The Best Time to Plant

Gardeners often ask, "When is the best time to plant?" but most perennial plants and trees have no specific date. Here's how to tell when you can plant.

When is the best time to plant?

Think of your planting time as a range of favorable conditions instead of an exact time. For example, you can plant new plants and trees...
  1. When the ground is not frozen.
  2. When daytime temperatures are above freezing (32ºF) and below 90ºF.
  3. When extreme weather (blizzard, hail, torrential rain, etc.) is not in the forecast.
Annual seeds and vegetable plants (that complete their life cycle – from planting to harvest – in one year) need a planting date that is more specific. It depends on what you’re sprouting and growing, because you have to allow time for things to develop before harvest. However, with perennial plants and trees that may take a year or more to bear, the best time to plant can be less exact. As long as you choose a location in the best interest of what you're planting, and mind the unfavorable conditions listed above, you can plant when you feel most comfortable planting. Most gardeners prefer to plant in the spring, but some partake in the advantages of planting in the fall. When do you prefer to get your garden planting accomplished?

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