Tropical Fruit Program
The Tropical Fruit Program is designed to help commercial tropical fruit growers with all aspects of production. Information and workshops are offered on a variety of topics, from specific crops to planting, fertilizing, pruning, and pest control. Please contact our Commercial Tropical Fruit Agent, Jeff Wasielewski, for further information.
There are approximately 1,500 Commercial Tropical Fruit Growers in
South Florida growing over 25 different types of fruit from avocados
and mangos to lychee and longans. Please visit our
Commercial Growers page for information on spacing, pruning,
propagation, fertilizer and pesticide companies, and more.
There are approximately 1,500 Commercial Tropical Fruit Growers in South Florida growing over 25 different types of fruit from avocados and mangos to lychee and longans. Please visit our Resources for Commercial Growers page for information on spacing, pruning, propagation, fertilizer and pesticide companies, and more.
A battle is being waged in the avocado groves of South Florida where the region’s largest and most economically important fruit crop is under attack. Avocados account for approximately 7,500 acres in Miami-Dade County and have an economic impact of $54 million to the regional economy. The avocado industry has already lost over 9,000 trees due to laurel wilt since the introduction of the disease to Miami-Dade County in 2011.
The state of the battle against laurel wilt is in constant flux. Current recommendations are evolving rapidly as we gain more knowledge and funding becomes available for further research.
Click here for
more information on how to identify laurel wilt and recommendations
for avocado grove owners.
Click here for more information on how to identify laurel wilt and recommendations for avocado grove owners.
New Avocado Pest
New Avocado Pest Website
Tropical Fruit Publications
There are many publications by the University of Florida that deal with tropical fruit. You can search for a particular topic on the EDIS website or visit any of these popular links.
- Growing Avocados Successfully
- Growing Lychees Successfully
- Growing Longans Successfully
- Growing Mangos Successfully
Videos on Tropical Fruit
- Fruitscapes Website
- Information on Tropical Fruit
- Publicaciones en Español
Food safety should now be a part of every commercial vegetable grower’s program. There are several websites that provide excellent information and resources about Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs):
- Farm & Packinghouse Recordkeeping Sheets (these can also be ordered from the link below)
- National GAPs Educational Materials
- National GAPs Web Links
- USDA GAPS audit
- University of Florida : Tomatoes & Food Safety
- Global G.A.P. (please note that this is a private sector body that sets voluntary standards for the certification of agricultural products around the globe)
More Tropical Fruit Links
- Chill Accumulation Monitoring and Forecasting
- Chilli thrips Scirtothrips dorsalis Hood (Insecta: Thysanoptera: Thripidae)
- A Guide to EPA’s Proposed Numeric Nutrient Water Quality Criteria for Florida
- Pruning, Topping, & Hedging Avocado Groves
- Scouting for the Ambrosia Beetle Attack of Avocado
- Monitoreo del Escarabajo Ambrosia del Laurel Rojo
- RAB-LW Commercial Recommendations
- Redbay Ambrosia Beetle Homeowner Recomendations
- Tropical Fruits-Local Packing Houses
- Cold Protection of Tropical Fruits
- Tropical Research & Education Center's (TREC)
Tropical Fruit Management Program
- Tropical Fruit Photography (Ian McGuire, TREC)
- Cuban Agriculture - Vegetables & Tropical Fruit Publications
- Laurel wilt: a threat to avocado & related trees
- La marchitez del Laurel Rojo
- Redbay Ambrosia Beetle & Laurel Wilt Fungus
- Escarabajo Ambrosia del Laurel Rojo
- Laurel wilt: a destructive new disease in the southeastern US
- Pests of banana in Florida
- Diagnosis and management of banana diseases
- Disease resistant banana cultivars
- How to grow healthy plants
- Updates on fertilizer prices
- How to collect leaf samples
- Improving fertilizer use efficiency
- Water, nutrition, and plant disease
Need more information? Check out our Tropical Fruit & Related Publications.
Para leer en Español
Contact the Agent
Jeff Wasielewski, M.S.
305-248-3311, ext. 227