Category: Horticulture

The insidious two-spotted spider mite

By Ralph E. Mitchell Tiny, but terrible, the two-spotted spider mite is the bane of many ornamental and edible plants.  Only one-fiftieth of an inch in length, when working in groups, this plant pest mite sucks the sap… Read More

Not a lout or a lummox, just a lubber

By Ralph E. Mitchell In early March, some residents of Charlotte County began seeing small, dark-colored grasshoppers in their landscapes.  These are baby Eastern Lubber Grasshoppers which emerged earlier from the ground as they hatched out from last… Read More

The Grand Crinum Lily

By Ralph E. Mitchell A recent program at our yearly Landscape Gardening Series was one on “Lilies and Iris” presented by our own Thomas Becker, Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ UF/IFAS Education/Training Specialist.  One plant in the lily family that Tom… Read More

Soil testing is fundamental

By Ralph E. Mitchell I have heard that one of our soil’s best attributes is for keeping plants upright – our Florida terra firma takes a great deal of ridicule!  “Moon sand” or “beach sand” are common terms… Read More

Can you grow a coconut palm in Charlotte County?

By Ralph E. Mitchell Can you grow a coconut palm in Charlotte County?  The short answer is both “yes” and “no”.  While this magnificent symbol of the tropics makes a wonderful landscape feature in some places, it is… Read More