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Category: UF/IFAS

Getting Older Amaryllis Bulbs to Bloom in the Garden

Ask Wakulla County Master Gardener Volunteer Jenny Lorch Two years ago, my husband and myself bought a home with a big garden in Crawfordville, Florida.  There were several amaryllis (Hippeastrum x hybridum) plants that looked good, but weren’t… Read More

Getting Older Amaryllis Bulbs to Bloom in the Garden

Ask Wakulla County Master Gardener Volunteer Jenny Lorch Two years ago, my husband and myself bought a home with a big garden in Crawfordville, Florida.  There were several amaryllis (Hippeastrum x hybridum) plants that looked good, but weren’t… Read More

Tropical Fruit—Canistel

Tropical Fruit at a Glance—Canistel by Jeff Wasielewski, Laura Vasquez and Jonathan H. Crane Common name: Canistel Botanical name: Pouteria campechiana Family: Sapotaceae Some good varieties: Fairchild #1, Oro, Trompo, Bruce About the fruit: The fruit is bright… Read More

Invasion of the Landscape Snatchers: Mother of Millions (Kalanchoe x houghtnoii)

Mother of Millions (Kalanchoe x houghtnonii) The Mother of Millions gets its name because of the hundreds of offspring it produces and spreads across the landscape. This specific plant has been problematic for Nassau County’s coastal ecosystems by… Read More

Giant African Land Snail Eradicated from South Florida

FDACS declares Giant African Land Snail Eradicated from South Florida We have exciting news in the world of invasive species in Florida! As of Oct 2021, Giant African Land Snail (GALS) has been declared eradicated from Broward and Miami-Dade… Read More

Invasion of the Landscape Snatchers: Mexican Petunia (Ruellia simplex)

Mexican Petunia (Ruellia simplex) You can easily identify Mexican Petunia in the landscape. Its upright growth produces beautiful blue to purple flowers. Growing approximately 3′ tall, it is commonly seen placed as a perennial plant along edges of… Read More

Invasion of the Landscape Snatchers: Wild Taro (Colocasia esculenta)

Wild Taro (Colocasia esculenta) Unlike other invasive plants introduced for their ornamental quality, Wild Taro appeared as a potential crop substitute. The U.S. Department of Agriculture introduced it in hopes to develop a substitute for potatoes, which is… Read More

Another great Florida Panhandle summer plant: Brown-eyed Susan

Ask Master Gardener Volunteer Michele Hackmeyer   Recently I wrote about Firebush, Hamelia patens, a great summer shrub.  Today, it’s Brown-eyed Susan, Rudbeckia triloba, a tough summer flowering plant with a profusion of sunny yellow blooms. Many more… Read More

Another great Florida Panhandle summer plant: Brown-eyed Susan

Ask Master Gardener Volunteer Michele Hackmeyer   Recently I wrote about Firebush, Hamelia patens, a great summer shrub.  Today, it’s Brown-eyed Susan, Rudbeckia triloba, a tough summer flowering plant with a profusion of sunny yellow blooms. Many more… Read More