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Vanilla Production …..in Florida?

        Above: Dr. Elias Bassil shows Twyla Leigh the vanilla orchid’s development. Next: Developing vanilla orchid fruit pods (“beans”) in the UF|IFAS TREC Bassil Lab & shadehouse. [Banner picture and orchid flower… Read More

‘Musical Note’ Rotheca microphylla (prev. Clerodendrum incisum) Flowering Strikes a Winning Chord in the Small Shrub Orchestra.

Marc Frank UF|IFAS, Extension Botanist with the U.F.|IFAS Herbarium, alerted me (Jan. 13, 2020) to the new name, Rotheca microphylla (Clerodendrum incisum), sometimes referred to as ‘Musical Note’. This flower display strikes a winning chord… Read More

Avoid the Tree Hackers, Select an ISA Certified Arborist for Aesthetic and Healthy Pruning!

Its happening in my neighborhood now. The guys that were repairing radiators or odd-job types are driving around in unmarked, homemade box trucks and and offer to hurricane whack your shade trees (cash only) before… Read More

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… Read More

Southwest Florida Small Farmers Network Meeting Recap 2018

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On Monday, November 5th, small-scale vegetable farmers, cattle ranchers, mushroom growers, food foresters and industry members came together to discuss the opportunities and challenges of small-scale farming in Southwest Florida.          … Read More