Monarchs and Milkweed – You can help!

Young monarch caterpillar feeding on a milkweed. Photo: Erin Harlow, UF/IFAS

Monarch butterflies have been on earth for more than 10 million years. Sadly, the monarch butterfly numbers have substantially dropped over the last two decades.

The monarch is the only butterfly species in the world to undertake a long-distance round-trip migration. Each fall, monarchs west of the Rocky Mountains travel to specific sites on the California coast. Monarchs from the eastern U.S. and southern Canada undertake a much longer journey, up to 3,000 miles, to wintering grounds in the mountains of central Mexico.

Illegal logging in that country has decimated the forests where these butterflies usually congregate. But, that’s only part of the story. Besides the habitat loss, monarchs are disappearing due to natural disease and predation, adverse weather and the decline of nectar and larval host plants.

Six things you can do to help.

1. Plant native milkweed. Without it the species cannot survive.
monarch caterpillar and egg
Monarch caterpillar eating it’s egg. Photo: Erin Harlow, UF/IFAS

Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa) is a perennial native with orange or yellow flowers that appear in late summer and early fall. It attracts queen and monarch butterflies for nectar and larval food. You may have to search for native milkweeds from nurseries that specialize in native plants or butterfly gardens. Focusing on planting native communities that incorporate native milkweed will aid in developing appealing habitats. Native milkweeds can be mistaken for tropical milkweed (Asclepias curassavica) which is usually sold in garden centers. When shopping for milkweed, look for the native species and ask for plants that have not been treated with insecticides. If you do have tropical milkweed, don’t despair, monarch larvae will still feed on it. It is important to cut back your tropical milkweed plants in the fall so that Monarchs do not stay year-round in the area. Cutting back these plants also reduces the spread of a protozan that causes butterflies to have distorted wings.

If you are interested in learning more about the many species of Asclepias that is native to Florida, visit the Monarch Initiative’s website. They even have native milkweed you can purchase specific to your area. https://www.themonarchinitiative.org/assets/ext/img/monarch/native-milkweed.pdf

 

2. Use Integrated Pest Management Practices (IPM)

Integrated pest management, or IPM, is a comprehensive approach to managing plant pests. IPM uses many different methods to

cause the least harm to people, property, and the environment.

Broad-spectrum pesticides can kill many types of insect larvae, including butterfly larvae. Use harsher, broad spectrum chemicals last and first try to use natural products such as insecticidal soap or horticultural oil. Always follow directions on the label. Milkweed is the only plant that monarch butterflies lay eggs on, and its leaves are the sole food eaten by this butterfly’s larvae, so killing it destroys monarchs forever.

3. Create a Monarch Way-Station
Adult monarch butterfly. UF/IFAS Photo: Thomas Wright.

Let a part of your yard get overgrown, and fill it with milkweed plants. Set out a butterfly-safe watering dish where they can stop to drink, and you’ll ensure that they have a safe place to stop, rest, and regroup during their migration. Use sponges or pebbles as a filler to keep container mosquitoes from breeding there.

4. Do Your Part to Combat Climate Change

Recycle, drive less, reduce the waste you create, ensure that your home is as energy-efficient as possible, buy local. Every little bit of effort helps to reduce our footprint or impact on the climate.

 

5. Educate Yourself

Learn as much as you can about local dangers to monarch habitats, and determine what kind of action would be best for you to take. If you don’t have land of your own, you could look into the possibility of volunteering at a community garden space.

6. You Can Help! Spread the Word

Tell others about the monarch’s plight, and encourage them to take these steps. Share educational materials with friends, family members and co-workers, start a Facebook page, or volunteer to start a local butterfly garden. The more people who know how to help these winged wonders, the better!

Let’s work together to help save the monarch.

Written by Greg Lussier, Columbia County Master Gardener Volunteer

 

 

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Posted: May 12, 2020


Category: Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension, Wildlife
Tags: Butterfly, Milkweed, Monarchs


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November 29, 2021

Yes, that is the plan. We usually accept applications beginning in April.

