Florida Seasons Defined
Spring: when danger of a freeze has past. This usually occurs in March for north Florida and the third week of February for central Florida, with freezes being very rare in south Florida.
Summer: a period of very high temperatures (90° during the day) and the beginning of the rainy season. While northern U. S. states may experience similarly high temperatures, Florida differs by not having cool nights.
Autumn: the rainy season ends, the temperatures become cooler and days are shorter. Frost becomes a danger that requires careful consideration of planting dates to extend the flowering period.
Winter: freezes may take place. Frost tolerant plants should be considered, but in south Florida, frost sensitive plants should generally survive through the winter months in south Florida.
North Florida ranges from Georgia to Ocala, central Florida ranges from Ocala to Port Charlotte and Fort Pierce, and south Florida ranges from Fort Myers and Stuart to the Florida Keys. Use 'Annual Flowers for Florida' to determine plants and planting times for your Florida climatic zone.
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These definitions and descriptions are based on those included in the document 'What to Plant When - A Florida Bedding Plant Guide', by Teresa K. Howe and W. E. Waters. Bradenton GCREC Research Report BRA1995-8.