February Seed Starting Schedule

This February Seed Starting Schedule is targeted for those of you that live in the colder northern zones. (Zones 3 to 7).  If you live in any of these Zones then February is the month to get serious about starting this years seedlings!

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I have done my best to make this February seed starting schedule as general as I can. Keep in mind that I can’t be all things to everyone. I’ve tried to give you a guide for each of the colder zones (zones 3 to 7) Don’t know your zone? Click here.

My February seed starting schedule always starts with some leafy greens and ends with the first of my tomatoes. No matter where you live you can put together your own February seed starting schedule by deciding when you want to plant outdoors and then counting back 6 to 8 weeks.

You never want your seedlings in pots for more than 8 weeks, 6 weeks is usually better. So use that as your main guide when deciding what and when to plant.  To learn a little more about starting seedlings check out this post.  Want to learn a lot more about seed starting?  Check out my video course!

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Leafy greens

Anyone’s February seed starting schedule begins with some greens. The following are some ideas of varieties you can plant and when to get them started.

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Look for hardy varieties, leaf lettuces do better than head lettuces this early in the year. Also despite the name summer crisp lettuces also do well in the early spring.


Spinach is very hardy and does well when planted early. Remember to use larger containers for spinach to help those tap roots transplant well.

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Swiss Chars seedlings transplant well and are very hardy.


This nutritional power house does very well when transplanted out in the early spring. (And it tastes better)

Asian Greens

Don’t forget to plant a few tatsoi, mizuna or bac choy!  These plants do great in the spring and are very frost tolerant!

Planting times for leafy greens

Zone 7 – You can start in early February planting seedlings for any of these greens.

Zones 5/6 – February 15th is a good target date, unless you have a hoop house, if so you can start earlier.

Zones 3/4 – You can get some leafy green seedlings started late in February, but you should plan on protecting them with a hoop house or cold frame when they go out to the garden.

Cole crops (Cabbage family)

I like to get all of my Cole family crops out as early as I can. With just a little protection from a hoop house or even some fabric row cover these hardy plants will do very well when planted in early spring.

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Broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, cabbage, collards and Brussels sprouts. Look for hardy varieties.

When to plant

Zone 7 – you can plant any time in February, the earlier the better!

Zones 5/6 – Around February 15th is the best time to get these out (plan on protecting young plants with row fabric)

Zones 3/4 – You might be able to sneak a few seedlings in at the end of February. But more likely you guys will need to wait till March, sorry!


Yes, you can get some tomato seedlings started in February. These will be cold hardy varieties that will need the protection of a wall of water, or similar heat cap. You can plant a few tomatoes now, but this won’t be all of your plants for the season.

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When to plant

Zone 7 – Get some tomatoes started early in February to go out under protection, and start more the end of the month as well (remember 6 to 8 weeks before your last frost without protection)

Zone 5/6 – Mid to late February is a good time to get some tomatoes started but only if you plan on protecting them with walls of water.

Zones 3/4 – Sorry guys it’s just too early for most of you!

Onions and leeks

It’s not to late to get some onions or leeks started indoors. I usually try to get my onions planted about 6 or 7 weeks before my last frost date. You need around 8 weeks to grow onion seedlings, so if those dates work out still for you the get some started!!


This addition to the list comes from a reminder from a reader, Michelle!  Most celery is a long season crop, needed 140 to 150 days of mostly cool weather to grow.  So getting celery started in February is also a great idea!  I would suggest mid February for Zones 5,6,7 and wait till late February or early March for Zones 3 & 4.

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I tried my best to give most of you in the colder climates some ideas of when and what to get planted this month. This February seed starting schedule isn’t perfect but should get you some ideas!

I would love your input, please comment below about what you are starting in February. Please be sure to include your Zone and what types of protection you use (I.e. cold frame, hoop house, etc)

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  1. Michelle Hedgcock February 2, 2017 10:23 am Reply

    In addition to what you listed I’ll be starting celery. Grew it for the first time last year and it turned out great… Although maybe a bit smaller than expected. I had gotten a late start on seed starting for them and then the weeds shaded it a bit during the summer. Thanks!

    • Mr. Stoney February 2, 2017 2:22 pm Reply

      Michelle, Celery is a great suggestion. I always seem to get mine started to late. I will add it to the post! Thanks for the idea!

    • Barb February 3, 2017 3:18 pm Reply

      I replant the celery stub from the stuff I buy in the store. It grows great, and reseeds itself if left all season. Last year I had a ton of celery seed from 1 plant ‘scrap’. I’m sure I’ll be finding little celeries out in the garden this spring.

  2. Valerie February 7, 2017 1:26 pm Reply

    I love gardening, but I always start too late. When you start your seedlings, are they indoors or outdoors? If indoors is a garage or basement acceptable? (my kitchen windowsill is only so big)

    • Mr. Stoney February 7, 2017 2:32 pm Reply

      Valerie, this post is about starting indoors. A garage or basement would be perfectly fine! If I could I would use our basement, but no space, so our seed starting set up is in the garage.

      • Michelle Hedgcock February 9, 2017 6:09 am Reply

        My seed starting set-up is in my garage too. My garage is unattached and unheated (I’m zone 5/6A) so I use heat mats.

  3. Maija February 7, 2017 5:35 pm Reply

    You’re talking about starting them this early if you have grow lights.. right? In windows, even south windows, seedlings just grow weak and leggy in my experience.

    • Mr. Stoney February 7, 2017 6:53 pm Reply

      Yes with lights!

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