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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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The queen of perennials – the crinum lily
As we creep back to normal after the hurricane, one perennial plant comes to mind that every landscape should have – the flowering bulb called the crinum lily.  There are many types and cultivars suitable to keep a collector going for years


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This Thanksgiving, Thank a Farmer
This Thanksgiving Day, families and friends across the country will gather to show gratitude for our good fortune by sitting down together over a meal. Not just any meal, but a proper feast, with multiple courses, side dishes, appetizers and desserts


Starting over from scratch – the Florida-friendly landscaping™ way!
Post-hurricane our landscapes are blank canvases awaiting renewal and reinvigoration.  What better time to explore the Florida- Friendly Landscaping™ manner of gardening!   Our yards are merely small models of the outside environment


Foolproof Palm Care: Florida Silver Palm
Although Florida is home to countless numbers of palms, the list of palms that are actually native to Florida is remarkably short, among them being the Florida Silverpalm (Coccothrinax argentata), so named because of the bluish-silver undersurface of the fronds. Being a native plant, the Silverpalm plays an important role in supporting the food and habitat ecosystem for Florida's bird and deer population


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    Foolproof Palm Care: European Fan Palm
    Among the short list of cold-hardy palms which can tolerate temperatures below freezing, the European Fan Palm (Chamerops humilis) is the only one native to - you guessed it - Europe. It is also one of the slower-growing palms, but its curved trunk and finely-textured palmate fronds lend a distinctive architechture to the landscape


    Looking to plant new trees – what are best to resist a hurricane?
    While many tree failures can be traced to structural weaknesses that could be eliminated with training, some trees (and palms) are just naturally more wind resistant than others and better apt to survive a hurricane.  Many other factors can all contribute to tree stability in high winds including the amount of rain, tree health, soil conditions, and even other surrounding trees