Irrigation templates for Florida citrus

Chet Townsend

Abstract


After more than two years of examining continuous soil moisture data using capacitance soil moisture probes in Florida citrus groves, the author has developed an "irrigation template" for growing Florida citrus. Using site specific data, and applying recommendations from the University of Florida, repeatable irrigation templates can be followed each growing season to maintain different levels of soil moisture at different times during the year, for each variety of citrus. With proper monitoring, growers can maintain proper moisture levels in the spring and summer to promote fruit set and fruit sizing, set much lower moisture levels in the fall and winter, using much less water. This drying down process should help increase brix and pounds solids and enhance the induction of bloom, while improving overall production. Examples of Irrigation Templates for Florida Citrus will be presented.

Keywords


bloom induction; irrigation; soil moisture; water stress

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Proc. Fla. State Hort. Soc.     ISSN 0886-7283