Citrus Tree Project now on Facebook

The 4H citrus tree project is now online and on Facebook. Ask to join today! Go to Facebook and search for 4H Citrus Tree Project

Contest Materials

Event Dates

Please note:  Saturday programs will run from 10 a.m. to 12 noon unless otherwise noted.

Saturday, June 25, 2016.  Tree Workshop at Seminole County Extension 9:00 AM - Noon

Saturday, August 27, 2016: The Mid Florida Citrus Foundation grove tour (Tentative)

Saturday, October 1, 2016: "Mock Skillathon" at the Volusia County Extension Office (Tentative)

Monday, November 21, 2016: Osceola County 4 H and FFA Citrus Field Trip

Saturday, January 21, 2017 : MREC. Pre Judging & Citrus Skills Test for.  Note: Completed Project Books must be turned in to be eligable to compete in Citrus Knowledge and Pre-judging

Saturday, March 21, 2017 : . MREC. Central Florida 4H Citrus Tree Blue Ribbon Judging and Auction. Project books will be returned. Someone from each county needs to pick up the books!

Juniors and Seniors who are eligible, please complete your paperwork for the John Jackson Scholarship. Must be postmarked and on desk by TBD, 2017. Winner of the JJ Scholarship will be announced at Blue Ribbon Judging & Auction..

Link to Scholarship form is linked in the John Jackson Scholarship Section at the bottom of the page.

Tree Distribution for the 2017-18 Citrus Tree Project: TBD

Distribution at the MREC. Cost of trees $10.00 each.

Event Directions

Please see the directions for various locations of programs:

Directions to Lake County Ag Center in Tavares:


Directions to Mid Florida Citrus Foundation/Conserv II :

Directions to Florida's Natural Grove House in Lake Wales:

Directions to MREC:

4-H Citrus Tree Project Information

The Central Florida 4-H Citrus Tree Contest has been in operation for more than twelve years. There are a number of objectives, one of which is to have an increased awareness of the Central Florida citrus industry. A key part of the project is the citrus grower, processor, packer, and support industries which purchase the trees.

Citrus Tree Contest Details

Each contestant will be given the opportunity to choose his or her own tree. Once trees have been selected, no substitutions will be allowed. Only trees from the original group will be eligible for exhibition in the fair.

Tree Judging

Prior to the Central Florida 4H Citrus Tree Blue Ribbon Judging, each tree will be pre-judged and classified as blue, red, or white by qualified judges. All trees must be taken home. Blue-rated trees will be eligible to be "shown" by the exhibitor. During this final judging process, exhibitors should be prepared to answer questions related to the care of their trees.

What Makes A Blue Ribbon Citrus Tree?

These are the factors that go into judging a blue ribbon tree:



    Width of trunk & good sturdiness of tree

    Very well formed canopy –Branches plentiful and uniform

    Dense foliage and good foliage color (no deficiencies)

    Leaf shape and size

    Straight trunk

    Sprouts cleanly removed

    Free of insects and insect damage

    Free from disease signs and symptoms

    Free of cold injury

These factors are not ranked necessarily in order of importance as they are all important traits to producing an award winning tree.

Project Book Judging

Project books must be submitted by all Citrus Contest participants. During prejudging books will be screened for completion. An exhibitor whose project book does not meet completion criteria will be ineligible to enter the tree in Blue Ribbon Judging. Junior and Senior project books will be judged separately according to completeness, accuracy, and overall neatness.

Knowledge Test

All participants MUST take the knowledge test. Contestants will be required to ID varieties of citrus, parts of a tree, diseases, nutritional problems, and to answer questions relating to tree care and the citrus industry. Participants may take the test regardless of whether a tree is entered for judging. For the 2015-2016 Knowledge Test, study the following carefully:

Also recommended look over the resource section and Care of Your Tree under Contest Materials

Tree Sale

Blue ribbon trees will be for sale to the public during the fair. Sale of trees is optional. Please note your desire at time of check-in. Contest coordinators will attempt to recruit potential buyers for trees, but exhibitors are ultimately responsible for recruiting their own buyers.

Points to Writing a good Thank You Note to Buyer

Step 1: Include the Proper Information

You'll need to know a few things before you send off a thank you note to your buyer. You should also be aware of the exact spelling of your buyer's name. Finally, it's a good idea to have a bit of background information handy about your tree or your relationship with the buyer, as this will help you to be able to add a more personal touch to the thank you note.

Step 2: Format the Note Properly

Thank you notes are not only a good way to show your buyers that you care about them and their support of your prohect, but to also demonstrate that you are professional and responsible. Format your thank you note as you would a professional business letter. Include your name, company name, and contact information at the upper left corner of the thank you note. In the upper right corner, include the date that you'll send the note to your buyer. Leave a single space below the contact information, then begin the body of your letter (being sure to include the proper salutation).

Step 3: Write Thoughtfully and Genuinely

Take some time to consider how you might write the body of your thank you note. It doesn't need to be excessively long, but it should be personalized to that specific buyer and show that you genuinely appreciate her and her business. Include your excitement for continuing to work with that buyer in the future.

Step 4: Sign the Note

Include a space at the bottom of the body of the letter where you can sign it yourself. This adds a nice personal touch to the letter.

Step 5: Mail the Note Promptly

Make sure that you complete and mail the note promptly after you have interacted with your buyer. If possible, print the letter on nice paper or another official piece of stationery. Before you mail the note, take the time to read over it once again to make sure that there are no typos or grammatical errors that might get in the way of the delivery of your message.

4 H Citrus Problems

Presentations designed to show some challenges/diseases a citrus tree might have.

John Jackson Scholarship Application

Criteria: An active 4H'er from District VIII.

Must be a high school junior or senior

Have completed at least one year of the Citrus Project

Amount TBD: Winner will be announced before the Blue Ribbon Citrus Tree Auction. Application for the John Jackson Scholarship along with two letters of recommendation are required.


2016 John Jackson Scholarship Application

along with two letters of recommendation to:

Lake County Extension Office
Attn: John Jackson Citrus Scholarship
1951 Woodlea Rd
Tavares, FL 32778

Application must be postmarked and on desk by February 17, 2016.

2016 Central Florida 4H Citrus Tree Project Information


2016 Variety: Navel

2016 Root Stock: x639

2016 Project Tree Distribution Information




Agent Information

Gary K. England

Multi-county Extension Agent III

Fruit Crops

Lake County Extension

Maps and Directions
Your Door Yard Citrus Guide

$7.00 available online from the University of Florida.  Click link below to order

Florida Dooryard Citrus Guide

Citrus Videos

Lula Belle

Jamie Yates the Assistant Coordinator at the CREC in Lake Alfred does her amazing Lula Belle character. This video is targeted for younger kids to learn about the care of their citrus trees. Jamie's character is so good this video can serve to teach both young and old in an entertaining and easy to understand way!
Watch the Lula Belle Video

Mr. Ryan on You Tube. Care of a Citrus Tree.









Conserv Field Day Video

Conserv Field Day Citrus Issue Pictures (Power Point)

Conserv Field Day Various Pictures (PowerPoint)