Thanks to our mild winters, Phoenix has a long growing season. Are you ready to get your hands dirty and start planting?
You can take advantage of this extended growing season by choosing to plant certain crops at certain times of the year. Below is an easy guide of what the optimal time of year is to grow a particular plant.
Major Planting Seasons in Phoenix
Planting in the low-desert of Phoenix is different than other parts of the country. Rather than the traditional one planting season we are are lucky to have two major plantings times: Spring and Fall.
Phoenix urban garden harvest times are in June, July, September, October, November and December. If you don’t mind covering plants during frosts you can often have veggies in February and March as well.
Planting Calendar for Phoenix
While we can grow things year round, our primary planting season is November-March. Phoenix residents plant their gardens in the winter, while the rest of the country is buried in snow.
As a rule of thumb:
- Plant annuals and perennials October through April
- Citrus trees in the fall and spring
- Bare root roses in January and February
Plant vegetables mid-September through March
- Plant bulbs, such as Iris and Daffodils, in November.
Cool Season Vegetables: What and When to Plant in Phoenix
Cool-season vegetables can be planted starting in mid-September. Some popular vegetables include:
Warm Season Vegetables: What and When to Plant in Phoenix
If planting warm-season vegetables early don’t forget to cover them if there is frost. Plant warm-season vegetables in mid-February to avoid frost.
Warm-season vegetables include:
- Green Beans
- Sweet Corn