Welcome to the exciting world of exotic fruit growing!
Rivers End Nursery and Farm has developed over the last 18 years from a vision of enjoying delicious tropical fruits from around the world and introducing these trees and fruits to interested folks in subtropical/tropical locations.
We also offer bamboo, flowering trees, palms, landscape specimens, natural plant and soil amendments to enhance your landscape.
SPRING HAS SPRUNG and the pollen is thick. What a glorious time to be in the Valley (if we could just figure out how to rid ourselves of the mosquitoes)!!!
This is a very important time to be feeding your plants. The tropical fruit trees can easily go into a deficiency of the minor elements at this time of year and that will result in less fruit production. Hopefully by this time, you have applied compost and have started on applying the minor elements as a foliar spray.
Some tentative upcoming event dates: the first ICE CREAM SOCIAL of 2015 is scheduled for May 2 and the 7th Annual MANGO FIESTIVAL is scheduled for July 25.
And speaking of mangos -- we have been able to get some KESAR MANGOS - an equally regal substitute to the ALPHONSO, native to the western state of Gujarat, sweet, juicy, and intensely aromatic. While we do not have any experience with this particular variety, those endorsments sure make us excited to get some of these trees planted in our orchard. And there are a few other new cultivars we have been able to get. So for you MANGO LOVERS - be sure sure to check out those special acquisitions.
This spring has been way to wet for mangos so if you have a tree make sure you are spraying fungicide to protect those blooms - and now hopefully fruit set on a regular basis. Once we get out of this very wet time , dropping back to once amonth for spraying wil work - until then rotate the type of fungicide you use. We start with a coppper based product intially then switch to a potassium bicarbinate and finally a hydrogen peroxide.. If we can help with your preventative sprays, let us know.
And on your next visit to the Nursery be sure you taste our latest jelly creation—SMOKING HOT MANGO JAM—using our mangos and Ed’s Ghost Peppers. And we now have 3 Tropical Fruit Syrups available to make your breakfast pancakes a real tropical treat.
And a reminder about your citrus trees —regular spraying for the Asian Citrus Pysllid in absolutely mandatory—please make sure you do so at once. It is the responsibility of every person who has a citrus tree on their property—both homeowners and commercial growers to do their part to try to protect our beautiful, fragrant and delicious fruit bear citrus of all varieties from the deadly and incurable Citrus Greening Disease.
The insects are out in full force with all the new luscious spring growth. Beneficial Nematodes are one of the best ways to combact grubs - yes even those really big ones that turn into the Ox Beetles as well as fleas. Take advantage of the moisture in our soils now to get your nematode populations established. Your dogs will love you for it. Neem Oil should be a regular part of your plant maintainance. It is a excellent and safe choice for protecting your citrus trees from the insect that carries Citrus Greening disease. It is a great way to keep chewing insects at bay and it has excellent anti-microbial properties. And we do have a limited number of Neem trees available now.
For our Upper Valley neighbors - our jellies are available at the EDINBURG WORLD BIRDING CENTER, in Brownsville they are at the HISTORIC BROWNSVILLE MUSEUM , and for our friends in the Corpus area you can find our jellies at THE BLEU FROG MERCANTILE.
If you have a mango tree in your yard you have probably seen a bloom spike or two or even more. Mangos do flower in the winter but since they are tropical, temperature can really impact fruit set.
It turns out that if the ambient temperature drops below 55°F, the flowers will not accept pollen. Lots and lots of blooms but no fruit in the summer. We found that by removing the bloom panicles just before the flowers open, we can get the trees to re-bloom about 4 weeks later—and generally by then the temperatures are a bit more conducive to fruit set. You really increase your chances of getting a nice crop.
Make sure you keep a record of when your trees begin to flower, when you remove the blooms and when they re-bloom. That way you can see your success and determine if you need to change the timing.
Because Tropical and Subtropical Fruit trees require conditions that are sometimes not typical in our region or yours, we cannot be responsible for our plants once they leave the nursery.
*Currently we do not ship plants or fruit to California.
*Items over 3 gallons are sold for pick-up only. They will not be shipped.
The Nursery is closed during the month of January. We will reopen on Friday, February6 and resume our normal operating hours.
We are open every Friday & Saturday hours (10 AM to 5 PM). Appointments can be arranged for other times for purchasing both plants and fruit.
Our produce is available at the Brownsville Farmers Market at Linear Park on Saturday and the South Padre Island Farmers Market on Sundays with Frannie. In McAllen it is available at the Market at Fireman's Park with Barbara on Saturday mornings.
Monday thru Saturday 9:30 AM to 4 PM
If you reach our Voice Mail, please make sure you leave us your name and phone number.
27510 Ted Hunt Rd. Bayview, Texas Ph. 956-233-4792
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