The Q&A Archives: Honeybell Trees

Question: Please provide information about the care of a honeybell tree growing in South FL. What type of care and maintenance is required to produce a good crop?

Answer: Minneola tangelo is known as the "honey bell" in Florida because of its bell shape and honey-sweet fruit. Extremely juicy, Minneola is excellent for eating, but wear a bib! The skin is an attractive deep reddish orange and is easy to peel.

Like most other citrus, honey bells want a well drained soil. They are not very cold hardy, but in your area, that should not be a problem. Fertilize them using a product with a 3-1-2 ratio of nutrients at a rate of 1 pound per inch of trunk diameter in late winter, late spring, and mid summer. Magnesium supplements may also be needed depending on your soil. Potassium magnesium sulfate is a good source of magnesium.

Watch for pests such as whitefly and scale insects. Several products are available for control of these pests should they infest your tree.

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