In this Issue:
  • Did the Freeze Kill My Palms?
  • Care of Freeze-Injured Citrus Trees
  • Soil Temperatures for Vegetable Seed Germination
  • Cold Damaged Plant Care
  • Landscape Design–Now is the Time to Start!
  • Florida Panhandle Receives a Double Dose of Freezing Temperatures
  • Winter in the Vegetable Garden
  • Plant a Tree to Celebrate Arbor Day!
  • Winterizing Garden Tools
  • Holiday Cactus
  • Winter 2013

    Did the Freeze Kill My Palms?

    The freezing rain last week across the panhandle left icicles hanging from street signs, rooftops, trees, shrubs and palms. Many people now wonder if their palms will survive the assault of the hard freeze. The chance of survival depends on the following factors: the most important consideration is the species of palm; a few of …

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    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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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2014/01/27/care-of-freeze-injured-citrus-trees/

    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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    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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    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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    Florida Panhandle Receives a Double Dose of Freezing Temperatures

    On the night of January 6-7th 2014 Northwest Florida was hit with a major freeze event.   While many areas reached 18 º F, the West Florida Research & Education Center near Jay reached 14 º F. Similar freezing temperatures are predicted for the night of January 7-8.   Strategies for ornamental plant  protection before, during, …

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    Winter in the Vegetable Garden

    broccoli

    In the Florida panhandle, we are fortunate to be able to grow crops throughout the year. The key is to know what to plant at the various times of the year. Vegetables that can be planted now include beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, Chinese cabbage, collards, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, green onions, English peas, radish and turnips. For …

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    Plant a Tree to Celebrate Arbor Day!

    East Bay Holly

      In Florida, Arbor Day is always celebrated on the third Friday of January. In 2014, Arbor Day falls on Friday, January 17. Consider planting a tree to enhance your property. Trees provide many benefits such as: Shade for leisure activities Lower energy costs for cooling Cover and food for wildlife Screen from unsightly views …

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    Winterizing Garden Tools

    Due to a lack of snow, Florida’s winter landscape chores are relatively uncomplicated. However, that doesn’t mean they’re unimportant. As the growing season comes to a close and gardeners mow, snip and spade for the final time, it’s time to consider proper cleaning and storage of all that equipment. A little preventative maintenance can avoid …

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    Holiday Cactus

      If you are looking for an easy to grow, colorful indoor flowering plant, look no further than Holiday Cactus. The two main types are Thanksgiving Cactus and Christmas Cactus which have similar care requirements but as the name indicates, bloom at different times. When purchasing a new plant, don’t assume that it is “Thanksgiving” …

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