Things that won't grow in Florida
I'm going to do a webpage with a list of things that won't grow here, or won't bloom here, or won't live at all through the summer, so we can refer people who just moved here to that page. What I'd like is for all of you ZDD sufferers to help me out. Give me a list of all the plants from up north that you tried to grow here, and what you found out. Be sure to put what zone you tried to grow them in, like 9a, 9b, 10, etc.
Here's my list:
Forsythia (yellow bells) - won't grow, won't bloom. Not enough cold weather.
Hostas - Will grow for short period, then finally dies out from the heat and humidity. Never bloomed.
Lilacs - fahgedaboudit! Don't bloom, eventually die.
Japanese Iris - Can be grown as a winter annual, but dies out in the summer.
Bearded Iris - won't bloom, not enough cold weather, rots in the ground in the summer usually.
Louisiana Iris - got it to bloom, but didn't multiply well, and just doesn't look healthy.
Spring flowering bulbs (daffodils, narcissus, tulips, hyacinths, etc.) - Can only be forced to bloom by refrigerating bulbs, redigging before summer, and going through the whole thing all over again the next year. Not worth it.
Purple Leaf plum - Never blooms or sets fruit, but the leaves are worth growing it. Doesn't actually lose all its leaves until it's about to set leaves again, so it looks kind of scraggly in the winter.
VEGGIES AND EDIBLES:
Rhubarb - won't grow. Buy it at the store.
Spinach - challenging at best. Bugs love it. Not worth the trouble.
Apples - There are a couple of heat tolerant varieties, but to me, they don't have the taste of the apples I'm used to. IMHO, waste of garden space.
Peaches & nectarines - See apples.
Pears, Asian pears - forget it.
Japanese plums, Santa Rosa plums - forget it. You might get the trees to survive, but they'll never bear.
Bunch grapes - won't bear in this area, but I've seen them bear further inland.