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seed starting table

Jan 29, 2011

I received an email from John Scheepers Kitchen Garden Seeds that included these tables of when to start seeds.  If you are like me and itchy to get some things going, its pretty helpful to have some general guidelines about how to stagger things.

Here is the general seed-starting schedule. It is based on the standard rule of thumb (for seeds that need to be started indoors) to start seeds eight weeks before the last expected spring frost date.


Eight-week General Seed-Starting Timetable

Horticultural Zones 9 & 10:  Start seeds indoors now.

Horticultural Zone 8:  Start seeds indoors in early February.

Horticultural Zone 7:  Start seeds indoors in mid February.

Horticultural Zone 6: Start seeds indoors in late February.

Horticultural Zone 5: Start seeds indoors in early March.

Horticultural Zones 1-4: Start seeds indoors in mid to late March.


There are vegetables, herbs and flowers that require more or less time than the standard eight weeks. Here are the seed starting schedules for them:


Vegetable/Herb Seed-Starting Timetable

Four Weeks: Melons, Bitter Melon and Cucuzzi Edible Gourds.

Six Weeks: Asparagus, Fennel, Onions, Rhubarb, Shallots, Tomatillos, Basil and St. John's Wort.

Eight Weeks: Eggplant, Tomatoes, Chiles, Sweet Peppers, Chives, Sage, Stevia and Thyme.

Nine Weeks: Broccoli, Cabbage and Kohlrabi (transplant out four weeks before the last frost date).

Ten Weeks: Celery, Celeriac, Jicama and Lemongrass.

Eleven Weeks: Leeks, Artichokes and Cauliflower (transplant out four weeks before the last frost date).

Twelve Weeks: Cardoons and Brussels Sprouts.

Sixteen Weeks: Strawberries (for first year crop) and Rosemary.



Very informative. Can you tell what temperature these horticulture zones represent??
I got my zone temperatures from They use C & F, sunset zones also. Europe, Australia, China, South America, too.

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