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What's in Bloom at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates?

Need a drought tolerant plant for your Florida garden? Try a Bulbine

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On May 6th

Bulbine (Bulbine frutescens, Burn Jelly Plant).     

     We have a great new plant available at the gardens and it is a relative newcomer to the gardening industry in the last few years. It is the perfect choice for the homeowner who wants a very low maintenance and drought tolerant option.

     The leaves of the Bulbine produce a jelly-like juice (similar to Aloe) that is wonderful natural treatment for burns, rashes, insect bites, cracked lips and cold sores.

     The Bulbine makes a great ground cover since each plant will grow to form a clump that can reach up to four feet wide. This clumping habit also makes Bulbine a great pass along plant. The succulent, grass-like foliage grows to about 12 to 18 inches tall with flower spikes reaching two feet.

Caring for your Bulbine frutescens:

  • Watering your Bulbine is not needed in the rainy season, but supplemental watering every two weeks may be needed in the dry season.
  • Suited for growing in Zones 9-11 and is hardy to the low 20’s.
  • Grows best in well drained soil, but is very tolerant of poor dry soil.
  • Needs little attention or special treatment.
  • Drought tolerant.
  • Can be used in a container garden.
  • Plant your new Bulbine in a sunny location with 6 to 8+ hours of sun.

      A group planting of Bulbine will make a striking and low cost addition to your SW Florida garden. The Edison & Ford Winter Estates currently has Bulbine available for purchase in one gallon containers in our Garden Shoppe.

Blooming at the Estates

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 18th

A sampling of the blooms and fruits you can see at the Estates today…

Name That Plant, Win That Plant XIII

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On September 9th

Be the first to identify this plant and win it!  The correct answer will be announced Wednesday, September 15.  Here’s a hint:  It’s a tree.


Contest Rules: Leave a comment on Facebook or the Garden Blog with your answer.  The person with the first correct answer may choose to receive the mystery plant (if available) or a peace lily.  The winner will be announced on the Estates Garden Blog and on Facebook.  Plants must be picked up from the Edison & Ford Winter Estates within 7 days of contest end (and, no, we can’t ship them!).  If you have won previously, please wait 60 days before guessing again.

Name That Plant, Win That Plant XI:

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On August 24th

Be the first to identify this plant and win it!  The correct answer will be announced Wednesday, September 1.

Contest Rules: Leave a comment on Facebook or the Garden Blog with your answer.  The person with the first correct answer may choose to receive the mystery plant (if available) or a peace lily.  The winner will be announced on the Estates Garden Blog and on Facebook.  Plants must be picked up from the Edison & Ford Winter Estates within 7 days of contest end (and, no, we can’t ship them!).  If you have won previously, please wait 60 days before guessing again.

Name That Plant IX, WIN That Plant

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On August 5th

Here’s another chance to win a plant from the Edison & Ford Winter Estates Garden Shoppe.  Identify this plant, and it could be yours!  We’ll share the answer next Wednesday.

Contest Rules: Leave a comment on Facebook or the Garden Blog with your answer.  The person with the first correct answer may choose to receive the mystery plant (if available) or a peace lily.  The winner will be announced on the Estates Garden Blog and on Facebook.  Plants must be picked up from the Edison & Ford Winter Estates within 7 days of contest end (and, no, we can’t ship them!).  Previous winners are not eligible.