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.

Information for Commercial Growers

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.

Laurel Wilt - a Disease Impacting Avocados

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.

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.

Food Safety

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):

More Tropical Fruit Links

Publications

Need more information? Check out our Tropical Fruit & Related Publications.

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Contact the Agent

Jeff Wasielewski, M.S.
305-248-3311, ext. 227
jwasielewski@ufl.edu

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