Asked on Dec 15, 2018

How can I keep plants alive in Florida?

Courtney |The Kitchen GartenLandsharkinncSuzette


5 answers
  • What seems to be the problem?

  • Jewellmartin
    on Dec 16, 2018

    With lots of water but not too much, and lots of sunshine but not too much, and rich soil, nature will keep nearly all tropical plants alive, often without your help. But if you are trying to grow plants and flowers from the northern zones, it might be more difficult. It’s too hot for mountain laurel, which grows under a ceiling of leafy trees. Many bulb flowers need a period of cold weather in which they rest before growing. If you are trying to grow these types of plants, you may need to go to local nurseries and see what they recommend. Waneeta, my sister Juanita used to live in the Orlando area for about forty years. She depended on perennials for the most part, and kept the annuals for pots and hanging baskets. Best wishes to you! ☺️

  • Suzette
    on Dec 16, 2018

    Hi Waneeta, I moved from Myrtle Beach SC to Florida 5 years ago. I transplanted all my potted plants into a slightly larger pots for each plant and used Miracle grow dirt. I found that some of my plants that normally loved full sun had to be placed in part shade due to the extreme heat. It's really trial and error, depending on the plant, but I've only had one Day Lilly plant die and that was because it was the only one I didn't transplant. This time of year you won't have to water as often as you will in the summer months, but check them every day to get an idea of when yours will need to be watered. After the initial first 4 months in fresh dirt, I use miracle grow once every 6 to 8 weeks to keep them healthy.

    Good luck!

  • Landsharkinnc
    on Dec 16, 2018

    use plants that are suitable for the environment -- Mother Nature will win every time!

  • I agree with growing what is native or sustainable in that environment. It'll be easier on you in the long run.

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