Current Facts Excellent container specimen. Disclaimer, By John Abbenante and in part adapted from an article by Gene Joyner, Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension Service. The flowers are white and quite showy. Cherry of the Rio Grande is still usually propagated by seed, although seedlings may take up to 4 to 5 years to begin producing fruit. Copyright © 2011-2018 Sub-Tropical Fruit Club of Qld Inc. Most Cherry of the Rio Grande grow on a wide variety of well drained soil types; however, they prefer a slightly acid soil, and on alkaline soils may develop some micronutrient deficiencies. Usually eaten fresh or used to make jams, jellies and preserves. Protect young plants at 30 degrees. Small white flowers appear early in Spring and blooming and fruiting season continues for several months into Summer. Propagated by seed, although seedlings may take up to 4-5 years to fruit. Seed Availability. Very tasty sweet cherry flavor. The skin is thin and hides a paler-colored flesh and one to two small white seeds. Seeds are not available for the Cherry of the Rio Grande. Start with no more than 100g at monthly or bi-monthly intervals, increasing the rates commensurate with growth. Seeds are not available for the Cherry of the Rio Grande. Small white flowers appear early in Spring and blooming and fruiting season continues for several months into Summer. This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions: Gilbert, Arizona. Small, often multi-branching tree or shrub, from 10-20ft high. From seed; sow indoors before last frost. Leaves are 2-3" long, glossy green, and … Birds find the fruit tempting and the upper parts of trees are often picked clean before the fruit is even fully mature, it is also susceptible to fruit fly damage. Please visit our seed store to view current selections. Fruit size and quality depends to a large extent on proper nourishment and an adequate water supply at the time of fruit development. It is considered by our president to be superior in quality to the grumichama. Trees should be fertilised with a fruit-tree-type fertiliser at least three times a year for good growth and fruiting. They are hardy plants, to 20F when mature, though younger plants should be protected from frosts. If superior varieties, for example, large-fruited forms or sweeter fruiting forms, are found by anyone growing a number of plants, they be propagated by grafting onto seedling rootstocks. By serpentine layering. Eugenia aggregata is native to Brazil. Months for fruit to ripen: 3 weeks. Regional. Lafayette, California Seasons/Availability Cherry of the Rio Grande is available in the late spring and summer months. Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds. Fruit: 1" diameter, oblong, dark red to almost black, cherry-like flavor, apical sepals remain attached to the ripe fruit. All Rights Reserved. When first planted, they need a complete fertiliser in a 1-1-1 ratio, that also contains magnesium. Cherry of the Rio Grande is a delicious subtropical fruit with a sweet, cherry-like flavor. Leaves are 2-3" long, glossy green, and somewhat folded down the center. The fully ripe fruit is generally tarter than the grumichama and has a very juicy flesh. It is recommended for USDA Zones 9-11 and is hardy to 20° F once established. Climax Height & Spread: Shrub or tree growing 10'-20' high, Narrow. It is ideal for limited space landscapes since it can be kept as a bush or even as a container specimen and still produce adequate quantities of fruit. Stems: Peeling bark on trunk. Edible Qualities/Products: 1-2"" small/medium deep red to purple berry fruits. By seeds, which loose viability fairly quickly, particularly if dried. Cold Tolerance: Cold tolerant to 20 degrees when mature. Grow in full sun or part shade, water when flowering and fruiting, but plants are fairly drought tolerant. It is one of the more cold-tolerant members of the Eugenia genus. The fruit is thin skinned with one large seed in the centre.
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