Citrus Trees: From Oranges to Tangelos

By Ernie Rezents ISA Certified Arborist,and ASCA Registered Consulting Arborist—Citrus belong to the Rutaceae family along with non-citrus white sapote, mock orange, wampi, kumquat and a few other trees of lesser importance. The genus Citrus includes the pummelo (jabon), grapefruit, orange, citron, lemon, lime, calamondin, mandarin (tangerine), and such hybrids as tangelo (tangerine x grapefruit). The limequat is a cross between a citrus, lime, and a non-citrus, kumquat.Citrus trees are…

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Papayas, a delectable fruit.

By ERNIE REZENTS For The Maui News— The first papayas, Carica papaya, were disseminated worldwide by the Spanish and Portuguese sailors from the lowlands of Central and South America. Papayas were introduced into Hawaii in about 1820. These were the large fruited type. In 1911 the “solo” variety was introduced from Jamaica by the University of Hawaii and today it is the only type that is grown commercially. Papayas grown…

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Bananas, a Large Selection to Choose From.

By ERNIE REZENTS For The Maui News— I haven’t met a person who did not like to eat bananas. It can be eaten any time of the day and be prepared in many different ways. One of my favorite lunches is a peanut butter sandwich containing a banana sliced lengthwise. One sandwich will “stick to your ribs” all day. One needs to be creative to use home-grown bananas because it…

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The Avocado, a Delectable Fruit, Part I

By ERNIE REZENTS For The Maui News— It seems that avocados are in abundance because we have been offered several different types for consumption. I am a firm believer that there are basically two types of avocado trees. One type should be planted in gulches because it grows too large and the other is small enough to be planted in a residential lot. With lot sizes decreasing, dwarf or medium…

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Tree Pruning: Some Basic Techniques. Save Trees, Save Money.

By ERNIE REZENTS For The Maui News— Two weeks ago I wrote about pruning hedges and young trees and mentioned some safety precautions a person should take. I cannot over emphasize that it may be cheaper and safer for you to hire a knowledgeable person to do major pruning for you than for you to do the job yourself. Young trees with branches less than 2 inches in diameter, roses,…

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Pruning: A Necessity but Best When Done Correctly

By ERNIE REZENTS For The Maui News— Most people are interested in pruning their plants properly and will find volumes written on the subject. Bookstores, libraries, journals and magazines are good sources of information. For the most part people can do their own pruning of shrubs and small trees. When you need to use a ladder to prune a tree, this is where it becomes more dangerous. A branch can…

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Trees Have Value; Let’s Stop the Chop!

By ERNIE REZENTS For The Maui News— Condominiums are some of the worst offenders, and it is usually done in-house without the benefit of a trained Arborist. Businesses and shopping centers with parking lots are probably a close second. Check out some of the stores along Alamaha Avenue in the Kahului Industrial Park for some good examples. Homeowners see it done so often that they accept and request that their…

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How to propagate and care for your mango tree Part II

By ERNIE REZENTS For The Maui News— In my last article I focused on mango cultivars recommended for Hawaii and how the Rapoza and Fairchild mangoes should be planted in areas where rain and high humidity are normal during flowering time. I also said that I was not aware of a dwarf mango tree, well one of the nurseries I visited said that there is such a plant. The dwarf…

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Mango Season Part I

By ERNIE REZENTS For The Maui News— Mango is enjoyed by many people but is grown only in tropical and subtropical climates world wide. India alone has about 500 different types and is this fruit’s major exporter. The Philippines is second. The main importers of mango fruit are England and France. Indians living in England and the British who formerly lived in India are the primary consumers of mango in…

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Vegetable Garden Site Selection and Preparation

By ERNIE REZENTS For The Maui News— When most people think of gardening they think of growing something to eat. This was even more apparent during my fall 1991 semester while teaching in Taiwan. Twenty million people on an island, high priced land, and large concentrations of people in cities and towns, made growing vegetables, rather than ornamentals, the preferred crop. Most non-farmers had small or no yards and bought…

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Environmentally Safe Pesticides (Using a safer mouse-trap.)

By ERNIE REZENTS For The Maui News— Following last month’s article on some of the pests that raise havoc in our gardens, I received several “what can I do to control the Hibiscus Erineum Mite” from people on the street and from a lady in Maalaea. She asked for the name of a systemic miticide to combat this devastating pest. This mite prefers to feed on the Chinese Red Hibiscus…

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