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Gardens of the Big Bend: A New Botanical and Teaching Garden in North Florida

View of the Discovery Garden in Gardens of the Big Bend. Weeping false butterflybush, Rostrinucula dependens, is a new and unusual perennial being evaluated in Gardens of the Big Bend. Gardens of the Big Bend is a new botanical and teaching garden located on the grounds of the University of Florida/IFAS North Florida Research and …

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Florida Wildflowers: Blue Mistflower

Blue Mistflower – Image Credit Mary Derrick, UF / IFAS   Here’s a beautiful native perennial wildflower that is easy to grow and generally available in the independent nursery trade. In the wild, you can encounter them at the edges of woodlands and ponds as they prefer moist areas. Blue mistflower, Conoclinium coelestinum, performs well as a perennial in …

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Deep Freeze On the Way for Northwest Florida

Tuesday November 19th and Wednesday November 20th, substantial freezing weather is expected How cold does it have to get before citrus in Northwest Florida needs to be protected? A concrete answer to this question does not exist. Growers and home gardeners alike must consider several factors including type of citrus grown and the location of the citrus. Below are a …

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Re-emergence of Rose Mosaic Disease in Florida Nurseries and Landscapes

Fig. 1: Chlorotic line patterns on the leaves caused by Rose mosaic disease. Mathews Paret, Plant Pathologist, NFREC, University of Florida, Gary Knox, Horticulturist, NFREC, University of Florida, & Binoy Babu, Post-Doctoral Fellow, NFREC, University of Florida Roses are one of the most popular flowering shrubs in the U.S with a wholesale value of $ …

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Preparing for 4-H Day at the North Florida Fair

Did you know that you do not have to own an animal to participate in 4-H Day at the North Florida Fair? Many youth look forward to competing in judging contests. The North Florida fair provides opportunities for youth to compete in agriculture judging, horticulture judging, and consumer judging. In addition to the judging contests, …

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Monitoring for a Potential Pathogen in Florida Potato and Tomato

Fig.1. Shoots of zebra chip affected potato plants infected with Ca. Liberibacter solanacearum. Leaves on younger shoots display purpling, and older leaves are chlorotic. The leaves are also rolled. (Photos courtesy: Dr. Lia Liefting). Dr. Binoy Babu, Dr. Nicholas Dufault, Dr. Mathews Paret, and Dr. Carrie Harmon During the 2000 growing season in Texas, a …

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Preparing Exhibits for the North Florida Fair

Fairs are often the highlight of the 4-H year. From a youth development perspective, fairs provide an opportunity for 4-H members to demonstrate new knowledge, abilities, skills and attitudes. When youth, parents and volunteers work together, fairs are a great way for youth to learn and also be recognized for their efforts. Being properly prepared …

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Florida Native Plants: Beautyberry

This autumn you may notice shrubs with long, arching branches sporting clusters of shiny purple berries. That beautiful sight is the Beautyberry, or Callicarpa americana. This native is found throughout Florida and the southern United States, west into Texas and north to Tennessee and Virginia. Beautyberry in the fall. Photo credit: Mary Derrick, UF IFAS Extension. In …

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Sesame Production: A New Crop for Florida

Growers Randall Dasher and Jerry Goff at a sesame field in McAlpin, FL.  Photo credit:  Diane Rowland For the past four years, Dr. Diane Rowland, a Crop Physiologist with the UF Agronomy Department, and Elena Toro, Agriculture Extension Agent in Suwannee County have been researching and working with growers on sesame production in Florida. In …

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Mehlich 3: Improved Soil Testing for Florida Growers

Soil testing is a critical component of modern agriculture.  Photo by Judy Ludlow There has been a change in the testing procedure at the UF/IFAS Lab which analyzes the nutrient profile of Florida’s soils. The Extension Soil Testing Laboratory (ESTL) has replaced the Mehlich 1 (M1) test with the Mehlich 3 (M3) test, but the …

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