A: Wow, 47 caterpillars from one bush; that is amazing. The caterpillar you brought into the office is the azalea caterpillar, Datana major. It is found in Florida from July through October on azaleas (Rhododendron spp.). Often, the… Read More
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Q: I found a black ladybug and it has two red spots on it. I have never seen one like it before. Is it rare?
A: It is not rare but a wonderful treat for you to find it feeding on your palm tree fronds. It is called a Two-stabbed ladybird beetle, Chilocorus stigma. They love to feed on scale and aphids. The… Read More
Tropical storm Cindy left us with saturated soil that can affect turf growth. At this time, it is even more important to manage your sprinkler system so that additional water is not added to turf and ornamental plants…. Read More
We all know pollinators are very important for the production of our food. Bees pollinate the cherry trees, and then the trees produce cherries. Same with apples, oranges, bananas and so on. But did you know that almost… Read More
Q: What is the white blooming tree I see just outside the wooded areas here? I know it is not a dogwood as the flowers are too small. A: I believe you may be talking about the native… Read More
A: Thanks for bringing in your sample to the office; you were the second person I saw with an issue on vinca today at our plant clinic. I suspect both of you have the same problem – phytophthora… Read More
Q: In past years I have just mowed these down pretty purple flowers. What are they and can they be transplanted into a group?
Q: In past years I have just mowed these down pretty purple flowers.This year I have a small group of them in my yard and they are rather attractive. What is it and can it be transplanted into… Read More
A:Very few gardeners can resist the temptations of the Rose. For many of us a rose brings to mind romantic memories of warm summer evenings and intoxicating smells. You see, even I wax poetic at the thought of… Read More
A: The common pineapple lily, Eucomis cosmosa, was originally from South America so it has a very tropical look to it. It grows about 2 feet tall with about the same spread. It is not picky about the… Read More
A: Pansy, Violax wittrockiana, can be planted in the spring or fall when night temperatures are 40ºF and day temperatures are 60ºF. So either season will work and pansies have been known to tolerate freezing temperatures so they… Read More