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Category: Horticulture

The Mystery of the Missing Amorphophallus

What is Amorphophallus paeoniifolius? A novelty plant in Southwest Florida, Amorphophallus paeoniifolius (A. paeoniifolius) is a favorite of eclectic plant collecting gardeners.  Examples of common names are Elephant Foot Yam, Sweet Yam, Snake Lily or… Read More

Florida Is So Nice Everything Wants To Live Here, Including Non-Native Animals And Plants!

“Invasions of exotic species cost Floridians over $500 million per year” -Ivegot1.org. May 16th-23rd is Florida Invasive Species Awareness Week and there will be plenty of educational resources to check out during this time to… Read More

Vanilla Production …..in Florida?

        Above: Dr. Elias Bassil shows Twyla Leigh the vanilla orchid’s development. Next: Developing vanilla orchid fruit pods (“beans”) in the UF|IFAS TREC Bassil Lab & shadehouse. [Banner picture and orchid flower… Read More

Avoid the Tree Hackers, Select an ISA Certified Arborist for Aesthetic and Healthy Pruning!

Its happening in my neighborhood now. The guys that were repairing radiators or odd-job types are driving around in unmarked, homemade box trucks and and offer to hurricane whack your shade trees (cash only) before… Read More

Common rust disease causes premature leaf drop of frangipani (plumeria) plants.

A rust (fungus) disease, Coleosporium plumeria, defoliates many varieties every year.                Top photo: The rust disease coats the underside of the leaf with orange pustules and causes leaves to turn yellow, then brown and… Read More

Rugose Spiraling Whitefly (Aleurodicus rugioperculatus: Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae) Popping Up on Coconut Palms- Oct. 2018

rugose spiraling whitefly effects closeup

               Above: Spiraling whiteflies smother a gumbo-limbo (Pic: Kim Gable, UF |IFAS Extension Key West). Bottom: Close-up of spiraling whitefly (Pic. Holly Glenn, UF|IFAS Homestead TREC). Note the sucking mouthparts.   The Rugose spiraling whitefly… Read More