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Planting Calendar for Santa Ana, CA

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The planting calendar below tells you when to plant in the SPRING and also plant in the FALL, based on your zip code or postal code.

Spring Planting Calendar

Our spring planting calendar starts with the very first dates that you can plant (based on the last spring frost). But if you've missed these dates, no worries! This is why we've added "last planting dates" to our spring calendar; this is meant to help new gardeners understand that if they missed the first spring planting window, they could still get crops in the ground.

In fact, many crops with short maturity times (such as radishes) can be succession planted all the way through the summer in northern areas. However, note that some cool-season crops, such as kale and lettuce, do not grow well in hot temperatures, which can cause bolting issues.  For some gardeners, especially in the South, a break to avoid summer heat is needed, but they can start once the heat has passed. 

The dates provided are based on the number of weeks before or after frost, so we can provide a unique calendar to every user in the country. Thus, several crops (especially similar crops) may appear to have the same date. Kale and lettuce, for example, or dates for starting seeds, like broccoli and cabbage. 

Fall Planting Calendar

When we say "fall," we really mean planting in summer in time for a fall harvest. Think of this as a second summer! It's easy to keep the crops going if you've already prepared the soil! 

Many crops that would be started indoors for a spring crop can just be plunked into the soil directly for a fall crop. Not only is the soil already warm but also there are less pests and it tends to be rainier so you don't need to water as often. Some fall vegetables need to be harvested by the first frost, but many are frost-tolerant and even taste better after a kiss of fall frost!

See each plant's individual Growing Guide for more specific planting, plant care, and harvesting information.

Specifically, on the charts, there are different columns labeled as follows:

  1. Start Seeds Indoors: When to sow seeds indoors to get an early start on the season.
  2. Plant Seedlings Outdoors: When to put small seedlings that you grew indoors (OR starter plants that you bought at a garden nursery) in the outdoor soil.
  3. Start Seeds Outdoors: When to plant seeds directly into the outdoor soil.
  4. Last Date to Plant: You may plant any time from the "start seeds" dates until this "last date." Don't wait any longer, or the crop won't have time to get to harvest before fall/winter frosts.

The "Moon Dates" indicate the best planting dates based on Moon phases. You can learn more about this age-old technique below.

When N/A appears in the chart, that starting method is typically not recommended, although it is likely still possible. 

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Planting Dates for Spring

SANTA ANA FIRE STN, CA climate station, elevation 134 feet.

Frost is infrequent in your area. Because of this, the following dates are only guidelines; you may be able to start seeds earlier and grow crops that extend later into fall.

