Place tender plants properly to minimize cold injury

Even though we live in the coldest area of Florida, as some newcomers have recently experienced firsthand, we can minimize freeze damage to our tender landscape plants through thoughtful placement.  Dr. Robert Black, former UF/IFAS Extension horticulture specialist, shares some sound advice on cold protection for the tender ornamentals that don’t particularly like our North …

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February Do’s and Don’ts in the Lawn and Landscape

February can be a confusing month for North Florida gardeners. Winter isn’t over. So don’t let spring fever cause you to make some gardening mistakes. Despite the colder temperatures that we can experience this month, it’s still okay to plant trees and shrubs from containers into the ground. The roots are better protected in the …

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Fallen Leaves, Great Resource for Gardeners

Homeowners take on the job of ridding their lawns and landscapes of fallen tree leaves in different ways. But don’t just throw those leaves away. They are a valuable resource in gardening. Leaves make good mulch when placed on the soil surface beneath and around shrubs, trees, perennials and annuals. Make sure to maintain the …

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Camellia Flowers that Fail to Open

Q. I have older camellia plants that produce plenty of flower buds but they fail to open. The plants form flower buds but many of the buds never open. I’ve seen this happen over the years but I’m not sure why it happens. I’ve wondered about cold injury but could it be that consistent every …

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Rollercoaster Winters in North Florida

Remember the early freeze that much of our area experienced during mid November. This was followed by a warming trend with, at times, unseasonably warm weather during the latter part of November through most of December. And then much of the Panhandle again experienced a hard freeze during early January. This “rollercoaster” ride of temperatures …

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January in the North Florida Landscape

January may not seem like a busy month for gardening here in North Florida but there are a number of gardening jobs to accomplish during the beginning of a new year. Today’s article is taken from the UF/IFAS Extension publication North Florida Gardening Calendar written by Extension Consumer Horticulture Specialist Sydney Park Brown and includes …

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Truth about Mistletoe

Despite the fact that mistletoe remains a popular Christmas decoration with its bright green leaves and white berries, it is a parasite of trees. And, as a result, it can harm trees.   It gets water, essential elements and some food from its host tree. Mistletoe also has poisonous properties and should be kept out of …

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Trees to Consider for North Florida Landscapes

Young blackgum tree with fall color
Credit: UF/IFAS

One of my favorite landscape plants is the crape myrtle. The taller cultivars, when allowed to grow into tree form, can grow to a height of thirty feet or more. They make wonderful additions to most any landscape. They are well suited to North Florida.   When planted in sunny areas, crape myrtles consistently flower during …

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Care of common flowering Christmas plants

Poinsettia plant Credit: UF/IFAS Photo: Tyler Jones

Christmas cactus, poinsettia, kalanchoe and cyclamen are some of the flowering holiday plants that can be kept for enjoyment beyond the holidays. All of these plants require bright, indirect light. They should be placed close to a sunny window and turned once a week to prevent them from leaning toward the light. In rooms with …

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Tropical sod webworms are active in local lawns

During the past few weeks numerous people have contacted the Okaloosa County Extension Office seeking diagnostic assistance and control options concerning fall sod webworms in their lawns. Sod webworms are not consistently a problem every year. Some years their numbers are low enough that they are not a problem. Some years we do not see …

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