Ginger is a perennial plant that can be grown for culinary uses and is a great addition to food forests and edible gardens. The leafy foliage looks very tropical and it grows well in Central Florida. It helps if you add compost or organic matter ... READ MORE
According to Legend, Juan Ponce de Leon arrived in our fair state on April 2, 1513 and promptly named it La Florida, or “The Land of Flowers.” Perhaps he was honoring the Easter Holy Week in which he landed. Perhaps he was the first Marketing ... READ MORE
Growing pineapples at home is easy!
Interested in adding a patch of pineapples to your home garden? Learn how to grow perfect pineapples from University of Florida researchers and take home 3 Ananas comosus 'Florida Special' pineapple plants ... READ MORE
Bring on the Monarch butterflies!
The fall eastern migration route of the world’s most famous butterfly, the North American Monarch (Danaus plexippus), may include the Florida peninsula as they fly south to Mexico, with some staying in ... READ MORE
Hit the “easy button!” American beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) is very easy to grow, requiring no maintenance other than elective pruning. The light green deciduous native shrub grows 3-8 feet high and 4-8 feet wide in Florida’s USDA ... READ MORE
With the botanical name Psychotria nervosa you ask, “why put this plant in my yard?” The name translates “life” and “sinewy,” describing red berries that birds and small mammals eat and green shiny leaves with pronounced veins. ... READ MORE
Are you frustrated that with all the energy and money devoted to your yard, you still have patchy turfgrass or weed spots? Or you are spending too much money to keep your grass green? Did you know... it all starts with irrigation!
In this ... READ MORE
Every spring our office receives dozens of calls about certain insects that emerge around this time each spring. The problem is that some years these insects come back in massive numbers, which can make some folks understandably nervous.
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Is it a mole, is it a gopher...
No- it's really a beetle! A species of dung beetle at that! Florida is home to Peltotrupes profundus, also known as the Florida deepdigger scarab beetle. This member of the family Geotrupidae is endemic to Florida ... READ MORE
I see many new gardeners making the same mistake.
They see something is wrong with their tomato plant or hibiscus and immediately assume they must have an insect problem. And then, to make matters worse, they apply an insecticide or a home ... READ MORE