The list of vegetables that grow well in Florida is almost endless, but there are several factors that play a role in producing a successful garden. Central Florida is categorized as 9a/9b in the USDA hardiness map. Planting particular vegetables during the proper time of year is important, as well as variety selection, pest management, proper irrigation and site selection.
Bush beans are a warm season crop and should be planted in February through April or in September. Good varieties of bush snap beans for Florida include Bush Blue Lake, Contender, Roma, Harvester, Provider, Cherokee Wax. Pole beans and lima beans are another option.
Sweet corn is a warm season vegetable and should be planted February through March and August through September in central Florida. Good varieties are Silver Queen, Gold Cup, Supersweet and How Sweet It Is.
Cucumbers are warm season vegetables and should be planted February through March and in September in central Florida. Good cucumber varieties include Sweet Success, Slice Nice and Poinsett.
Okra is a warm season crop and should be planted March through August. Good okra varieties for Florida are Clemson Spineless, Dwarf Green, and Emerald.
Peppers are a warm season crop and should be planted January through March, and August through September. Good varieties of peppers are Early Calwonder, Big Bertha and Jupiter. Hot species include jalapeno and habanero.
Tomatoes are a warm season crop and should be planted January through March, and September. Good large fruit varieties include Better Boy, Celebrity and Flora-Dade. Good small fruit varieties for central Florida are Micro-Tom, Patio, Sweet 100 and Florida Basket.
Broccoli is a cool season vegetable and should be planted August through January in central Florida. Good varieties include Early Green Sprouting, Green Duke and Green Comet.
Cabbage is a cool season crop and should be planted September through January. Good varieties of cabbage are King Cole, Chieftan Savoy and Marion Market.
Lettuce is a cool season vegetable and should be planted September through March in central Florida. Good varieties include Floricrisp (crisphead), Bibb or White Boston (butterhead), Salad Bowl (leaf lettuce) and Parris Island Cos (romaine).
Potatoes are a cool season crop and should be planted January through February in central Florida. Good varieties of potato include Red Pontiac, Superior and Sebago.
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