fresh squeezed lime or lemon juice. Serve chilled.

Resources http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/morton/roselle.html#Food%20Uses http://www.saudiaramcoworld.com http://www.hibiscus.org
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pdf – Cranberry Hibiscus Information Sheet (to print out)

7 comments to Cranberry Hibiscus

  • Jay

    Just a note referencing above comments on cranberry hibiscus. It states the plant is nematode and insect resistant. I don’t know about the nematodes, but I have several in my yard that almost became extinct from Thrips, mealy bugs, aphids and Sri Lanka weevil. I added a thick layer of mulch around the plant and the Sri Lanka weevil finally left. Also I drenched plants with neem oil and a spray of 2 tbs dish detergent (non degreaser type) and 2 tbs cooking oil per gallon, and the plants are now clean.

  • It usually grows fine for us. I haven’t had pest problems, but I heard of some that had something that looks like mealy bugs or a wooly aphid.

  • Lori Roche

    We have just discovered this fast growing hibiscus. We have noticed white spots sporadically on the leaves. What would you recommend using to get rid of this insect or fungus, or will it even bother the plant if left alone?

  • Diana

    I have planted a red/purple hibiscus plant and have pruned it back to create a bush. I now have flies I am assuming white flies. the leaves are being eaten away and the the blooms are not opening. I have used the soapy water solution and this is not working. I will try adding some oil to it. Any suggestions would be great as I love making tea with the flowers.

  • Greg Garriss

    I’ve grown roselle here in Hawai’i for several years and found it to be a wonderfully robust plant until recently. At the moment, I am battling a problem that is either bacterial or fungal. I get necrotic spots on the branches that grow until they wrap the circumference. Then the upper portion of the branch dies. The skin of the branch looks almost burned and the inside is rotted out. This takes maybe a week. I asked our local Ag extension to look into it.

  • Steve Grogan

    Diana, for whiteflies, if you spray your infected plants with strong blasts from a hose, once or twice a day for at least three consecutive days, you’ll disrupt the reproductive cycle of whiteflies and they’ll disappear. They deposit their eggs on the undersides of leaves. Strong jets of water will knock the eggs off.

  • karen

    I am looking for some cranberry hibiscus.
    Can anyone share may be 10 seed?
    I am planning to make an edible garden and I think this plant is an outstanding in edible landscapes.
    thanks

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