How to Prepare Your Tropical Plants for Florida Winter

Even though Florida winter isn’t going to bring brutally cold temperatures or snow, but it is colder than the rest of the year. Although that doesn’t mean a lot for the plants most of the country is used to, tropical plants, shrubs, and trees are different. 

Tropical plants thrive in Florida because much of the year is very hot, humid, and rainy. But when the weather turns cool in the winter your tropical shrubs are likely to suffer. To keep your plants alive through the winter follow these tropical plant tips.

Use drop cloths to cover tropical shrubs and smaller trees.

The best advice for tropical plants is to bring them inside, but that isn’t possible when you’re talking about landscape features like shrubs and saplings. You can use old sheets, blankets, or cloth tarps to cover the bushes. This helps protect them from any frost (frozen dew).

Make sure that the cloth you use to cover your plants are:

  • Large enough to cover the whole plant.
  • Able to tack down to the ground to secure the cloth.
  • Lightweight enough not to weigh down the plant.
  • Held up with tomato cages if delicate.
  • Removed when temps reach over 55 degrees.

Proper water and fertilizer for healthier plants.

You should make sure that your plants are getting the right amount of water and fertilizer. Tropical plants have different needs than those used to cooler temperatures, but you are probably going to need to water them during these dry seasons. If you aren’t sure how much water or what type of fertilizer your tropical shrubs and trees need this winter, we can help.


A windbreak is a network of strategically placed trees and shrubs designed to minimize the impact of high winds on your home’s heating. These windbreaks are also great for protecting more vulnerable plants, as long as you plant the tropical shrubs behind the windbreak near the house.

Maintenance of topical plants to save you time.

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