By Brooke Moffis Many homeowners moving to Florida hope to grow a citrus tree and a palm to enjoy in their new subtropical yard. Citrus is associated with Florida because it has been grown by both residents and… Read More
Q: My Satsuma tangerine tree is loaded with fruit but none of them are orange. How do I know when they are ready to pick?
A: Satsuma mandarin bears its fruit early in the year which makes it a good choice for our area, especially for the home landscape. The name Satsuma comes from a specific province in China. Since the fruit matures… Read More
Q: Do you know of anyplace where I can get some osage oranges? It is supposedly also referred to as monkey balls. I read online somewhere that they are an excellent deterrent to spiders and ants. A: You… Read More
Q: I have an orange tree I want to protect from the freeze. I am told I can run water over it and it will protect it from freezing but it seems like a waste of water…. Read More
Q. My orange tree now produces sour oranges. Will some kind of fertilizer help to make them sweet again?
Q: I have an orange tree that used to produce sweet fruit. We pruned it back a few years ago after a freeze and now it only produces small sour oranges that are full of seeds. Is there… Read More
Q: I purchased a Mandarin Orange tree called ‘Robinson’ at a local nursery and was told I needed a pollinator tree to produce fruit.
Q: I purchased a Mandarin Orange tree called ‘Robinson’ at a local nursery and was told I needed a pollinator tree to produce fruit. Is that true and if so what should I use to pollinate it? A :… Read More
A: There are two juicing oranges which grow best in our area and they are Hamlin and Pineapple oranges. Hamlin oranges are generally harvested from October through early January. Pineapple oranges are harvested from December through February. You… Read More
Q: This year, some of my navel oranges had dry areas in the fruit. What causes this and how can I prevent it?
A: It is always disappointing to cut open citrus and find the flesh is dry or pulpy. Navel oranges are not the only citrus to have this problem; any citrus can show the same signs. We do… Read More
A: I would suggest you wait until the threat of frost is over. The final date for frost may be sometime between March 15 through April 15. Of all the citrus, limes are the least cold tolerant. Limes… Read More
A: After a severe freeze that causes damage to major limbs, wait several months to prune. During the spring flush following a freeze, leaves on freeze-damaged limbs may grow but then will wilt soon after. After this wilt… Read More