Vegetable Varieties for Central Florida

I am very excited to share this post on fruit and vegetable varieties for Central Florida. One of the most important things you can do to have a successful garden is to select the right varieties for the zone you live in. Central Florida is growing zone 9b.

Vegetable Varieties for Central FloridaIf you’re not sure what zone you live in, you can check out the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map. You can go to their website and type in your zip code for confirmation of your zone. The picture below is from their site. This helps to show what plants are most likely to thrive in an area.

Plant Hardiness Zone MapAs you may already know, my garden is organic. That means there are some varieties I avoid, and I gravitate more towards heirloom varieties. I’ve found that tomatoes are especially sensitive to heat. Using recommended varieties that are more heat tolerant is definitely something to be aware of. Below is the list of vegetable varieties for Central Florida that I would recommend, but you should not feel limited to these varieties. Dates to plant these fruit and vegetable varieties for Central Florida are listed below. Also included is if they can be started indoors.

If they can be started indoors, check out How to Start Seeds Indoors. This will help you get a jump start on your season. This is especially good to do for our spring season since it goes from pleasant to super hot really fast here in Florida.

If you’re interested in purchasing organic seeds, try out Botanical Interests. They have such a wide selection of vegetables, flowers, and herbs. And they’re continually getting new seeds.

Do you have a favorite variety you grow in Florida that isn’t mentioned below? Share it with us and we’ll add it to the list!

Happy Gardening!

Vegetable Varieties for Central Florida

CropRecommended VarietiesIndoorsPlanting Dates for Zone 9b
Beans, bushSnap: Royal Burgandy, Contender, Provider Dry: Pinto, Red Kidney, Black Bean, NavyFeb-Apr Sep
BeetsDetroit Dark RedOct-Mar
BroccoliDe Cicco, Waltham1.5 MonthsAug-Jan
Brussel SproutsLong Island Improved2 monthsOct-Dec
CabbageCopenhagen Market1.5 monthsSep-Jan
CantaloupeAthena, AmbrosiaFeb-Apr
CarrotsNantes, DanversOct-Mar
CauliflowerSnowball1 monthOct-Jan
CeleryTall Utah CeleryAug-Feb
Chinese cabbagePak-choi1 monthOct-Jan
CollardsGeorgia Southern1.5 monthsAug-Mar
Corn, sweetCountry Gentleman, Stowell's Evergreen, Fisher’s Earliest, Golden BantamFeb-Mar Aug-Sep
CucumbersMarketMoreFeb-Mar Sep
EggplantBlack Beauty2 monthsJan-Mar Aug-Sep
Endive/EscaroleBatavian Broadleaf1 monthJan-Feb Sep
GarlicThermadrone, Lorz ItalianSep-Dec
KaleDwarf Blue Curled Scotch Kale1 monthSep-Jan
KohlrabiEarly White Vienna, Purple Vienna1 monthOct-Mar
LettuceCrisphead: Great Lakes Butterhead: Bibb, Tom Thumb, Buttercrunch Loose Leaf: Salad Bowl, Red Sails Romaine: Parris Island Cos1 monthSep-Mar
MustardGreen WaveSep-Mar
OkraClemson SpinelessMar-Aug
Onions, BulbingGranex yellow, Texas Grano, Tropicana RedSep-Dec
Onions, BunchingEvergreen BunchingAug-Mar
PeasSugar Snap, Oregon Sugarpod IISep-Mar
PeppersCalifornia Wonder, Hungarian Hot Wax,2 monthsJan-Mar Aug-Sep
PotatoesYukon Gold, RedJan-Feb
Potatoes, sweetWhiteFeb-Jun
PumpkinJack O LanternFeb-Mar Aug
QuinoaBrightest Brilliant RainbowOctober
RadishCherry BelleSep-Mar
SpinachBloomsdale LongstandingOct-Nov
Squash, Summer Early Prolific Straightneck, Black BeautyFeb-Mar Aug-Sep
Squash, WinterSpaghetti, Table Queen Acorn, Waltham ButternutFeb-Mar Aug
Swiss ChardRainbow Blend ChardOctober 
TomatoesBrandy Wine, Cherokee purple, San Marzano, Black Cherry2 monthsJan-Mar Sep
TurnipsPurple Top White GlobeJan-Mar Sep-Nov
WatermelonCrimson SweetJan-Mar Aug

Vegetable Varieties for Central Florida


  1. In your Varieties List, you have a column “indoor”. For instance, for Broccoli, it says “1.5 months.” Does this mean if I start from seed I should plant 1.5 months ahead of my intended planting date (say, start in mid-June for an early Aug planting date)?

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