Monthly Archive: January 2014

Care of Freeze-Injured Citrus Trees

  This week, Northwest Florida is once again receiving some bitter cold temperatures. The freezing weather two weeks ago resulted in some cold damage to some local citrus trees. Cold injured citrus trees can take a while to become evident.   What appears to be damage will not always be permanent. Never be in a hurry to remove cold …

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Camellia japonica ‘Magnoliaeflora’- A Worthwhile Choice

 Recently, I was working on a camellia identification project in a forgotten camellia garden of about 60  plants. Most camellias I observed were not yet in flower but one in particular caught my eye. I later identified this eye catcher as Camellia japonica ‘Magnoliaeflora’.     Magnoliaeflora is so named due to its off white magnolia formed …

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Soil Temperatures for Vegetable Seed Germination

  Every winter, many Florida homeowners enjoy growing their own vegetable plants.  It is definitely cheaper to buy vegetable seeds than vegetable transplants, and some vegetables grow better when direct seeded. One factor to take into consideration when planning a vegetable garden is that each vegetable has a different germination response to temperature.  Some seeds …

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Rosemary Doesn’t Mind a Forgetful Gardener

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is an attractive evergreen woody perennial and a culinary herb that grows well in the Florida Panhandle with very little attention. Rosemary is quite tough and thrives in hot, dry spots with well-drained soil.  All plants require some water to become established (the time it takes to grow enough roots to support …

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Growing Potatoes in Your Florida Garden

The time to plant potatoes is now! Potatoes are a good way to usher in the growing season of your home garden. They are easy to grow and their harvesting date doesn’t coincide with many other vegetables. In North Florida you can plan to put in your potatoes around the end of January through February. …

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Cold Damaged Plant Care

January and February are typically the coldest months in Florida and plants can be damaged by low temperatures.  But with your help, cold-damaged plants can often recover. After a freeze, see if your plants are dry.  Even injured plants need water. Plants, however can be greatly damaged if the temperature drops suddenly.  They have no time …

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Camellia Grafting Class Saturday January 18th

  Want to learn how to graft Camellias? Graft your favorite cultivar onto an adapted rootstock! Saturday January 18th 9:00am – 12:00pm CST !   Join us to learn how to graft your favorite camellia cultivar onto an adapted rootstock You can take home your own grafted camellia Hosted by Maphis Tree Farm and UF IFAS Extension …

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Landscape Design–Now is the Time to Start!

Most people associate yard work with the spring and summer, but if you’re considering a major redesign of a home landscape, now is a great time to start.  Without the vegetation on deciduous trees, it’s easy to see the “bones” of your yard—the tree trunks and branches, sidewalks, and fences—which frame it. One of the …

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Trees and Shrubs for All Year Interest

Trees and shrubs often serve a distinct purpose in landscapes, other than to provide color. They are planted to provide shade, screen a view or noise, or to soften the hardscapes of the home. With a little planning, we can have both beauty and function from trees and shrubs.  Add a few trees and shrubs that …

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Top 15 Gardening in the Panhandle Articles of 2013!

The wordpress-platform version Gardening in the Panhandle began in May of 2012 and had 188 views from its inception through the end of the year. This was a new online version of a long running and award winning traditional print newsletter. 2013 brought a new e-newsletter format and a ramped up effort to provide science based articles that you, …

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