Some Basics of Good Citrus Nutrition

Ernie Neff Nutrition


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Studies indicate that constant nutrition supplied by controlled-release fertilizer improves citrus yield and fruit quality, says University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) horticulturist Tripti Vashisth.

According to Vashisth, studies also show that increased applications of manganese and boron improve fruit quality. “We are seeing improvement when we are increasing the rate of manganese and boron about 20 to 50 percent from what the IFAS recommendation was,” she says.

Vashisth discussed her findings about manganese and boron at Citrus Expo in August, and at other venues this fall.

Growers have put increased emphasis on nutrition practices to cope with the HLB disease that has drastically reduced production and acreage since being detected in Florida in 2005. Many have adopted the practice of applying nutrients frequently and including more micronutrients in nutrition programs. Growers are also controlling HLB-spreading psyllids and putting emphasis on root health as part of their production programs.

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Ernie Neff

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