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Florida rain and sun burning

Posted by surf1 none (My Page) on
Fri, Aug 29, 14 at 13:55

Is it me or is it impossible to grow anything decent in South FL lol. I'm having a lot of trouble with plants, obviously FL is hot and we get a lot of rain. So the plants are out in the sun, it rains, sun comes back out and burns the plants as the water droplets act like magnifying glass. I've gone through countless countless basil plants large and small (some started as seedlings, some from seed) and they all suffer the same fate, tomato plants too gave up on even strains for high heat, after spending months and months growing pepper plants, they all started budding and peppers started growing. Then it rains and with the sun 95% of the peppers have sun scalding or whatever its called (as if I just stood there with a magnifying glass and burned spots on them).

I just grabbed more plants, from mint to tyme to italian and thai basil etc. And then it hit me, still going to have this issue. So how do people grow anything in FL?

I read some people just move their plants in doors, well that's just a pain in the a$$ lol and who has the time for that unless you don't work. I've done that sometimes into my FL room if I'm at the home office but it's a flat out pain. And with all the plants now no way am I going to bother doing that even at night.

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RE: Florida rain and sun burning

Shade cloth?

RE: Florida rain and sun burning

Be sure to check out the Florida Gardening or other Southern gardening forums. I live in the frozen north and have a completely different set of issues. :)


RE: Florida rain and sun burning

Water droplets cannot act like a magnifying lens; they lay flat against the surface of the leaf. Right? To focus sunlight into a beam requires that the droplet would face the sun with the flat side. It's just simple physics at work.

If sunlight were such a problem, millions and millions of us would have the same problems as you. Basil is a sun loving herb, basking in the full sun and loving a good rain shower. Even in Florida.

I've not lived in Florida but spent over 20 years in subtropical coastal S. Carolina. No problems with the sun for my herbs and garden plants.
I have family in Ponte Vedra who grow container herbs and tomatoes on their sunny patio.

I'm thinking that something else is going on. The first thing that crossed my find regarding the burn spots is the Blotch Leafminer, a pest that has cropped up very frequently this year.

The heat can be an issue, however. And so can sun scald on the tender skin of certain fruits.....though not from water droplets. If you want to try something that really, really helps to ease the stress of excess heat and sun, investigate 'Surround', a kaolin clay product manufactured to be appled as a spray to leaves and such fruit as tomatoes, squash, peppers, apples, etc. It is a white film that simply reflects the sun! Works as a great repellent for insect pests, too.

I use it on my tomatoes and summer squash plants most years....hasn't been that hot of a summer here this year.....and not particularly buggy. Wait, I did apply it to my squash vines to protect against SVB.

RE: Florida rain and sun burning

I'll have to look that stuff up. Yeh my pepper plants were killed by the sun, everyone said just leave them in sun all day and they'll be fine, almost all the peppers got sun scalding burns and threw a bunch out other day (have 2 peppers that are OK and one starting to bud) after months and months of growing, too much work for that lol. Maybe the basil was the blotch miner? Hmmmm

And just picked a bunch of hornworm off the Pepper plant and eggs. Is the kaolin spray good to repel them (moths etc) and others like whiteflies?

Thanks for the help guys, didn't realize there was a FL board.

This post was edited by surf1 on Wed, Sep 3, 14 at 9:28

RE: Florida rain and sun burning

About the 'Surround'....I have found it to be a deterrent against egg laying.

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