Tag Archive: Citrus

Citrus Canker in Northwest Florida

Citrus canker symptoms on twigs, leaves and fruit. Photo by Timothy Schubert, FDACS In November 2013, citrus canker was found for the first time in the Florida panhandle in Gulf Breeze in southern Santa Rosa County. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) tested and confirmed the disease on grapefruit trees in a …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/05/12/citrus-canker-in-northwest-florida/

Citrus Greening (HLB) A Troublesome Bacterial Pathogen

Small Fruit vs Normal If we look at the big picture when it comes to invasive species, some of the smallest organisms on the planet should pop right into focus. A microscopic bacterium named Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus, the cause of Citrus Greening (HLB), has devastated the citrus industry worldwide. This tiny creature lives and multiplies …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/03/03/citrus-greening-hlb-a-troublesome-bacterial-pathogen/

Dooryard Citrus Care for February

Dooryard citrus enthusiasts may be uncertain about late winter management of Satsuma and other citrus trees.  Several questions that have come in to the Extension Office recently include: Should I prune my trees? Why are the leaves yellow? How soon should I fertilize?  The focus of this article is to provide some answers to these common …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/02/15/dooryard-citrus-care-for-february/

Citrus Health Forum – February 23

Oranges on trees in a grove at the Citrus Research and Education Center. Photo taken on 03/04/16. Florida citrus growers are welcomed to attend the 2017 Citrus Health Forum, February 23rd at the North Florida Research and Education Center, 155 Research Road, Quincy, FL. With the continuous development of cold-hardy citrus varieties, and improvement in freeze protection, there …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/01/28/citrus-health-forum-february-23/

Panhandle Citrus Producers Need to Symptoms of Canker and Greening

Florida’s citrus producers, as well as backyard growers have battled detrimental issues like hard freezes and storm damage over the years.  However, in recent years, emergent bacterial diseases known as citrus canker and citrus greening have been devastating Florida’s citrus crops.  Although these diseases are not yet a major issue in the Panhandle, it’s important …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/08/05/panhandle-citrus-producers-need-to-symptoms-of-canker-and-greening/

Citrus Choices for the Panhandle

The panhandle of Florida is a great place to grow citrus with our plentiful sunshine and sandy soil. But some varieties do better than others. Here are some that thrive in the more northerly climes of Florida: Nagami kumquat. Photo credit: UF/IFAS. Satsuma mandarin is cold hardy to 15°F once established. There are a few …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/05/06/citrus-choices-for-the-panhandle/

Start Fertilizing Citrus in February

As you have read in other articles in this blog, it is too early to fertilize your lawn; however, this is a good time to start fertilizing your citrus to ensure a healthy fruit crop later in the year. Orange grove at the University of Florida. UF/IFAS photo by Tara Piasio. Citrus benefits from regular …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/02/16/start-fertilizing-citrus-in-february/

Fruit Splitting in Dooryard Citrus

Split citrus fruit. Image credit UF / IFAS Citrus trees require a lot of care and attention to produce good quality fruit, yet even the most careful gardeners may run into the problem of split-fruit on their citrus trees.  Split-fruit is a condition which strikes citrus trees in September and October and can wipe out a …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/10/28/fruit-splitting-in-dooryard-citrus/

Citrus Canker found in Northwest Florida

Citrus Canker lesions on leaves.  Photo Credit: Beth Bolles, UF/IFAS Extension – Escambia County Blake Thaxton & Mary Derrick, UF/IFAS Extension – Santa Rosa Co. Mikaela Anderson, FDACS Division of Plant Inspection Citrus canker is a serious disease of citrus trees that was recently confirmed for the first time in southern Santa Rosa County. Canker …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/11/23/citrus-canker-found-in-northwest-florida/

Cold Weather Approaching: Have a Citrus Protection Plan in Place

On the night of November 13th,  a mild freeze of 30°F occured in parts of Northwest Florida.  Don’t be caught without a citrus protection plan ! Satsuma Tree protected with micro-irrigation. Image Credit: UF IFAS Jackson County Extension How cold does it have to get before citrus in Northwest Florida needs to be protected? A concrete answer …

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Permanent link to this article: http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/11/18/cold-weather-approaching-have-a-citrus-protection-plan-in-place/

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