Q: I know it is the end of the watermelon season but we just bought a seedless one. Do watermelons ripen after they are picked? A: Once a watermelon is removed from the vine, it will no longer… Read More
Category: Fruits & Vegetables
A: Plant strawberries in late October through November. Place strawberry plants in rows 36 inches apart and 12 inches apart within each row. Elevate rows 6” above existing soil to ensure good drainage, whenever possible, use drip irrigation… Read More
A. According to the University of Florida, raspberries are difficult to grow here as perennials and the flavor of the berries is fair to poor. Raspberries are typically grown in the north so I do not want you… Read More
Q: I tasted pomegranate fruit for the first time this year and I love it. Can we grow it in Northeast Florida?
Q: I tasted pomegranate fruit for the first time this year and I love it. Now I am seeing the fruit is in abundance in all the grocery stores. Can we grow it in Northeast Florida? A: Pomegranates… Read More
A: Your plums are showing the early stages of brown rot, which is caused by a fungus called Monilina fructicola. Brown rot can attack blooms, fruit, leaves, and stems. It over-winters on blighted stems and mummified fruit. Brown… Read More
A: The names of all University of Florida plum cultivars begin with the prefix ‘Gulf.’ These cultivars are Japanese type plums (Prunus salicina Lindl.) and have resistance to plum leaf scald (Xylella fastidiosa) and bacterial spot (Xanthomonas campestris)…. Read More
A: According to the Florida Division of Forestry, the fruit of the Pignut hickory, Carya glabra, can be eaten. But, always be sure any plant is properly identified before ingesting any part of it – fruit or leaves…. Read More
Q: What are some varieties of persimmon that can be grown here and what does non-stringent persimmon mean?
A: Oriental persimmons Diospyros kaki L., have been grown in Florida for many years. Some non-astringent varieties are Izu, Fuyu, Jiro. Common astringent varieties are Wase, Tanenashi, Eureka and Ormond. Astringent fruit often causes us to have a… Read More
Q: What is wrong with my persimmon? Many of the leaves have browning around the edges. After talking to you, I went out and removed some of the stems and found a dark, discolored ring you suspected I… Read More
A: Fertilizer requirements for persimmon trees are largely unknown for Florida conditions, but in general the persimmon needs less than citrus or peaches and in fact is thought to drop fruit if grown too vigorously. A balanced fertilizer… Read More