Moving with Houseplants

An estimated 1,000 people move to the state of Florida every day. According to PEW Research, “roughly one-in-five Americans have relocated due to the pandemic or know someone who has.” These statistics, combined with a nationwide trend in indoor gardening, leads many people to wonder what the rules are when it comes to moving with houseplants. The National … More Moving with Houseplants

DPI Exporting Fresh From Florida Blueberries Worldwide

Aside from working to keep pest and disease far from Florida’s blueberry crops, DPI has been helping Florida growers find opportunities to sell berries to new markets all over the country and globe.  As the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services recently reported, Florida’s market share of the global blueberry trade has decreased by 38% since 2015. … More DPI Exporting Fresh From Florida Blueberries Worldwide

The Beauty of Bonsai; Caring through Composting

Find them in DPI’s Florida Citrus Arboretum World Bonsai Day, May 9, and National Composting Awareness Week, May 2-8, may not be on your calendar, but at the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Plant Industry (FDACS-DPI) office in Winter Haven, the Florida Citrus Arboretum features both of the celebrated activities.    The Florida Citrus Arboretum got its start in 1975 and hosts over 217 varieties of citrus. The collection represents everything from … More The Beauty of Bonsai; Caring through Composting

One Year of Hemp

As of today, Florida’s Hemp Cultivation Program has been accepting applications for licensing to grow hemp for one entire year. Hemp opportunities created an estimated $370 million impact and Florida ranks in the top five states for cannabis job growth.   The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services manages and regulates Florida’s state hemp program and cannabis products, including CBD. Headquartered in Gainesville, Florida, … More One Year of Hemp

Winter Beekeeping Tips

The winter season is one of the most difficult times to keep up an apiary. The temperature and weather become highly unpredictable. Cold wind can whisk away unsecured hive components and stray bees. Snow can block air openings on your hives, preventing proper ventilation and stopping bees from coming out to search for food.  Simply … More Winter Beekeeping Tips

All About the Folklore of Christmas Insects

Written by Paula Dwyer, Division of Plant Industry Public Information Officer of South Florida When you think of Christmas, insects don’t often come to mind. (Unless, of course, they are falling off your tree, which is another subject entirely.) However, certain insects have played a prominent role in a few Christmas folktales, so settle in … More All About the Folklore of Christmas Insects

Day In The Life: DPI’s Christine Zamora is on the Job Helping Growers Get Their Plant Products Delivered

Written by Paula Dwyer, Division of Plant Industry Public Information Officer of South Florida Growing crops in Florida can be tough, considering the aggressive insect pests and diseases that have set up shop in Florida’s warm and humid climate. But the challenge for the grower doesn’t always end once the crop is harvested. Sometimes they … More Day In The Life: DPI’s Christine Zamora is on the Job Helping Growers Get Their Plant Products Delivered