What to Do in the Garden in February

Gardening Tips for February
Marie Iannotti

February may well be the toughest gardening month. Thank goodness it's short. Gardeners in warm climates don't know what kind of weather to expect from day to day or from day to night. Gardeners in cold climates have put the holidays behind them and just want to see the sun shine again.

But that doesn't stop the true gardener from working on his garden. February is for planning and for seeing the first signs that spring is around the corner.

And it is especially for pruning. So take advantage of those rare sunny days and get back in your garden.

Here are some regional tips for gardening in February. However since February weather is so unpredictable, you'll have to use some judgment.​


Warmer Regions (Zone 8 and Higher)

  • Finish pruning roses and fruit trees
  • Use dormant spray on roses and fruit trees and shrubs
  • Plant regional bulbs like: amayllis, crinums and calla lilies
  • Pot up saved tubers and corms like: begonias and cannas
  • Weather permitting, you can start dividing perennials

Cold Regions (USDA Hardiness Zone 7 and Lower)

  • Prune trees and shrubs, both ornamentals and fruit

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