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Seeds to Plant in February

seeds to plant in february snow on ground Seeds to Plant in February ❀ Fairy Circle GardenHave you been wondering what seeds to plant in February? With snow still on the ground in some places, starting seeds might not be the first thing many think of. While planting outdoors might still be a ways off for those living in the more northern climates, February is a great time to get things prepared for early spring planting. A little bit of research and a pinch of preparation can go a really long way when it comes to increasing harvest yield or starting the blooming process for anyone’s garden.

It’s Important to Know What Seeds to Plant in February

seeds to plant in february start seeds Seeds to Plant in February ❀ Fairy Circle GardenThere are different needs for different seeds. One of the most important things when it comes to seeds is the germination stage. Seeds are notorious for needing some basic circumstances and environmental triggers for getting the germination process started. When it comes to getting seeds started in February, knowing when to plan for transplants (seedlings started indoors) or direct sowing (planting the seeds directly in the ground outdoors) is key. The when is most often dictated by the where.

Know Your Zone

seeds to plant in february hardiness Seeds to Plant in February ❀ Fairy Circle GardenWithin the continental United States, there are 8 different hardiness zones to contend with. (Zones 3-10) If you are not sure which zone you live in within the continental United States, this is a great website to help you figure that out! For all our international gardening friends, this website will help to determine which zone is applicable for you!

Once a zone is identified, knowing what the last expected frost date for each zone is will help determine the best time to either start seeds indoors or to direct sow into the garden soil itself. There are always exceptions, but for the most part, these dates run true most often, and is a larger range as opposed to an exact date to allow for variances in weather patterns.

Last Frost Date Expectation

Zone 1 June 1st – June 30th

Zone 2 May 1st – May 31st

Zone 3 May 1st – May 31st

Zone 4 May 1st – May 31st

Zone 5 March 30th – April 30th

Zone 6 March 30th – April 30th

Zone 7 March 30th – April 30th

Zone 8 February 28th – March 30th

Zone 9 January 30th – February 28th

Zone 10 January 1st – January 31st

Zone 11 No frost dates

Zone 1-4

seeds to plant in february too cold Seeds to Plant in February ❀ Fairy Circle GardenWith few exceptions, February is still too early to start seeds for outdoor planting. The ground will most likely stay frozen for much longer than the typical seedling transplant time frames. Sometimes the use of a cold frame will allow for earlier planting.

seeds to plant in february cold frame Seeds to Plant in February ❀ Fairy Circle GardenA cold frame is a transparent frame placed on top of (and sometimes surrounding) planting rows in order to protect the young seedlings from cold temperatures while still allowing light in. Colder climate gardeners often make great use of these in the early spring and late fall months.

Zone 5/7

Vegetablesseeds to plant in february veggies 5 Seeds to Plant in February ❀ Fairy Circle Garden

  • Leeks
  • Cabbage
  • Broad bean
  • Onion
  • Artichoke
  • Celery
  • Spinach

Flowersseeds to plant in february flowers 5 Seeds to Plant in February ❀ Fairy Circle Garden

  • Salvia
  • Poppies
  • Coleus
  • Calendula
  • Pansies

Zone 8/9

Indoor seedlings

Vegetablesseeds to plant in february veggies 8 Seeds to Plant in February ❀ Fairy Circle Garden

  • Romaine
  • Artichoke
  • Spinach
  • Scallions
  • Cauliflower
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Peas
  • Celery
  • Tomatoes
  • Squash

Herbs

  • Parsley
  • Lavender

Flowersseeds to plant in february flowers 8 Seeds to Plant in February ❀ Fairy Circle Garden

  • Snapdragons
  • Violas
  • Giant Blue Hyssop
  • Yarrow
  • Begonia Tubers
  • Daisies
  • Lupins
  • Geraniums
  • Zinnias

Fruitseeds to plant in february fruit 8 Seeds to Plant in February ❀ Fairy Circle Garden

  • Strawberry
  • Blackberry
  • Raspberry
  • Melon

Direct sow in a cold frame

Vegetablesseeds to plant in february cold frame Seeds to Plant in February ❀ Fairy Circle Garden

  • Lettuce
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Onion
  • Watercress
  • Beetroot

Zone 10

Indoor seedlings

Vegetablesseeds to plant in february veggies 10 Seeds to Plant in February ❀ Fairy Circle Garden

  • Iceberg Lettuce
  • Mustard
  • Chard
  • Potato
  • Radish
  • Summer Carrots
  • Snow Pea
  • Eggplant

Herbsseeds to plant in february herbs Seeds to Plant in February ❀ Fairy Circle Garden

  • Basil
  • Chives
  • Chamomile
  • Oregano
  • Tarragon

Flowersseeds to plant in february flowers 10 Seeds to Plant in February ❀ Fairy Circle Garden

  • Morning Glory
  • Cup and Saucer Vine
  • Petunias
  • Cocks Comb
  • Decorative Kale
  • Black-eyed Susan Vine
  • Busy Lizzie
  • Alysium
  • Sunflower
  • Columbine
  • Sweet Pea

Direct sow uncovered

Vegetablesseeds to plant in february veggies 10 Seeds to Plant in February ❀ Fairy Circle Garden

  • Eggplant
  • Peppers
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Radishes
  • Spinach
  • Peas
  • Onion
  • Turnip
  • Shallot

Fruitseeds to plant in february fruit 10 Seeds to Plant in February ❀ Fairy Circle Garden

  • Strawberry
  • Blackberry
  • Raspberry
  • Melon
  • Tomato

Zone 11

seeds to plant in february no frost Seeds to Plant in February ❀ Fairy Circle GardenDue to there not being a “last frost date” in zone 11, there are generally less time restrictions on starting seeds, and gardeners are driven more by the natural bloom time than the readiness of the soil for planting.

With Spring Just Around the Corner, Starting Seeds Is a Great Idea!

seeds to plant in february get started Seeds to Plant in February ❀ Fairy Circle GardenWhile this is by no means an exhaustive list, I hope you’ve found it helpful. Unless in the more southern hardiness zones, many plants need to be just a bit closer to spring in order for the timing of germination, transplanting and eventual bloom/harvest to get started.

seeds to plant in february spring coming Seeds to Plant in February ❀ Fairy Circle GardenThere are always new hybrids being developed that increase harvest yield, are more insect or disease resistant, or are more hardy against cold weather. Hopefully some of the new varieties will come around that there will be more and more seeds to plant in February. Until then, enjoy the new year as we all look forward to spring!

Do you have any recommendations or feedback to add to the discussion? Please feel free to comment below! I answer every comment. You can also email me at Randi@FairyCircleGarden.com.

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