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Dodder: Vampire Plant or Nature’s Own Genetic Modification Organism?

Dodder vines covering an oak seedling. The vines always wrap counterclockwise.Photo Credit: Jed Dillard Vampires of all types and genetic modifications are hot topics these days, and a common, but uncommon looking and acting Florida weed may have combined the two subjects. Dodder, a native invasive, parasitic plant, reproduces by seed but does not have enough …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/07/10/dodder-vampire-plant-or-natures-own-genetic-modification-organism/

What To Do with All This Rain? Plant a Rain Garden!

Rain gardens are an easy way to return water to our aquifer, reduce erosion, and help prevent stormwater runoff. Running down the driveway or patio, rainwater can pick up lawn chemicals and pesticides. A rain garden is basically a low section of the landscape planted with native plants that like to get their “feet” wet. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/04/14/what-to-do-with-all-this-rain-plant-a-rain-garden/

New Thrips-Transmitted Plant Viruses in Florida Crops

Figure 1. Tomato chlorotic spot virus symptoms on a young tomato plant. Photo Credit Joe Funderburk Joe Funderburk, North Florida REC, University of Florida, Quincy and Scott Adkins, USDA-ARS, Fort Pierce, FL Tospoviruses are a group of plant infecting viruses that cause economically significant crop losses worldwide. Tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV) is the original …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/02/28/new-thrips-transmitted-plant-viruses-in-florida-crops/

Start the Year Off Right — Plant a Tree!

Planting a tree is an excellent way to insure clean air and water in the future. Photo credit: Carrie Stevenson Most of us begin a new year with resolutions–to exercise more, to eat right, to spend our time more productively–but few things have as many lasting impacts for the future as the simple act of …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/01/13/start-the-year-off-right-plant-a-tree/

What Does the Launch of New Generic Fungicides Mean for Plant Disease Management in 2014?

The 2013 foliar peanut disease fungicide trial from Marianna, FL. It is important to monitor products for reductions in their efficacy when managing for fungicide resistance. Early in 2014 the patent for the popular strobilurin fungicide (FRAC group 11) azoxystrobin will expire. Azoxystrobin is the active ingredient in the Syngenta® fungicides Quadris®, Abound® and Heritage® …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/01/31/what-does-the-launch-of-new-generic-fungicides-mean-for-plant-disease-management-in-2014/

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. Cold damage on Ornamental. Image Credit Eddie Powell UF IFAS Extension Walton County After a freeze, see if your plants are dry.  Even injured plants need water. Plants, however …

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Plant Profile: Apalachee Crapemyrtle, Lagerstroemia indica × fauriei ‘Apalachee’

‘Apalachee’ has light lavender flowers. Photo by Gary Knox ‘Apalachee’ crapemyrtle is a statuesque small deciduous tree with lavender flowers, dark green leaves and cinnamon-orange bark. Lagerstroemia indica x fauriei ‘Apalachee’ is one of the hybrids released in 1987 from the breeding program of the U.S. National Arboretum. It grows as an upright to vase-shaped, …

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Plant a Tree to Celebrate Arbor Day!

East Bay Holly. Photo by Mary Derrick, UF IFAS   Important! The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is now.  ~Chinese Proverb 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 …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/12/24/plant-a-tree-to-celebrate-arbor-day/

New Plant Profile: Faber’s Maple, Acer fabri

  Acer fabri (Faber’s Maple) is unlike maples familiar to most people as it does not have the typical three or five-lobed leaves. Instead, leaves of Faber’s maple are un-lobed, slender and very glossy. In addition, most people know maple as a deciduous tree, dropping its leaves in fall, whereas Faber’s maple is evergreen. Figure 1. …

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Sugar Cane: Plant Now for a Sweeter Summer

Row of sugar cane. Image Credit: Les Harrison By Les Harrison, UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension Director October has ushered in the fall gardening season. Turnips, mustard, radishes, carrots and a variety of other cool season crops have emerged and are growing. Another once common crop ready to be planted in October is sugar cane.  Cane …

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Permanent link to this article: http://gulf.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/10/21/sugar-cane-plant-now-for-a-sweeter-summer/

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