Ask a Question forum: Growing Potential in Vero Beach Florida !?

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Name: Talia Harper
Citrus County (Zone 10a)
Feb 5, 2017 11:22 AM CST
Good Day all, : ]

I am wanting to make the move down to Vero Beach, FL from Citrus County, FL and I would like to know if it is possible and reasonable to believe I can expect to grow these things on my 1 acre - 2 acre piece of land ?

Vegetable Wise I would like to grow:

Green Peppers
Sweet Potatoes

Fruits wise:


Any help or experience in this area would be most appreciated!

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Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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Feb 5, 2017 11:56 AM CST
Hi Talia, and welcome to Florida. Yes, you can grow all those things except the Apples and Pears are fruits that generally need too much of a cold dormant period for Florida. There are varieties that do bear fruit here, but they've not been terribly successful.

You do have to pick your seasons in which to grow certain vegetables. The tropical and heat tolerant things will make it through the summer, but for example, tomatoes pretty much punk out on you about May or June. I grow tomatoes starting in October, and just protect them with frost cloth if we get any cold weather. So for about 8 months of the year I do have tomatoes bearing in the garden but then they are gone for the summer and early fall months.

Lettuce requires a certain length of cool weather to taste good. You can grow it easily, but if the winter is very warm like this year, the lettuce gets bitter tasting quite quickly. Again, you can choose varieties that are more heat tolerant to have a longer harvest. I've given up on growing lettuce entirely, and gone to other greens like arugula, spinach, mache, and mustard greens. They are very tasty, and hold their flavor even as the weather warms up in spring.

I'd wait to plant your citrus, (oranges and lemons) since there is a disease going through all the citrus in Florida at the moment. Avocado and your other tree fruits should be planted right away, in good soil and full sun. Even starting from a good sized transplant it will take a few years for you to be harvesting a crop of fruits from any trees so best to get them started right away.

Be sure your property has a good, operating water well, as irrigation for all those edibles is going to be very expensive if you have to use treated tap water. Well water is free, although still subject to watering restrictions of your county, but you do have to maintain your well so that it keeps on working. A new well costs thousands.

I'll invite you to check out our Florida Gardening forum here

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