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Planting in January

January is one of the coldest months of the year, which means it's the perfect time to plant cool-season crops and plants that can tolerate the cooler weather.

Use these gardening suggestions based on the Florida climate zones to see what to plant this month. Find out which region you live in by viewing the gardening region map.

North Florida

Bedding Plants: Opt for plants that can survive the cold temperatures, such as pansy, viola, and snapdragon.

Bulbs: Crinum, agapanthus, and gloriosa lily can be planted in January. Protect these bulbs from cool weather with a layer of mulch.

Camellias: Plant camellias this month—visit your local nursery to select the best colors and forms.

Vegetables: Choose cool-season crops, such as beet, cabbage, lettuce, and broccoli. Try planting snap peas, too.

Central Florida

Bedding Plants: Many plants can be added during the coolest months including dianthus, petunia, and viola.

Bulbs: Plant gloriosa lily bulbs, agapanthus, and crinum this month. Be sure to add a layer of mulch for cold protection.

Camellias: January is the time to select and plant camellias from local nurseries.

Vegetables: Turnip, potato, cabbage, and beet are cool-season crops that can be planted this month.

South Florida:

Bedding Plants: Try plants that can withstand cool temperatures, such as begonia, browallia, dianthus, lobelia, dusty miller, and nicotiana.

Bulbs: January is a great time to plant bulbs that will bloom in spring, including Clivia lily, crinum, and agapanthus.

Herbs: South Florida gardeners can plant herbs, such as tarragon, thyme, dill, fennel, and mint, that thrive in cooler temperatures.

Vegetables: Stick to planting cool-season crops—broccoli, lettuce, beet, cabbage, and turnip.

Adapted and excerpted from:

Florida Gardening Calendar,” UF/IFAS Florida Gardening Calendar (Accessed 01/2015).


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