Citrus trees used to be commonplace in residential settings. However, impacts from citrus canker and more recently citrus greening, have significantly reduced the residential enjoyment of these iconic fruit trees. The goal of this project is to evaluate tools that are available to commercial citrus growers for use by residents at their homes. These tools include Individual Protective Covers (IPCs), reflective ground cover, red dyed kaolin, and insecticides and fungicides.
This project launches in partnership with UF/IFAS Extension Master Gardener Volunteers (MGV) in June 2022 and will run for two years. During this time, MGV will compare the use of these tools and provide direct feedback and data to our research team. The ultimate goal of our project is to develop new recommendations to support the enjoyment of citrus in the home landscape once again.