horticulture

Lack of Winter Chill a Problem for Fruit

Many of us are enjoying our warmer temperatures this winter, but many deciduous fruit crops really need cold temperatures in order to break dormancy for the year.  In areas that experience cold temperatures plants have evolved the ability to survive by slowing growth and protecting sensitive tissues by going dormant.  In order to break out …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/lng/2017/02/08/lack-of-winter-chill-a-problem-for-fruit/

Don’t Be Afraid to Disturb the Rootball

Ten years after installtion, this plant was ultimately killed by girdling, circling roots.

A new tree or shrub is an investment for the future. When we pick an ornamental plant, we have the hope that it will survive for many years and offer seasons of beauty that enhance our landscape.  Time is often spent picking a suitable spot, preparing the planting hole, and watering until establishment.  We give …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/lng/2016/12/19/dont-be-afraid-to-disturb-the-rootball/

Look More Deeply for Causes of Plant Wilt

Plants have specific ways of telling gardeners that there is a problem but not all plant symptoms lead us directly to the cause. During drier conditions, we often use wilting leaves as an indicator that water is needed.  This can be a reliable symptom that the soil is lacking moisture but it is not always …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/lng/2016/11/16/look-more-deeply-for-causes-of-plant-wilt/

Consider Landscape Fabric Carefully

Homeowners and horticulture professionals spend time to develop an attractive ornamental bed only to have weeds take over months or a few years later. One common method in the attempt to prevent weeds is to apply a landscape fabric around plants in beds and place a layer of mulch on top to dress it up.  …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/lng/2016/08/17/consider-landscape-fabric-carefully/

Encore® azaleas

Normally azaleas are just a forgotten green shrub in summer but the Encore® azaleas offer color even during the hottest times of the growing season. These selections may tolerate more sun but prefer to have some shade when temperatures are hot. Provide with supplemental water if rain is lacking but make sure that soil is …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/lng/2016/07/22/encore-azaleas/