gardening tips

Each month we remind you what to do, what to plant, and how to enjoy your central east coast Florida garden…

what to do in your garden in February

February is an important month for citrus care. Fertilize with Sunniland Citrus Fertilizer toward the end of the month. Spray foliage with Citrus Scripts or Nutritional Spray, Maxicrop Liquid Seaweed and Liquid Copper Fungicide before blossoms appear to provide essential minor elements, to boost the immune system, and to keep fungal problems from developing (all can be sprayed together!). 

Amend your spring garden beds with organic materials such as compost, soil conditioner, or manure.

Prune and fertilize your roses. It’s also a great time to plant new roses. Plan to attend our rose seminar on February 11. 

Prune the tips of azaleas and camellias soon after they flower, to promote fullness.

Apply crabgrass preventer in mid-February to keep seeds from sprouting.

Fertilize shrubs with Espoma Plant-tone or Holly-tone (for acid-loving plants).

Replant your container gardens.

Prune all shrubs, including tropicals, toward the end of the month.

Herbs and vegetables to plant now include: basil, beans, carrots, celery, chives, collards, corn, cucumbers, dill, eggplant, lemon balm, lettuce, marjoram, mint, mustards, onions, oregano, parsley, peppers, radishes, rosemary, sage, squash, tarragon, and tomatoes.

gerbera daisy
February spotlight

Annuals and perennials to plant now include: alyssum, african iris, agapanthus, begonias, cosmos, dahlia, dusty miller, geraniums, gerbera daisy (above), lobelia, marigold, nasturtium, petunias, marguerite daisy, salvia, snapdragon, stock, sunscape daisy, verbena, and violas.