With its long, wet summers and short, mild winters, Florida is fruit tree country. Though citrus is a challenge these days, there are many other fruits that grow and produce readily here.
This class will cover the basics of fruit tree horticulture for our region. The main topics addressed will be tree selection, planting, pruning, fertilization, how to manage diseases and pests, container growing, and where to buy and learn more about fruit trees. It is designed for beginning to intermediate growers.
It will take place at the north Sarasota home of Darryl McCullough, a retiree who serves as Treasurer for two local fruit tree clubs and has planted more than 100 fruit trees on his property. In addition to mini-lectures and Q&A on the topics listed above, the afternoon will include a planting demonstration and walking tour of Darryl's very own fruit tree paradise. You will receive his address by email after you sign up.
A $25 per person registration fee will go to support the work of Transition Sarasota. There is a maximum of 20 participants, so register early! Since the class will take place outdoors, please wear suitable shoes and bring a portable chair to sit in, and although we will mostly be in shade, sun protection is recommended. A restroom will be available for your use.