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Scrub Palm

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?


February 2, 2018

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 locations outside of Florida most often to the West ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Horticulture, Lee County, Miami Palm, Palms, Sabal Etonia, Sabal Miamiensis, Sabal Palmetto, Scrub Palm, Stephen Brown
Watermelon & Corn

Event: Lee County Urban Gardening and Micro Business Course


January 2, 2018

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

Category: Agribusiness, Agriculture, Events, Food Safety, Fruits & Vegetables, Horticulture, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS Extension, Work & Life
Tags: Agriculture, Backyard Chickens, Bees, Cottage Food, Family And Consumer Sciences, Food Business, Food Safety, Gardening, Jennifer Hagen, Lee County, Micro Business, Permaculture, Poultry, Regulations, Roy Beckford, Urban Agriculture
Plate w spoons and salad

How to: Demystify Florida’s Food Safety Regulating Agencies


December 8, 2017

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, ... READ MORE

Category: Agribusiness, Agriculture, Food Safety, UF/IFAS Extension, Work & Life
Tags: Cottage Food, DBPR, Family And Consumer Sciences, FDACS, Food Business, Jennifer Hagen, Lee County, Regulations
Schlerodema Fungus

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?


December 8, 2017

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 example, ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Forests, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Ectomycorrhizal Fungi, Horticulture, Lee County, Oak Fungus, Schleroderma Fungus, Steohen Brown

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