Tag Archive: Citrus

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/

The Forgotten Fruit and the Forgotten Coast

It’s safe to say that almost everyone equates citrus with the state of Florida. It just goes hand in hand. Most people first think of citrus as being oranges and grapefruit. Even by traveling south on I-75 or I-95, our welcome centers will gladly supply you with a complimentary cup of the juice of your choice, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/07/05/the-forgotten-fruit-and-the-forgotten-coast/

Do Your Plants have Problems?

  Many gardeners get stumped when a favorite plant of theirs comes down with a strange “something”. Many of these gardeners know about UF/IFAS Extension and call their local horticulture and agriculture agents for assistance in figuring out what’s going on. However, even these experts are often stumped by what they see. Fortunately, the agents …

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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/

Satsuma Harvest Ongoing – A Thanksgiving Tradition

The satsuma mandarin (Citrus unshiu) is a popular dooryard fruit tree, and emerging crop, across the Florida Panhandle. 100-150 years ago it was a major cash crop for the region, with boxcar loads being shipped to the Northeast during the months of October-December. Due to a series of hard freezes in the 1950s and a shift in land use from …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2015/11/24/satsuma-harvest-ongoing-a-thanksgiving-tradition/

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/

Cold Weather Approaching: Have a Citrus Protection Plan in Place

On the night of November 13th,  a mild freeze of 30°F occured in parts of Northwest Florida.  Don’t be caught without a citrus protection plan ! 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 …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2013/11/18/cold-weather-approaching-have-a-citrus-protection-plan-in-place/

Scale: A Major Pest of the Home Landscape and Garden

  Many different species of scale insect infect citrus in North Florida, and mid spring is usually when gardeners notice them on their fruit trees and ornamental shrubs.  Many different species of scale affect Florida homeowners and cause a host of problems in the garden and landscape. Citrus is particularly prone to scale infestations in …

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Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2013/05/09/scale-a-major-pest-of-the-home-landscape-and-garden/

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