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 December
Citrus and vegetable plants love liquid seaweed—spray vegetable plants
weekly and citrus trees monthly for added nutrients and disease
New plant growth slows down and some pests go dormant in the cooler
months, but spider mites and thrips can still be a problem. Keep checking
for pests regularly and apply horticultural oil or soap sprays as needed.
December is a good time to plant trees and shrubs—but postpone major
pruning, especially of trees and shrubs that are cold sensitive, to avoid
encouraging new growth before a cold snap.
Have your cold-protection plan in place and 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. More details
and tips about cold-weather protection for your garden.
Clean bird baths and prepare your feeders for the winter influx of
Flowers to plant in December include: alyssum, delphinium, geraniums,
ornamental cabbage and kale, petunias, pansies, snapdragons, and violas.
Vegetables and herbs to plant in December include arugula, beets,
brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chives, cilantro, dill,
fennel, lettuce, mustards, onions, oregano, parsley, peas, radishes,
rosemary, sage, spinach, thyme, and turnips.
Be sure to let your citrus ripen on the tree before picking; unlike some
other fruit, 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 most of the fruit as soon as it forms.
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