Category: Home Landscapes

Common rust disease causes premature leaf drop of frangipani (plumeria) plants.

A rust (fungus) disease, Coleosporium plumeria, defoliates many varieties every year.                Top photo: The rust disease coats the underside of the leaf with orange pustules and causes leaves to turn yellow, then brown and rapidly defoliate in… Read More

Rugose Spiraling Whitefly (Aleurodicus rugioperculatus: Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae) Popping Up on Coconut Palms- Oct. 2018

rugose spiraling whitefly effects closeup

               Above: Spiraling whiteflies smother a gumbo-limbo (Pic: Kim Gable, UF |IFAS Extension Key West). Bottom: Close-up of spiraling whitefly (Pic. Holly Glenn, UF|IFAS Homestead TREC). Note the sucking mouthparts.   The Rugose spiraling whitefly is a mess-maker,… Read More

EVENT: Master Gardener Educational Garden Workshop Series | starts Jan. 10, 2019

Watering can with work gloves

DEAR GARDEN ENTHUSIAST! Welcome to the 2019 Educational Garden Workshop Series hosted by the UF/IFAS Extension Florida Master Gardener Collier County Program. We seek to educate the public in gardening practices for the SW Florida climate and to… Read More

Event: Southwest Florida Small Farmers Network Meeting November 5th

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We are pleased to announce the Southwest Florida Small Farmers Network Meeting @ Oakes Demo Farm in Naples, FL WHEN: Monday, November 5, 2018 TIME: 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM WHERE: Oakes Demo Farm, Deer Run Lane, Naples, FL 34120… Read More

Ficus Whitefly, Singhiella simplex, was One of the Most Destructive Landscape Pests

Ficus whitefly damage

Before ficus whitefly, this community was surrounded by a wall of Ficus benjamina. Same hedge, about 6  years after ficus whitefly invasion. Dr. Muhammed Z. Ahmed and Collier County MG Tatiana Burhart evaluate the hedge’s failure. Ficus whiteflies… Read More

EVENT: JAMAS Fruit Class Sept. 22, 2018

Starfruit slices on plate

JAMAS Landscape Fruit Tree Horticulture Class Bummed out about your dying citrus trees? Yearning to learn about other fruit alternatives? Sponsored by: Doug Caldwell, UF|IFAS Landscape Horticulture and Jessica Ryals, Food Sustainability Educator. WHEN: Sat. September 22, 2018–… Read More