In this Issue:
  • Good Time to Control Common Pest Plants
  • Scarlet Allure of Chinese Tallow
  • Controlling Brush & Invasive Species Workshop
  • Know How to Choose Florida-Friendly Plants
  • Prevent Asparagus Fern Escapes
  • Welcome the Air Potato Leaf Beetle
  • Skunkvine – A Stinky Invasive Plant
  • Fire Ants in the Garden
  • Purple Triangles in the Trees
  • Coral Ardisia, A Pretty Problem
  • Invasive Species

    Good Time to Control Common Pest Plants

    An important skill for the Florida gardener is to be able to identify and control invasive, exotic plant species. These plants invade and disrupt Florida’s unique natural ecosystems, often spreading from surrounding urban and suburban landscapes. Being proactive in reducing their spread helps protect the integrity of Florida’s natural areas. Cooler days, fewer bugs, dormant …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/02/05/good-time-to-control-common-pest-plants/

    Scarlet Allure of Chinese Tallow

    In northwest Florida as we transition into fall, we don’t usually see a spectacular display of color change in the forest or our landscapes. Mixed in with the evergreen pines, oaks, and magnolias, we get sporadic spots of yellow and red from our native hickories, sweetgum, and sumac but otherwise it can be rather dull. …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/12/01/scarlet-lure-of-chinese-tallow/

    Controlling Brush & Invasive Species Workshop

    Encroaching brush, whether native or invasive, can be a problem for properties large and small. Fighting woody brush and other hard-to-kill weed species can be challenging for property owners. Many factors affect the effectiveness and efficiency of control efforts. Timing of the application is a key factor that many property owners fail to consider. The …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/10/26/controlling-brush-invasive-species-workshop/

    Know How to Choose Florida-Friendly Plants

    One of the main Florida-Friendly Landscaping principles is to plant the right plant in the right place. In Florida, not only does this apply to the zone you’re in, soils you have, and light conditions in your garden, but also ensuring that invasive, exotic plant species are not used. While most of us have heard …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/05/25/know-how-to-choose-florida-friendly-plants/

    Prevent Asparagus Fern Escapes

    As an extension agent, I’m always curious of what plants folks are using in the landscape. One plant I’ve been noticing more and more of in north Florida, both in containers and in landscape beds, is asparagus fern. Three different plant species go by the name asparagus fern – Sprenger’s fern (Asparagus aethiopicus), foxtail fern …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/03/29/prevent-asparagus-fern-escapes/

    Welcome the Air Potato Leaf Beetle

    A small, but brightly colored beetle has appeared in north Florida: the air potato leaf beetle (Liliocetis cheni), a native of East Asia. The beetle, less than half an inch long, has a candy apple red body that stands out against green leaves and the more muted earth tones of most other bugs. The striking …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/08/23/welcome-the-air-potato-leaf-beetle/

    Skunkvine – A Stinky Invasive Plant

    North Florida gardeners have many non-native, invasive plants to deal with, but none quite as stinky as skunkvine (Paederia foetida). As the name implies, skunkvine has a noticeable smell, especially when the leaves are crushed, and it is an aggressive-growing vine, capable of smothering desirable landscape plants. Gardeners should learn to recognize and control this …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/08/19/skunkvine-a-stinky-invasive-plant/

    Fire Ants in the Garden

      There’s nothing worse than sinking your fingers into your garden soil to dig up a potato, plant a seedling, or pull up a radish, and be met with a sharp, painful sting, and little red critters rocketing up your arms. If you are a gardener in the panhandle, my bet is that you know …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/08/12/fire-ants-in-the-garden/

    Purple Triangles in the Trees

    From time to time I am reminded of how little I know.  Honestly, I am reminded on a daily basis. A few weeks ago someone asked me about the purple things hanging from the trees. Luckily, the person gave me some good southern directions on where I could find one of these things hanging around …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/05/24/purple-triangles-in-the-trees/

    Coral Ardisia, A Pretty Problem

    Coral ardisia is also known as coral berry, spice berry, and scratchthroat. It was introduced into Florida in the early 1900’s for ornamental purposes. In the ensuing years it has since escaped cultivation and become established in hardwood hammocks and other moist woods of natural areas and grazing lands. Specimens have been collected from 19 …

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