It’s easy to forget that tropical fruit trees often have their origins in soils that are vastly different from Florida soils. In fact, many tropical fruit trees stem from areas with rich volcanic soils, which are rich in micro-nutrients such as iron, magnesium, manganese, copper, boron, molybdenum and zinc. Lisa will discuss soil characteristics, the importance of proper soil pH and nutrient availability, and discuss mulching fruit trees and mulch impacts.
Lisa Hickey is a Sustainable Food Systems Extension Agent for the University of Florida, Manatee County. She has a master’s degree in Horticulture Science. She has worked for the University of Florida since March 2007 and her role as an educator is to transfer her horticultural knowledge to receptive individuals and change daily behavior by focusing on positive environmental impacts through sustainable activities.