December is a great time for all of us here in Central Florida! Check out this month’s tips to see what you should be doing in your garden during the month of December.
Grow your own food.
Vegetable gardening is in full swing here in Florida. Get those gardens planted now to get a head start on your spring harvest.
Liven up your garden or raised beds!
Try planting Lavender and Violas. Lavender loves the cooler weather and prefers sandy, acidic, dry soil. Violas are great to add in December as they love this weather and they are beautiful and edible!
Plant trees and shrubs.
December is a great time to plant trees and shrubs!
Postpone major pruning.
Wait until spring to prune trees and shrubs, especially those that are cold-sensitive. Pruning will encourage new growth, which could be damaged during a cold snap.
Have your cold-protection plan in place.
Watch weather reports. Be ready to cover tender plants with sheets and blankets if a freeze or frost warning is in place.
Watering plants the day before a cold snap is also beneficial. Bring in orchids if temperatures drop below 40°F.
Regularly check for pests.
New plant growth slows down and some pests go dormant in the cooler months, but spider mites and thrips can still be a problem.
Apply horticultural oil or soap sprays as needed.
Spray vegetable plants weekly and citrus trees monthly.
Clean birdbaths and prepare your feeders.
Help out our feathered friends during this time when an influx of birds have come for a visit to Florida during their winter migration!
Florida Flowers to plant in December:
- ornamental cabbage and kale
Florida Vegetables + Herbs to plant in December:
- brussels sprouts
December spotlight: Citrus!
Be sure to let your citrus ripen on the tree before picking; unlike some other fruits, citrus does not improve in flavor after being picked. If your citrus was planted less than two years ago, encourage the tree’s growth by removing and discarding most of the fruit as soon as it forms.