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Growing Florida Native Plants

Growing Florida Native Plants

Growing Florida Native Plants

At Royal Landscape Nursery, we're passionate about promoting sustainable gardening practices that respect and enhance our local ecosystem. 

Why Choose Florida Native Plants?

Florida's unique climate and ecosystem create the perfect setting for a diverse range of native plants. These plants are adapted to Florida's weather, meaning they require less watering and are more resistant to local pests and diseases. By choosing native plants, you're not only making gardening easier but also providing a habitat for local wildlife such as bees, butterflies, and birds.

We specialize in offering a rich selection of Florida native plants that are not only beautiful but also vital for maintaining the ecological balance of our local environments.

Our wide selection of Florida native plants is an excellent starting point for anyone looking to make a positive impact in our environment. Visit us today to see how you can transform your space with the beauty and resilience of Florida native plants, and help us protect the natural beauty of our state.

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The Relationship Between Milkweed and Monarch Butterflies

The Relationship Between Milkweed and Monarch Butterflies

The Relationship Between Milkweed and Monarch Butterflies

 

Milkweed plants have become a favorite for many who visit Royal Landscape Nursery, and their appeal is about much more than their visual charm. The milkweed is a crucial part of the Monarch butterfly's life cycle.

Milkweed plants serve as the sole host for Monarch butterflies to lay their eggs. When the eggs hatch, the resulting caterpillars feast on the Milkweed, ingesting its toxins as a defense mechanism against predators. This symbiotic relationship is a beautiful dance of survival and one of nature's delicate balances.

In recent years, the Monarch butterfly population has seen a dramatic decline due to habitat loss, climate change, and pesticide use. By planting Milkweed, gardeners provide a haven for these creatures to reproduce and continue their life cycle.

We pride ourselves on offering a variety of Milkweed species, knowing that each plant sold can become a future home for Monarch caterpillars. Our nursery's selection of pollinator-friendly plants extends beyond Milkweed, as we strive to offer an oasis for all types of pollinators.

We invite you to visit Royal Landscape Nursery to select the perfect Milkweed for your garden.

Stop by our nursery today or give us a call at (407) 296-3042 to learn more about our selection of Milkweed and the other plants and trees we have.

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Find Your Spring Favorites at Royal Landscape Nursery!

Find Your Spring Favorites at Royal Landscape Nursery!

As spring dawns, Royal Landscape Nursery proudly showcases an array of springtime favorites now available for our garden enthusiasts. This season, we highlight a collection of plants renowned for their vibrant colors and lush foliage, perfect for revitalizing any Florida garden.

 

Hibiscus: Come see our selection of Hibiscus, with their large, creamy petals that can bring a tropical feel to your outdoor space.

 

Shrimp Plant: Looking to add a pop of fiery red to your beds? Our Shrimp Plants are just the ticket with their unique bracts that resemble shrimp.

 

Blue Plumbago: For a touch of tranquility, the soft blue blooms of our Blue Plumbago are a sublime choice, promising to transform your garden into a serene retreat.

 

Firecracker Plant: Ignite your landscape with the red spikes of the Firecracker Plant, an instant eye-catcher and conversation starter.

 

Tibouchina: Add a dash of royal purple with the Tibouchina, whose lush blooms add a noble touch to any setting.

 

Bush Daisy: Brighten up a sunny spot with the cheerful yellow flowers of the Bush Daisy, a delightful burst of sunshine for your garden.

 

Bougainvillea: For a dramatic effect, the cascading colors of our Bougainvillea will create a spectacular display, draping your garden in rich, vivid hues.

 

Alongside these featured plants, we continue to offer top-quality fresh-cut sod daily, catering to ...

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Chasing the Worm, Identifying the Species–Mezcal Science

Chasing the Worm, Identifying the Species–Mezcal Science

Source: UF/IFAS 2023

Chasing the Worm, Identifying the Species–Mezcal Science

Did you know that nobody knew what kind of worm was in mezcal? Recently, UF entomologists chased the worm all the way to the agave farms making mezcal in Mexico.

Mezcal is a growing industry, and while it has been consumed for hundreds of years, the lingering worm at the bottom of the bottle was added in the 1940s. This mostly niche, small batch craft product continues to increase in popularity as craft cocktails remain a craze. That worm though, we need a lot more of them!

