Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Yule or whatever you celebrate this holiday season. No, you can't plant poinsettias in North Florida this month, but what would December be without them?
Greens, Greens, and More Greens
Starting Spring Veggie Seeds
If you want a jump start on your spring crops, you can start seeds this month. The Florida Vegetable Gardening Guide has days from seeding and days from transplanting listed for many vegetables that have to be started early. For tomatoes, it says 90-110 days from seed to harvest, and 70-90 days from transplant to harvest. So if you take the 110 days and you want your tomatoes to ripen by May 1st, you'd start them from seed by January 11th. If you want April tomatoes, you need to start them this month, but keep in mind that they are not frost-hardy, so plan to protect the baby seedlings until you can plant them out in March.
Veggies To Plant in North Florida in December
Flowers to Plant in North Florida in December
I love petunias and now is the time to plant them! There is a good variety of cool season annuals you can plant this month, but Amaryllis is the only bulb. If you have Amaryllis you want to move, this is a good time to do it. You can start them indoors for forcing, or put them straight out into the garden. Bulbs are marked with a (b).
Herbs to Plant in North Florida in December
Don't Forget to Water!
We are entering the dry season, so make sure to keep your plants appropriately watered. The weather is unpredictable, and cold snaps in December are not unheard of, so pull out your plant protective gear and have it ready just in case.
Poinsettias - citalbot via morguefile.com
Fresh Carrots at the Market - Anja Ranenberg via freeimages.com
Pink Petunias - Margaret Young via freeimages.com