When Should You Prune Fruit Trees?

When Should You Prune Fruit Trees?

Every winter season in the Florida Panhandle is different. It can be wet or dry, frigid cold or unseasonably warm. We may have early frosts and early springs, or cold snaps in late march after fruit trees flower.  Because of this variability, it is impossible to...
Late Winter Citrus Management Considerations

Late Winter Citrus Management Considerations

Both niche market farmers and home gardeners may be uncertain about late winter management of Satsuma 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...
Oriental Persimmon: For the Specialty Fruit Market

Oriental Persimmon: For the Specialty Fruit Market

A recent visit to the North Florida Research and Education Center reminded me of the potential of a specialty fruit that is often forgotten about in Northwest Florida, the Oriental persimmon. The Oriental, or Japanese, persimmon (Diospyros kaki) was introduced to the...
Control Grasshoppers When They Are Young

Control Grasshoppers When They Are Young

The Eastern Lubber Grasshopper, also known colloquially as the “Georgia Thumper,” can be highly destructive to a variety of vegetable crops. This May many growers and vegetable gardeners have reported unusually high numbers of nymphs, the juvenile form of the...
Radish: The Fastest Vegetable to Market

Radish: The Fastest Vegetable to Market

I’ve heard it said there’s no such thing as a vegetable that grows fast, tastes good, and is cheap….well they must not have considered the radish! If a fast growing, quick producing vegetable is desired, nothing is better than a radish. Radishes can...