A: Plumbago, Plumbago auriculata, is most commonly found with blue flowers however one of the specific cultivars of plumbago, ‘Alba’, produces white flowers. Plumbago is a perfect plant for low growing hedges or a nice backdrop for smaller perennials or… Read More
Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping
A: The Dioon edule is a cycad similar to its cousin the sago palm. Dioon edule is also known as the Chestnut Dioon or Virgin palm. Its origin is Mexico. In its homeland, Dioon is accustom to harsh,… Read More
Q: You often talk about not overusing Nitrogen fertilizers but isn’t it needed to keep the grass growing?
A: I am going to take a recent study and use parts of it to answer your question. Nitrogen is important for growth but we generally are using too much. A little fertilizer can perk up a St…. Read More
Q: I have small to large areas of my St. Augustine lawn which have yellowing blades. They can easily be pulled up and seem to be rotting. Some of the edges look like circles. The smaller areas are… Read More
A: I have seen dozens of grass specimens over the last 2 weeks – all of these had root decays and leaf spots on them caused by fungi. Many of these diseases have been caused by a combination… Read More
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
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
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