Your February gardening calendar may not be filled up but there’s still plenty to keep you busy.
For starters, get ready for Valentine’s Day. Select a houseplant, such as an orchid, bromeliad, red anthurium or purple heart plant and make your valentine feel special.
This month is the perfect time to gather supplies to start seeds indoors for tomato, eggplant, pepper, herb and perennial flowers. Growing from seeds is inexpensive and rewarding. It also allows you more control over the growing process.
Sow your seeds about six weeks before the estimated last date of frost in your area. But don’t start them too early. See our frost date calendar and check seed packets for specific planting instructions.
Outside, take advantage of any late winter mild and dry days. It is the perfect time to trim dead and diseased branches to keep trees healthy and thriving.
In some areas of the country, this month can also be a great time to prevent crabgrass and other weeds in your lawn and garden. Take preventative measures early and you’ll help keep weeds to a minimum.
February Gardening Calendar:
give your valentine a pretty houseplant
Perfect for gifts, houseplants such as an orchid, bromeliad, red anthurium or purple heart plant warm hearts. Choose an easy-growing houseplant for your valentine. Learn all about the language of flowers.
gather seed supplies, start indoors
Seed starting indoors is a time-saver and allows you more control over the growing process. It helps you grow early crops and flowers in your garden. See our story on seed starting do’s and don’ts and our top 10 veggies to sow in your garden.
trim tree branches
When weather cooperates, February is a perfect month to look at the barren landscape and trim dead and diseased tree branches. You can also prune some shrubs, but not azaleas, rhododendrons and other spring-flowering shrubs. To know which ones to prune, read our article on pruning.
Tackle early-season weeds in your lawn and garden when the weather permits. Read about how to kill weeds without killing your lawn. In your garden, apply weed killers and mulch around any shrubs and flowers. Use organic weed preventer where you plant vegetables and herbs.
Before winter veggies bolt, harvest them, including cabbages, leeks and Brussels sprouts. Read more about Pacific Northwest regional gardening tips.
Time to start your tomato seeds indoors for early varieties, such as ‘Early Girl.’ Read more about North California Coastal regional gardening tips.
Plant your own strawberries in the garden or a container now for delicious snacks later. Read more about South California Coastal regional gardening tips.
When the days get warm, it’s time to plant roses and berries in your garden. Read more about Southwestern Desert regional gardening tips.
Sow cool-season vegetable seeds indoors, including‚ broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, leeks, onion and Swiss chard. Plant six weeks before your last date of expected frost. Read more about Western Mountains regional gardening tips.
Got orchids? Care for your orchids by displaying them in cool, bright spots in your home. Let the moss dry out between waterings. Read more about High Plains gardening tips.
On a mild day, get outside and cut forsythia or pussy willow branches to bring indoors for forcing blooms. Soak roots in warm water for up to two hours then put them in a vase. Read more about Northern Midwest regional gardening tips.
It’s time to get your onions started from seed. Don’t forget to plant extra so you can use them as scallions. Read more about Central Midwest regional gardening tips.
Start herbs indoors this month. Before you know it, you’ll be ready to wear your gardening boots. Read more about Mid-Atlantic regional gardening tips.
Now is the perfect time to repot your houseplants. Select a container that’s a couple of inches wider and your plants will reward you with lots of lush, new growth. Read more about New England regional gardening tips.
Make your Valentine’s Day orchid last by letting it dry out between waterings. Read more about Upper South regional gardening tips.
As soon as forsythia bloom, it’s time to prune your roses. Watch carefully for this sign. Read more about Middle South regional gardening tips.
Keep weeds in the dark. Be sure to apply weed preventer in garden beds in late February and then add mulch. Read more about Lower South regional gardening tips.
Put the stop on crabgrass and prevent this weed in its tracks. Take preventative measures now to keep crabgrass from taking over your lawn. Read more about Coastal and Tropical South regional gardening tips.
South Florida gardeners can plant cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers and other veggies now. It’s also a great time to plant flowers, including dianthus, impatiens and lobelia directly in containers or gardens. Read more about South Florida regional gardening tips.
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