Orlando homesGardening at your Tampa, Lakeland, Winter Haven or Orlando home can present a challenge during our extra humid summer months, even to those who possess a green thumb. However, that doesn’t mean that you have to give up your love for gardening. In fact, summer is the perfect time to enjoy stunning flowers and lush green plants and there are a number of plants that thrive in our tropical conditions.

According to the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) at the University of Florida, each month brings its own unique set of plants and crops that grow the best based on typical weather conditions.

For example, heat-loving herbs such as basil, rosemary and Mexican tarragon grow quite well in the Central Florida summer climate. Summer tends to be too hot to start herbs from seeds, but many will do well if they are started from small plants.

Okra and southern peas are two crops that flourish particularly well in this climate, so they would be great additions to your garden during this time of year.

Palms also grow very well in Central Florida’s rainy and warm summer months. They can be planted throughout this rainy season and will grow quite well under these conditions. Large palms should be supported with braces for anywhere from six to eight months after planting to ensure their stability.

If you are looking to add some color, bedding plants and annuals like Celosia and Coleus can be planted now because of their ability to take on full sun during these summer months.

Finally, bulbs can be planted virtually any time during the year, even in the late summer months. These flowering plants such as the Aztec Lily, Butterfly Lily, Walking Iris and Spider Lily are able to withstand many different conditions and will continue to bloom into the winter.

As with planting during any of the four seasons, specific precautionary steps should be taken in the summer when it comes to what kinds of plants to grow and different things to look out for. For example, lawn insects tend to be very active in Central Florida gardens during these warm months, so it is particularly important to keep an eye out for bug damage. Monitoring your garden for insects or signs of disease is crucial in order to ensure your plants are as healthy as possible.

Additionally, it is important to adjust how much you water your plants based on the amount of precipitation, as well as to remove dead flowers to encourage the growth of new ones.

Gardens, particularly in the warm Central Florida summer months, provide lovely color and exemplify the beauty and vibrancy of the season and your home!

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