In this Issue:
  • Love Blueberries? Thank the Blueberry Bee!
  • Lack of Winter Chill a Problem for Fruit
  • ‘Tis the Season for U-Pick Blueberries!
  • Blueberries

    Love Blueberries? Thank the Blueberry Bee!

    This time of year, blueberry bushes are flowering and small fruit are coming onto the wild and cultivated bushes in north Florida. Many of us, myself included, look forward to the late-spring harvest of blueberries, taking our children out to u-pick operations and digging out family recipes for blueberry-filled desserts. What many do not know, however, …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/05/01/love-blueberries-thank-the-blueberry-bee/

    Lack of Winter Chill a Problem for Fruit

    Many of us are enjoying warmer temperatures this winter, but many deciduous fruit crops really need cold temperatures in order to break dormancy for the year.  In areas that experience cold temperatures, plants have evolved the ability to survive by slowing growth and protecting sensitive tissues by going dormant.  In order to break out of …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/02/14/lack-of-winter-chill-a-problem-for-fruit/

    ‘Tis the Season for U-Pick Blueberries!

    There is something almost magical about picking vibrantly blue blueberries off a bush and eating them fresh. If you watch the blueberries develop, you see them go from shades of pale green and blush red to dark and puffy and bright blue. When a blueberry is ready – you know it! Blueberries are one of …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/06/08/tis-the-season-for-u-pick-blueberries/