Monthly Archive: November 2013

Citrus Canker Found in Northwest Florida

Authors: Blake Thaxton & Mary Derrick, UF/IFAS Extension – Santa Rosa Co. Mikaela Anderson, FDACS Division of Plant Inspection Citrus canker is a serious disease of citrus trees that was recently confirmed for the first time in southern Santa Rosa County. Canker is caused by the bacterial pathogen Xanthomonas citri subsp. citri.  Citrus canker has been a major pest of citrus in …

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Harvest Your Own Christmas Tree!

Whispering Pines Tree Farm with proprietor Mike Kelly and 2 children

One of the joys of this season is to bring home a fresh Christmas tree and enjoy the fragrance and natural freshness of a live tree inside your own home. Imagine how much fresher the tree would be if you harvested it! The good news is there are Christmas tree farms in Northwest Florida where customers can choose and harvest their …

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A Place to Diapause

  Leaf footed bugs are pests of many seed, fruit, vegetable and nut crops.  They get their name from the leaf shape of their back legs.  The insect is dark brown to black and about an inch long.  Like ladybird beetles, leaf footed bugs can invade your home in the fall in search of a …

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Advanced MG and 4-H Volunteer Training: Vegetable Gardening

Event registration for Advanced MG & 4-H Training: Vegetable Gardening powered by Eventbrite Author: Blake Thaxton – bthaxton@ufl.edu Santa Rosa County Extension Agent I, Commercial Horticulture

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Winter Annuals: A Fantastic Color Option

As the weather changes, so should your flower bed.  Annual flowers provide fantastic color to landscapes with months of flowers or attractive foliage, but the trade-off is that they give you all they’ve got over one growing season. There are two main groups of annuals, summer (warm season) and winter (cool season).  Summer annuals are …

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Cold Weather Approaching: Have a Citrus Protection Plan in Place

On the night of November 13th,  a mild freeze of 30°F occured in parts of Northwest Florida.  Don’t be caught without a citrus protection plan ! 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 …

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Trees for Fall Color

Although Florida is not known for the brilliant fall color enjoyed by some of our northern neighbors, we do have a number of trees that provide some fall color for our North Florida landscapes.  Our native flowering dogwood consistently provides some change in color before dropping its leaves. You can expect a red to maroon …

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Protect Vegetables from the Cold

Northwest Florida homeowners enjoy growing their own vegetables every fall, but are faced with cold weather issues, especially during the first few days of December. For example, most cole crops can be planted until November, but they must be protected from the cold weather or they will need to be replaced. A good variety of cold tolerant …

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Pecans – A Southern Tradition

As I made a visit back to my hometown in North Alabama I was reminded of the subtle changes from fall into winter, which are not always apparent to me living in Tallahassee: the vibrant palette of leaves as they make their permanent descent until spring, the litter of spent cotton along each highway and …

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Fall Flower Color

Fall color in the Florida landscape may be a little different than more northern areas but it is just as dramatic with the right plant selections.  One of the favorite perennials that is in peak bloom right now is the Cassia or butterfly plant, Cassia bicapsularis.  Grown for its showy bright yellow flowers, this soft-wooded …

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