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Hands holding harvested strawberries. Photo taken 02-05-20. UF/IFAS Photo by Cristina Carriz

Growing Strawberries in the Florida Home Garden


September 17, 2021

It is New Year’s Day. In the cool gray dawn, you sleepily slide your feet into a pair of slippers, still half-dreaming of the night before. No one else has woken up; the first fruits of the year are yours, and yours alone. At that thought, ... READ MORE

Category: Fruits & Vegetables
Tags: Craig K. Chandler, Home Garden Crops, Horticultural Sciences Department, Natalia A. Peres, Sriyanka Lahiri, Strawberries, Sydney Park Brown, Vance M. Whitaker
Long squash vines on trellis.

Long Squash: An Asian Vegetable Emerging in Florida


May 6, 2016

Long squash is an annual, vigorous, and herbaceous crop that was brought to the Americas by Paleoindian populations from Asia before the arrival of Columbus. This 4-page fact sheet provides an overview of this plant as well as recommendations ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Crops, Health & Nutrition, Lawn
Tags: Asian Vegetable, Bonnie Wells, David Dinkins, Guodong Liu, Horticultural Sciences Department, Long Squash, Qingren Wang, Yuncong Li, Yuqi Cui
Bitter melon’s female flower.

Bitter Melon: An Asian Vegetable Emerging in Florida


May 5, 2016

Bitter melon is a tropical and subtropical vegetable crop with long climbing vines which is widely cultivated in Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean. The unripe fruit is used as a vegetable with a pleasantly bitter taste. This 7-page fact sheet ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Crops, Health & Nutrition
Tags: Asian Vegetable, Bitter Melon, Bonnie Wells, David Dinkins, Guodong Liu, Horticultural Sciences Department, Qingren Wang, Yuncong Li, Yuqi Cui
Freshly picked tomatoes

Implementing the Four Rs (4Rs) in Nutrient Stewardship for Tomato Production


March 19, 2016

Fertilization plays a critical role in tomato production across the state of Florida. However, appropriate fertilization management depends on four major components (4Rs): right source, right rate, right placement, and right timing. Farming ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Crops
Tags: 4Rs, Agricultural Sustainability, Fertilization, Guodong Liu, Horticultural Sciences Department, Kelly Morgan, Nutrient Stewardship, Qingren Wang, Tomato Production, Yuncong Li
Long bean plants bearing pods in Hastings.

Long Bean: An Asian Vegetable Emerging in Florida


December 14, 2015

Food diversity, nutritional food supply, and profitability are the priorities of agricultural and horticultural industries. To diversify vegetable products and increase the Florida vegetable industry's competitiveness, a number of new vegetable ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Crops, Health & Nutrition
Tags: Asian Vegetable, Bonnie Wells, David Dinkins, Guodong Liu, Horticultural Sciences Department, Kshitij Khatri, Long Bean, Qingren Wang, Yuncong Li
citrus groves, florida, oranges, leaves, trees. UF/IFAS Photo: Thomas Wright.

Maximizing Weed Control in Florida Citrus


October 19, 2015

With Florida citrus growers and production managers being "squeezed" between rising production prices and declining yields from citrus greening, there's more call than ever to reduce citrus production costs. Controlling weeds is a major expense, ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Crops, Pests & Disease
Tags: Brent A. Sellers, Citrus, Citrus Research And Education Center, Citrus Weed Management, Horticultural Sciences Department, Stephen H. Futch
Field on a farm

What is 4R nutrient stewardship?


September 18, 2015

A new and innovative approach to Best Management Practices for fertilizer application known as 4R nutrient stewardship is available, to ensure the environmental, social, and economical sustainability of commercial crop production. This 3-page ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Farm Management
Tags: Guodong Liu, Horticultural Sciences Department, J. DeValerio, Kelly Morgan, Lincoln Zotarelli, Nutrient Management, Qingren Wang, Yuncong Li
Figure 1. A peach limb with the blister symptom of fungal gummosis caused by Botryosphaeria dothidea. Credit: L. Pusey, USDA-ARS

Fungal Gummosis in Peach


August 26, 2015

Fungal gummosis in peach occurs when the fungus Botryosphaeria dothidea infects small openings or wounds in tree branches or trunks. The disease causes blisters on the tree that form lesions and eventually ooze gum (sap). This 3-page fact sheet ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Horticulture, Pests & Disease
Tags: Horticultural Sciences Department, Mercy Olmstead, Peach Plum And Nectarine Diseases, Philip F. Harmon, Sara Sherman, Thomas Beckman

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