Jeff Dodson, Florida, University Of Florida discussed on Florida Gardening
Come down to visit. It was like the number two thing they say thought was. Cool about loyalists say was the fact that you can go on your back yard grab yourself. And so sure I really. I did I lose you. Jeff. There. You are. Okay. I'm sorry. Oh, my my car apparently connected default. Oh, that's all right. So so you're you're heading to the plants are now today for those people just tuning in to the program. I gotta let you know that the university south Florida botanical gardens spring. I'm sorry. Fall plant festival is on as of today starting at ten AM this morning. It's a short short day only till two pm this afternoon. Right. So you gotta get in. If you're going to church, you need to hustle out after church to get that tree that you're you're been interested in buying for a while. And that could be you know, I it maybe somebody doesn't want to buy a citrus tree, which is fine because we still have avocados mangoes and Leach. Karen, Bolas and all my gosh. There's so many other choices that you have available to you. But you should always plant a tree in your own yard. So you have something that you enjoy yourself that you can pick right off your own tree. I agree with that Mark. And you know, the Tampa Bay area Pinellas county, you know, the the interbay peninsula in Hillsborough, lots of areas with lakes, they've got little micro-climate. So you can go tropical and the university of Florida has developed some things that don't take as many hours. So you can get into peaches and fares. Nectarines also, see I didn't even mention peaches pears nectarines. I mean, my gosh, as you said university of Florida has quite a few that they've produced now, Jeff I have to ask you, and maybe some of my listeners will concur. Those people. Growing current peaches right now I had a gentleman stopped by yesterday. And this Peachtree was going into bloom. What what's going on? Well, I I think that's a function of the weather that we've had right now. I, and I you know, we had a lot of rain, and we got cut off a few days of rain. So that you know, going from rainy situation to a drought situation. You know, we're going from a hot situation to a cool situation. Those sorts of changes create physiological changes in your your your page, or you know, even in citrus, and you will see offseason blooms now, my guess is that through I mean, there's an off chance that you can set fruit. But my guess it'll get damaged some time during the winter. And you know, you'll probably get another. When the weather turns from cool to warm we start warming up in the spring. You should start seeing more blooms. And then, of course, in Florida, peaches, usually depends on a variety, you're looking at the end of may all the way through June. You know to get your peaches. You know, I had I had some peach trees, I buy property over and watch your, and you know, I always told people to prune your trees and in late late, December early January, and then they usually start flowering in February. But I've been seeing the last several years that we're back to January mid January for flowering that that's that's been terrible for for me because I hadn't even proved my trees back. What are you? Are you still telling people to go ahead and prune your trees at the? Know what I tell people to prune trees, Mark. And it's it's something that I served from you know, these Yupik growers in the state of Florida as soon as they're done with their season. That's when you wanna prune the tree. Oh, really? Yes. And the the true. This is true. Also for things like mangoes, you want as soon as the fruit is off the tree you wanna prune. Then. I mean, I I was I've been watching this. This you pick place over in eastern Hillsborough right off of county county line just south of the interstate there. It's a little bit off Johnny line. And the guy I couldn't believe I mean every year he would have so many peaches he'd literally would break ranches. But when he was done with the season, I just could not believe how much pruning he would do. I mean, it was I mean, it was way incredibly I mean, it was basically the stock and two or three major branches. And then the next year would be the same situation. He got tons of. Peaches. The only thing he didn't do when you get that many features on your trees, you need to kinda, you know, coal a few off break branches and you get bigger sized features. But so you're you're talking. I mean, we're we're talking July August, that's exactly right, July August, that's correct. Wow. And you do the same thing for your mangoes. As soon as the crop is off the tree you wanna prudent at that time. What happens I gives you after you pro that all the branches they come off your off back to the where you prune all the, you know, the budget become new branches. Right. New stems you're gonna get flowers on those. And of course, usually when you pro-, and you get most people branches coming off of you know, below the cut so that all of those like, especially mangoes, but I'm sure the same is true for pages. All those new growth that comes off of right after you produce. Now that gives you time to go all the way through the winter. And then you're going to get flowers, and you're going on those branches and you're gonna get more fruit the next season, and they still should pay attention because I had so many questioned me as far as the recommendations for pruning, getting rid of all those little twigs on the inside of the branches. And I always tell people you want the on bowl-shaped top or or almost like a an upside dot umbrella, basically for peaches, and you wanna make I always tell people if a bird can't fly through it without touching branch, you haven't done enough, pruning that that is exactly correct. Mark in the thing about it is in Florida, especially you want that for beaches, you want that upside down on rela first things like mangoes, you want you want it a bit open in the middle because you want the airflow through that because that will minimize the amount of that keeps the fungus Downer that'll minimize the amount of spraying you have to do to keep the fungus at bay. And if you want to have bigger, peaches, you still have to remove all the every three inches as a minimum standard you have to be at least every three inches. Correct. All right. Well, I'll tell you. I think people should start paying attention. And and they're gonna have to move up that schedule. I don't know if the university of Florida's going to update their their guidelines, but eventually they're going to have to. Yeah. Absolutely. I mean, they have a good good brochure about, you know, Hausa pruned them. But yeah, they're guidelines cut in December. I mean, obviously people like doing that because you know, the sap isn't running. So you get less sap leakage. But the problem with that is when you Crone late in the season, but right before spring, basically, you're cutting that would that is gonna flowering reduce your reduce your fruity. I mean, we actually had a guy guy come into my booth one time. So I've got the greatest looking blueberry. I never get fruit on and he's like I go well when he approved and he's like going while always Bruna February, and I'm might going. That's right before your bloom. So you're ruining everything off your tree. So like, I said, I mean, I I on the peaches I've been watching guys were. Oh know commercial guys grow in it appears to me that they're pruning right after they get the fruit off the tree. Okay. So this is four again for people just tuning in for your mangoes. Your peaches are pruned them right after you get done with your with your late summer harvest. That's the time. Go ahead and start pruning, those off your trees and printing your trees back and key and trying to maintain them at a height that you can physically picked the fruit off the trees. Absolutely. You know, you don't want to thirty foot loud. Oh, no, no, no, no not avocados though. Right. Just mangoes impeaches. Well, actually, I've seen I've seen people are reducing the height there. I haven't seen them reduce the highs on the peaches as much as you have a Qatar's but down in south, Florida. I have. Oh, yeah. South Florida is I've I've seen that as well. Avocados are all coming down. Yes, they're all they're all coming down. I mean, again, probably more like as somewhere between fifteen and. Feet the old groves avocados. They'd be fifty and sixty feet. Oh, I know. You wanna do is send send people either have to rent a bucket or send people with a ladder to get them. Right. Right. Of course, I'm talking with Jeff Dodson. He is the owner of the Dodson citrus. And tropical is he's going to be at the university of south Florida botanical garden, a Jeff how do people get a hold of you? If they want to order us some larger trees or if they just wanted to get a hold of you for a nice fruit tree. Yeah. Well,.