What’s Flowering in June

What to Plant

Annuals: Annuals that can take full sun during the increasingly hot summer months include celosia, portulaca, vinca, and some coleus. See Annualshttp://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/topic_annual_landscape_plants

Palms: Summer’s warm, rainy months are the perfect time to plant palms. Make sure not to cover the trunk with soil. See Palmshttp://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/topic_palms

Herbs: Plant heat-loving herbs, including basil, Mexican tarragon, and rosemary. Pinch back regularly to prevent flowering and enhance branching. See Herbshttp://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/topic_herbs

Vegetables: Plant okra, southern pea, calabaza, Malabar spinach, and sweet potato. It is too late to plant tomatoes. See Vegetable Gardening in Floridahttp://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/topic_vegetable_gardening

What to Do

Pests: Monitor the landscape and garden weekly for harmful insects. Knowing which insects attack a plant can aid in identification and treatment. See Landscape Pest Managementhttp://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/topic_landscape_pests

Irrigation: Watch for drought stress and water as needed if rainfall has been spotty. Focus on new plantings and follow watering restrictions. When rains begin, shut down the irrigation system. See Landscape Irrigationhttp://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/topic_landscape_irrigation

Propagation: Produce more plants by air layering, grafting, division, or cuttings. See Seeds and Propagation (Land and Garden)http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/topic_garden_propagation


UF/IFAS Photo by Marisol Amador


Palms and cycads: Watch for nutrient deficiencies or other problems and use an appropriate treatment. Keep lawn fertilizers away from the root zone. See Palm Carehttp://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/topic_palm_care

Pruning: Lightly prune summer-flowering shrubs, like hibiscus, oleander, and crapemyrtle, during the warmer months because they bloom on new growth. Azaleas can still be pruned until the middle of next month without harming next spring’s buds. See Pruning Landscape Trees and Shrubshttp://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/topic_tree_pruning

Fertilizer Bans:Some municipalities in central Florida prohibit the application of fertilizer to lawns and/or landscape plants during the summer rainy season (June–September). See if such an ordinance exists in your area.

Soil solarization: Clean up your vegetable garden and solarize the soil to kill pests and disease. See Soil Solarizationhttp://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/topic_soil_solarization


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