The Florida Wildlife Federation strongly supports home gardening projects that provide food, water, and shelter to native species. All species need certain life-sustaining necessities, such as the monarch butterfly needing the milkweed plant. The Florida Wildlife Federation strives to educate others about how they can individually take part in saving the state and the planet in their own backyard.
It’s important to remember not to fertilize! Native wildflowers are adapted to grow in Florida’s soil and climate. Adding fertilizer usually speeds weed growth rather than promoting wildflower growth.
When your wildflowers germinate, water only if plants are wilting. The best way to manage weeds in small wildflower areas is to pull the weeds by hand. This can be time-consuming but lets you remove only the weeds and avoid chemicals, which are harmful to valuable pollinators.
Your beautiful Florida native wildflowers will bloom mid-summer through fall. Enjoy the flowers and watch for pollinators!
For more information on establishing wildflowers and minimizing weeds, you can visit Florida Wildflower Cooperative: https://www.floridawildflowers.com/