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Category: Agriculture

Q and A: I read your comments about Gaillardia in the January and February issue of Florida Gardening magazine. Are you talking about buying the actual plants and planting them or do you mean starting them from seeds? I have had a good bit of luck harvesting the seeds from dead or spent heads in the summer, refrigerating them and then sowing them in the winter for a spring and summer bloom.

Blanket Sunflower

From Mark, by email Answer: Gaillardia pluchella, simply known as gaillardia, is a very cold tolerant native plant. As such, it can be started from seeds, or planted as young seedlings in winter without concern… Read More

Event: Limited Commercial Landscape Maintenance Exam Preparation and Exam | 2018

IFAS Event GI BMP in Spanish

If you cut lawns and maintain ornamentals around houses and wish to apply pesticides, including Round-up, on the job, then this six-hour class is a requirement before obtaining the Limited Commercial Landscape Maintenance license (erroneously… Read More

Q and A: I have heard that there are 12 Florida native palms, but only two that are endemic to Florida. What are the names of these two palms?

Scrub Palm

From T. Bates, by email Answer Although there are 12 palms native to Florida, only two have  been determined to be endemic to Florida. A plant native to Florida may also be native to other… Read More

Fact Sheets: Horticulture and Gardening Publications | Lee County Extension | Stephen Brown

Gardening Publications A-Z Administration     Annual Report 2011-12 Annuals     Annual-Flowers-Bedding Plants     Gardening with Annuals in Florida Ants    Ants    Carpenter Ants – coming soon    Crazy Ants    Imported Fire Ants on Lawns and Turf     Aquatic Plants     Aquatic Plants –… Read More

Event: Lee County Urban Gardening and Micro Business Course

Watermelon & Corn

Interested in growing your own small food related business? Agents Roy Beckford and Jennifer Hagen of the Lee County Extension Office can help. The Urban Gardening and Micro-Business class series will introduce practical and technical concepts… Read More

How to: Demystify Florida’s Food Safety Regulating Agencies

Plate w spoons and salad

Interested in starting a new food related business in Lee County but confused as to what regulatory agency regulates what in Florida? There are three main agencies that regulate food establishments in Florida: the Department of Health, the… Read More

Q and A: I noticed mushrooms growing under my oak tree. They barely make it out of the ground and never get too big. In the end, they break open and expel a lot of black dust. What are they and will they hurt my tree?

Schlerodema Fungus

From  David, Lehigh Acres Answer: This is a species of Scleroderma. These are ectomycorrhizal fungi that form symbiotic relationships with some tree, particularly pines and oaks here in Florida, but also some other species (for… Read More

Q and A: I have recently purchased several acres and am having a hard time getting rid of air potato. Can you provide me with some information?

air potato

from S.H., in North Fort Myers Answer: Florida is home to many exotic invasive plants. The air potato (Dioscorea bulbifera) is one of many. Control of exotic/invasive plants can be difficult and tiring. There are… Read More