Stacey Bowen
September 23, 2021

Will the next year MG program be around the same time of year, July-Oct? Very much interested in the program! Stacey Bowen

DIANE ROBERTS
September 21, 2021

Thank you for this blog. I have been trying to figure out what kind of pear tree we have. I live in Winchester Virginia and because of your blog, I realize our tree is a Sand Pear. I've been calling them Asian Pears but they are not like the ones in the store. Your description fits them perfectly. Our horses have loved them and my grandchildren and I occasionally eat them but when we bought our property, the owners said there was no fruit trees on the property. I have been trying to figure out how to reduce the grittiness of them. Any suggestions?

Athena
September 10, 2021

Pat, it would be wonderful if you'd pass on your mother's recipe. There are many people here who'd carry on making her preserves!

Athena
September 10, 2021

The Hernando Co cannery at the corner of Cr 491 and Hwy 98 holds private and public canning classes every week. Contact them!

Liz de la cruz
August 13, 2021

Hi Jared, I'd be happy to arrange this

Liz de la cruz
August 13, 2021

Hi Kathy I just came across this article and reply. Pears are abundant and ready now! Feel free to call me 954.707.3844

Liz
July 18, 2021

You can order many species of milkweed plants (seeds, seedlings, cuttings, etc.) on etsy. Just type in the species name in the search bar. Many FL nurseries grow and ship them. :)

Tom
July 4, 2021

I grew up in Lecanto in the 60s and 70s. Still in the area trying to learn how to can these pears.

Erin Harlow

June 22, 2021

Check out Green Isle Gardens. It is a wholesale/retail nursery in central FL.

Gary
June 7, 2021

Are Sand Pears the same as Asian Pears that we have in California?

Lynn
May 10, 2021

Would love to get washtub of sandpears for pear relish.if you have customers list plz add me

Tina Stinson
April 30, 2021

KELLIE Converse, I am in Mobile County, AL and I am interested in some cuttings and seed/fruit this year if you are not too far.

Heather Janney

April 30, 2021

Kathy, please email me at hfutch@ufl.edu

Kathy l Dix
April 30, 2021

Application for volunteer please(Mrs. Heather)

PATRICIA A RAYBURN
April 9, 2021

Where can I buy Native (central Fl) Milkweed? My local nurseries don't seem to carry it

Joseph Gary Spooner
March 30, 2021

DO YOU HAVE ANY FRUIT THIS YEAR ANY DO YOU SELL IT LOOKING TO BUY A TREE BUT CAN,T FIND ANY OR SALE. THANKS

Heather Janney

March 15, 2021

Thank you Mary! Yes, being different is a good thing :)

Mary
March 14, 2021

Very encouraging and thought provoking thoughts. I am considered different by some.

Speidel Mary
February 27, 2021

Did you get some? I’m in Brandon lol

Billy
December 7, 2020

Hi Liz, Any chance, do you have any sand pears available this year? I’ll be happy to purchase some. I’m trying to find at most 5-10 pounds.

Billy
December 7, 2020

Hi DeAnna, Any chance, do you have any sand pears available this year? I'll be happy to purchase some. I'm trying to find at most 5-10 pounds. My girlfriend's mom makes a desert with them every Christmas, but unfortunately her trees didn't produce any fruit this year.

Reagan
September 22, 2020

I did this in class in Agri. it was so much fun, and the pears tasted so good.

farris brown
September 11, 2020

would you happen to be on griffin ave near uncle donalds farm? if so i know right where you are and yes you have a lot of pears. i would like to buy some from you. my number is three five two 418 ten 48. call or txt me if you are looking to get rid of some. thank you sooooo much.

