20 Jun CitraBlue St. Augustine Research & Breeding Process
CitraBlue™ Update: The Research Objectives That Yielded This Revolutionary St. Augustinegrass
In late 2019 and early 2020, CitraBlue™ will become commercially available in limited quantities—first in the Florida market, followed by the Gulf Coast, then the greater southeastern United States, and ultimately, wherever St. Augustinegrass is grown and sold. In due time, homeowners and commercial applicators will come to know and appreciate the characteristics of this new grass: dark blue-green color, disease resistance, shade tolerance, drought tolerance, reduced mowing requirements, and natural weed resistance.
Grasses like CitraBlue come to the market as a result of years of dedicated effort and focus. Dr. Kevin Kenworthy and his colleagues at the University of Florida’s turfgrass breeding program are to receive all the credit for this outstanding new St. Augustinegrass. Click here to learn more details on Dr. Kenworthy’s breeding objectives that lead to the development of CitraBlue. Click here to read about the process of breeding a new turfgrass like CitraBlue.
Pictured above is Floratam St. Augustine to the left with CitraBlue St. Augustine on the right.
Pictured above is Gary Bradshaw standing over CitraBlue at J.W. Turf Farms
CitraBlue™ ‘FSA1602’ St. Augustine grass was developed by the University of Florida’s turfgrass breeding program under a sponsored Research Service Agreement with the Turfgrass Producers of Florida, Inc. (TPF). CitraBlue St. Augustine is exclusively licensed to TPF by Florida Foundation Seed Producers, Inc., a direct support organization of the University of Florida. CitraBlue is marketed by Sod Solutions, Inc. and has become commercially available as of late 2019 with more widespread availability in the spring of 2020.