Phantasma scale (Fiorinia phantasma) is a pest impacting many ornamental plant species but is especially common on palms (family Arecaceae). This pest species was first detected in Miami-Dade County in 2018 and has since caused problems ... READ MORE
I could not be more excited to share this highly anticipated, long awaited UF/IFAS Extension Palm Short Course in Orlando and in person! Palms are prized in the landscape and people notice when they look pathetic. There is a science to growing ... READ MORE
How do you identify pest insects? What kind of nutritional problems are common on palms? What happens to herbicides after they are applied? What is biological control? What are some best management practices for turf? This six-week webinar series ... READ MORE
Before you start pruning any palms, please read ahead and consider the research-based, unbiased information offered. While there is really no mystery involved in properly pruning palms, I am still seeing these majestic plants being over-pruned ... READ MORE
To newcomers and long-time residents alike, palms make Florida a paradise to the eye and spirit. Unfortunately, there is a "little devil" of a disease that attacks our palms - Ganoderma butt rot! This fungus needs a palm host to attack and a ... READ MORE
Does your palm have ugly yellowing leaves?
Put down the pruning equipment and step away from the palm.
When NOT to prune a palm -
You can’t prune away a palm nutrient deficiency. In fact, pruning off a ... READ MORE
‘Tis the season when many deck their palm fronds with holiday lights, lighting the night sky with sparkles of cheer. I know this may sound just a little bit Grinch-y. Yet, I find myself thinking, “I must stop this practice from ... READ MORE
Scouting Palm Issues
Palms trees are the icons of the Florida landscape. With eleven beautiful palms native to Florida’s subtropical climate, it is easy to see why people brought many palms from around the world here to thrive. Though palms ... READ MORE
Lethal Bronzing, previously called Texas Phoenix Palm Decline, is a relatively new bacterial disease (called a phytoplasma) that is causing significant palm losses in Palm Beach County, and throughout much of Florida. It is believed to have ... READ MORE
When considering pruning your palms, you may think you need to “hurricane prune” your palm tree. Hold that thought before you do more harm than good. There is a misunderstanding that by removing almost all palm fronds, leaving only the youngest ... READ MORE