DeAnna
September 10, 2020

I have two sand pear trees that are full. You can come pick as much as you want. We don’t really use many. We are located in Chiefland.

jaxton scott
September 8, 2020

iv never had them are they good ;p

KELLIE Converse
August 29, 2020

Did you get some clippings? I have 7 or 8 old pear trees on my property in North Florida you can get clippings from. They are getting old and show age and I have been thinking of starting new ones to continue on.

Triple i Consulting
August 27, 2020

You could also make wine with the pears, it's not that difficult it just takes some organization and doing things on time.. and waiting.

Erin Harlow

August 25, 2020

Victoria, You should be able to grow sand pears in your area. Check with your local nurseries for varieties in your area.

Victoria Blocker
August 14, 2020

Do pears grow in Central Florida ? I love planting, and I have several Arbequina olive trees, and citrus in our backyard. Thank you. Victoria Blocker in Valrico, Florida 33596 victoriablocker@hotmail.com

Jane
August 4, 2020

Hello Becky, we have pear trees that are loaded down with fruit. We would be willing to share some with you! We live in Milton Florida.

Pat PATTON
August 1, 2020

Liz, I would like to buy 20 or 30 lbs of these sand pears, you name the price and I will pay the freight. We had a big Sand Pear tree at our farm in Oklahoma 50 years ago. My mom made the best Pear Preserves I have ever eaten, I have her recipe and would love to make those preserves again before I die. I am 87 years old now, so I don't have much time

Jay Capasso

July 27, 2020

Hi Mr. Williams, Sounds like the plants are reproducing in your field. Even if there are only one or two peanut pods per plant that is enough to sustain the population. You may find pods or nuts later in the season! It will depend on plant competition and soil fertility. Don't expect harvestable yields out of these plants. Peanuts require considerable calcium inputs to form nuts which is usually provided through the application of gypsum. If you discover nuts later in the season they may be easily crushed with your fingers and smaller compared to the peanuts grown for commercial production due to the lack of calcium.

Becky
July 20, 2020

This is a very old, tried and true recipe. I'd also love to find some of the hard pears to make this again. I never tried it with the soft, grocery store pears; I think it would be mushy. HOMEMADE PEAR RELISH -- we used a meat grinder, it should be a chunky consistency like store-bought relish. Sorry, I don't remember how many canning jars we used, and you'll need a huge pot to mix it in. 4 Quarts Peeled and Ground Pears (about 30 pears) = 16 cups after peeled and ground 2 Quarts Yellow Onions (about 7 large) = 8 cups after peeled & ground 8 Green Bell Peppers - remove seeds 2 Red Bell Peppers - remove seeds 12 Dill Pickles 1 Cup Salt 2 Jalapeno Peppers - remove seeds 8 TBLS Sifted Flour 4 Cups Sugar 2 TBLS Turmeric 6 TBLS Dry Mustard 2 Quarts Dark Vinegar 1) Grind pears, onions, peppers and pickles. Mix together, Add salt and let stand for 1/2 hour. Drain well. In a large pot:, 2.) Mix dry ingredients and some vinegar to make a smooth paste, then add remaining vinegar to the paste. Stir and boil for 5 minutes. 3.) Turn off the heat and add ground pears, onions, peppers and pickles and mix well. Let stand 3-5 minutes. 4.) Pour into canning jars while hot. 5.) Enjoy! Makes a great gift.

Charity A Helton
July 15, 2020

Start in containers. This way you can find where each will work best. Florida growing season is backwards from everywhere else. Fall is a great time to plant most things due to warmer winters. Summer is really great for tomatoes, eggplant, okra. And all kinds of herbs.

George Williamss
July 15, 2020

I have peanuts that were planted about 8 years ago and plants still appear but don't make peanuts. I dug one plant yesterday and there were not nuts. The ground has laid fallow ever since the first planting. I intend to wait till the tops turn yellow and hope there are nuts later in the summer. Question: Should I expect to harvest any nuts from these plants?

