Helping Papa Plant a New Sugarbelle Grove

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More New Growth!

In June, 2015, we planted more Sugarbelle trees. They should be ready for a Christmastime 2017 harvest.

Sugarbelles are a relatively new variety- a cross between a Clementine Tangerine and a Honeybell!  We call them Honeybell’s Little Cousins!

3-1/2 year old grandbabies, Jay and Aria are ”helping” their Papa plant a new baby Sugarbelle tree. They actually planted several all by themselves, with proud Papa looking on.

 

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One year-old Reed is supervising… making sure Papa does it right!

A new generation of citrus growers?

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The Newest Weapon in the Fight Against Citrus Greening!

Keeping Our Trees Healthy

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In the fight against of Citrus Greening, Dooley Groves has a new weapon- the TreeSteamer. This machine covers 3 trees at a time and in just a couple of minutes, treats the tree with STEAM- no chemicals at all. The temperature under the canopy reaches about 125 degrees F for about 30 seconds.

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After Thermotherapy steam treatment, the bacteria that causes this citrus disease is dead and the tree can begin to take up nutrients again and stay healthy. We’ll treat all our trees about once a year to keep them beautiful and producing high quality fruit for years to come. Thermotherapy is not a cure for Citrus Greening, but a very positive treatment.
Dooley Groves is only one of a handful of citrus growers in Florida to use this technology.

Flying Around the Honeybell Grove!

Honeybell Pie Recipe

Homegrown Honeybells at Dooley Groves!

Come and see what a real orange grove is all about! Tours and U-Pick Honeybells are available in January and run daily until they’re all gone.

Tours and U-Pick Honeybells daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine.

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*Children must be with a parent at all times. Sorry, NO pets.

We’ll supply the picking baskets and clippers. Bring your camera. Take lots of pictures!

It is recommended that you wear long pants and enclosed shoes, as you will be walking in a real Honeybell grove.

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FUN for the whole family! Come on out!

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From the ashes, a grove returns to life

Grandson Jay picking Homegrown Honeybells

Our crop of Homegrown Honeybells is here and we’re providing tours and U-Pick Honeybells daily from 10 am to 2 pm, weather permitting.

As a follow-up to their 2010 article, The Observer News featured a story about our new Honeybell grove today, you can read it here.

Orange blossoms in our new grove

Picking the first Homegrown Honeybells

Grandkids in the grove

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Mike with grandkids — redhead Connor Houghtaling, his little sister, Aria, and smiley cousin, Jay.

 

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Opening Day 2012