I will be moving to Ft. Lauderdale Florida from Minnesota in the next few
months. I'm wondering if anyone has any good websites, books, or info
regarding gardening in my new zone.
I guess I have to completely re-learn gardening now!
The secret to clematis is keep the roots cool. Do this and it should be
As for spring bulbs, you could still have some fun with them: pot 'em,
refrigerate 'em and watch 'em grow.
All they need is a specified time of cold. I knew a fellow who did just
that for his kid's wedding. He had potted daffodils throughout the
basement and garage, moving them all about depending on the temperature so
they would bloom at the right time, the day the kid got married, and they
You want to give up rhubarb, tulips, daffodils and other plants that won't
grow in z10? Rhubarb is a sure sign of spring and one pleasure I'd hate to
Check with the local extension office in the county where you will reside.
Ewww....I never cared for rhubarb. But you're right, I'll miss the spring
bulbs! That's why I'm hoping to settle my father's estate quickly, and get
out of here before the snow melts. It'll be hard to say goodbye to my
http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/herbarium/links/botselec.htm#Biblio big list
http://www.uvm.edu/~pass/perry/links.html LIST, BUT NEED UPDATING
http://aroideana.vwc.edu/ might be at univ library
Having moved from NJ 6 years ago to Boca Raton, FL (just north of Ft.
Lauderdale) I made a bunch of mistakes. You will as well so be prepared for
them. First and foremost things grow here at a MUCH faster rate than up
north. It is very easy to overplant. We do have seasons here and you have to
adapt your gardening to them. There are lots of great retail nurseries for
you but the one I would start you at is Jesse Durko's just off Griffin Road,
west of Davie Blvd. Jesse grows the exotics that you won't find in most of
the other garden centers and definitely not in Home Depot.
Avoid any book by Pamela Crawford.
Plant only palms with a crownshaft - they are self-cleaning. By the way,
only Coconut palms have coconuts.
Be prepared for crappy soil. Plan on amending before you start your
Start your garden as soon as you can!
i've tasted only Jubaea and butia
this is interesting
or grow adapted plants.
Plan on amending before you start your
I second the info about fast growing. When I bought a house with an ugly
chainlink fence on one side, I divided up a clump of pampas grass and
spaced starts about every 15 feet along the fence (the fence was about 100
feet long or more). Then I put some odds and ends in between - a camellia
here, a magnolia there, a flowering cherry here, a crape myrtle there, an
eleagnus here, a bottle-brush there. Still, everything came in little
one-gallon pots, and initially everything was spaced at least 4-6 feet from
the next plant - it looked so bare, I was almost tempted to plant more stuff
in between. 3 years later, the entire fence was a JUNGLE! ! ! ! ! The crape
myrtle had grown to 20 feet, the magnolia was 15, the cherry was 15, the
pampas grass starts were each 6 feet in diameter, etc etc etc. The only
thing slow growing were the camellias. Then I realized I should have spaced
everything no closer than 10 feet apart, but it was too late. Oh well, that
is life in the deep South, with a 9-10 month growing season, and tons of
rain and warmth. Also, beware the little live oak and water oak seedlings
that you figure you can attend to next spring - by next spring they are
likely to be 6 feet tall.
for a list of links to the University of Florida's Dardening and
for vegetable gardening.
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