Commercial Horticulture/Ornamental Production

Nurseries in Manatee County grow woody ornamentals, foliage, floral crops and sod with a value of 60 million dollars per year.

Areas of Expertise and Service to Manatee County

  • Commercial Horticulture Production
  • Nursery and Greenhouse Production
  • Plant Disease and Insect Pest ID
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
  • Irrigation and Water Conservation
  • Salinity and pH
  • Pesticide Training & Licensing
  • Federal & State Regulations 
  • Industrial Hemp Questions
  • 4H/FFA FNGLA Plant Project (Manatee County Fair Plant Show & Sale)

Pesticide Training & Exams

Extension Agent II, Commercial Horticulture


Wael Elwakil

Commercial Horticulture

Phone: 941-722-4524 ext. 1814

1303 17th Street West

Palmetto, FL 34221

Ornamental Horticulture Blogs

Sensor-Based In-Season Nitrogen Recommendations for Commercial Crops

Nitrogen plays several important roles in plant health. It provides structural, genetic, and metabolic compounds, amino acids, and enzymes. It also contributes to...

Role of Controlled Release Fertilizer in Future BMPs

Bob Hochmuth (RSA – Vegetable Crops) and De Broughton (RSA – Agronomic Row Crops) from the UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center discussed the role of controlled release fertilizer in future BMPs during the recent Virtual Ag BMP...

Report your atala butterflies here…

The Florida atala butterfly (Eumaeus atala Poey) is a beautiful, somewhat rare hairstreak butterfly characterized by satiny black wings featuring an iridescent turquois shimmer. It was thought to be extinct due to overharvest of its host...