Known as gusanos de maguey, aka worms of agave, UF scientists realized the actual species of insect responsible for the larval stage “worm” was unknown. The researchers suspected that the mezcal worms must be a variety of different species. Were different farmers putting different worms in their bottles? Did everyone use the same species while it remained unknown to science? Could any worm work?

All 18 farms in the study used the same caterpillar from the same moth species, Comadia redtenbacheri, commonly known as the agave redworm moth. This caterpillar larvae burrows deep into agave plants, so with the increase in popularity of mezcal, the wild harvested worms are in short supply. Plus, harvesting the larvae often kills the agave. Farmers may actually start farming agaves for THE WORMS!

Here are a few interesting takeaways:

While most caterpillars receiving a lot of attention in...

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Agave: Cheers to Spirits in the Garden

Agave: Cheers to Spirits in the Garden

Source: UF/IFAS 2023

Bring mezcal to life; grow agaves in the garden!

Agave is generally tolerant of Florida’s climate with its succulent leaves showcasing different shades of greens and blues. The shape of the plant generates interest, and it makes a great statement in the landscape. A plant can and should resemble so much more. Plants and gardens weave the stories of human experience.

Mezcal represents a fantastic group of spirits distilled from roasted and crushed agaves from specific regions of Mexico. While not as ancient as wine, mezcal has likely been distilled and consumed since the Spanish brought techniques to the New World in the 1500s. Prior to that, the indigenous preferred hallucinogenic excursions, truly spiritual, using mescaline containing cacti among other powerful local herbs (read One River by Wade Davis to learn more). The similarity of terminology, mezcal and mescaline, is likely to blame for people incorrectly assuming “mezcal” has hallucinogenic effects–it does not–it just takes you from sippy, to tipsy, to drunk like many other alcoholic distillates predictably do.

Mezcal, more like wine or champagne

More like wine, different types of mezcal come from different species of agave struggling in different climates developing unique complex flavors! Furthermore, those different species of agave grow in different regions and soil types; some are more rare, others take decades to mature. Then, there is the...

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Why You Should Shop at a Local Plant Nursery

Why You Should Shop at a Local Plant Nursery

To get everything you need for your gardening projects, you have a variety of options. There are countless box stores on every Orlando-area street, but they leave a lot to be desired with their mass-produced supplies and withering plants.

We recommend shopping at a local garden center. This way, you can gain access to several benefits including experienced staff and robust native plants. Our garden center, located in Gotha, FL, is convenient to areas such asThe Villages, Clermont, Winter Garden, Windermere, and more.


Local plant nurseries are staffed with knowledgeable team members.

Retail stores are often staffed with underpaid employees with no proper horticulture experience. By visiting a local plant nursery, you are gaining access to passionate and knowledgable team members who want to help you find the best plants for your particular landscape.

Our staff at Royal Landscape Nursery is familiar with the Orlando and The Villages regions and what plants perform best in our climate. We offer a level of service that exceeds what you'll find in a big box establishment.

We enthusiastically answer questions you have and offer suggestions to gardening issues you may be experiencing. Our team has been in business for more than 20 years, so we can educate you on gardening information like:

  • When a specific plant will reach maturity
  • What type of pruning you need to perform on your plants
  • Whether annuals or perennials will...
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When Is the Best Time to Plant Fruit Trees in Central Florida

When Is the Best Time to Plant Fruit Trees in Central Florida

Thanks to our year-round warm and mild climate, many Floridians enjoy planting and caring for fruit trees around their property. Fruit trees offer many benefits, from added visual beauty, fruit production, and wildlife sustainability. One of the most common questions prospective fruit growers ask is when is the best time to plant fruit trees.

The best planting times for fruit trees vary according to your climate, the type of tree you are planting, and how the tree has been prepared for planting. In this article, we’ll cover the best time to plant fruit trees in Orlando, The Villages, Clermont, and nearby central Florida areas


Planting Bareroot Deciduous Trees

Bareroot trees are trees that have been dug up from the ground when they’re dormant. These trees are usually uprooted in the fall and their roots are shaken free of all soil. Generally, bareroot trees establish themselves quicker and grow more vigorously than other transplants.

Because bareroot trees are dug up while dormant, they must be planted while they are still dormant, usually in late winter or early spring at the latest. January is the best time to plant deciduous fruit trees as this gives the roots time to establish themselves before the hotter months. When choosing deciduous trees for your central Florida property, it’s important to pick ones that have a low chill requirement as they fare better in our mild, somewhat warm winters.

The chill...

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