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  • Don't Encourage Pesky Air Potato

    ​Air Potato- Is a prohibited, invasive, non-native plant that can spread on its own, causing environmental and economic damage. Air potato is an aggressive twining vine a generally bitter, poisonous member of the yam family......

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  • Plants That Feed on Mosquitoes

    ​Tropical carnivorous pitcher plants botanically known as Nepenthes feed on insects including roaches, ants and mosquitoes. You can grow pitcher plant vines quite easily by following some simple steps. Nepenthes require growing outside in a humid bright light location like you would grow an orchid...

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  • 26 Master Gardener Volunteers Complete 16 Week Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension Training Program

    ​Master Gardener are trained volunteers educated through the University of Florida Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension Service. Our Master Gardeners offer our community reliable, relevant and reachable gardening information and education opportunities. The sixteen week Master Gardener educatio...

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  • ​University of Florida Recommended Storm Preparation for Your Yard

    Our area has been free of hurricane-strength winds for a number of years, there is however, a possibility of severe damage to trees and to the structures near them when a storm finally hits. Trees and shrubs, even those native to an area, can grow too massive or unbalanced to be able to stand winds...

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  • Hurricane Landscape Tips

    ​Take some time to carefully look at each canopy tree, and large shrub in your landscape. Properly prune out all dead or damaged branches......

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  • May Gardening Calendar

    Ornamental bedding plants that can thrive in summer heat include coleus, salvia, torenia, wax begonia, and ornamental pepper. Summer loving herbs include Mexican tarragon, ginger......

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  • Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension University of Florida - EDIS Online Publication System

    ​EDIS is the Electronic Data Information Source of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. The research mission of UF/IFAS, is to discover new scientific knowledge, encourage innovative study and create applications based on sound science - delivering solutions to the...

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  • Pruning Palms Properly

    ​A correctly fertilized and pruned palm should have a 360 degree round canopy of green fronds. University of Florida specialists has observed that after our severe hurricane seasons of 2004 and 2005 "hurricane-cut" palms were more likely to have their crowns snapped off than those with fuller can...

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  • Valentine Bouquet Flower Care

    Everyone loves receiving a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Flowers that hold up well in water include the obvious rose, other cut flowers not so evident that do well too are gerberas, salvias, bird of paradise, zinnia and gaillardia....

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  • University of Florida Gardening Tips

    ​Cool season flowering annuals that can be planted this month include begonia, browallia, lobelia, dianthus, dusty miller, and nicotiana. Winter is a great time to plant bulbs that will bloom this spring. Spring flowering bulbs to try are clivia, crinum lily, and agapanthus. ...

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  • Support Mounts Garden-Unique Locally Grown Botanical Garden Plants Available

    ​The Mounts Botanical Garden offers exceptional plants propagated from the garden. Master Gardener volunteers assist in growing an array of native and exotic plants which are for sale in support of the garden. The Mounts Botanical Garden 'Guild' nursery conducts a plant sale each Monday and Thursd...

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  • Plant a Palm

    Palms provide that tropical look to the landscape while adding to your property value. Most palms are well adapted to our soils and require minimum care to establish and maintain. Factors to consider when selecting a palm include eventual mature size, single or multi trunked and feather or fan shap...

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  • Loblolly Bay - A Florida Native Tree

    Residents are planting more native trees, shrubs and ground covers into their home landscape. Florida native plants can withstand the stresses of South Florida temperatures, rainfall, insects and diseases. The right native plant, planted into the right location often require less maintenance than ...

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  • "Before You Tie The Knot" Marriage Preparation Class

    Before You Tie the Knot (BYTK) is a research-based premarital education program designed to offer constructive guidance to couples as they begin their lives as a married couple. The program aims to help couples understand that it takes both partners working together to make a marriage successful. T...

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  • Chocolate - The Cocoa Tree

    Our ever increasing warm tropical climate is helping gardeners to grow Cocoa, the chocolate bean tree. Cocoa-(Theobroma cacao) is an ancient crop, grown and harvested for thousands of years by native Central and South Americans. Cocoa trees can grow up to 25 ft and must be planted into a partially ...

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Ronald Rice
Cooperative Extension Director

The Clayton E. Hutcheson
Agricultural Services Center
559 North Military Trail
West Palm Beach
Florida 33415

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