CropFrost Based on Frost Dates
Moon Based on Moon Dates
Start Seeds IndoorsPlant Seedlings
or Transplants
Start Seeds OutdoorsLast Date to Plant
ArugulaFrost Jan 5-19
Moon Jan 11-19
Frost Feb 9-23
Moon Feb 9-23
Frost Feb 2-9
Moon Feb 9
Feb 2
AsparagusN/AN/AFrost Feb 16-Mar 1
Moon Feb 25-Mar 1
Mar 1
BasilFrost Jan 19-Feb 2
Moon Jan 19-25
Frost Mar 15-29
Moon Mar 15-25
Frost Mar 15-29
Moon Mar 15-25
Jan 19
BeetsN/AFrost Feb 16-Mar 1
Moon Feb 25-Mar 1
Frost Feb 2-9
Moon Feb 2-8
Mar 15
Bell PeppersFrost Dec 22-Jan 5
Moon Dec 22-26
Frost Mar 15-22
Moon Mar 15-22
N/ADec 8
Bok ChoyFrost Jan 19-Feb 2
Moon Jan 19-25
Frost Mar 15-22
Moon Mar 15-22
Frost Mar 15-22
Moon Mar 15-22
Apr 12
BroccoliFrost Jan 5-19
Moon Jan 11-19
Frost Feb 16-Mar 1
Moon Feb 16-24
Frost Feb 2-9
Moon Feb 9
Dec 29
Brussels SproutsFrost Jan 19-Feb 2
Moon Jan 19-25
Frost Feb 16-Mar 1
Moon Feb 16-24
Frost Feb 2-9
Moon Feb 9
Nov 24
CabbageFrost Jan 5-19
Moon Jan 11-19
Frost Feb 16-Mar 1
Moon Feb 16-24
Frost Feb 2-9
Moon Feb 9
Nov 17
CantaloupesFrost Feb 9-23
Moon Feb 9-23
Frost Mar 1-15
Moon Mar 10-15
Frost Mar 8-15
Moon Mar 10-15
Nov 24
CarrotsN/AN/AFrost Feb 2-16
Moon Feb 2-8
Dec 22
CauliflowerFrost Jan 19-Feb 2
Moon Jan 19-25
Frost Feb 23-Mar 8
Moon Feb 23-24
N/ADec 22
CeleryFrost Dec 8-22
Moon Dec 12-22
Frost Mar 8-22
Moon Mar 10-22
Frost Mar 1
Dec 22
ChivesFrost Jan 5-19
Moon Jan 11-19
Frost Feb 9-16
Moon Feb 9-16
Frost Feb 9-16
Moon Feb 9-16
Jan 5
Cilantro (Coriander)N/AN/AFrost Mar 1-15
Moon Mar 10-15
Mar 22
CollardsFrost Jan 19-Feb 2
Moon Jan 19-25
Frost Feb 16-Mar 1
Moon Feb 16-24
Frost Feb 9-16
Moon Feb 9-16
Dec 22
CucumbersFrost Feb 9-16
Moon Feb 9-16
Frost Mar 8-22
Moon Mar 10-22
Frost Mar 15-22
Moon Mar 15-22
Dec 22
DillN/AN/AFrost Feb 23-Mar 15
Moon Feb 23-24, Mar 10-15
Jan 5
Dry BeansN/AN/AFrost Mar 15-22
Moon Mar 15-22
Nov 24
EggplantsFrost Jan 5-19
Moon Jan 11-19
Frost Mar 15-22
Moon Mar 15-22
N/ADec 22
Fava BeansN/AN/AFrost Feb 2-9
Moon Feb 9
Mar 15
FennelFrost Jan 19-Feb 2
Moon Jan 19-25
Frost Mar 8-15
Moon Mar 10-15
Frost Mar 1-15
Moon Mar 10-15
Dec 15
GarlicN/AN/AN/A
Green BeansN/AN/AFrost Mar 8-29
Moon Mar 10-25
Dec 22
Honeydew MelonsFrost Feb 9-16
Moon Feb 9-16
Frost Mar 15-22
Moon Mar 15-22
Frost Mar 15-22
Moon Mar 15-22
Dec 1
Jalapeño PeppersFrost Dec 22-Jan 5
Moon Dec 22-26
Frost Mar 15-22
Moon Mar 15-22
N/A
KaleFrost Jan 5-19
Moon Jan 11-19
Frost Feb 16-Mar 1
Moon Feb 16-24
Frost Feb 2-9
Moon Feb 9
Mar 15
KohlrabiFrost Jan 19-Feb 2
Moon Jan 19-25
Frost Feb 9-16
Moon Feb 9-16
Frost Feb 2-9
Moon Feb 9
Mar 15
LeeksFrost Dec 22-Jan 5
Moon Dec 22-26
Frost Feb 9-23
Moon Feb 9-23
N/ANov 17
LettuceFrost Jan 19-Feb 2
Moon Jan 19-25
Frost Feb 9-16
Moon Feb 9-16
Frost Feb 2-9
Moon Feb 9
Mar 15
Mustard GreensN/AN/AN/A
OkraFrost Feb 2-16
Moon Feb 9-16
Frost Mar 15-22
Moon Mar 15-22
Frost Mar 15-29
Moon Mar 15-25
Dec 22
OnionsN/AFrost Feb 2-16
Moon Feb 2-8
N/ANov 24
OreganoFrost Dec 22-Jan 19
Moon Dec 22-26, Jan 11-19
Frost Mar 8-22
Moon Mar 10-22
N/ADec 22
ParsleyFrost Dec 22-Jan 5
Moon Dec 22-26
Frost Mar 8-22
Moon Mar 10-22
Frost Feb 2-Mar 8
Moon Feb 9-24
Dec 15
ParsnipsN/AN/AFrost Feb 2-9
Moon Feb 2-8
Nov 24
PeanutsN/AN/AFrost Mar 22-Apr 5
Moon Mar 26-Apr 5
PeasN/AN/AFrost Feb 2-9
Moon Feb 9
Mar 15
PotatoesN/AN/AFrost Feb 2-16
Moon Feb 2-8
Dec 22
PumpkinsFrost Feb 9-23
Moon Feb 9-23
Frost Mar 15-22
Moon Mar 15-22
Frost Mar 15-22
Moon Mar 15-22
Nov 17
RadishesN/AN/AFrost Feb 2-9
Moon Feb 2-8
Jan 5
RosemaryFrost Dec 8-22
Moon Dec 12-22
Frost Mar 15-22
Moon Mar 15-22
N/AJan 5
SageFrost Jan 5-19
Moon Jan 11-19
Frost Mar 8-22
Moon Mar 10-22
N/ADec 15
SalsifyN/AN/AFrost Feb 2-16
Moon Feb 2-8
Nov 24
SpinachFrost Jan 19-Feb 2
Moon Jan 19-25
Frost Feb 9-16
Moon Feb 9-16
Frost Feb 2-9
Moon Feb 9
Mar 15
Sweet CornN/AN/AFrost Mar 15-29
Moon Mar 15-25
Dec 15
Sweet PotatoesN/AN/AFrost Mar 15-29
Moon Mar 26-29
Nov 17
Swiss ChardFrost Jan 19-Feb 2
Moon Jan 19-25
Frost Feb 16-Mar 1
Moon Feb 16-24
Frost Feb 9-Mar 1
Moon Feb 9-24
Mar 15
ThymeFrost Dec 22-Jan 5
Moon Dec 22-26
Frost Mar 8-15
Moon Mar 10-15
N/ADec 8
TomatillosFrost Jan 19-Feb 2
Moon Jan 19-25
Frost Mar 15-29
Moon Mar 15-25
N/ADec 15
TomatoesFrost Jan 5-19
Moon Jan 11-19
Frost Mar 15-22
Moon Mar 15-22
N/ADec 1
TurnipsN/AN/AFrost Feb 2-9
Moon Feb 2-8
Feb 2
WatermelonsFrost Feb 9-23
Moon Feb 9-23
Frost Mar 15-22
Moon Mar 15-22
Frost Mar 8-15
Moon Mar 10-15
Dec 1
Winter SquashFrost Feb 9-16
Moon Feb 9-16
Frost Mar 8-22
Moon Mar 10-22
Frost Mar 15-22
Moon Mar 15-22
Nov 10
Zucchini (Summer Squash)Frost Feb 9-16
Moon Feb 9-16
Frost Mar 8-22
Moon Mar 10-22
Frost Mar 15-22
Moon Mar 15-22
Dec 29

Planting Dates for Fall

SANTA ANA FIRE STN, CA climate station.

Frost is infrequent in your area, which means that your growing season may not typically be restricted by fall frosts.

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