Peter
July 9, 2020

Many have this fungus especially if red cedar trees are nearby. They host the fungus. Our tree has it bad most years but not this year.

Kareen M Kennington
July 9, 2020

I get to pick some on an empty lot near my daughter's house near Loxley, AL Could I possibly get your recipe for the relish. I love making chutney and preserves. Making a pear, cranberry and walnut bread tomorrow. Already made pear and blueberry preserves.

Erin Harlow

July 7, 2020

Karlton, they are probably milkweed bugs, https://blogs.ifas.ufl.edu/nassauco/2017/06/15/q-black-red-insect-milkweed-plant/. They will feed on the plant, but typically don't do too much damage. Because monarchs use the plants, we don't recommend chemicals to control them. You can pick them off if you want or just leave them alone.

Heather Janney

June 19, 2020

Thank you!

Tim
June 19, 2020

https://wilmotgardens.med.ufl.edu/programming/about-therapeutic-horticulture-at-uf/ This link is FYI Good job

Karlton Ballard
June 17, 2020

I have non-native milk weed plants in my yard. Every summer there are black and orange/red bugs that eat all the leaves. These flying bugs don’t seem to bother other plants. What should I do about them. Thank you.

suba suba
June 11, 2020

wow, awesome blog post.Really looking forward to read more. Really Cool.

Erin Harlow

June 2, 2020

I spoke with our fruit specialist in Central FL and she said that growing blueberries that far south could be a challenge. It really depends on how many chill hours you get. We figure you probably get 0-50. Most blueberries need around 100-150 hours to do well. If we were going to try a couple of cultivars that far south then we would recommend 'Avanti' and 'Endura'. You might get some fruit especially if you have a cooler year. Good luck!

Germán
June 1, 2020

This is a nice article, I loved it! I am just wondering how much south you would recommend planting blueberries for ornamental purposes. Also, if you happen to know two cultivars that would do OK in Palm Beach counties. Thanks

Erin Harlow

May 29, 2020

Most kids agree you can never have enough blueberry plants! Make sure you write down what cultivar you have so you can select additional ones that will bloom at similar times.

Ana R.
May 29, 2020

Very informative article. We recently moved to a house with a large backyard and we purchased a blueberry plant. My kids love to pick it’s delicious fruit. We definitely need to add some blueberry plants to increase the production for next season.

Erin Harlow

May 28, 2020

Heather, Check out the Monarch Butterfly Conservation website. They have several free webinars at https://monarchjointventure.org/resources/monarch-webinar-series, some good FAQs, and butterfly information. They also do a nice job explaining OE and how to tell the symptoms. Make sure you are cutting all of your milkweed back in the fall to make sure that you are reducing the risk of OE spores on your milkweed. I also use this website https://www.themonarchinitiative.org/assets/ext/img/monarch/native-milkweed.pdf for information on the various milkweed that are native in Florida and also where you can purchase them. I'm not sure what the chalky substance on the leaves are. With all the recent problems you have had with wing deformities, it sounds like you need to cut the plants back and refresh all of them.

Erin Harlow

May 28, 2020

Mike, Are you located in Columbia County and have you had the disease diagnosed? Is it just the fruit or leaves as well? I want to make sure we are providing the correct recommendations. Feel free to email me some photos at eeeck@ufl.edu.

Joy
May 26, 2020

Thought provoking.

Michael Lynn Poff
May 21, 2020

greetings Erin, Thank you for an interesting article concerning Sand Pears. I have a neighbor with Sand Pear trees infected with Rust Fungus on much of the fruit. Local literature does not offer any cure for this problem and I was wondering if there is anything new to fight this fungus for residential uses. Thank you in advance for any help on this issue. Mike Poff

Erin Harlow

May 18, 2020

Heather, thanks for your great questions. We think your questions are so important so we are taking some time to gather all of the answers and will get back with you!

Heather Janney

May 17, 2020

William, please email our Horticulture Agent, Erin Harlow, and she will be able to assist you. Her email is eeeck@ufl.edu. Thank you!

