When to begin

Asked January 26, 2020, 7:29 PM EST

I'm new to SOMD and wanted to know what is generally the last frost date? Also the chart below states "Time seeds need to germinate" So I should plant my seeds indoors after the last frost date or backing up the seeding, to coincide with planting on the last frost date? Thank you Plant Approximate time to seed before last frost date (weeks) Time seeds need to germinate (days) Temperature (F) Light/dark requirement Broccoli 8 5 to 10 70 Either Cabbage 8 5 to 10 70 Either Cauliflower 8 5 to 10 70 Either Cucumber 4 or less 5 to 10 85 Either Eggplant 8 5 to 10 70 Either Lettuce 8 5 to 10 70 Light Muskmelon 4 or less 5 to 10 85 Either Pepper

St. Mary's County Maryland

1 Response

If you want to grow plants from seeds indoors, you need your last frost date in order to determine when to start your seeds. See the web page on spring frost dates and enter your zip code for dates in your area. This is from the National Gardening Assn and dates are approximate. https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/spring-frostfreeze-dates-maryland
Back up the seeding to coincide with the last frost date.

Some tips - If starting from seed you can mark your calendar with the average last frost date. Select the vegetables/flowers you will be seeding indoors. Write in 2 weeks from your last frost date, 4 weeks from your last frost date, etc. Look at the growing instructions on your seed packet. Mark the seed starting dates on your calendar to help you remember.
On the chart referenced on our webpage, Time seeds need to germinate (days)
is included in the approximate time to seed before the last frost date. This is information only.
For example - eggplant should be seeded 8 weeks before the last frost date. Germination time is included in this.
https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/starting-seeds-indoors
https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/crops

Marian