When Should I Plant?

Use our planning guide to find the right time to plant your favorite fruits and vegetables for optimal results.

Time it Right

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Time it Right

Once you know what you’d like to grow, the question is when to grow it. Most vegetables and herbs fall into one of three groups, and sometimes the group changes depending on where you live.

Warm-Season Crops

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Warm-Season Crops

Vegetables & Fruits: Artichokes, beans, corn, cucumbers, okra, peppers, squash (summer and winter), sweet potatoes, tomatoes

Herbs: Basil

 

Cool-Season Crops

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Cool-Season Crops

Vegetables & Fruits: Arugula, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, fennel, greens, leeks, lettuce, onions, snow or sugar snap peas, potatoes, spinach

Herbs: Cilantro, dill, parsley

 

Perennial Crops

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Perennial Crops

Vegetables & Fruits: All fruits, except strawberries, which are usually replanted every few years

Herbs: Chives, mint, oregano, rosemary, thyme

Exceptions: In areas such as South Florida, where summers are steamy, even heat-loving plants can become stressed or diseased. Many warm-season crops are grown along with cool-season crops during the frost-free winter days or during the shoulder seasons of spring and fall.

 

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