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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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Panama rose – revisited
When you start noticing more underutilized flowering shrubs being planted in the area, the value of that plant begins to shine through.  Several years ago, I noticed a whole hedge line of Panama roses in front of a commercial building on 41 in Port Charlotte


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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


This Hurricane Season, Be Prepared for Anything
The 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season begins June 1. Are you ready? Maybe you think you’re ready—you’ve got some bottled water and canned goods to last a few days


Food of the gods it is not!
While ambrosia is often called the “food of the gods”, when it is attached to the ambrosia beetle, it is not so heavenly.  In fact, ambrosia beetles are taking advantage of freeze-damaged trees in our area as they bore in and reproduce across the landscape


Canna I grow it?
Perhaps one of the most popular and successful perennial flowers adapted to our hot and wet Florida climate are the canna lilies.  They not only have large flowers, some actually have colorful foliage


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    Deep freeze 2022 – postmortem part II – palm edition
    With our recent freeze hopefully behind us, I wanted to focus more on the damage suffered by area palms and how to deal with these landscape patients.  Beyond our hardy palms such as Sabal, Sylvester, Canary Island Date, Saw Palmettos, etc


    Deep freeze 2022 – postmortem
    We were due for a freeze.  I received my share of frost/freeze damage this year which always looks bad and is somewhat depressing