October Planting Calendar

Plant in the fall for early spring starts

Next to March and April, there is more to do in the garden with respect to planting and plant maintenance in October than any other month of the year. Dozens of flowers can be sown, started, and planted. For abundant, healthy development, many plants benefit by being divided and replanted or stored where they can weather the winter until the spring. For your area, check a plant encyclopedia for each plant variety to determine how to store tender bulbs.

Check the Zone Map and Frost Dates for your region.


SOW IN OPEN GROUND - Abronia, Ageratum, Alonsoa, Alyssum, Anagallis, Antirrhinum, Arctotis, Baileya, Bellis, Brachycome, Calendula, Calliopsis, Canterburybells, Carnation, Centaurea, Cineraria, Clarkia, Cleome, Collinsia, Coreopsis, Cynoglossum, Delphinium, Dimorphotheca, Eschscholtzia, Flax, Forget-me-not, Gaillardia, Gilia, Godetia, Gypsophila, Larkspur, Linaria, Lunaria, Lupine, Malcomia, Mallow, Maurandia, Nasturtium, Nemesia, Nemophila, Nicotiana, Pansies, Penstemon, Petunia, Pinks, Poppies, Primula, Scabiosa, Schizanthus, Stevia, Stocks, Strawflower, Sweetpea, Verbena, Viola.

SEED IN FLATS - Ageratum, Antirrhinum, Arctotis, Bellis, Brachycome, Calendula, Canterburybells, Carnation, Centaurea, Cineraria, Clarkia, Coreopsis, Cynoglossum, Delphinium, Dimorphotheca, Exacum, Forget-me-not, Gaillardia, Geum, Godetia, Gypsophila, Iberis, Iceland Poppy, Mallow, Mimulus, Nemesia, Pansies, Penstemon, Periwinkle, Petunia, Primula, Scabiosa, Stocks, Trachelium, Verbena, Viola.

PLANTS - Alyssum, Antirrhinum, Arctotis, Bellis, Brachycome, Calendula, Canterburybells, Centaurea, Cineraria, Clarkia, Coreopsis, Delphinium, Dimorphotheca, Gaillardia, Gypsophila, Heuchera, Iceland Poppy, Iberis, Lobelia, Mallow, Pansies, Stocks, Viola.

BULBS-CORMS-TUBERS - Allium, Alstroemeria, Anemone, Antholyza, Babiana, Bessera, Brunsvigia, White-calla, Calochortus, Camassia, Clivia, Commelina, Dierama, Dipidax, Elisena, Freesia, Gladiolus, Ixia, Lachenalia, Leucocoryne, Lycoris, Lilium, Moraea, Neomarica, Montbretia, Muscari, Narcissus, Ornithogalum, Oxalis, Pancratium, Ranunculus, Scilla, Bulbous Iris, Sparaxis, Tritoma.

DIVISION OR CLUMPS - Acanthus, Agapanthus, Alstroemeria, Amaryllis, Anchusa, Arum, Billbergia, Bletilla, Crinum, Dahlia, Dierama, Eremurus, Eryngium, Fall Asters, Gazania, Gerberia, Gloriosa, Heychium, Hemerocallis, Heuchera, Japanese Iris, Lilium, Neo-marica, Nerine, Orchid Iris, Oriental Poppy, Oxalis, Pancratium, Penstemon, Periwinkle, Romneya, Physostegia, Shasta Daisy, Stokesia, Tigridia, Tritoma, Veronica.


SOW SEED OUTDOORS - Fava beans, Garlic cloves, mache, Onion sets, Shallot bulbs, Snow peas.

PLANT STARTS - Cabbage (over wintering), Lettuce, Salad greens.


Prepare your garden for winter. Find a reliable landscape service through NextStep Remodeling to help with putting your yard to bed.

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