Summer Gardening in Florida

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Summer Gardening in Florida

People who move to Florida from northern parts of the country find that they have to adjust to the different growing conditions when they are thinking about planting flowers or a vegetable garden. 

Typically late winter/early Spring and Fall are the best times to plant most vegetables because of the cooler temperatures. Summer heat poses a real challenge to growing things and Florida gardeners are often just happy when they can keep their plants alive during the hottest summer months. 

That is definitely true for the few plants I have currently growing. There is a hot pepper plant that was given to me by one of my sellers a couple of years ago. The plant has been happily producing little peppers that start out green and turn a hot red true to their flavor!

I'm keeping it in a large pot where I can move it around if needed. Although it likes sun, it also appreciates some shade during the hottest time of the day.  I just repotted it and it is thriving. 

Pepper Plant by Silvia Dukes 


What would summer be without fresh tomatoes? We put a tomato plant next to the air conditioning unit outside. This is also where the condensation drain pipe ends so there is a steady supply of water keeping the soil moist and we don't have to worry about watering the tomato plant. It's doing quite well and I'm hoping to see some tomatoes forming soon. 


Tomato Plant by Silvia Dukes


Finally, here is a photo of a flower bed that's doing quite well. These flowers are fairly maintenance free, they happily grow wherever they can find a spot and are happy with whatever water they get from the rain. They seed themselves so they plant themselves throughout the property if we let them! 


Flowers and Pineapples by Silvia Dukes


Also growing in this area are a few pineapple plants that eventually will produce some delicious pineapples. Pineapples are easy to grow here. Any time you get one, instead of throwing away the top, just stick it in the ground, water it a little and it will start growing. It can take a couple of years before they produce but waiting for it will be worthwhile, you will be rewarded with some of the sweetest pineapples you've ever tasted! 



Happy Gardening! 



Please contact me for any real estate related questions or if you are looking to buy or sell a home in Hernando and Pasco Counties. We are located just north of Tampa on the West Coast of Florida. This is a great place to live, work, play, and garden! 


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Fred Griffin, on leave of absence from ActiveRain
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Pineapple tops!  I need to try that one.  Nice photos!

Aug 06, 2017 05:10 PM #1
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

I love that you utilize the condensation from your A/ dad rigged up something similar years ago and during the hottest, most humid days of summer, they had plenty of water for their plants without turning on the sprinkler system as frequently.  

Aug 06, 2017 05:57 PM #2
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I was visiting a new listing prospect on Friday and he too was growign a pineapple. He told me how easy it was but also how long it takes for the fruit to bear.

Aug 06, 2017 06:32 PM #3
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I would never have thought of planting the tomato by the a/c unit to get the condensation as a water supply.  I would also not have considered planting veggie producing plants in a pot that I could move to get different light and temps as needed.  It's the simple things that sometimes just get overlooked.

Aug 07, 2017 07:13 AM #4
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Those are great photos.  I love that you are growing pineapples.

Thanks for your entry.

Aug 07, 2017 08:20 AM #5
Gloria Todor
Century 21 Absolute Realty - Springfield, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Hi Silvia, The longer growing season is an adjustment for people from northern states, but that gives more opportunity to grow more!  Thanks for your great photos and stories.  Gosh to grow pinapples!!

Aug 07, 2017 10:46 AM #6
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ

Siliva we've got much the same situation here in Phoenix area.  Albeit our flowers are going crazy there isn't a chance I'd be trying to grow vegies this time of year.  Gorgous photos!!

Aug 07, 2017 04:44 PM #7
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Fred Griffin Yes, do try, you don't have nothing to lose!

Susan Haughton Thank you, I think there are a lot of things we can do to utilize the things that are available to us. We just have to think of it! 

Debbie Reynolds Yes, it's definitely not something to give instant gratification but rather a little bit of an exercise in patience. 



Aug 07, 2017 04:45 PM #8
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Chris Ann Cleland Thank you and yes, sometimes you have to be inventive! 

Belinda Spillman Thank you, over the years, I've been growing pineapples in Texas, Massachusetts (in a pot), and now in Florida! 

Gloria Todor that is definitely true! You just have to figure out what to grown when!

Aug 07, 2017 04:48 PM #9
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Anna Banana Kruchten, CRS with your summer temperatures and maybe lack of rain, I think it would be very hard to grow veggies in the summer. However, it always amazes me how some plants have adapted to thrive even in the harshest of climates! 

Aug 07, 2017 04:50 PM #10
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Good to see you posting again. I am going to feature Florida in my pictures also.

Aug 10, 2017 12:19 PM #11
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Joe Pryor thank you, it's always on my mind but somehow, it doesn't transfer to the keyboard!  Where's technology when you need it?  I am managing to participate in the Q&A section more frequently. 

Aug 11, 2017 05:19 AM #12
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Oh, these were all wonderful photos and then I got to the pineapple and I got so HUNGRY. 

Thank you for sharing!

Aug 24, 2017 07:32 AM #13
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Kat Palmiotti Thank you Kat, I appreciate it. Hope you found something nice to eat!  :-)


Aug 24, 2017 02:18 PM #14
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Your garden is looking good.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Aug 26, 2017 08:08 PM #15
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Your garden items look a lot like mine!  Hot peppers, vinca and pineapples!

Aug 27, 2017 10:13 PM #16
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Silvia, it has been a while so I thought I check in in light of what is going on with the Nasty Storm, stay safe, Endre

Sep 10, 2017 11:19 PM #17
Eva Erdmann
Lion International Inc. - Holiday, FL
interior decorator

Hi Silvia,

I love beautiful gardens but it's too much work and money involved in it. Today if I would own house in Florida I would have only lawn and hibiscus bush.

Greetings from EU


Sep 23, 2017 06:11 AM #18
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