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by Richard




Cherry of the Rio Grande
Eugenia involucrata


Richard: I bought this plant as a seedling in a 4x4x10" starter pot in about 2010. I transplanted it to a 5 gallon pot in 2011 and then planted it in 2014. It bloomed a few months later. I don't recommend this course of action to others - it is simply what happened due other life events.
This plant is actually a shrub, and I don't recommend trying to train them as trees.

Cherry of the Rio Grande flowers
Fig. 1

Here comes the spring crop!

Seedling
Fig. 2
Lids: Mine is just a baby. I read on a CRFG guide that they could be espaliered. Fingers crossed because there's not a lot of space there!

Richard: The plant has an upright growth habit and capriciously starts new branches at almost any node. I think it would be a lifetime of maintenance to try and grow it as an espalier.

Richard: Here's some photos showing the progression of growth of my bush. The window shown in the images faces south. The purpose of the cinder block enclosure is to direct irrigation water and roots downward.

June 2014
Fig. 3

June 2014

March 2015
Fig. 4

March 2015

April 2015 Fruits
Fig. 5
April 2015 Fruits

March 14, 2016
Fig. 6

March 2016

First ripe fruit of the year for this plant
Fig. 7
First ripe fruit of the year for this plant. April 2016

Today's harvest April 30 2016
Fig. 8
Today's harvest April 30 2016

An embarrassment of fruits! Neither I, my neighbors, or the wild finches can keep up with them
Fig. 9
An embarrassment of fruits! Neither I, my neighbors, or the wild finches can keep up with them.

Richard: The shelf life s about 6 hours, which can be extended from midday to the following midmorning in a 37°F refrigerator. The waste is really my fault - next time around I hope to plan better and have my juicer ready!

Richard: I'm discovering in my location that they have a long "hang time". For the past several days there have been completely black fruits on the tree -- mostly sacks of incredible "cherry" juice. The local birds are ignoring them. I'm eating them at leisure. Hooray!! May 2016

Cut back to 1 meter high
Fig. 10
Richard: Today I cut it back to about 1 meter high in preparation for roof repairs and house painting.Wept 2016

Mpigg: How long will it take that tree to produce fruit again?

Richard: It is evergreen. I estimate it will put on at least 2 feet of growth by the end of Spring and quite a bit more by Fall. I expect 2 crops next year.

7 months later
Fig. 11

7 months later



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Bibliography

1 Richard. "Cherry of the Rio Grande, Eugenia involucrata." growingfruit.org. Under (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0). Web. 6 June 2017.

Photographs

Fig. 1,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11 Richard. Cherry of the Rio Grande, Eugenia involucrata. 2014,2015,2016. growingfruit.org. Under (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0).Web. 6 June 2017.
Fig. 2 Lids. Cherry of the Rio Grande, Eugenia involucrata. N.d. growingfruit.org. Under (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0).Web. 6 June 2017.

Published 6 June 2017 LR
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