Category: Horticulture

Lettuce Bolting: When to harvest?

What is lettuce bolting and why does it matter? Bitterness and bolting in lettuce have a direct correlation and we have a feeling you don’t particularly want to grow bitter tasting lettuce, so here are a couple of… Read More

Silent Invader: Mexican Petunia, Ruellia simplex

Love and Hate Facebook gardening groups will light up at the mention of Mexican Petunia, Ruellia simplex.  Comments like “Worst weed ever!”, “My favorite plant!”, “Invasive! Pull it out quickly!”, and “It’s so easy to grow, I love… Read More

UF Offers Online Gardening Class; Includes Gardening Kits and a 24/7 GardenCam

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – If IKEA furniture can be designed in Sweden, produced in China and assembled in Florida, then so can a garden. This was the thinking behind University of Florida lecturer Gerardo Nunez’s creation of gardening kits… Read More

Mysterious Mangroves

Mangroves Mangrove trees are an important part of Florida’s diverse ecosystem and are integral to the coastal estuaries where they grow. Mangrove forests in the tropics and subtropics are identifiable by their dense tangle of prop roots that… Read More

Exotic and invasive plants: Why are native insects such picky eaters?

This is a post by UF/IFAS Entomology and Nematology graduate student, Patricia Prade, Dr. Carey Minteer, and Dr. Adam Dale. Have you ever asked yourself why there are so many invasive plant species around if we have so many… Read More