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Scarlet ginger

Scarlet ginger – easy to grow by all gardeners


August 2, 2018

By Ralph E. Mitchell Many gardeners shy away from exotic -looking plants with a mistaken fear related to their personal lack of horticultural skill. One such plant in bloom now is the scarlet ginger also known as Hedychium coccineum. This ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture
Tags: Butterfly Ginger, Disney, Hedychium Coccineum, Orange Bottlebrush Ginger, Perennial, Scarlet Ginger

The insidious two-spotted spider mite


April 17, 2018

By Ralph E. Mitchell Tiny, but terrible, the two-spotted spider mite is the bane of many ornamental and edible plants. Only one-fiftieth of an inch in length, when working in groups, this plant pest mite sucks the sap from leaves causing ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease
Tags: Cucumbers, Damage, Eggplants, Ornamental, Red Cedars, Roses, Spider Mite, Tomatoes, Viburnums

Not a lout or a lummox, just a lubber


March 21, 2018

By Ralph E. Mitchell In early March, some residents of Charlotte County began seeing small, dark-colored grasshoppers in their landscapes. These are baby Eastern Lubber Grasshoppers which emerged earlier from the ground as they hatched out ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease
Tags: Dark-colored Grasshoppers, Eastern Lubber Grasshoppers, Grasshopper, Hand-picking, Lubber, Non-chemical Control, Toxic

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