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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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2022 – New year’s gardening resolutions
It has been a great gardening year, but 2022 is ready for cultivation and planting! Take time for some personal horticultural reflection and goal setting in the gardening department! The New Year is a great time to make some horticultural resolutions that will benefit any landscape. Let's look at some tips, techniques and strategies that will make your landscaping experience in Southwest Florida the best in 2022 – we can


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Outdoor Adventures Virtual 4-H Camp
Charlotte, Glades & Hendry Counties Ages 8-18 October 13th – November 17th Each Tuesday at 4:00 PM via Zoom Topics will include: Fishing, Archery, Track & Scat ID, Outdoor Cooking, Survival, First Aid & Plant ID Please register by October 1st at: For more information please contact: kpopa@ufl


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


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


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


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    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


    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