Category: Horticulture

Online Rootstock Guide Updated for Easy Access

Florida’s citrus growers may now access the updated Florida Citrus Rootstock Selection Guide, which is more user- and mobile-friendly, at https://crec.ifas.ufl.edu/extension/citrus_rootstock/. Revisions include current University of Florida rootstock horticultural traits, three new rootstocks that tolerate citrus greening ,… Read More

Fire Ants in the Garden

As the weather cools off and people get back in their yards and gardens the red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta) becomes enemy number one.  The non-native, red imported fire ant (RIFA) can have large colonies with 80,000… Read More

Beyond the Air We Breathe: Supporting Ecosystem Services

Ecosystem Services Our environment provides numerous benefits that are vital to our health and economic livelihood. These environmental benefits are called ecosystem services. Ecosystem services are classified into four major categories: regulating, provisional, cultural, and supporting services. It… Read More

Reduce Environmental Impacts with Sustainable Landscaping

You may be familiar with Florida-Friendly LandscapingTM (FFL), but have you heard the term Sustainable Landscaping? Sustainable Landscaping is a new class being offered in the FFL program at UF/IFAS Extension Orange County. Sustainability is defined by the Oxford… Read More

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 views by Vovener… Read More

Olive Shootworm Caterpillars (Palpita persimilis) Can Seriously Defoliate Japanese Ligustrum

  Top 1: The caterpillar creates a lot of frass and webs leaves together loosely. (Pic by Lyle J. Buss). 2nd: Caterpillar frass piles on skeletonized leaf. ( Pic by Doug Caldwell). 3rd pic: The smaller caterpillars skeletonize… Read More

University of Florida to release biocontrol against Florida’s most serious invasive Brazilian peppertree

Mike Adams spends $250,000 every year to manage Brazilian peppertrees spread over the 40,000-acre ranch where his family has developed the Braford breed of cattle since 1937. Adams recounts years when the invasive tree from South America overtook… Read More

Orange County Adopt-A-Tree Program

Trees are so cool! Not only do they provide shade and oxygen but many other benefits as well. From reducing energy use and improving water management to providing wildlife habitats and improved well-being for humans, trees are an… Read More