Lots and Lots of Pineapples

One of our local readers invited the Hernando Sun to come by and check out his pineapple plants.  Acy Holly, who is 89 of Brooksville has over 100 pineapple plants. He started growing them about 5 or 6 years ago.  He said he found a pot with a plant in it one day, not knowing what type of plant it was, continued to water it. One day a pineapple started to grow, and he’s been growing them ever since. In the beginning his wife obtained a few tops that Publix saved for her, and over time the plants have doubled and tripled in number.

Florida Friendly Pruning Tips

Lilly Browning is the Hernando County Florida Friendly Plant Program Coordinator

It is feeling a bit like springtime. We’ve had a fairly warm winter, and some of our spring plants are going to start blooming early. That puts us all in a mood to freshen up our yards, and start pruning for the coming season. Here are some pruning tips to remember before you pick up those pruning shears:

Planting trees in your landscape

by Dr. William Lester, UF/IFAS Extension Hernando County and
Patricia Cooke, UF/IFAS Extension Hernando County Master Gardener

New trees are a long-term investment. They form the framework for your landscape. Hernando County is in USDA’s hardiness zone 9. Choose varieties of Florida Friendly or native plants that are suited to grow in west central Florida. Ask questions and read plant labels. UF/IFAS has a central Florida tree list with links for details about a number of varieties and site selection criteria. Go to:

Florida Friendly Plant of the Week: Dancing Ladies


October 28, 2016- A delightful plant in bloom right now is the Dancing Lady orchid or Oncidium spp. Oncidium species are usually epiphytes, meaning they grow harmlessly on other plants, while some grow on rocks.

There are about 600 different species of Oncidiums. They are extremely diverse, as species grow from sea level to 13,300 feet, throughout South and Central America, the Caribbean and Florida.