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Non-native Invasive Plants Common to Central Florida

Part of having a Florida-Friendly landscape is following principle #1, Right Plant, Right Place. Criteria for being the right plant for the right place include: • Suitable for our climate (Central Florida is USDA Hardiness Zone 9B) •… Read More

Florida Master Naturalist 20th Anniversary Graduate Spotlight on Eva Ries-St. Lucie County Public Lands Coordinator for Audubon Florida’s JayWatch

The Florida Master Naturalist marks an important 20th anniversary in 2021.  We’re highlighting successes of the Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) as part of this celebration. This blog features my interview with Florida Master Naturalist Eva Ries –… Read More

Tropical Fruit–Longan

Tropical Fruit at a Glance–Longan by Jeff Wasielewski, Laura Vasquez and Jonathan H. Crane Common name: Longan Botanical name: Dimocarpus longan Family: Sapindaceae Good varieties: Kohala About the fruit: The longan peel is a dull brown and has… Read More

The Orange County 4-H Program Needs You

The Orange County 4-H Program needs you! The most meaningful way that the 4-H Program serves kids across America is through our community clubs. For more than 100 years these clubs have been led by a dedicated army… Read More

Papaya Disease: Anthracnose

One of the important pathogens that cause anthracnose disease on papaya is Colletotrichum gloeosporiodes. Anthracnose disease is a common disease on many tropical and subtropical fruits in Florida such as mango. The management of this disease is important… Read More

The Grass Class Resource Pass

Turfgrass dominates Central Florida landscapes. The living green carpet provides plenty of benefits, but turf can be a thirsty bug buffet demanding time, money, and expertise. Did you know that we put more than half of our drinking… Read More