Even though it is approaching late fall, tropical plants will survive the cooler Florida temperatures. Even in its coldest months Florida’s weather rarely becomes a problem for well-established tropical plants. While you don’t want to plant tropical trees and shrubs during this time of year, it is a good time to do some basic maintenance to prepare for a new thriving season.
Pruning only as absolutely necessary
You should not be pruning your tropical trees or shrubs in the fall and winter months. The best time to prune is late winter to early spring in preparation for the growing season. Pruning too early in the season can easily kill a tree of any kind, and tropical trees are no different. Of course, if a part of the tree becomes diseased or faces other hazard pruning may become necessary. If required, it should be done by a professional.
Your tropical plants, trees, and shrubs throughout your lawn and garden don’t need as much water during the colder months of the year. Even though Florida never gets really cold, you still need to give them less water during this dormant season. You should decrease irrigation significantly, and if you’re not sure how much water your plants should be getting contact us to ask a professional.
If you like to use fertilizer on your lawn or garden, this is the best time of year to do it. The rainy season is over now, and won’t be back until at least February. Your fertilizer should have plenty of time to do your lawn and garden some good without fertilizer being washed away.
If you’re not sure how you should winterize your tropical plants this fall, contact us today for assistance.