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Zone 9a Central Florida Plant/Gardening Advice Please! 7 Replies

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Comment by Yvonne Martin zone 9a se texas on May 23, 2013 at 5:30pm

I"m asing zone 9 people if anyone grows iris, I've had mine for one year and not even a bud in sight. I have not fertilized them, any suggestions

Comment by Jessie on June 30, 2012 at 11:00pm

Thanks Bob..rabbit food?  Wow, I didn't know that could be used.  I've tried growing knockouts but, with all the beautiful colors out there I'll buy one.  The ones I have are a DA and a Grandiflora.  They are just now producing rose buds.  I'm sure they'll be small this year.  I'm hoping to see bigger blooms next year.  I will definitely try rabbit and alfalfa.  Awesome!

Comment by Bob (Z9B Florida) on June 30, 2012 at 8:08am

Hi Jessie ... ignore all the hype about knockouts not needing to be deadheaded and/or pruned back.  I cut mine bac by about 1/4 evertime a stem finishes blooming and they come right back vigorously.  No need to worry about 5 leaves or anything like that...just cut it off.  Add some rabbit food or alfalfa meal from time to time and they will bloom all year very nicely.  :)

Comment by Jessie on June 29, 2012 at 10:27pm

Thanks everyone :)  Some of my spring plants are drying out so it's time to replace them, lol.  I like both penta and lantana.  I'm trying roses for the first time this year and so far they are doing well.  

Comment by Joyce Jodoin Zone 10 on June 29, 2012 at 12:37pm

Jesse, I like lantana also. It is drought tolerant, full sun, comes in different colors and attracts butterflies.

Comment by Bob (Z9B Florida) on June 29, 2012 at 11:29am

Coleus for the shade and dark red pentas and knockout roses for the sunny areas now throuh September, Jessie.  There are some others but those bloom pretty much all the time and give good color.  ..Bob

Comment by Jessie on June 29, 2012 at 10:57am

Hi everyone, do any of you have summer flower favorites that can tolerate Florida sunshine and heat?  I always find myself having to water plants every other day just to keep them from wilting in July and August.  Thanks!

Comment by Yvonne Martin zone 9a se texas on June 24, 2012 at 1:29pm

Hi John Jardin, I saw your jungle and saw somehthing I am quite interested in I collect oriental blue and white and in your feb  14 2011 there is an oriental man in blue and white, is there someplance i would be able to purchase this?

Thanks Yvonne

Comment by Yvonne Martin zone 9a se texas on April 13, 2012 at 7:05pm

Thanks for all the info on keeping cats away, i am using pine cones and those black plastic trays from the nursery to put all of your plants on to carry to your car. No cats in 2 weeks, cross my fingers

Comment by Mary Melvin on April 13, 2012 at 6:45pm

My Jasmine seems to have survived the storms. Some others weren't as lucky.


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