Gardening Tips for South Florida

Gardening Tips for South Florida

South Florida Gardening Tips and Tricks

If you're looking to give your home some curb appeal or create a tropical oasis in your backyard, we can help you!  Gardening in South Florida can be a challenge whether you're new to the area or a longtime resident.  South Florida is unique, because the soil is more sand than dirt,  and a sub-tropical climate means gardening is a 12-month job since plants can grow nearly year round and for several months, it's just too hot to enjoy being outside, working in the garden.

  1. Choose the right plants: South Florida has a tropical climate, which means you should choose plants that can tolerate high humidity, intense sun, and frequent rainfall. Some examples of plants that do well in South Florida include orchids, bromeliads, bougainvillea, hibiscus, and palms.
  2. Water regularly: South Florida has a rainy season from May to October, so you may not need to water your plants as often during that time. However, during the dry season from November to April, you may need to water your plants more frequently. Make sure you water deeply, so the water reaches the roots of your plants.

  3. Provide shade: Many plants in South Florida can benefit from some shade during the hottest part of the day. You can provide shade using a pergola, a shade cloth, or by planting shade-loving plants near your other plants.

  4. Fertilize regularly: In South Florida, plants grow quickly, so they need plenty of nutrients to thrive. You can use a slow-release fertilizer to provide your plants with a steady supply of nutrients.

  5. Control pests and diseases: South Florida has a humid climate, which can make it easier for pests and diseases to thrive. Make sure you inspect your plants regularly for signs of pests or disease, and take action as soon as you notice any issues.

  6. Consider using native plants: Native plants are well-adapted to South Florida's climate, so they can be easier to care for and require less water and fertilizer than non-native plants.

  7. Prune regularly: Pruning can help your plants grow stronger and healthier. Make sure you prune your plants at the right time of year and use sharp tools to avoid damaging them.

  8. Mulch your plants: Mulch can help retain moisture in the soil, suppress weeds, and provide nutrients to your plants. Make sure you choose a mulch that is appropriate for your plants and apply it to a depth of two to three inches.


Whether your goal is just maintaining a healthy landscape or creating an ever-changing tropical paradise, knowledge is the key when it comes to South Florida gardening.

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