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Here’s Your February Gardening Calendar

February Garden Checklist
February Garden Checklist
  • 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.


  • Prevent Weeds

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.

Pacific Northwest
Pacific Northwest

Before winter veggies bolt, harvest them, including cabbages, leeks and Brussels sprouts.

North California Coastal
North California Coastal

Time to start your tomato seeds indoors for early varieties, such as ‘Early Girl.’

South California Coastal
South California Coastal

Plant your own strawberries in the garden or a container now for delicious snacks later.

Southwestern Desert
Southwestern Desert

When the days get warm, it’s time to plant roses and berries in your garden.

Western Mountains
Western Mountains

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.

High Plains
High Plains

Got orchids? Care for your orchids by displaying them in cool, bright spots in your home. Let the moss dry out between waterings.

Northern Midwest
Northern Midwest

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.

Central Midwest
Central Midwest

It’s time to get your onions started from seed. Don’t forget to plant extra so you can use them as scallions.

Mid-Atlantic
Mid-Atlantic

Start herbs indoors this month. Before you know it, you’ll be ready to wear your gardening boots.

New England
New England

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.

Upper South
Upper South

Make your Valentine’s Day orchid last by letting it dry out between waterings.

Middle South
Middle South

As soon as forsythia bloom, it’s time to prune your roses. Watch carefully for this sign.

Lower South
Lower South

Keep weeds in the dark. Be sure to apply weed preventer in garden beds in late February and then add mulch.

Coastal & Tropical South
Coastal & Tropical South

Put the stop on crabgrass and prevent this weed in its tracks. Take preventative measures now to keep crabgrass from taking over your lawn.

South Florida
South Florida

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.