RESIDENTIAL HORTICULTURE

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The UF/IFAS Extension Residential Horticulture program provides research-based gardening and landscaping information to the residents of Polk County. 

A Plant Clinic is staffed during business hours to answer questions related to your lawn and landscape.  Workshops and presentations are open to the public and can be offered to groups through our speaker’s bureau.  Youth and school-based programs are provided to supplement current school standards. 

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CONTACT

Anne Yasalonis

Residential Horticulture

Extension Agent II, M.S.

863-519-1047

anneanne@ufl.edu

NEED ANSWERS TO YOUR HOME GARDENING, LANDSCAPING AND PEST QUESTIONS?

 Contact the Plant Clinic


(863) 519-1057

polkmg@ifas.ufl.edu

Available Services Include:

- Troubleshooting plant problems

- Soil pH testing for a minimal fee

- Insect, disease and plant identification

- Florida-Friendly LandscapingTM recommendations

- Vegetable and fruit tree growing assistance

RECENT RESIDENTIAL HORTICULTURE BLOG POSTS

Trees and Cold Weather

Native trees tend not to be too susceptible to the cold here in central Florida, UNLESS they are native to southern Florida, and the gardener, who is terribly susceptible to the allure of nursery catalogs, has allowed them to outgrow their pots and put them into the ground. Mea culpa! As a consequence, I keep an eye on the weather report, watching for the dreaded, but fortunately rare Canadian freight train of arctic chill air. Once I hear

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Native Trees

by UF/IFAS Extension Polk County Master Gardener, Celia Beamish My favorite native tree is the native pine. Of course, there are several native pines, so a person with a bigger yard than mine could have a collection! Would that be cool or what? The first one I’d plant would be the longleaf pine, Pinus palustris. The thing about these trees that’s so adorable is the growth stages they go through. At first they go into what is

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Succulents

Succulents are tough, drought-tolerant plants that come in an array of colors, shapes and sizes.  The are fun to plant in both shady and sunny locations and require very minimal maintenance when grown outdoors. UF/IFAS Extension Polk County has some wonderful resources to get you introduced to the wonderful world of growing succulents.  If you click on the links below, you will learn the basics of creating a dish garden

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