Category: Horticulture

A curfew for poinsettias!

Poinsettias grow in a greenhouse at Gulf Coast Research and Education Center in Bradenton

Let’s talk poinsettias: most people either love them or hate them – there is little middle ground. Many people love their cheery colors, while many others hate that the plants can be temperamental, dropping all  their leaves if… Read More

Tree-juvenation?

Trees line and shade a roadway.

Communities derive many benefits from their urban forests, including improved air quality, increased stormwater filtration, reduced heat island effects, and positive physical and mental health impacts. A 2013 tree canopy study in Sarasota County indicated just 35% vegetation… Read More

Summer’s rainbow of flowers

So many flowers…so little time. Summer’s flowering tree displays range from the warm orange-red hues of the Royal Poinciana (count yourself VERY fortunate if you own a yellow poinciana – they are quite uncommon), and the scarlet tones of… Read More

Love is in the air… and all over the car windshield

The few things we can count on in Florida in the spring – heat, humidity, sunshine, and lovebugs. Yes, those small, black bugs that are everywhere, but especially splattered across the front of our cars. You are lucky if your… Read More

Professional landscape management resources

UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County offers professional landscape management training and resources which promote environmentally sound use of irrigation, fertilizers, and pesticides by industry professionals, and offers training and continuing education units to maintain or renew licenses. GI-BMP Fertilizer Licensing… Read More

Thank you, Nebraska!

You might already know that National Arbor Day is April 26. But did you know that we have Nebraska to thank for this? Trees, please Julius Sterling Morton (father of Joy Morton, the Morton Salt Company founder) moved… Read More

Pretty in pink

Molly Ringwald has a rival and it’s the pink trumpet tree, also known as the pink tabebuia (pronounced “tab-bee-boo-ya” or “tab-bay-boo-ee-a”), Tabebuia heterophylla, blooming now in a neighborhood near you. Tabebuias are native to the Caribbean and South… Read More