Category: Fruit Trees

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Outlook Continues to Worsen for Florida Citrus

On November 14, 2014, Richard Lyons’ Nursery posted an article on its website entitled, “Why This Nursery Doesn’t Recommend Citrus or Avocado Trees.” It reported that citrus greening disease was primarily responsible last year for the state’s poor orange production, 104 million boxes. Unfortunately, new information shows that things are getting even worse. On January 12 the…
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January 16, 2015 0

Ready for Mangos?, Part I

Okay, we all know that it’s a little too soon to be plucking nice, ripe mangos from your trees, but it is true that early-maturing cultivars have already been in flower for a few weeks and, barring damaging frost as winter rolls along, we might be able to start harvesting the delicious, juicy fruits sometime in May. It’s…
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January 9, 2015 0

Why This Nursery Doesn’t Recommend Citrus or Avocado Trees

Recently Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture, Adam Putnam, distributed a story that had been reported on a Tampa-area television station. It quoted some fairly astonishing statistics regarding citrus production in Florida: The most recent growing season yielded 104 million boxes of oranges. Only 11 years ago, 243 million boxes were picked! Some of the difference was…
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November 14, 2014 0

The Nut That’s Just a Seed

Things are not always as they seem.  Take the popular cashew.  It looks for all the world like a nut, it is used culinarily as a nut, and just about everybody calls it a nut.  But it’s really a seed, and a strange one, at that. The cashew tree, Anacardium occidentale, is an attractive, mid-sized tree…
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April 14, 2014 0

Diseases of Citrus and Avocado Trees

As just about everyone knows, southern Florida’s climate permits homeowners to grow a vast and impressive array of fruit trees.  But the lower end of the peninsula is also a sitting duck for the introduction of diseases and detrimental insects.  Lamentably, Richard Lyons’ Nursery must now recommend that you no longer plant citrus and avocado trees…
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April 27, 2013 0