The Pear (Pyrus spp.) in Florida Home Gardens

Harvest of ‘Pineapple’ pears. Credits: Chestnut Hill Nursery

Pears are a great tree to grow for an edible landscape or fruit garden. However, pears are not adapted to all areas in Florida, and only a few cultivated varieties will grow well here. An adaptation to warm winters (low chill hours) and disease resistance are the main factors for success. This new 6-page publication of the UF/IFAS Horticultural Sciences Department provides information to help homeowners select and grow pears successfully in Florida. Written by Juanita Popenoe, Ali Sarkhosh, and Dustin Huff.

Blueberry Gardener’s Guide (CIR1192/MG359)

Figure 7. ‘Farthing’ blueberry.Home gardeners: Use this guide to successfully grow blueberries in Florida. This 8-page fact sheet was written by J.G. Williamson, P.M. Lyrene, and J.W. Olmstead, and published by the UF Department of Horticultural Sciences, January 2012.

HS27/MG214 The Fig

Revised! HS-27, a 5-page fact sheet by Peter C. Andersen and Timothy E. Crocker, provides the history of fig cultivation, adaptation, description of the fig tree, its culture and management, pests, and fig cultivars. Published by the UF Department of Horticultural Sciences, November 2009.

CIR1221/MG366 Deciduous Fruit for the Home Garden in Central Florida

Revised! Circular 1221, an 18-page ullustrated circular by T. E. Crocker, A. J. Rose, J.G. Williamson and P.C. Andersen, describes the various types of orchard fruits, their suitability to the Florida home orchard, and the process involved in raising a home orchard. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Horticultural Sciences, May 2009.