In this Issue:
  • Citrus Canker in Northwest Florida
  • Citrus Greening (HLB) A Troublesome Bacterial Pathogen
  • Dooryard Citrus Care for February
  • When is the Correct Time to Harvest Satsumas?
  • Citrus Choices for the Panhandle
  • Start Fertilizing Citrus in February
  • Deep Freeze On the Way for Northwest Florida
  • Fruit Splitting in Dooryard Citrus
  • Save Our Citrus!
  • Care of Freeze-Injured Citrus Trees
  • Citrus

    Citrus Canker in Northwest Florida

    In November 2013, citrus canker was found for the first time in the Florida panhandle in Gulf Breeze in southern Santa Rosa County. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) tested and confirmed the disease on grapefruit trees in a residential landscape. Since that time, citrus canker has been confirmed on citrus trees …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/05/11/citrus-canker-in-northwest-florida/

    Citrus Greening (HLB) A Troublesome Bacterial Pathogen

    If we look at the big picture when it comes to invasive species, some of the smallest organisms on the planet should pop right into focus. A microscopic bacterium named Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus, the cause of Citrus Greening (HLB), has devastated the citrus industry worldwide. This tiny creature lives and multiplies within the phloem tissue …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/03/02/citrus-greening-hlb-a-troublesome-bacterial-pathogen/

    Dooryard Citrus Care for February

    Dooryard citrus enthusiasts may be uncertain about late winter management of Satsuma and other citrus trees.  Several questions that have come in to the Extension Office recently include: Should I prune my trees? Why are the leaves yellow? How soon should I fertilize?  The focus of this article is to provide some answers to these common …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/02/14/dooryard-citrus-care-for-february/

    When is the Correct Time to Harvest Satsumas?

    Fall 2016 Satsumas. Image Credit: Matthew Orwat One question that repeatedly pops up in my Extension work is “When do I harvest fruit or vegetable X ?”  This fall, the question of “when should I harvest my citrus?” has been a choice topic! The most common citrus in the Florida panhandle is the satsuma, Citrus unshiu, so it …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/12/07/when-is-the-correct-time-to-harvest-satsumas/

    Citrus Choices for the Panhandle

    The panhandle of Florida is a great place to grow citrus with our plentiful sunshine and sandy soil. But some varieties do better than others. Here are some that thrive in the more northerly climes of Florida: Satsuma mandarin is cold hardy to 15°F once established. There are a few different available cultivars with fruit …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/05/05/citrus-choices-for-the-panhandle/

    Start Fertilizing Citrus in February

    As you have read in other articles in this blog, it is too early to fertilize your lawn; however, this is a good time to start fertilizing your citrus to ensure a healthy fruit crop later in the year. Citrus benefits from regular fertilization with a good quality balanced citrus fertilizer that also contains micronutrients. …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/02/16/start-fertilizing-citrus-in-february/

    Deep Freeze On the Way for Northwest Florida

    Tuesday November 19th and Wednesday November 20th, substantial freezing weather is expected How cold does it have to get before citrus in Northwest Florida needs to be protected? A concrete answer to this question does not exist. Growers and home gardeners alike must consider several factors including type of citrus grown and the location of the citrus. Below are a …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2014/11/17/deep-freeze-on-the-way-for-northwest-florida/

    Fruit Splitting in Dooryard Citrus

    Citrus trees require a lot of care and attention to produce good quality fruit, yet even the most careful gardeners may run into the problem of split-fruit on their citrus trees.  Split-fruit is a condition which strikes citrus trees in September and October and can wipe out a hundred or more fruit on a single …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2014/10/28/fruit-splitting-in-dooryard-citrus/

    Save Our Citrus!

    All varieties of citrus – grapefruit, lemon, tangerine, kumquat and orange – are a vital part of our lives here in Florida. We love to grow citrus in our yards so that we can harvest the fruit fresh from the tree. On a wider scale, the citrus industry has a $9 billion annual impact on …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2014/03/12/save-our-citrus/

    Care of Freeze-Injured Citrus Trees

      This week, Northwest Florida is once again receiving some bitter cold temperatures. The freezing weather two weeks ago resulted in some cold damage to some local citrus trees. Cold injured citrus trees can take a while to become evident.   What appears to be damage will not always be permanent. Never be in a hurry to remove cold …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2014/01/27/care-of-freeze-injured-citrus-trees/

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