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UF/IFAS Extension
Charlotte County

UF/IFAS Extension Charlotte County 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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Foolproof Palm Care: Paurotis Palm
Palms swaying in the breeze are typically associated with a tropical or subtropical climate but in the plant world, palms have a unique characteristic: because many of them grow with an elevated canopy similar to trees, in lay-terms, palms are usually regarded as trees, but in the strict botanic sense, palms are not classified as trees. Palms can also often have unique growth requirements, and those for the Paurotis palm are reviewed


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Backyard Vegetable Growing
Saturday, September 10TH 9:30A.M


Staying Safe and Healthy on the Farm
September 18-24 is National Farm Safety and Health Week. Agriculture is one of our nation’s most important industries


Suds in the garden
Aloe plants are very popular due to their Its adaptability to a variety of conditions.  Besides the ever-familiar Aloe vera plant, there is another species known as the soap aloe or Aloe maculata


4-H Youth Led Club Meetings
4-H Club meetings play a very important part of the 4-H experience. During 4-H meetings, club members have the opportunity to gain knowledge, learn new skills such as leadership and management, share ideas, make friends, and build a network of support for now and in the future while being advised and supported by trained and screened adults


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    Once upon a millipede
    We receive many calls from homeowners having issues with worm-like, several inch long critters that turn out to be millipedes. Millipede populations periodically congregate as they migrate to other sites – maybe your lanai or garage


    Shades of orange – the crossandra
    A common, but often underutilized plant, crossandra is an ideal companion for any landscape that offers part-sun and part-shade conditions.  This native to India and Sri Lanka is a perennial evergreen shrub that provides a stunning combination of glossy green leaves and bright orange flowers that few plants can offer