Pomegranate Possibilities

Jaci Schreckengost Pomegranates, Top Posts

Despite the fact there is still a lot to learn about the growth of pomegranates in Florida, researchers are continuing to see the possibility of this fruit as a citrus alternative. Bill Castle, who retired from the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences’ Citrus Research and Education Center (CREC) in 2009, discovered pomegranates had been growing in Florida …

Research Continues to Prevent Disease in Pomegranates

Jaci Schreckengost Pomegranates, Top Posts

When it comes to growing pomegranates in Florida, researchers are working to protect and prevent diseases. Gary Vallad, an associate professor of plant pathology at the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, is currently in his third season of testing the best way to protect and prevent disease in pomegranates. According to …

Pomegranate Pruning Techniques

Abbey Taylor Pomegranates, Top Posts

Andrew Koeser, a professor of landscape management at the University of Florida, recently spoke at the Florida Pomegranate Association growers meeting about pruning pomegranate trees. Koeser discussed a pruning timeline to follow to keep pomegranate trees healthy and promote continuous growth. When the tree is first established, he advised, do not complicate the transplanting process; allow the tree to grow. …

Merivon Restrictions Put Florida Pomegranates at a Disadvantage

Abbey Taylor Pomegranates, Top Posts

The use of any fungicide can cause concerns of phytotoxicity, an issue that is presenting real problems for use of fungicide on pomegranate plants. Gary Vallad, associate professor of plant pathology at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, is hoping to address these concerns in his 2017 research on pomegranate disease and treatment. Vallad used Merivon in his 2016 …

Alabama Gains Its Own Pomegranate Association

Kelsey Fry Pomegranates, Top Posts

The pomegranate industry in Alabama is working to strengthen its numbers by incorporating a statewide association. Shane Jennings founded the Alabama Pomegranate Association to help educate, raise awareness, and inspire Alabamians to get involved in the growing industry. The association was formed in 2016 and held its first annual member meeting in October. Attendance showed a significant interest in Alabama …

Findings and Plans for Pomegranate Disease-Treatment Research

Abbey Taylor Pomegranates, Research, Top Posts

Pomegranate production in Florida has been striking interest within the agriculture community because of its potential to be a viable alternative crop to citrus. Gary Vallad, associate professor of plant pathology at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, recently presented research findings from 2016 about pomegranate disease treatments, as well as research plans for 2017. Vallad found several plant …

Florida Pomegranate Association Hosts 2017 Growers Meeting

Abbey Taylor Pomegranates, Top Posts

The Florida Pomegranate Association hosted its annual growers meeting on March 3 at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center (GCREC) in Wimauma, Florida. The meeting included presentations on 2016 research projects involving pomegranate disease and nutrient management, as well as information on pomegranate juicing equipment. Attendees also experienced a hands-on pruning class led by Andrew Koeser of the GCREC. …

Florida Pomegranate Acreage on the Rise

Kelsey Fry Pomegranates, Top Posts

Cindy Weinstein, president of the Florida Pomegranate Association, discusses the increasing popularity of growing pomegranates in Florida. “The acreage is growing,” she says. “I’m constantly hearing people calling and saying ‘Oh, I just put in another acre!’” Although there is no exact way to calculate how much pomegranate acreage there is in Florida, Weinstein is certain the acreage is increasing …