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USF Botanical Gardens Summer Plant Festival

June 24, 2017, 10:00am - June 25, 2017, 3:00pm

Tropical plants and crafts to purchase

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This is a follow up post to my article about growing sweet potatoes. By placing a mature sweet potato in a glass of water and waiting for a period of time, "slips" are produced (See attached Photos." These slips are then removed from the sweet potato and placed into a small glass of water to facilitate root initiation. In about a week, small roots are formed See Photos. Separate the slips and make sure not to injure the new roots. Plant the slips in the garden using a prepared garden soil. You can read my full article by requesting a copy from mark@abc-pestcontrol.com or waiting for the full article to be posted here. ... See MoreSee Less

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Another Palm Tree problem I have seen quite often is trunk splitting or longitudinal cracking of the stems of palms. Slight cracks are normal and should not be a cause for worry.(See Photo) However, large, deep cracks (see photos) can be a sign of freeze damage, planted too deep, or excessive watering. Cracks such as seen here are usually fatal to the tree. Please call a Pest Control Applicator or Certified Arborist to look at or treat your trees if necessary! ... See MoreSee Less

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Palm Tree - Problems or just a natural occurrence? I have had several inquiries regarding the trunks of palm trees. Some show signs of erosion (see photos) and some with large holes in them caused by woodpeckers.

Erosion of palm trunks is the natural aging of palms over time. Just like people, as you age, you start showing age spots on your skin, some older palms shed the soft cortical tissues on the outer portions of the palm trunk alarming homeowners. I assure you that although your palm is aging, as long as you continue to feed and care for your palm, your tree will survive.

Hope this helps! Good Luck!
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ABC Pest Control, Inc. added a new photo. ... See MoreSee Less

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