Although it’s still cold outside and the days are still short, there are many seeds to start in February indoors. The early start means your seedlings do some essential early development, and when they are transplanted outdoors in the spring, they’ve had a head start. This is especially important for perennial flowers and herbs that take longer to reach maturity and begin to bloom.
These recommendations are for the BC Lower Mainland, Gulf Islands, Sunshine Coast, and coastal WA & OR. If you live outside this area, please have a look at our other Regional Planting Charts.
Click on the links below for full planting instructions.
Florence fennel (bulbing fennel)
Some seeds benefit from the cold of February and March, and do better if direct sown at this time of year.
Now is the perfect time to direct sow, outdoors:
The number one secret to success when starting seeds indoors is to provide adequate light. As soon as seeds germinate, they should be put under intense, full spectrum lights. These days there are many economical lighting options for gardeners who want to start seeds indoors.
Also, use sterilized seedling soil if you’re planting seeds indoors. It is designed to moderate moisture – not too much, not too little.