Blackberry Jam Fruit | Jasmin de Rosa – Randia formosa
Blackberry Jam Fruit, Randia Formosa is a rare, evergreen tropical to subtropical small bushy fruit bearing shrub, usually only 1.5-2 meters tall, indigenous to Central and South America. Blackberry Jam Fruitis a slow and compact grower with branched and dense pretty foliage.
Blackberry Jam Fruit is relatively cold hardy and is said to withstand temperatures to as low as -2°C. However, young plants are more sensitive and should be sheltered from chill winds and frost. During cold period, watering should be cut back; otherwise leaves may become chlorotic (yellow with green veins), especially during cool season.
Randia Formosa leaves are large deep green and shiny. Flowers are large, white, star shaped and aromatic. They attract nighttime moths. The plant is closely related to the gardenia. It is a fall/winter bloomer and when in bloom, the whole bush is covered with flowers. Flowering/fruiting period continues for a few months.
Blackberry Jam Fruit Fruits
Fruit of the Blackberry Jam Fruit is about 3cm, olive shaped, yellow, woody shelled. The plant begins fruiting in young age, 1-2 year from seed and it is a heavy producer. A small 1.5 meters plant will produce as many as 30-50 fruit at a time. New flowers appear while the first fruit start to mature. The fruit contains two cubicles with small flat seeds surrounded by sweet black soft pulp tasting like “blackberry jam. Fruit is consumed fresh or used to make jams, jellies and preserves.
Blackberry Jam Fruit Propagation Methods
Plant propagation is by seed. It enjoys full or partial sun, and acidic soil. Generally, the plant is fairly easy to grown and can make a container specimen in colder areas. However, the two most important prerequisites must be met – acidic soil and good drainage. The plant will flower and fruit in filtered light, which is appreciated by container gardeners. Randia Formosa is a member of the family Rubiaceae the genus Randia
Blackberry Jam Fruit, Randia formosa
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