Evergreen ornamental from Chile, not well-known but gaining popularity thanks to its extremely tasty fruits. Maturing into a roundish shrub with small, glossy, dark-green, fragrant leaves that are tinged red when young, Ugni molinae, also known variously as Myrtus ugni and Eugenia ugni, is a plant easily trained into a hedge or grown as a specimen. In spring, it bears many white-tinged-pink, bell-shaped flowers which get pollinated to become blueberry-sized fruits. These lightly-sweet berries are well-beloved by all who have ever tasted it, including Queen Victoria. They have a very distinct flavor, somewhat peppery, somewhat strawberry-like, somewhat candy-corn-like, absolutely delicious! Hardy from zone 8 onwards. 8 feet tall and wide. Full sun to light shade.
Although seed can be sown most of the year, the seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn in temperate climates, avoiding the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is over 20°C
- Sow seed on a porous seed raising mix and cover to the depth of the seed width.
- Place in a warm shaded or semi shaded position to avoid dying out.
- The growing medium should be well draining but should remain damp between watering. Keep moist but not too wet as the seed may rot. Do not let the growing mix completely dry out.
- Germination should occur in 30-60 days or more depending on the temperature and conditions.