Category: Horticulture

Nematodes in residential lawns – best management practices

By Ralph E. Mitchell Nematodes are practically everywhere in our Florida soils and most, believe it or not, are beneficial.  Some of these microscopic worms are damaging to plants however, and can be a problem for our area… Read More

Natal plums – fragrant blooms, tasty fruit

By Ralph E. Mitchell I often wander through our Demonstration Garden at the East Port Environmental Campus on Harbor View Road in Port Charlotte to see what is blooming, producing fruit, or has a pest infestation. Our Natal… Read More

Whether you call it frangipani or plumeria, this small flowering tree makes a stunning tropical accent

By Ralph E. Mitchell The plumeria are starting to bloom around Charlotte County, and in spite of our drought, they are thriving. I noticed the one in our Demonstration garden was producing a cluster of red and orange… Read More