Citrus Flower Bud Advisory Starts for the Season

LAKE ALFRED, Fla. — The University of Florida will resume providing growers regular flower bud advisories as the critical time for citrus grove management begins this winter. UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences associate professor Tripti Vashisth restarted the advisories Nov. 21 and will continue providing them every other week through the early spring.…

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Giving Thanks for the Growers

Thanksgiving reminds us to give thanks. A reminder is much needed for all of us! So many times all that we have does not easily register over the demands of work in all its forms, the things and experiences we wish we had, and the other struggles we face. Being an Extension Agent working with…

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Winter Landscape Fertilization

  Image credit: Wageningen University and Research For plants to be healthy and grow they must use sunlight to produce foods from carbon dioxide and water. This process called photosynthesis involves the plant drawing up water from roots, and leaves taking in CO2 from the air and trapping energy from the sun. The energy from the sun turns…

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The Featured Creatures Collection

What is that!? Wondering about the green caterpillar you found nestled in your broccoli or the manylegged creature crawling up your pants leg? Learn all about it in the Featured Creatures collection on Ask IFAS! Creatures with Stories UF/IFAS’s Entomology and Nematology Department in cooperation with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Division of Plant…

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The multipurpose podocarpus

Hedge, Screen, or Tree – the Podocarpus Has Many UsesSo, you are interested in a hedge, but also a tree that is fairly wind-resistant?  Perhaps you would like a Podocarpus which can be used either as a hedge, a screen or even as a tree.  Read further for more information on this very popular woody…

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Weekly “What is it?”: Magnolia

        The new Mississippi state flag was adopted on January 11, 2021. The flag features a magnolia bloom, representing its nickname, “The Magnolia State” and its state tree and flower. About a year ago, one of my regular blog readers asked if magnolia trees (Magnolia grandiflora) had any particularly redeeming qualities. The one…

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