Crops That Grow Well in South Florida
We know which crops thrive and which crops don’t fare so well in South Florida. At SVN | Saunders Real Estate, our brokers are very knowledgeable when it comes to the available South Florida land for sale. With years of experience buying and selling Florida land, our brokers are happy to share their expertise with you, and assist you in finding the perfect crop farm.
What Crops Are Suitable For Growth In South Florida?
The Hardiness Zone for South Florida falls into zones 10a, 10b, and 11a which means that citrus flourishes very well here, as do many tropical plant varieties. Temperate-zone vegetables can be grown on land for sale in South Florida, as long as it is during the cooler fall and winter seasons. Some northern plant varieties have a difficult time staying alive through South Florida’s hot and humid summer months while those that need consecutive cold fronts to flower or fruit will probably do neither.
To successfully grow thriving crops in South Florida, they have to be able to continue producing in the muggy summer heat. The first step to ensuring a bountiful harvest is choosing the appropriate crops and varieties.
Southern Peas (Cow Peas, Field Peas)
Southern peas are excellent to grow on South Florida land for sale. California Blackeye No. 5, Texas Cream, and Purple Hull are some of the most popular varieties to grow in South Florida. Southern Peas should be planted starting in August.
Watermelons in South Florida should be planted until April and harvested starting in June. We recommend the Jubilee, Crimson Sweet, Mickey Lee, and Sugar baby varieties.
For planting bell peppers in South Florida we recommend California Wonder and Rednight. For Sweet peppers we recommend Mariachi, Sweet Banana, and Cubanelle. For Hot Peppers we recommend Cherry Bomb, Long Cayenne, Jalapeno, Habanero, and Hungarian Hot Wax. Peppers should be planted in South Florida starting in August.
Agriculture In South Florida
Land for sale in South Florida is good for more than just growing crops. It’s also excellent for dairy farms. Agriculture is the second biggest industry in Florida, and dairy farming plays a big role in that with over 130 dairy farms and 272 million gallons of fresh milk produced on a yearly basis. Dairy farms in South Florida typically have about 50 to 5,000 Holstein cows.