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Struggling to Grow Fruit Trees? Try These Lesser Known Florida-Friendly Edible Options!

Northwest Floridians are lucky.  We get to bask in the warm sunshine at least eight months of the year, consider it cold weather when we have to break out the fleece pullover and none of us live more than a few hours’ drive to the whitest sand you ever saw.  However, those conditions have consequences.  …

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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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Do Homework Before Choosing Fruit Trees

Dormant Peach Tree. Image Credit UF IFAS Environmental Horticulture Department It is hard to believe with all of this recent cold weather, but now is the time to plant fruit trees in the Florida Panhandle. When planning what type of fruit tree to plant, correct cultivar selection should be the top priority. The dooryard fruit …

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Stone Fruit Winter Care

February is not a month many think of as a big gardening month, although the preparation and maintenance practices performed in February can be critical to the success of an orchard for the rest of the year.  Stone Fruit (Peaches, Nectarines) in particular need special care in the dormant season.  During the dormant season pruning …

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PBS Video on UF/IFAS Fruit and Vegetable Breeding Programs

Researches in the University of Florida IFAS plant breeding program have developed a number of new blueberry, and other fruit, varieties.  Image Credit: UF IFAS EDIS Florida Crossroads made a 28 minute video entitled “Seeds of Change” featuring the IFAS plant breeding efforts to create new varieties of blueberries, strawberries, tomatoes, and other crops, and …

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Starting a Fruit Orchard or an Edible Landscape? What Should I Grow? Fall is the Time to Decide !

The avid gardener has heard on many occasions that fall is the best time of the year to plant trees and shrubs. Correct! Now is the time to start a fruit orchard or an edible landscape.  As the seasons transition into much cooler weather, now is the ideal planting season for hardy trees, shrubs and ground covers (Trawick, 2013).  In …

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Video on UF IFAS Fruit and Vegetable Breeding Programs

Image Credit: UF IFAS EDIS From Dr. John P. Hayes” “Florida Crossroads made a 28 minute video entitled “Seeds of Change” featuring the IFAS breeding efforts to create new varieties of blueberries, strawberries, tomatoes, and other crops, and the ways that these programs have influenced Florida industry.   Click Here to WATCH THE VIDEO “SEEDS …

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Fruit Tree Options for the Florida Panhandle

Fruit trees are a wonderful addition to the landscape at home or even a great niche for the small farmer. Most people love the thought of picking fresh fruit off of the tree or vine and knowing exactly where it comes from.  There are a lot of considerations that must be taken into account for a …

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Fruit Frenzy

Fruit – sweet, refreshing, and good for you! As the days get warmer, bring on the cool refreshment of fruit.  Now is the time to delight in fruit’s tasty, healthy goodness. Reduce Risk and Protect A healthy diet that is rich in fruits may reduce risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and obesity, and …

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FDA Changing Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Rules

Fresh fruit and vegetables will be subject to new regulations. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently implementing an overhaul of the nation’s food safety system. They are proposing which fruits and vegetables would be subject to new, more restrictive standards during the rule making process. Vegetables usually consumed raw would be included while …

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