What Crops are Suitable to Grow in North Florida?
At Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Real Estate, we know which crops thrive and which crops don’t fare so well in North Florida. Our agents and brokers are very knowledgeable when it comes to the available North Florida land for sale. With their backgrounds in agriculture, ranching, and farming, they are happy to share their expertise with you.
The Hardiness Zone for North Florida falls into zones 8a, 8b, and 9a which means that tropical plants don’t fair very well during the winter, however there are plenty of plants that do. Blueberries, strawberries, grapes, apples, pears, peaches, pecans, and plums tend to do very well in North Florida, especially the varieties that are picked based on how many hours of winter temperatures below 40 degrees they require to flower and set fruit. Temperate-zone vegetables also do well in North Florida winters.
Blueberries grow exceptionally well in North Florida, and due to their high source of vitamin C and antioxidants, they are always in demand. Blueberry plants in North Florida typically flower and produce fruit from April through July. Because blueberries thrive on cool temperatures, farms in North Florida must pick the suitable variety that will still produce even after mild Florida winters. Some of the more popular blueberry choices to grow on land for sale in North Florida are:
Rabbiteye: These blueberries are fairly easy to grow because they are less vulnerable to disease and are drought tolerant. Rabbiteyes flower later than most varieties, which means they can usually avoid a late winter freeze.
Jewel: Jewel blueberries, a southern highbush berry, usually ripen in mid-April. They are also one of the earliest blueberry plants to ripen. Sharpblue blueberries tend to ripen about 10 days after.
Beckyblue: These blueberries tend to ripen in early May and last through June, along with Bonita blueberries.
Florida is known as the winter strawberry capital of the world. In commercial production, strawberries are grown as an annual crop rather than as perennials. Strawberry production typically starts in November and lasts into April or May. Be aware that the strawberry production during this period is not consistent, but occurs in two or three cycles, and can be interrupted by freezing weather. Camarosa strawberries have been the most productive in North Florida. This variety produces an attractive and flavorful berry that is excellent for eating fresh or freezing, and typically produces 1 to 2 pints of fruit per plant during the season.