Category: Horticulture

2019 Air Potato Challenge Day Events: Information and Registration

The UF/IFAS Extension St Lucie County and the UF/IFAS Indian River Research and Education Center are teaming up with partner agencies to conduct Air Potato Challenge Days in 2019.  During these events, residents and public land managers struggling… Read More

EDIS Update: Butterfly Pea (Clitoria ternatea) Flower Extract (BPFE) and Its Use as a pH-Dependent Natural Colorant

The butterfly pea (Clitoria ternatea) plant’s flower has a unique trait of changing color with the use of acidic additives and is a natural colorant. In the past, the food industry used synthetic dyes to enhance food and drink… Read More

Agamas “Rainbow Lizards” on the Treasure Coast: A Florida Master Naturalist Final Project

For their Florida Master Naturalist Uplands course final project, Marko Sillanpaa and Chloe Lloyd conducted observational research on Agama agama on the Florida Treasure Coast.  I served as overall course instructor and Ellen Butler served as their final project… Read More

Chester Ochs 4-H Center to Open Community Garden in Fall

The Chester Ochs 4-H Educational Center will open it’s first inter-generational garden in Fall of 2019.  The Ochs Community Garden will be open to any Pinellas County Resident interested in gardening. 

Strawberry Planting Dates and Establishment Practices for Central Florida

Florida strawberries are grown as annuals started from northern-sourced cold-treated young plants set out in September and October. Bare-root plants with their leaves retained yield earlier than plants with leaves removed. However, frequent irrigation (8-14 hours/day for the… Read More