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Do you have Gardening questions? We can help you at the UF/IFAS Master Gardener Plant Clinic

Gardening Questions?

Have you ever looked out at your yard and decided that it really needs help?  And have you ever felt that it was hopeless to try to do anything about it? Probably most people have.

A good way to begin to understand garden problems would be to call or come by the UF/IFAS Master Gardener Plant Clinic in Osceola County. The Master Gardeners have set up the Plant Clinics for this purpose.  There, you will receive Research based information at no cost on how to deal with these problems.  Or if you prefer doing things by email, you can send us your question that way.  Any photos of the damage would also be a great help.  If you are coming into the office, any specimens (leaves, twigs, insects, 1 foot section of grass) will be helpful.

We now have two locations, our main location is in Extension Services the address is 1921 Kissimmee Valley Lane, Kissimmee, FL 34744 (in Osceola Heritage Park), and Master Gardeners are there to assist you Monday thru Friday from 9am to 3pm. And now we have a new location in the Poinciana area, we are in the Mary Jane Arlington Gym & Aquatic Center located at 625 Country Club Drive, Poinciana every Thursday from 10am to 1pm. There is no charge for our advice, and all the Master Gardeners are volunteers that have gone thru an extensive training by the University of Florida. If you have any questions and can’t go to any of our locations feel free to call us or email us your questions, the phone number is 321-697-3000 and the email address is oscmg@ufl.edu 

If the Master Gardeners aren’t available to help, Eva Pabon is the Residential Horticulture Agent and she will be happy to assist you.

BY: Sandi Switek, Master Gardener since 2005 and Eva Pabon

6 Comments on “Do you have Gardening questions? We can help you at the UF/IFAS Master Gardener Plant Clinic

  1. In the center on my front lawn, a tree has fallen and has been removed, what seems like a new tree is now growing , can I remove it and replant it in another location?
    I am asking because I was given a Laurel Oak by your organization and wish to plant the baby oak where the other tree was.

    • Hector,
      I am not sure if is a good idea to replant the tree in another area. Send me a picture to give you a more accurate advise, my email is epabon5@ufl.edu
      or call us at 321-697-3000.

  2. I have been treating my roses for black spot with every method I know of. I purchased a product to treat in the ground and sprays. I pull off the affected leaves and remove them from the mulch, then spray.
    I can’t get anything to work. Any good ideas?

    • Nancy,
      Black Spots are very common problem on Roses.
      The number one suggestion is avoid over head irrigation and pick up affected leaves from the floor. Another suggestion is to plant cultivars that are resistant to the fungus. Here is a link for more information http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/PP/PP26800.pdf
      If you have any other question you can contact us at 321-697-3000

  3. Blueberry help. I am a new homeowner and would like my back yard to be a fruitful area, not a grassy one. It measures 60’x60′. I grew up in the north with apple and cherry trees (and sugar maple) that were all fun to harvest from. Our berries were; blue, black, and ras. I’m thinking I should be able to do the berries here if I get the right varieties but I’m concerned about soil acidity, mulching, irrigation (and I’m sure pests). For the trees I’m totally open to anything as long as it gives back.

    What do you think?

    • Steven,
      Are you in Osceola County? Most of our soils are not acid enough but a lot of people have been able to grow Blueberries here. Here is a great publication about blueberries in Florida http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/MG/MG35900.pdf
      If you have any other question call us at 321-697-3000