A: Citrus fruit splitting could be a combination of several factors. If the tree is allowed to produce too many fruit then the quality of those fruit is often poorer than if fewer fruit were allowed to develop… Read More
Category: Fruits & Vegetables
Q: What could be eating the leaves on my citrus tree? The fruit are not being touched. Should I be worried?
A: There could be several creatures eating the leaves of your citrus trees. It is possible a katydid or a grasshopper are snacking on the leaves. The katydid, although very large in size, looks so much like a… Read More
Q: What is wrong with my citrus tree? I see little white flies whenever I get near the fruit or leaves. I turned some of the leaves over and saw these orange specks. Is this an insect or a disease?
A: Actually the orange spots you see are neither an insect nor a disease. The spots are beneficial fungi which attack the young stationary stage (pupae) of a common citrus pest called the white fly. The white fly… Read More
A: Pruning of citrus can be done in late February and early March. Remember to selectively prune the citrus tree – no shearing. Find a growth bud, which is where a new leaf or limb will grow and… Read More
Q: I have a Calamondin citrus tree in my yard and I have no idea what to do with the fruit since it is too sour to eat.
A: Calamondin, Citrus mitis, is an acid citrus fruit originating in China and introduced to the U.S. in the early 1900’s. It can be eaten but the fruit is quite tart. So, what can you do with the fruit? … Read More
The development of high quality peach and nectarine (Prunus) cultivars with the low chilling needs of a mild climate has greatly expanded the potential for commercial peach and nectarine production in north and north-central Florida. Deciduous fruits, such… Read More
Scientific Name: Citrus unshiu Marcovitch Common Name: In most citrus producing areas, satsuma mandarin is the preferred name, but satsuma tangerine is also use. Satsumas are grown in cool subtropical regions of Japan, Spain, central China, Korea,… Read More
Plums could be a potential crop for growers and homeowners in Florida and other mild winter areas throughout the Gulf coast, but many plum varieties from the west coast will not consistently perform well enough in Florida… Read More
The grapefruit (Citrus × paradisi), is a subtropical citrus tree known for its sour fruit, an 18th-century hybrid first bred in Barbados. When found, it was named the “forbidden fruit”; it has also been misidentified with the pomelo or shaddock (C. maxima), one of the parents of this hybrid, the other… Read More
Origin and History Pomegranates are native to southeastern Europe and Asia and were grown in ancient Egypt, Babylon, India, and Iran. Cultured extensively in Spain, pomegranates moved with missionaries into Mexico and California in the 16th century…. Read More