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Timely tendings: Check mango blooms for disease

Watch for anthracnose on mango blooms this month. This disease appears as small, black sunken areas on the flower spike. If left unchecked, it can kill the flowers, preventing the development of fruit. Begin treatment with copper fungicide when the bloom spikes first appear and continue spraying at weekly intervals until the fruit is fully formed, then spray monthly until June or July.

. There is still time to grow your own vegetables. Have your soil pH tested and make any necessary adjustments. The pH range for growing vegetables in sandy soil is from 5.8 to 6.8. Consult the UF/IFAS Extension Florida Vegetable Gardening Guide for the vegetables that can be planted this month. You can read it online at

Information from Carol Suggs and Theresa Badurek of the Pinellas County Extension Service and from the Hillsborough County Extension Gardening Almanac. Go to the extension websites at and

Timely tendings: Check mango blooms for disease 01/07/11 [Last modified: Friday, January 7, 2011 7:28am]
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