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UF/IFAS Extension
Charlotte County

Charlotte County Extension Service is a partnership between the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Charlotte County government, to provide scientific knowledge and expertise to the public.

1120 Centennial Boulevard
Port Charlotte, FL 33953


Monday - Friday
8am - 5pm

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Vanda orchids at a glance
Orchids are not my forte, but I do know what I like and how to care for them.  In the category of orchids, my first orchid of choice is the cattleya


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COVID-19 and UF/IFAS Extension
Updated 03/16/20 As we continue to monitor COVID-19 in Florida, I wanted to take a moment to update our UF/IFAS Extension community about our current status, best practices and next steps. Please call your local UF/IFAS Extension office or view the local update page for the most up to date information on your


The View from Two Months In
Hello all, and welcome to a brand new year! I’ve been Dean of UF/IFAS Extension now for a little over two months. When I first started, I received a piece of advice from SVP Scott Angle: “Above all, just have fun!” he told me


Dyckia – another type of bromeliad
Almost everyone is familiar with bromeliads and the myriad of types, colors and floral displays.  There is another bromeliad relative called Dyckia which maintains the bromeliad shape but has characteristics of hardiness and drought-tolerance more in keeping with succulents


Some writings on pencil cactus
The pencil cactus is a common plant found for sale at garden centers destine for dish gardens and local landscapes.  They are succulents and exotic in form and nature with pencil-width stems and tiny leaves


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    Holey leaves – when holes in leaves are a good thing
    Most people freak out when they find holes in the leaves of their plants!  However, in some cases holes are expected and ornamental.  Have you ever seen the “Swiss Cheese” plant?  This houseplant is known for its holes and would not look good, nor fulfill its name, without these missing spaces


    Flowering now as a holiday reminder of the real snow up north
    I wrote about this relatively new weed a few years ago and it has made an appearance once again! You may have seen what looks like swathes of “light snow” on medians, the sides of roads and local yards. What you are actually seeing is a plant called large-flower pusley