House Talk with Silvia Dukes


Summer Gardening in Florida

Summer Gardening in Florida

People who move to Florida from northern parts of the country find that they have to adjust to the different growing conditions when they are thinking about planting flowers or a vegetable garden. 

Typically late winter/early Spring and Fall are the best times to plant most vegetables because of the cooler temperatures. Summer heat poses a real challenge to growing things and Florida gardeners are often just happy when they can keep their plants alive during the hottest summer months. 

That is definitely true for the few plants I have currently growing. There is a hot pepper plant that was given to me by one of my sellers a couple of years ago. The plant has been happily producing little peppers that start out green and turn a hot red true to their flavor!

I'm keeping it in a large pot where I can move it around if needed. Although it likes sun, it also appreciates some shade during the hottest time of the day.  I just repotted it and it is thriving. 

Pepper Plant by Silvia Dukes 


What would summer be without fresh tomatoes? We put a tomato plant next to the air conditioning unit outside. This is also where the condensation drain pipe ends so there is a steady supply of water keeping the soil moist and we don't have to worry about watering the tomato plant. It's doing quite well and I'm hoping to see some tomatoes forming soon. 


Tomato Plant by Silvia Dukes


Finally, here is a photo of a flower bed that's doing quite well. These flowers are fairly maintenance free, they happily grow wherever they can find a spot and are happy with whatever water they get from the rain. They seed themselves so they plant themselves throughout the property if we let them! 


Flowers and Pineapples by Silvia Dukes


Also growing in this area are a few pineapple plants that eventually will produce some delicious pineapples. Pineapples are easy to grow here. Any time you get one, instead of throwing away the top, just stick it in the ground, water it a little and it will start growing. It can take a couple of years before they produce but waiting for it will be worthwhile, you will be rewarded with some of the sweetest pineapples you've ever tasted! 



Happy Gardening! 



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Pineapple tops!  I need to try that one.  Nice photos!

Posted by Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate) over 2 years ago

I love that you utilize the condensation from your A/ dad rigged up something similar years ago and during the hottest, most humid days of summer, they had plenty of water for their plants without turning on the sprinkler system as frequently.  

Posted by Susan Haughton, Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results. (Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545) over 2 years ago

I was visiting a new listing prospect on Friday and he too was growign a pineapple. He told me how easy it was but also how long it takes for the fruit to bear.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 2 years ago

I would never have thought of planting the tomato by the a/c unit to get the condensation as a water supply.  I would also not have considered planting veggie producing plants in a pot that I could move to get different light and temps as needed.  It's the simple things that sometimes just get overlooked.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 2 years ago

Those are great photos.  I love that you are growing pineapples.

Thanks for your entry.

Posted by Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living! (Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado) over 2 years ago

Hi Silvia, The longer growing season is an adjustment for people from northern states, but that gives more opportunity to grow more!  Thanks for your great photos and stories.  Gosh to grow pinapples!!

Posted by Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA (Century 21 Absolute Realty ) over 2 years ago

Siliva we've got much the same situation here in Phoenix area.  Albeit our flowers are going crazy there isn't a chance I'd be trying to grow vegies this time of year.  Gorgous photos!!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten Broker/Owner, CRB, CRS, 602-380-4886 (Phoenix Property Shoppe) over 2 years ago

Fred Griffin Yes, do try, you don't have nothing to lose!

Susan Haughton Thank you, I think there are a lot of things we can do to utilize the things that are available to us. We just have to think of it! 

Debbie Reynolds Yes, it's definitely not something to give instant gratification but rather a little bit of an exercise in patience. 



Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) over 2 years ago

Chris Ann Cleland Thank you and yes, sometimes you have to be inventive! 

Belinda Spillman Thank you, over the years, I've been growing pineapples in Texas, Massachusetts (in a pot), and now in Florida! 

Gloria Todor that is definitely true! You just have to figure out what to grown when!

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) over 2 years ago

Anna Banana Kruchten, CRS with your summer temperatures and maybe lack of rain, I think it would be very hard to grow veggies in the summer. However, it always amazes me how some plants have adapted to thrive even in the harshest of climates! 

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) over 2 years ago

Good to see you posting again. I am going to feature Florida in my pictures also.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) over 2 years ago

Joe Pryor thank you, it's always on my mind but somehow, it doesn't transfer to the keyboard!  Where's technology when you need it?  I am managing to participate in the Q&A section more frequently. 

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) over 2 years ago

Oh, these were all wonderful photos and then I got to the pineapple and I got so HUNGRY. 

Thank you for sharing!

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty) over 2 years ago

Kat Palmiotti Thank you Kat, I appreciate it. Hope you found something nice to eat!  :-)


Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) over 2 years ago


Your garden is looking good.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 2 years ago

Your garden items look a lot like mine!  Hot peppers, vinca and pineapples!

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 2 years ago

Silvia, it has been a while so I thought I check in in light of what is going on with the Nasty Storm, stay safe, Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) over 2 years ago

Hi Silvia,

I love beautiful gardens but it's too much work and money involved in it. Today if I would own house in Florida I would have only lawn and hibiscus bush.

Greetings from EU


Posted by Eva Erdmann, interior decorator (Lion International Inc.) over 2 years ago

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