Category: Fruits & Vegetables

A Glimpse at Emergency Operations Center with UF/IFAS Extension Agent

Hurricane Dorian Updates - Palm Trees In a Storm

HIGHLANDS COUNTY, Fla. — As weather experts reported of Hurricane Dorian’s forecasting challenges, emergency operation centers (EOC) in the path of the storm started assembling earlier than usual. While you may think all the action taking place at… Read More

UF Offers Online Gardening Class; Includes Gardening Kits and a 24/7 GardenCam

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – If IKEA furniture can be designed in Sweden, produced in China and assembled in Florida, then so can a garden. This was the thinking behind University of Florida lecturer Gerardo Nunez’s creation of gardening kits… Read More

UF Helps Educators Teach Importance of Pollinators

Middle school science teachers have a new tool from the University of Florida to teach students about pollinators and the role they play in producing food. Nicole Pinson and Alicia Lamborn, horticulture agents with the UF Institute of… Read More

UF/IFAS Master Gardeners Gear Up for Spring Festivals, Plant Sales

ORLANDO, Fla. – Spring is around the corner, and Master Gardeners across central Florida are gearing up for festivals and plant sales. The UF/IFAS Extension Master Gardeners Volunteer program, part of the University of Florida Institute of Food… Read More

New ‘Marathon’ Mandarin Gives Growers Advantages

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Commercial citrus growers will soon see a new seedless mandarin variety that stays on the tree longer, two traits farmers seek, say University of Florida scientists. ‘Marathon,’ an early season mandarin, is also easy to… Read More

UF/IFAS Researchers Help Industry Keep Central Florida Green

By Beverly James APOPKA, Fla. – As the lead horticulturalist for Echo Conversions Group, Inc., Kyle Petersen knows his way around plants. But he was still surprised to learn so much more about insects, weeds and fertilizer use… Read More

UF Horticulturalist: Time to Consider Cooler Season Plants

ORLANDO, Fla. – Now that cooler weather is here, it’s time to consider cool season vegetables for your garden. “Gardeners will have almost five months to grow everything from lettuce and cabbages to spinach, collards, broccoli, cauliflower, strawberries… Read More

UF Research Center Celebrates 50 Years of Keeping Central Florida Green

APOPKA, Fla. – Few residents may think of the University of Florida and a team of researchers when they look at their trees, shrubs, or vegetable gardens. But, UF scientists’ research on pests, urban landscaping and local food… Read More

UF/IFAS Extension Helps Residents Prepare for Fall Gardening

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – With the intense heat and humidity of summer behind us, now is a great time to spruce up your garden with lots of fall veggies, flowering annuals and perennials, says a University of Florida Institute… Read More

UF Plant Clinic First Line of Defense for Growers, Landscapers, Homeowners

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – The homeowner has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on a new, high-end home in an expensive subdivision. But the white colonial was covered in tiny black spores. Lynn Griffith, a horticultural consultant and expert… Read More