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Category: Fruits & Vegetables

Fall in Florida is primetime for growing lettuce at home hydroponically, UF/IFAS explains

Lettuce is one of the top 10 vegetables grown and consumed across the country that can be grown hydroponically on patios, backyard gardens and more. Florida ranks third in the nation for producing lettuce, with… Read More

Papaya consumer popularity prompts UF/IFAS trial for commercial expansion

image - papaya trial field at TREC for Chambers Brewer study

Highlights: Papaya is an attractive fruit-bearing addition to homeowner landscapes, a key ingredient in savory dishes, and a delicious dessert fruit when picked ripe. South Florida’s climate provides a suitable year-round environment for commercial growers,… Read More

Victory gardens: How UF helped communities grow during the pandemic and beyond

backyard garden with raised garden beds

COVID-19 brought national food supply-chain disruptions, increased pressure on food banks and struggle for families across the country. The statewide UF/IFAS Extension victory garden program began as an effort to empower those in need to… Read More

UF/IFAS Tropical Fruit Tuesdays sows what you need to grow, maintain tropical fruit trees

angoes from a mango tree in South Florida landscape

Tropical Fruit Tuesdays offer homeowners and commercial growers the latest information on what fruit trees to select, grow and manage in the Sunshine State’s tropical regions. The virtual workshop, launched as a call to action… Read More

UF/IFAS, Australia formalize to collaborate on fruit, crop research

image -Alan Chambers - vanilla cultivars at TREC

The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) and Northern Territory of Australia have signed a memorandum of understanding. At the core of the agreement is the exchange of technical expertise among… Read More

Want to grow your own vegetable garden? New UF/IFAS guide helps estimate costs, savings

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One third of all U.S. households participate in some type of food gardening with vegetable gardening being the most common type. UF/IFAS Extension agents from throughout the Sunshine State have released a guide to help… Read More

Cultivating better Florida mangoes – UF/IFAS scientists sequence DNA to support, grow a domestic industry

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – A team of scientists at the University of Florida have sequenced the genome of the internationally important ‘Tommy Atkins’ mango – a variety that originated from Florida and that is valued for… Read More

Voices of UF/IFAS – Dr. Norma Samuel

Norma Samuel in a field holding eggplants

Name: Dr. Norma Samuel Position: Associate District Extension Director, Central District Extension Agent IV, Florida-Friendly Landscaping and Urban Horticulture UF-IFAS Extension, Sumter County Current city: Resides in Ocala, but office location is The Villages Hometown:… Read More

UF researchers help expand indoor gardening trend triggered by pandemic

COVID-19 led many people to start gardening, and it’s no passing fancy. Recent research shows that about 80% of those who took up gardening since the beginning of COVID-19 will continue the pastime in 2021…. Read More