William Boomhover
May 17, 2020

Hi, I'm looking to update my backyard mainly to hide a preserve which I find to have no useful function other then a water runoff area. It is run by our HOA. This area is very un-sitely and stores a medium portion of water covered with a green algae. Residents are not allowed any entrance on this property. As a result I now have added some Plant life on my property o/k'ed by our HOA and Growth Management Office on my property. I would like to add some kind of Evergreen shrubs between the existing plantings to close in on some open spaces but from what I have researched I should get the soil tested for PH Etc. This is my main reason for getting in touch with you. Can you tell me what I will need to supply you to have this done? If there is a cost to having this or other requirements, I need to follow upon? I live off of Cove Road in a closed gate community. Thank You

Heather Broz
May 12, 2020

Do you have more information on creating a way station & education on protecting monarchs from dangers? I need to buy native milkweed Asclepias tuberosa. I have used Asclepias curassavica, which is only available at my local nurseries. Reading your information about the Asclepias curassavica, I have had monarchs emerge with bad wings but I thought it was caused by OE or just a genetic deformitiy. I had no idea this milkweed can cause the damaged wings. I need help!!!!! I’m so confused with what is or isn’t OE. In the last 6 months I have released close to 60 monarchs. I have probably had 10 that had damaged wings or perhaps OE. I know you can tell from some chrysalis if the monarch will have OE but some of the chrysalis are more of a lime green than the jade look. Some chrysalis look fine but the monarch comes out deformed and have a greenish discharge. Is there 1 website that has pointed information on what I need to know? I love raising the caterpillars and having a part in building the population. I just do not have alot of time to go to so many websites to find my answers. (I have a child with special needs so my time is limited) also, my milkweed will get white chalky substance on the branches, do I get rid of that milkweed? I have heard of plant hoppers which cause the leaves to wilt, it said to throw those plants away? Any help is so appreciated!!!!!!❤️

Heather Janney

May 9, 2020

So glad we can give ideas to even the experienced sewers! Thank you for your feedback, Edith!

Edith Jones
May 9, 2020

Well, well, well. I didn't think youall could teach this old button-sewer-oner, anything new. But, I declare, the toothpick trick is a revelation!

Erin Harlow

May 7, 2020

Alesia, at this time to my knowledge there is no composting bin program in Columbia County. It is something we would be happy to look into and think it is a neat idea. If we can figure something out we will certainly get the word out to residents. Thanks!

Alesia Richmond
April 24, 2020

Erin, I am interested in a compose box, do the county offer them to residents for a fee and if not who can I speak to about considering it? The more that is bought the more affordable it would be to residents. Do you foresee these being made available to residents for a price? There are more people starting gardens than ever with the COVID virus and lost of employment. We have wild animals in our area racoon, fox, coyote and possums, which is the better one that is secure from predators.

Erin Harlow

April 22, 2020

Marian, you can plant a trap crop like tobacco or flowering tobacco, Nicotinia alata.

Marian Moss
April 17, 2020

Thank you . I did not realize there were two. Does planting tobacco act as a trap crop?

Jay Capasso

April 8, 2020

See links below on nematode management. Nematicides, crop rotation/cover crops, increasing soil organic matter and selection of less susceptible varieties are potential management strategies! https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ng005 https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in516

Tommy Fowler
April 8, 2020

Great article. How do you treat root knot nematodes in a pea field ? New to farming.

Erin Harlow

April 8, 2020

I agree! My 7 year-old son found them in our yard and I think it changed the way he looks at all insects. Such beauty in something so small.

George (Mud)
April 7, 2020

That's one of the most beautiful bugs I've ever seen. Not counting bees, butterflies, moths and velvet cowkiller ants.

Erin Harlow

April 7, 2020

Can you email me some photos or post them on our facebook page? This way I can properly identify and give you some options. Thanks! eeeck@ufl.edu or @ColumbiaExtension on fb.

