Author Archives: AskthePlantMaster

About AskthePlantMaster

I have 50 years of horticultural experience, am currently a Master Gardener in Central Florida. In addition, I'm a Horticulture Instructor and retired Parks Manager and Arborist. I love plants and would love to help you with yours!

Lawn Insects

Here in Central Florida we have a number of insect pests that attack our lawns, which include:  fire ants, grubs, mole crickets, chinch bugs, fall army worms, and tropical sod web worms.  If you see any areas where the lawn … Continue reading

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Crape Myrtle Update

In previous blog posts, I have mentioned crape myrtles.  Since then I have found additional information about them.  There are numerous new varieties now available.  This includes the Black Diamond series, which have almost black leaves and only grows to … Continue reading

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Planting Flowers Under Trees

In my June 2016 newsletter I responded to a question about adding plants beneath citrus trees.  My response was don’t; for the sake of potential problems, including death of the citrus tree. Since then I’ve been asked what about adding … Continue reading

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Sago Palm Pups

Summer is almost here, and if you have a sago palm, as many of us do, you’ve probably noticed new growth known as”pups” developing around their base.  If you would like more plants, now is the time to remove these … Continue reading

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Rose Rosette Virus – An Update

Because many of you have roses, I want to give you an update on Rose Rosette Virus.  According to an article published in the April 2016 issue of Grower Talks, this virus continues to be a growing problem.  It is … Continue reading

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Neonicotinoids

How many of you are familiar with Neonicotinoids?  If you haven’t, don’t feel too bad; I hadn’t either.  Recently when I purchased some annuals for my flower beds, included was a tag that identified the plant and how to care … Continue reading

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Cercospora Leaf Spot on Ligustrum

If any of you have Ligustrum (aka Privet), plants in your landscape, there’s a good chance they may have Cercospora Leaf Spot on their foliage. Symptoms to look for include irregular brown spots with yellow margins on the upper leaf … Continue reading

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Coping With Our Summer Weather

1.  Plant Watering –   If you have lived in Central Florida for several years, you probably have come to realize that our summer rainfall can be either a boom or a bust.  If you’ve been lucky enough to receive … Continue reading

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Invasive Vines

Having lived in Florida the past 36 years, I’ve noticed a continuing growing presence of various vining plants including wild grape, air potato, poison ivy and poison oak, plus several ornamental vines including honeysuckle and various species of jasmine; overpowering … Continue reading

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Mistletoe

During my recent travels in Central Florida, I’ve noticed an over abundance of mistletoe growing in our trees, yet little if anything has or is being done to eradicate this pest.  Why?  If left unchecked, it can kill trees. Ancient … Continue reading

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