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Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping

Moving Water from the Roots to the Top, How Is This Possible?

Water is the most limiting abiotic (non-living) factor to plant growth and productivity, therefore, plants have developed an effective system to absorb, translocate, store, and utilize water. For example, some large rainforest trees can use… Read More

Tropical Fruit—Canistel

Tropical Fruit at a Glance—Canistel by Jeff Wasielewski, Laura Vasquez and Jonathan H. Crane Common name: Canistel Botanical name: Pouteria campechiana Family: Sapotaceae Some good varieties: Fairchild #1, Oro, Trompo, Bruce About the fruit: The… Read More

Tropical Fruit–Longan

Tropical Fruit at a Glance–Longan by Jeff Wasielewski, Laura Vasquez and Jonathan H. Crane Common name: Longan Botanical name: Dimocarpus longan Family: Sapindaceae Good varieties: Kohala About the fruit: The longan peel is a dull… Read More

Edible Gardening August Updates for School Gardens

The new school year has begun for students attending Miami Dade County Public Schools. Teachers and students will soon have a chance to look at last year’s school gardens. What will they find? Most likely… Read More

Tropical Fruit–Lychee

Tropical Fruit at a Glance–Lychee by Jeff Wasielewski, Laura Vasquez and Jonathan H. Crane Common name: Lychee Botanical name: Litchi chinensis Family: Sapindaceae Good varieties: Mauritius, Brewster, Sweetheart, Emperor About the fruit: The lychee is… Read More

Tropical Fruit–Sugar Apple

Tropical Fruit at a Glance–Sugar Apple by Jeff Wasielewski, Laura Vasquez and Jonathan H. Crane Common name: Sugar Apple Botanical name: Annona squamosa Family: Annonaceae Good varieties: Lessard Thai, Kampong Mauve About the fruit: This… Read More

Tropical Fruit–Avocado

Tropical Fruit at a Glance–Avocado by Jeff Wasielewski, Laura Vasquez and Jonathan H. Crane Common name: Avocado Botanical name: Persea americana Family: Lauraceae Worthwhile varieties: Russell, Monroe, Simmonds, Donnie, Choquette, Miguel, and more About the… Read More