February Planting In The Southern Hemisphere

There is still plenty of warm weather left in the Southern Hemisphere this month before summer comes to a close in March. That means it is important to water consistently to enhance the final development of fruits and vegetables and to make sure they don’t split in hot weather. Now is the time to place a layer of mulch around the base of citrus and berries. And you can still get in one more planting of capsicum seedlings and beans in the cooler regions.

But the days are starting to grow shorter in the temperate and cooler regions and the time is now to begin planting cool weather and winter crops like cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and peas.

If you planting vegetables in the Southern Hemisphere– Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Argentina, Uruguay and Chile–this month here is a list of crops to sow in the temperate, cold, tropical and sub-tropical regions:

Temperate regions: beans, beetroot, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chicory, cress, eggplant, endive, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, mustard, spring onions, parsnip, peas, potato tubers, radish, rhubarb crowns, salsify, shallots, silverbeet, spinach , swedes, turnips.

Cold regions: beans, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, chicory, cress, endive, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, spring onions, parsnip, radish, rhubarb crowns, salsify, shallots, silverbeets, spinach, swedes, and turnips.

Tropical and sub-tropical regions: artichoke suckers, beans, beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, cape gooseberry, capsicum, carrots, celery, Chinese cabbage, cress, cucumber, eggplant, kohlrabi, leek, lettuce, marrow, melons, mustard, okra, onions, spring onions, parsnip, potato tubers, pumpkin, radish, rhubarb crown, silverbeet, squash, swedes, sweet corn, sweet potato, tomato, turnip, and zucchini.

Written by Stephen Albert

Stephen Albert is a horticulturist, master gardener, and certified nurseryman who has taught at the University of California for more than 25 years. He holds graduate degrees from the University of California and the University of Iowa. His books include Vegetable Garden Grower’s Guide, Vegetable Garden Almanac & Planner, Tomato Grower’s Answer Book, and Kitchen Garden Grower’s Guide. His Vegetable Garden Grower’s Masterclass is available online. has more than 10 million visitors each year.

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