Jim Pitmsn
April 6, 2020

Erin, I started a small veggie garden on a raised box for my daughter. We both have been wanting to do it and the stay at home situation gave us great opportunity to get it started. We planted small amounts of squash, zucchini, tomatoes and corn. Things were going great and we were so excited to see the sprouts poke out. We planted the seeds in MiracleGro vegetable soil. Today, we came out to inspect our little patch and noticed the leaves have a new blight/scale on them. Any suggestions on what it is and how to fix it?

Danny
March 31, 2020

Any chance of seeing a photo of the trunk of one of these trees? I have been trying to identify two trees on my property that I believe might be this fruit tree. We moved here in December and the trees are just starting to have leaves come in. They started appearing about 10 days ago and are emerging at a very fast pace. No sign of fruit yet. Fingers crossed! Searching the web has only produced photos of fruit and leaves. The leaves look promising.

Rebecca
March 31, 2020

I finally found your site to sign up! I heard of this through the 4-H program. I signed up to participate with my two older kids, both members of 4-H. I also have two younger ones that LOVE eat things we grow (like from the limequat tree). We are looking forward to this. THANK YOU! No time like the present!

Erin Harlow

March 30, 2020

Elizabeth, We would love if you joined us. Please register at https://bit.ly/V2020G. You will then be given access to the facebook group, the book club information, the online course, and much more. We do have a class on 4/1 about designing your vegetable garden. You can register at https://veggiegardendesignapril20.eventbrite.com. Anyone who is part of the Victory Garden Community will also have access to it after the workshop. Your food forest sounds like fun! We hope you join the group so we can learn more about it from you. If you are still interested in becoming a Master Gardener Volunteer then I encourage you to look into it. You would register in the county you live. For instance if you live in Alachua then you would contact Taylor Clem the horticulture agent there. He is awesome and would love to hear from you.

Erin Harlow

March 30, 2020

Beth, It would be helpful to know exactly which rat they are calling a "water rat". Are you talking about Neofiber alleni, also called a round-tail muskrat? It is sometimes called a Florida Water Rat or are you talking about something like a black, roof, or Norway rat. This will help us give you better guidance. If it is what we would call a water rat or the muskrat then I would try the garden. They feed on aquatic grasses and are protected in many areas since they only live in marshy wetlands. Anytime you have a garden you always risk loosing some to animals. Unless you have open trash cans or a compost pile you are not managing then the garden may attract some, but I wouldn't consider a garden a huge attractant. You may see a rise in predators too such as hawks, owls, and snakes. Thanks.

Elizabeth Argyropoulos
March 29, 2020

Hi Erin! Before the quarantine hit, I wanted to join a master gardener program through UF or alachua county, I'm not sure who offers it. Anyway, I've been gardening in North Central Florida off and on for several years and I want to spend the next several years turning my backyard into a food forest. I'm so excited to see your program, but I'm a little confused as to how to sign up and where to participate digitally. Is it just offered through Facebook? Or am I missing something. Are they virtual classes? Thanks so much for any information!

Beth amstutz
March 29, 2020

I would love to plant a victory garden! However, we live on the water with water rats!? Our pest guy says a garden would just invite more:( what are your thoughts and suggestions?

Erin Harlow

March 27, 2020

Amy, welcome to Florida gardening! If you don't have seed trays you can always start your seeds in an egg carton that has been washed or small containers. If you want to go ahead and get them in the ground, depending on the seed you can plant most things now. What kind of seeds do you have? Do you want to do in the ground or container? Make sure to sign up for our Victory2020 Garden program at https://bit.ly/V2020G for more resources. Feel free to email me at eeeck@ufl.edu and we can chat some more.

Amy Eileen Koester
March 23, 2020

I have never gardened in Florida, although I had a successful garden in Northern Utah. I don't know where to begin. I live in a duplex and have a small yard. I'm not working thanks to the virus so I have more time than money. I have some seeds from the seed library. Where do I start?

