Category: Fruits & Vegetables

Citrus Freeze Damage: Symptoms and Recovery

Citrus trees are evergreen, never become fully dormant and cannot withstand temperatures as low as those tolerated by deciduous trees.  However, citrus trees can become preconditioned or acclimated to cool air temperatures that occur in late fall and… Read More

Cold Protection of Florida Citrus: Microsprinkler Irrigation

Millions of boxes of fruit and thousands of acres of citrus trees have been lost in freezes and frosts.  More than nearly any other factor, freezes have caused some of the most dramatic changes in fruit supply, availability,… Read More

South American fruit fly (Anastrepha fraterculus)

The South American fruit fly, Anastrepha fraterculus, is a pest of over 110 host plants, including several crops grown in Florida, such as citrus, strawberries, and peaches. A. fraterculus actually a complex of several species that have yet to be… Read More

Workshop: Catch It Before They Kill It – Friday February 16th

Please join us for an informative workshop to learn about managing insects in fruit & vegetables. You will learn how to identify common insect pests, control insect pests and submit samples for diagnosis from University of Florida / IFAS specialists…. Read More

Oriental fruit fly (Bactrocera dorsalis)

The oriental fruit fly (Bactrocera dorsalis) is a highly destructive pest of fruit crops. It has a wide host range including nearly 500 fruits and vegetables, but is most commonly found attacking avocado, mango and papaya. Females live 1-3… Read More

Can you grow a coconut palm in Charlotte County?

By Ralph E. Mitchell Can you grow a coconut palm in Charlotte County?  The short answer is both “yes” and “no”.  While this magnificent symbol of the tropics makes a wonderful landscape feature in some places, it is… Read More