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frost on grass

Cool Temperature Turf Grass Management


November 15, 2021

It may seem laughable to most Americans that Florida does experience a "real winter". However, there are many who are very aware that the temperatures have dropped and that their plants are reacting to this change. The Master Gardeners often ... READ MORE

Category: Crops, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Home Management, Horticulture, Lawn, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, SFYL Hot Topic, Turf
Tags: Cool Weather Lawn, Florida Friendly Landscaping, Florida Friendly Lawn, St. Augustine Grass, Turf Dormancy, Water Wise
pretty pink UF poinsettias

Fall Plant Care for the Entertainment Season


November 15, 2021

It is officially Fall. We have been given an extra hour of sleep. And we have been robbed of several degrees of warmth. We now have great weather for sipping warm drinks and working on our landscapes for the "Entertainment Season." Careful ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, SFYL Hot Topic, Water
Tags: Cold Protection, Fertilize Appropriately, FFL, Florida Friendly Landscaping, Holiday Plantings, Orchids & Cold, Plant Protection Recommendations, Tropical Plants, Water Wisely, Watering For Cold Protection
2 decorated pumpkins

Florida’s Great Pumpkins


October 26, 2021

The Season for the Pumpkin The Autumn season screams cooler weather, warm colors, rich spices, and Pumpkin. I adore pumpkin, including all its many varieties. There are also many ways to prepare the winter squash, and I have not found a recipe ... READ MORE

Category: Agribusiness, Agriculture, Crops, Fruits & Vegetables, Health & Nutrition, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, SFYL Hot Topic, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Research
Tags: Calabaza Pumpkin, Caribbean Calabaza, Gardening Solutions, Growing Pumpkins In Florida, Jarrahdale Pumpkin, Pie Pumpkin, Pumpkin Curry, Pumpkin Fritters, Pumpkin Recipes, Pumpkin Season, Pumpkin Varieties, Pumpkin-praline Cheesecake, Pumpkins, Queensland Blue Pumpkin, Sugar Pumpkin, Tropical Pumpkin, Tropical Pumpkin Recipes
Guacamole in a bowl

National Guacamole Day, September 16th


October 26, 2021

September 16th is National Guacamole Day! Wait, I love Guacamole. How did I not hear about this before now? The Humble Avocado Here in Florida, early settlers to the state called them Alligator-pears. Where I grew up, we called them ... READ MORE

Category: Crops, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Fruits & Vegetables, Horticulture, Recreation, SFYL Hot Topic, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Teaching
Tags: Alligator-pear, Avocado Cultivars, Avocado Growing In Florida, Avocado Recipes, Avocado-pear, Fresh From Florida Avocado, Game Day Snacks, Growing Avocado, Guacamole, Guacamole Recipes, National Guacamole Day
Wind & Sabal palmetto in advance of a storm

Florida Palm Trees and Pruning


October 26, 2021

Iconic Florida When folks throughout the world think of Florida, they usually think of alligators, sunshine, palm trees, and hurricanes. Most long-time Florida residents know what to expect concerning each of these things. The Bad "Haircut" In ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Conservation, Disaster Preparation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Management, Horticulture, SFYL Hot Topic, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, Wildlife
Tags: Correct Palm Pruning, Hurricane Cut, Palm Fronds, Palm Pruning, Photosynthesis, Pruning Sabal Palmetto, Wind Mitigation With Palms
an onion patch with a hand-painted garden sign stating little veg

Fall Gardening: Right Here, Right Now


October 26, 2021

by Leslie Munroe & Yvonne Florian Right Here, Right Now Fall 2021 growing season is here. Have you started your vegetable garden yet? If your answer is, "no", here are a few tips to help you on your way. Invest in your soil Your soil ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Fruits & Vegetables, Health & Nutrition, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Recreation, SFYL Hot Topic, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Biological Control, Container Garden, Fall Vegetable Garden, Florida Garden Soil, Florida Soil, Florida Vegetable Garden, Organic Matter, PH Testing, Raised Beds, Scouting The Garden, Small Gardens, Soil
blooming burgundy bromeliad in the morning sun

Beautiful Bromeliads and Mischievous Mosquitoes


June 26, 2020

In January, 2016, I moved back to Florida from another southern state. It was great to see familiar plants and to be able to go to the beach again.I love the dizzying varieties of beautiful bromeliads, but could definitely live without the ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Health & Nutrition, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Aechmea, Anana, Bacillus Thuringiensis, Billbergia, Bromeliads, Bt, Color In The Landscape, Florida Mosquitoes, Guzmania, Mosquito Control, Neoregelia, Preventing Mosquito Breeding, Shade Gardening
bright red Hibiscus flower

Hibiscus and Some Relatives


June 2, 2020

The Malvaceae family Most all Floridians are familiar with the large tropical evergreen Hibiscus, Rosa sinenis. It is bright and sunny and totally tropical looking with gorgeous flowers that bloom nearly year round. Vero Beach, in particular, ... READ MORE

Category: Agribusiness, Agriculture, Crops, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Invasive Species
Tags: Cotton, Hibiscus, Hibiscus Relatives, Mallows, Malvaceae, Okra, Roselle, Sorrel
close up of orchid blooms

Orchids: Beauty and Easy-Care


May 7, 2020

A half-day field trip to Orchid Jungle down in South Florida put orchids on my list of 'MUST HAVE' plants. The scents and beauty of the blooms took my breath away. There was even an orchid which smelled just like chocolate! What most people ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, UF/IFAS Extension,
Tags: Chocolate Orchid, Dividing Orchids, EDIS, Live Oaks, Moth Orchid, Orchid Care, Orchid On Wood, Orchids, Vanilla Orchid, Vanilla Orchid Vine, Water With Rain

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