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Port Saint Lucie, FL
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Plant barrier to block view and noise of Florida Turnpike
I live in Port St Lucie FL and my development backs to Florida turnpike. We want to plant to block noise and view. Any suggestions? thank you
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Port St Lucie, FL
Propagation of Cordyline fruticosa from Port St. Lucie FL
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Vero Beach, FL
Plants for bioswale in Vero Beach FL
Can you recommend plantings for bioswales located in Volusia County area of Florida?
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Vero Beach, FL
When will angels trumpet bloom in Vero Beach, FL?
At what age or height will my angel's trumpet be able to produce flowers?
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Stuart, FL
Identification of lily in Florida Savannas Preserve State Park
I found a lily blooming in the Savannas Preserve State Park in Martin County Florida. It is similar to a Michaux lily but doesn't have apparent spots. The foliage is also different from photos I ha...
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Stuart, FL
Non-native mango in pool area in Stuart FL
We are landscaping a backyard and want to put in a pool. He wants to keep the huge mango tree that overhangs part of the pool area, I don't really care but would like to know what other fast growing...
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Stuart, FL
Plants in bloom in April in Stuart FL
Can you tell me which plants I might reasonably expect to see in bloom in April of this year?
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Fellsmere, FL
Care for non-native, invasive Bauhinia variegata
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Okeechobee, FL
Fast-growing, Horse-safe Pasture Tree for Okeechobee, FL
I'm looking for a fast growing tree to plant in pasture that's safe for horses.
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Jupiter, FL
Chlorine tolerant plants for planters near pool in Florida
I am looking for planting ideas for two planters next to our hot tub/pool. Plants need to withstand chlorine from pool, not attract bees, and take full sun. We are in South Florida. The planters ar...
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Palm Bay, FL
Difficulty with Clay Soil from Palm Bay, FL
I had a very nice little native shady area behind my house for over 40 years, but now it has been cleared except for a 100 foot tall live oak in the center of this raised mound (50' x 80'). I've be...
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Palm Bay, FL
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Palm Beach Gardens, FL
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Melbourne, FL
Is the orchid tree (Bauhinia lunarioides) poisonous to dogs?
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Royal Palm Beach, FL
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Royal Palm Beach, FL
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Royal Palm Beach, FL
Containerized citrus foliage deformed
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Is non-native Ixora poisonous to horses?
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