Erin Harlow

February 27, 2020

Brian, that is a great question. Potatoes do require adequate fertilization to grow tubers. Many of our soils already have phosphorous (the middle number on the bag) and a soil test can tell you if you need to be concerned with adding this nutrient when fertilizing. At planting, UF recommends 0.75 lbs of nitrogen and 0.5 lbs of potassium per 100 foot row. This is around 7.5 lbs of a 10-0-10 fertilizer. If your soil test indicates that you need phosphorous you can either use a balanced fertilizer or incorporate P into the soil at planting. The soil test will tell you how much the lab recommends.

Brandon
February 26, 2020

75 pear trees is a LOT of fruit!! I bet your property is brimming with wildlife. Very cool

jared craig
February 25, 2020

Hi Liz, Your Florida pear tree story is awesome, My name is Jared I am a Fruit tree and medicinal herb collector with over 500 varieties of plants, I have searched for central Florida sand pears for years and I am still looking. I would love to see these trees and offer you plants or cash in exchange for cuttings and seeds.

Brian Atkinson
February 24, 2020

What's the best fertilizer for inground potatoes?

Kathy
January 23, 2020

Did you have the Upick? I'd like to go next summer if you do it then.

Erin Harlow

September 9, 2019

Paula, Most properties only have one or two trees. I have not found a u-pick yet, but from the comments it sounds like a good business venture for someone!

Erin Harlow

September 9, 2019

Yvonne, Unfortunately I don't know a regular source for the pears. Sometimes you can find them at roadside stands or as you did before, a neighbor's house. I would consider planting one of your own if you have the room.

Yvonne
September 8, 2019

I have a sand pear relish recipe that I canned that my mother-in-law gave me years ago and my family has been wanting me to make more. I use to have a neighbor that had trees, but they were removed from her property after she passed away. I have no source to getting them now. Do you know where I can purchase them?

Erin Harlow

August 29, 2019

Susan, You can purchase trees from local nurseries. A good one in North Florida that carries UF recommended varieties is Chestnut Hill Tree Farm in Alachua County. Check with your local nurseries as well, as most carry fruit trees. Grafted varieties only take a few years to be really productive.

Penny Martin
August 13, 2019

I would like to come up and get some I grew up in the panhandle there was a sand pear tree in the yard,I love these better than the other pears.

Emma
August 10, 2019

I would pay a good deal to come pick what I can carry!! I miss them!

Paula
August 9, 2019

Hi! Did you make a you pick? Would like to come for a family outing :) maybe a photoshoot

Susan
August 8, 2019

Where can you get seedlings? How long before a tree matures?

Liz
July 21, 2019

I currently reside in Lady Lake Fl. My property have over 75 of these trees! This property has been vacant for nearly a decade. I am considering doing a weekend Upick and I like the idea of creating a product with the pears. I think they will be fully ripen in 3 to 4 weeks. My trees a are 30 feet tall with an abundant amount of fruit. I feel like if I don't do anything this season I will regret it.

Erin Harlow

July 12, 2019

Check with your local nursery or garden center to see if they carry any trees. If you are in the North Florida area, we will be having a fruit workshop on October 11th at the Columbia County Extension Office and will have some available at the workshop for sale. We will most likely have 'Thanksgiving' which ripen closer to November.

Lynn Stewart Carlson
July 11, 2019

My grandmother had a tree in yard in Lecanto. She always had gobs of canned pears and made the best pear cobbler. Yummy! I loved picking a pear and eatyit right off the tree. I would dearly love to have a sand pear tree in my yard.

Pamela
July 11, 2019

my mom had two sand pear trees. She made the most AMAZING pear preserves, with lemon or with pineapple in them. SCRUMPTIOUS!!!

Nelda Seever
July 11, 2019

Thanks for a great article.

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