EXTENSION CONNECTION: Citrus canker found in Northwest Florida

Published: Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 10:30 AM.

Do not transport plant material that shows canker symptoms. Decontamination practices should be used when going from one citrus tree to the next. Hand washing with soap and water for 20 seconds or more to eliminate bacterium on the skin should be practiced, as well as using alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Pruning tools that come into contact with citrus should be disinfected by a fresh solution of one ounce of household bleach to one gallon of water.

Do not move a plant infected with citrus canker. Please call your local extension office for further instructions.

For more information on citrus canker, see The Homeowner Fact Sheet PDF or the citrus canker pathology website.

Larry Williams is an agent at the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension office in Crestview.

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