Peach Season

Florida Peaches are Blossoming!

Florida peaches are blossoming throughout most of Florida’s peninsula.  Henceforth a special note from Dr. Ali Sarkhosh, Assistant Professor of Tree Fruit & Viticulture.

Florida peaches on a branch

Florida Peaches

Dr. Ali indicates most peach orchards around Florida are in fruit set or fruit development stages. Monitoring your peach tree for any insect and disease pest early in the season is an important preventive measure. Take a look at the most updated “SOUTHEASTERN PEACH, NECTARINE, AND PLUM PEST MANAGEMENT AND CULTURE GUIDE”, click the link:

https://secure.caes.uga.edu/extension/publications/files/pdf/B%201171_11.PDF

As the peaches start to fill the branches, a pruning method called thinning is critical.  Thinning allows for more individual space for the peach to grow.  Here is the link to our latest EDIS publication on “Thinning Florida Peaches for Larger Fruit”.

https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/HS/HS132400.pdf

For more information about “Stone Fruit in Florida”, please visit: https://ufstonefruit.wordpress.com/   OR

http://old-hos.ifas.ufl.edu/extension/stonefruit  OR https://tinyurl.com/y47atabq

https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/topic_a-sarkhosha

The 2019 “Stone Fruit Field Day” event will be on April 30th at the UF Plant Science Research and Education Unit in Citra.

To register for the field day:   https://tinyurl.com/y4eknnnm.

Are you looking for more great information, visit the Manatee County Extension webpage at  https://tinyurl.com/yb8oo9g5.

Lastly, bring your gardening problems for us to examine.  The Plant Diagnostic Clinic is located at 1303 17th Street, West in Palmetto.  You can also call us at (941)722-4524.  Do you want to save gas, try to email a question, problem, or photo to ManateeMG@gmail.com? Call for our hours of operation.