Welcome to the exciting world of exotic fruit growing!
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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.
THIS HOLIDAY SEASON support Texas Growers by sending your loved ones a special gift of exotic fruits grown and harvested in South Texas They will will be sure to enjoy these delicious and unique treats.
Our TASTE of the TROPICS GIFT BOX has the world famous Rio Red Grapefruit, Chocolate Pudding Fruit, Lula Avocado along with a jar of our Tropical Fruit Jelly and other fruits we are harvesting. For your favorite coffee lover we have a limited amount of some freshly roasted Kona Coffee. Being able to share this delicious brew with you is exciting for us. These coffee beans are truly Island Fresh - just harvested by our friends at Love Family Farms, roasted and sent to us straight from the Big Island of Hawaii. Fruit Boxes of the individual fruits are also available in 2 sizes for our most popular and unique offerings.
You don't have to make your own jellies to enjoy the actual taste of the fruit. Fruit picked right off our trees - their flavor preserved for off season in our jellies and jams using a special pectin that allows us to reduce the amount of sugar used in our products. Check out our current offerings - whether it is on a P&J, topping waffle or with cream cheese and crackers we have a Jelly for every taste.
If you are harvesting fruit in your own yard be sure you check out the Gardener's Hollow Leg. It is the perfect size harvesting bag and can be used for loads of other 'round the garden shores. I just love being able to have both hands free when we're picking fruit and it is not too large to be cumbersome or heavy. And those of you into jelly making - well, I am sharing my jelly bag secret - The Nut Milk Bag. They both make great gifts for your gardening friends.
Now that's how to wrap up your holiday shopping!!
Harvesting is under way on the Black Sapote or Chocolate Pudding Fruit. Our freshly picked fruit is available at the Nursery and the Farmers Markets in laguana Vista, Brownsville, and South Padre Island with Franne and McAllen with Barbara Storz. The cooler weather seems to be impacting the Sapodillas - they are taking their time reaching maturity.
And as our last email noted; November was the time to participate in the AREA-WIDE DORMANT SPRAY PROGRAM to combat Citrus Greening. The next winter spray interval is January with Zone 1 from January 1st to the 15th and Zone 2 is January 16th to the 31st. If you have a grove and need a copy of the report form for the Citrus Association, let us know. For anyone who has a citrus tree in their yard we encourage you to participate in this program. Please remember that Texas has had citrus greening for nearly 2 years and this disesae is showing up in new places. The most effective approach to killing the spreaders of this disease is to work with all citrus growers on an Area Wide Management strategy. If we act together, we will not go the way of Florida.citrus.
For our Upper Valley neighbors - the QUINTA MAZATLAN carries our jellies. In Brownsville, the HISTORIC BROWNSVILLE MUSEUM is the exclusive retailer of our Convent Grape Butter along with our other jellies. Our jellies are also available at the EDINBURG WORLD BIRDING CENTER.
For our friends in the Corpus area you can find our jellies at THE BLEU FROG MERCANTILE.
Keep Hot Wax on hand to make it easier to deal with those first appearances of pests like aphids, whiteflies and spider mites. This is a natural insect repellent that blends capsaicin with a highly refined paraffin wax and other "food-grade" ingredients. The result is a spray that coats plants with a harmless, micro-thin barrier to deter pests. Some insects are done in by capsaicin, others by the wax. And as a added benefit it also works as an "anti-transpirant," reducing water loss and resulting stress...a true benefit for new transplants.
And keep up with your preventive spraying with Neem Oil. Regular preventive spraying is imperative to protect your fruit trees (especially citrus) from the the serious insect pressures the Valley is under. Using 100 % pure Neem Oil means you are taking advantage of the nearly 200 compounds in this oil, not the single active ingredient that most "ready to use" products contain.
Bio-Wash is one of those products we just could not manage without. Being completely bio-degradable, non-toxic to humans, birds, horses, farm animals and aquatic life and carcinogen free, makes this an important tool for fruit, flower, vegetable and grain production. It will wash away the protective coatings of many insects, it increases the Cation Exchange Capacity (CEC) of plants resulting in enhanced growth, hardiness and yield, raised BRIX levels and accelerated photosynthesis. Like many members of the Rare Fruit Council, we will be forever in debt to Bob Murray of Tree House Nursery on Pine Island for introducing us to this product.
Once the weather cools a bit, don't forget about applying Beneficial Nematodes. These nematodes are especially effective in getting rid of Fire Ants as well as beet armyworms, black cutworms, cabbage maggots, cucumber beetles, fruit flies, fungus flies, leaf miners, onion maggots, plant parastic nematodes along with those pet-annoying pests - fleas.
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.
We are open every Friday & Saturday hours (10 AM to 5 PM) through December 21, 2013. Appointments can be arranged for other times for purchasing both plants and fruit.
Our produce is available at the Brownsville Farmers Market on Saturday mornings and the South Padre Island Farmers Market on Sundays with Frannie.
Monday thru Saturday 9:30 AM to 4 PM
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27510 Ted Hunt Rd. Bayview, Texas Ph. 956-233-4792
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