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
Category: Fruits & Vegetables
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
Q: Should I top my pecan tree? I recently saw pecan trees which were very lush and bushy but they had been topped.
A: I always love an opportunity to share proper pruning techniques with the public. These proper techniques have been proven the best for the tree through research provided by the Environmental Horticulture Department at the UF/IFAS. I am… Read More
Q: I just moved into a house which has pecans growing in the yard. How do I take care of them – they seem to have been neglected.
A: We would suggest you start by having the soil tested to determine any nutrient imbalances. The Extension Office will have soil test kits and an overall nutrient test will only cost $7. Once you get the test… Read More
A: For bearing trees, 2 to 4 pounds of fertilizer should be applied per inch of trunk diameter in February and again in June. If possible, use a fertilizer especially made for pecans – look for zinc on… Read More
A: Hood pears are a good choice for Northeast Florida but this pear will need a pollinator. I recommend you use Baldwin as it pollinates any of those pears requiring pollination. Other varieties which can be planted in… Read More
A: Mature apple and pear trees should not be pruned severely. Moderate annual pruning is preferred to heavy pruning every 3 or 4 years. Heavy pruning causes less flowering and excessive vegetative growth which can promote fire blight…. Read More
A: Pears are great trees for the horticulturally-challenged. They tolerate many different soil conditions, don’t require much care or fertilizing once established, rarely need pruning, and can produce bumper crops of fruit for decades, with little care. They… Read More