Thanks to Gene McAvoy for posting this link. The photos help a lot for the inexperienced home gardeners like myself.
Profiles of Plant Viruses and Viroids – is A project of PLP6223C
“Viral Pathogens of Plants” a graduate class taught in the Department of
Plant Pathology at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
The following profiles were composed by students in the class from 2011
to the present. Most of the profiles are in the form of a narrated
presentation, designed and narrated by the student author.
Each profile is designed to be an overview of a plant virus covering
basics of particle and genome structure, replication, transmission,
host range, detection and management.
The narrated presentations are 10-15 minutes in length, although they
can be viewed without narration. The format of each profile varies with
the creative abilities and energies of each student.
This is ONE happy plant. I left the 7-gallon potted plants in the picture for scale. If you bought an Everglades tomato from me at Edison Ford Winter Estates a couple weekends ago, this is the plant I made cuttings from. There are tons of tomatoes on it even though green tomatoes don't show easily in the photo. As of today, there have been no signs of insects or disease on this plant. It was sprayed it twice in its lifetime with my combo insect/disease/micronutrient mix, fed monthly with 10-10-10 slow release fertilizer, grown in compost-amended soil on drip irrigation.
I do have a few Everglades tomato plants leftover that I will be selling at my class on Saturday. Seeds are also available from me via eBay.
My daughter sent this video to me. She thought of me and hurricane IRMA.
Just to be clear, I was not outside during IRMA. Everything I could have done, had been done already. My papayas either tumbled to the ground or snapped in half. The stumps are sprouting new growth and I look forward to my weird looking papaya plants producing fruit.
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Barbados Cherry. One of two cherries that produces in SW Florida. One cherry fruit provides an entire daily requirement for vitamin C. Trees are self pollinating so you only need one to produce fruit however having two doesn't hurt if you have the room. The Barbados Cherry tree is "weeping" in appearance can produce fruit all year long on a small tree. The cherries have a few seeds inside, not just one pit. Top Tropicals lists a dwarf that is only a few feet tall but whenever I am there they don't have it.
Protect Barbados Cherry frost areas. We grow ours close to the house since we are frost-prone. The trees can take quite a pruning too. When we had our generator out for hurricane IRMA, the branches of one of our Barbados Cherries were in our way and I did not hesitate to hack it back to a couple feet. It is recovering nicely and becoming bushier than it was previously.
Removing the stems can be frustrating because pulling the stem off often still leaves the calyx embedded in the cherry. Here is what I do: First allow cherries to ripen if you picked them a bit unripe. This usually takes 1/2 to 1 day on the counter. Gently pull stem and sometimes the calyx comes out. When it breaks off, just use a corn holder to "pop" the calyx out. The fruit must be ripe. This takes a bit of practice, but the rewards are great.
Beautiful pink flowers with green, unripe cherries.