In this Issue:
  • Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly
  • Mountain Snow in the Panhandle
  • Be on the Lookout for Rose Crown Gall
  • Whiteflies Invade the Panhandle
  • Northwest Florida Rose Symposium Saturday September 16, 2017
  • Surefire Shrubs for Containers
  • Why Don’t My Plants Match?
  • Algal Leaf Spot Common on Magnolias and Camellias
  • New Resource on Integrated Pest Management for Shrubs
  • Workshop on New and Re-emerging Rose Diseases and Pests, July 11, 1-5 pm.
  • Ornamental Shrubs

    Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly

    Photo by Sydney Park Brown UF/IFAS Holly has been considered sacred in some cultures because it remained green and strong with brightly colored red berries no matter how harsh the winter, even when most other plants would wilt and die. According to Druid lore, hanging the plant in homes would bring good luck and protection. …

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    Mountain Snow in the Panhandle

    There are plants that gardeners may know and love from other regions that just do not perform well in the heat, humidity, and soils of our area. One example is the Japanese pieris, an attractive evergreen shrub with showy white blooms in spring. This shrub has a few specific environmental requirements that make it unsuitable …

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    Be on the Lookout for Rose Crown Gall

    For gardeners, rose enthusiasts and rosarians, each of the many rose diseases is as important as the others. But we can say for sure Crown Gall is one of the most unsightly of the many rose diseases that can been seen currently. The disease got this name from the large tumor-like swellings (galls) that typically …

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    Whiteflies Invade the Panhandle

    Over the last month or so, home gardeners and commercial growers alike have noticed what look to be large dust particles floating through the air. It’s probably not uncommon to have inhaled a few or even a few hundred of these mysterious particles. Most likely, these “particles” aren’t dust at all but whiteflies instead. Whiteflies are small (less than a tenth …

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    Northwest Florida Rose Symposium Saturday September 16, 2017

    On Saturday, September 16th, 2017, from 9AM to 12PM, UF / IFAS Extension Washington County will be providing a rose gardening workshop for gardeners across the Panhandle. Many roses are hard to grow in the Florida Panhandle without investing considerable time and energy into spraying for insect and disease problems. This workshop will teach attendees …

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    Surefire Shrubs for Containers

    Growing in containers can be one of the most versatile ways to add color, texture and mobility to the landscape.  However, gardeners generally reach for finicky annuals to fill their pots with pizzazz.  The problem with this strategy is that most annuals and perennials need to be watered constantly, fertilized regularly, and changed out with …

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    Why Don’t My Plants Match?

    When designing landscapes, it is popular to create lines and masses of plants for high visual impacts. Plants are carefully selected to be similar in size and shape at the time of installation. They are all grouped together, so they must be getting the same care, but why do they look different years later? There are …

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    Algal Leaf Spot Common on Magnolias and Camellias

    Algal leaf spot, also known as green scurf, is commonly found on thick-leaved, evergreen trees and shrubs such as magnolias and camellias.  It is in the genus Cephaleuros and happens to be one of the only plant parasitic algae found in the United States.  Although commonly found on magnolias and camellias, algal leaf spot has a …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/06/29/algal-leaf-spot-common-on-magnolias-and-camellias/

    New Resource on Integrated Pest Management for Shrubs

    IPM for Shrubs in Southeastern US Nursery Production Volume II is the third book released by the Southern Nursery Integrated Pest Management Working Group (SNIPM) and includes chapters on hydrangea, loropetalum, holly, rhododendron (including azalea), Indian hawthorn, and weed management. Each chapter covers history, culture and management of the major species and cultivars in production, as …

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    Workshop on New and Re-emerging Rose Diseases and Pests, July 11, 1-5 pm.

    Come to this free workshop to learn about the latest results of University of Florida and national research on roses. Receive hands-on training on symptoms and management of rose rosette disease, rose mosaic disease, crown gall, and rose pests.   FL Pesticide CEUs, FNGLA CEUs and GA Pesticide CEUs have been applied for!   This …

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