Leafy Greens in Hydroponics and Protected Culture for Florida

Figure 2. Market display of ‘Bright Lights’ chard. Credits: Natalie Parkell
Leafy greens are some of the top “powerhouse” fruits and vegetables. They are also becoming increasingly more popular for consumers. This seven-page fact sheet is designed to aid Florida hydroponic and/or other protected culture growers who are seeking appropriate cultivars of the leafy greens group. The article covers spinach, Swiss chard, kale, collard greens, mustard greens, and Asian greens. Written by Natalie B. Parkell, Robert C. Hochmuth, and Wanda L. Laughlin and published by the Horticultural Sciences Department.

Tong Hao: an Asian Vegetable Emerging in Florida

Figure 5. Tong Hao leaves in stir-frying.
Tong Hao (Glebionis coronaria) is a member of the daisy family and therefore a relative of lettuce. It is an important vegetable in Asian communities. Grown in China for more than 900 years, Tong Hao is a branched annual leafy herb that can be cooked and eaten. This four-page fact sheet provides background information about Tong Hao, including information on growing, harvesting, and cooking it. Written by Guodong Liu, Qingren Wang, Bonnie Wells, Yuncong Li, and David Dinkins, and published by the Horticultural Sciences Department.

SL323/SS535 Spring Mix: An Emerging Crop for Florida

SL323, a 3-page illustrated fact sheet by Santiago Rosaro, Alan L. Wright, David D. Sui, Nikol Havranek, and Yigang Luo, describes the components of spring mix, explains the reasons why consumers are looking for these mixes, and why growers in the Everglades Agricultural Area of Florida are producing them. Published by the UF Department of Soil and Water Science, June 2010.