Meet Jim

Jim Hunter, is a renowned Florida Master Gardener and a Central Florida treasure.  He has been teaching and supporting the local Seminole Community for over 30 years.  He owns and operates the South Seminole Farm and Nursery and has been apart of the Master Gardner program since 1989. Over the past 30 years he has donated his time giving free horticultural advice and recommendations to residents of Seminole county and Central Florida. Jim is also the resident expert on SGTV’s (Seminole County Government TV) Master Gardner program.

Recent Articles by Jim

LOQUAT (Eriobotrya Japonica)

The Japanese Plum is such a great little tree.  Naturally well-shaped and growing to 25 feet, the small evergreen has thick, stiff leaves.  The Loquat is cold hardy to 12 degrees F, and has no insect problems.  Now if that is not enough, this beautiful specimen tree...

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Camellia (Camellia Japonica)

Awe-inspiring flowers on a winters’ day is the ancient camellia.  Grown for centuries in Asia and Japan, the camellia was brought to the American south in the 1820’s.  The aristocrat of southern shrubs, camellias have been grown and loved since the antebellum days. ...

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ROSELLE (Hibiscus Sabadariffa)

Also called ‘Jamaican Sorrel’, ‘Florida Cranberry’, etc., Roselle is an annual hibiscus grown primarily for the food product.  A native of west Africa, Roselle is a common plant in the tropics.  Its history in Florida goes back to old ‘cracker’ times, hence, the...

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November is the time to plant this popular commercial strawberry.  Harvest big sweet berries from late December until May. They should be planted about a foot apart, the same depth as the pot (maybe slightly higher).  Be careful that you don't plant the crown of the...

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Crinum Lily (Crinum Americanun)

Now if you like to grow lilies, why not grow the biggest lily in the world? Crinum Americanun is a white flowering cultivar that is native to south Florida. Common names for this plant are Florida Swamp Lily, String Lily, but most refer to it as White Crinum. The...

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Bird of Paradise

View this plant and you think you are in paradise.  This South African wonder is called Bird of Paradise because the flower resembles one, and, of course, with the yellow-orange, blue colors you must be in paradise. The Bird of Paradise is a clump growing perennial...

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Watermelon (Citrullus Vulgaris)

Could anything else be as refreshing as a cold melon on a hot Florida day?  Watermelon is in the gourd family (cucurbitaceae).  A native of Africa, these plants are grown and cherished around the world.  Seasonally, large stand of wild watermelons still occur in...

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