Florida Gardening in January


January Gardening:

Happy New Year! January has been an interesting gardening month. Yes, it has gotten much colder in Florida. I know it’s hard to believe, but it’s been so much so that many gardeners are mourning the loss of some of their precious exotics to the two frosts. I’ve been playing the plant dance – moving all my plants indoors or in a more protective area; and then moving them back out to catch some warm sun. It’s still a time to water plenty. I’m starting to accept the current state of my winter garden, which is a little scraggly and dry.

January 19th marked Florida’s Arbor Day to take advantage of bare-root plantings. It’s a good time to add some trees during a low-maintenance time of year.

I’ve spent much of my month planning another garden for an educational garden at my girls’ school. This allowed me to explore some local nurseries and to understand more about a low-maintenance, native Florida garden.

What’s flowering:

Not a lot in my yard. My bird of paradise just sprouted a beautiful display. My mango tree is covered in blooms that to my surprise survived our freezes. Otherwise, things are looking a little more on the brown side.

What to plant in the vegetable garden:

  • herbs
  • lettuce
  • cabbage
  • broccoli
  • cauliflower

Plant from seed as transplants:

  • tomato
  • pepper


I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure in the landscape – the loneliness of it – the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it – the whole story doesn’t show.      – Andrew Wyeth


Maccubbin, Tom. Month-By-Month Gardening Florida: What to Do Each Month to Have a Beautiful Garden All Year. Minneapolis, MN: Cool Springs Press, 2014.


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