Planting in March
March marks the start of spring, so growers throughout Florida can plant warm-season crops this month. Take advantage of the weather by following these gardening suggestions based on Florida’s climate zones. You can find your region using the gardening region map.
Annuals: While cool-season annuals, such as dianthus, will continue to do well in March, you should consider planting warm-season annuals, such as angelonia and zinnia, at the end of the month.
Bulbs: March is the time to plant canna, dahlia, and gloriosa for spring and summer flowering bulbs. Be sure to plant these in beds modified with organic matter.
Herbs: Try growing edible garlic when it gets warmer. You can also plant a rhizome in an area with well-drained soil and full to partial sun.
Vegetables: Plant squash, corn, and other warm-season crops in early March for a late spring harvest, but remember to protect these vegetables from frost.
Annuals: Replace your garden’s declining winter annuals with varieties (such as angelonia and gazania) that will provide color now, as well as in the summer.
Bulbs: Plant caladium in March for a tropical display during the summer.
Herbs: Consider planting herbs for cooking and to attract butterflies to your garden. Read Herbs in the Florida Garden to learn more about planting herbs.
Vegetables: Plant warm-season crops, such as eggplant and summer squash, now for a harvest in late spring.
Annuals: Opt for heat-tolerant annuals that provide color such as crossandra and zinnia—these will last into the fall.
Bulbs: For a tropical summer display, plant caladiums now. You can also plant gladiola corms this month; they should be planted 6 inches apart, 4 inches deep, and you should add stakes as they grow.
Herbs: Plant herbs in your garden for culinary and ornamental value.
Vegetables: Warm-season crops, including watermelon and cucumber, can be planted in March for a late spring harvest.
Adapted and excerpted from:
“Florida Gardening Calendar,” UF/IFAS Florida Gardening Calendar (Accessed 02/2014).