A: Yes, we have many heirloom hot peppers which can be grown in several parts of Florida. Remember, the term “heirloom” vegetables means you can use the seeds from the fruit and produce future plants… Read More
Category: Fruits & Vegetables
Q: I am growing several types of peppers but my Ghost peppers are not producing well. What could be the problem?
A: The Ghost pepper, Bhut jolokia, requires temperatures above 70º degrees F to produce fruit or peppers. We are just now reaching those temperatures on a regular basis. We may not be hot enough for… Read More
Q: I would like to plant English peas but I am concerned about whether I can grow them here in the south. When would be the best time to plant them?
A: We can indeed grow English peas here in Northeast Florida but it must be done during the cooler months of the year. It is a little too early to put them in the ground… Read More
A: I think we need to wait a little longer. It usually takes 4-5 months to harvest onions and we are only just at a little over 2 months. Be patient, they should come up… Read More
A: Okra, Abelmoschus esculentus, grows best when the temperatures are consistently above 65 degrees F, which makes this pod vegetable a warm season vegetable. Okra is part of the Mallow family which includes plants such as… Read More
A: Before I say anything further on the subject, I just want to encourage anyone interested in mushrooms to eat only mushrooms positively identified as edible. Serious complications and even death have occurred when eating… Read More
A: Lettuce is very easy to grow but is best grown here in the coolest months of the year (December – February). If you want to grow from seed, be sure to plant them shallow…. Read More
Q: What is kohlrabi? You have it on your newsletter list of vegetables to grow in October but I have never heard of it. A: I have attached a publication from the University of Florida… Read More
A: Kale is cool-season cooking green somewhat similar to collard and nonheading cabbage. It has recently become known as one of the “super” foods – those foods important for their anti-oxidant qualities. “Kale” is a… Read More
A: Obviously you are referring to the root, Zingiber officinale, and not the ornamental plant ginger. And to answer your question, yes we can grow ginger in Northeast Florida. Ginger is a perennial plant meaning… Read More