It seems like simpler times when I was hosting Gardeners Hotline television show (WDSC–PBS) featuring the citrus grower, Bruce Crump (past owner of Vo-LaSalle Farms) on growing citrus in Volusia County. Citrus greening was beginning to play havoc in the industry and the future looked grim. Today, nearly a decade has passed and researchers at the University of Florida have made major strides to understand the bacteria known as Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus that causes this disease. For a bit of fun, let us go back in time and celebrate the beloved crop that made Florida and explore growing citrus trees in the Sunshine State.
In this episode of the Gardeners Hotline, join host and UF/IFAS Commercial Horticultural Extension Agent, Karen Stauderman reminisce from an earlier program airing with her guest, Bruce Crump (passed in 2015), a fifth generation citrus grower and owner of Vo-LaSalle Farms (http://volasallefarms.com/ ) in DeLeon Springs, Volusia County.
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For more information on growing citrus in Florida, check out these informative publications:
Citrus Tree Care for the Home Gardener in the HLB Era
Citrus Culture in the Home Landscape
Citrus Problems in the Home Landscape
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