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What to plant in February

Get organised now for blooming beauties and vibrant veg.
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Wondering what to plant in February? 

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We’ve got you covered with our comprehensive guide to what flower and vegetables to plant now in Australia, according to your climate zone. If you’re not sure about your zone, ask at your local nursery which one best matches your conditions. 

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What to plant in February

What flowers to plant now

cyclamen
Cyclamen (Credit: Getty)

All zones

  • Ageratum
  • Alyssum
  • Cleome
  • Cyclamen
  • French marigold
  • Gypsophila
  • Iceland poppy
  • Lobelia
  • Lupin
  • Nigella
  • Pansy
  • Polyanthus
  • Primula
  • Verbena
Sunflowers
Sunflowers (Credit: Getty)

Zones 1-3

  • African marigold
  • Celosia
  • Coleus
  • Gerbera
  • Nasturtium
  • Salvia
  • Sunflower
Everlasting daisies
Everlasting daisies (Credit: Getty)

Zones 4-6

What vegetables to plant now

Carrots
Carrots (Credit: Getty)

All zones

  • Beans
  • Beetroot
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Carrot
  • Leek
  • Lettuce
  • Radish
  • Silverbeet
  • Spring onion
  • Zucchini
Capsicums
Capsicums (Credit: Getty)

Zones 1-3

Brussels sprouts
Brussels sprouts (Credit: Getty)

Zones 4-6

  • Brussels sprout
  • Leek
  • Parsnip
  • Spinach

What should I do in my garden in February?

Maintenance

Maintenance is definitely a year-round venture, and your to-do list is always filled with weeding and other gardening tasks. But in specific months, there can be specific things that should be done to promote healthy growth or protect plants for upcoming adversity (like winter weather!). The best maintenance to do in Feb includes the following: 

  • Resist the urge to cut away sunburnt leaves just yet. Shrivelled foliage acts as a shield against further sun damage for the healthy growth beneath and is best removed when conditions cool a little.
  • Keep up the water for shallow-rooted plants like camellias and citrus to stop them drying out.
  • Ready repeat-flowering roses for an autumn comeback with a light trim and a little fertiliser.
  • Clean up vegetable beds of plant material as crops finish to prevent disease setting in.
  • Check azaleas for lace bug (rusty brown spots underneath leaves and silvery on top) and, if present, spray with insecticide. Make sure the insecticide is bee-friendly!
  • Deep water trees if they are extra dry!
  • Control the aphids and sap-sucking insects in vegie gardens by hanging DIY sticky trade made by layering petroleum jelly thickly on strips of bright yellow cardboard. If you’re in the process of planting you can also add flowers and herbs to your garden that naturally repel aphids

Plant removal and pruning

There are some plants that have heads, flowers or leaves that should be removed at certain times. In February, you should think about removing: 

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