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Planting Calendar for Sikeston, MO

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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-seasons 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

On average, your last spring frost occurs on April 1 (at SIKESTON PWR STN, MO climate station, elevation 311 feet).
CropFrost Based on Frost Dates
Moon Based on Moon Dates
Start Seeds IndoorsPlant Seedlings
or Transplants
Start Seeds OutdoorsLast Date to Plant
ArugulaFrost Feb 4-18
Moon Feb 9-18
Frost Mar 11-25
Moon Mar 11-25
Frost Mar 3-11
Oct 3
AsparagusN/AN/AFrost Mar 18-Apr 1
Moon Mar 26-Apr 1
Apr 1
BasilFrost Feb 18-Mar 3
Moon Feb 18-24
Frost Apr 15-29
Moon Apr 15-23
Frost Apr 15-29
Moon Apr 15-23
Sep 19
BeetsN/AFrost Mar 18-Apr 1
Moon Mar 26-Apr 1
Frost Mar 3-11
Moon Mar 3-11
Apr 15
Bell PeppersFrost Jan 21-Feb 4
Moon Jan 21-25
Frost Apr 15-22
Moon Apr 15-22
N/AAug 8
Bok ChoyFrost Feb 18-Mar 3
Moon Feb 18-24
Frost Apr 15-22
Moon Apr 15-22
Frost Apr 15-22
Moon Apr 15-22
May 13
BroccoliFrost Feb 4-18
Moon Feb 9-18
Frost Mar 18-Apr 1
Moon Mar 18-25
Frost Mar 3-11
Aug 29
Brussels SproutsFrost Feb 18-Mar 3
Moon Feb 18-24
Frost Mar 18-Apr 1
Moon Mar 18-25
Frost Mar 3-11
Jul 25
CabbageFrost Feb 4-18
Moon Feb 9-18
Frost Mar 18-Apr 1
Moon Mar 18-25
Frost Mar 3-11
Jul 18
CantaloupesFrost Mar 11-25
Moon Mar 11-25
Frost Apr 1-15
Moon Apr 8-15
Frost Apr 8-15
Moon Apr 8-15
Jul 25
CarrotsN/AN/AFrost Mar 3-18
Moon Mar 3-18
Aug 22
CauliflowerFrost Feb 18-Mar 3
Moon Feb 18-24
Frost Mar 25-Apr 8
Moon Mar 25
N/AAug 22
CeleryFrost Jan 7-21
Moon Jan 11-21
Frost Apr 8-22
Moon Apr 8-22
Frost Apr 1
Aug 22
ChivesFrost Feb 4-18
Moon Feb 9-18
Frost Mar 11-18
Moon Mar 11-18
Frost Mar 11-18
Moon Mar 11-18
Sep 5
Cilantro (Coriander)N/AN/AFrost Apr 1-15
Moon Apr 8-15
Apr 22
CollardsFrost Feb 18-Mar 3
Moon Feb 18-24
Frost Mar 18-Apr 1
Moon Mar 18-25
Frost Mar 11-18
Moon Mar 11-18
Aug 22
CucumbersFrost Mar 11-18
Moon Mar 11-18
Frost Apr 8-22
Moon Apr 8-22
Frost Apr 15-22
Moon Apr 15-22
Aug 22
DillN/AN/AFrost Mar 25-Apr 15
Moon Mar 25, Apr 9-15
Sep 5
Dry BeansN/AN/AFrost Apr 15-22
Moon Apr 15-22
Jul 25
EggplantsFrost Feb 4-18
Moon Feb 9-18
Frost Apr 15-22
Moon Apr 15-22
N/AAug 22
Fava BeansN/AN/AFrost Mar 3-11
Apr 15
FennelFrost Feb 18-Mar 3
Moon Feb 18-24
Frost Apr 8-15
Moon Apr 8-15
Frost Apr 1-15
Moon Apr 8-15
Aug 15
GarlicN/AN/AN/A
Green BeansN/AN/AFrost Apr 8-29
Moon Apr 8-23
Aug 22
Honeydew MelonsFrost Mar 11-18
Moon Mar 11-18
Frost Apr 15-22
Moon Apr 15-22
Frost Apr 15-22
Moon Apr 15-22
Aug 1
Jalapeño PeppersFrost Jan 21-Feb 4
Moon Jan 21-25
Frost Apr 15-22
Moon Apr 15-22
N/A
KaleFrost Feb 4-18
Moon Feb 9-18
Frost Mar 18-Apr 1
Moon Mar 18-25
Frost Mar 3-11
Apr 15
KohlrabiFrost Feb 18-Mar 3
Moon Feb 18-24
Frost Mar 11-18
Moon Mar 11-18
Frost Mar 3-11
Apr 15
LeeksFrost Jan 21-Feb 4
Moon Jan 21-25
Frost Mar 11-25
Moon Mar 11-25
N/AJul 18
LettuceFrost Feb 18-Mar 3
Moon Feb 18-24
Frost Mar 11-18
Moon Mar 11-18
Frost Mar 3-11
Apr 15
Mustard GreensN/AN/AN/A
OkraFrost Mar 3-18
Frost Apr 15-22
Moon Apr 15-22
Frost Apr 15-29
Moon Apr 15-23
Aug 22
OnionsN/AFrost Mar 3-18
Moon Mar 3-18
N/AJul 25
OreganoFrost Jan 21-Feb 18
Moon Jan 21-25, Feb 9-18
Frost Apr 8-22
Moon Apr 8-22
N/AAug 22
ParsleyFrost Jan 21-Feb 4
Moon Jan 21-25
Frost Apr 8-22
Moon Apr 8-22
Frost Mar 3-Apr 8
Moon Mar 19-25
Aug 15
ParsnipsN/AN/AFrost Mar 3-11
Moon Mar 3-11
Jul 25
PeanutsN/AN/AFrost Apr 22-May 6
Moon Apr 24-May 6
PeasN/AN/AFrost Mar 3-11
Apr 15
PotatoesN/AN/AFrost Mar 3-18
Moon Mar 3-18
Aug 22
PumpkinsFrost Mar 11-25
Moon Mar 11-25
Frost Apr 15-22
Moon Apr 15-22
Frost Apr 15-22
Moon Apr 15-22
Jul 18
RadishesN/AN/AFrost Mar 3-11
Moon Mar 3-11
Sep 5
RosemaryFrost Jan 7-21
Moon Jan 11-21
Frost Apr 15-22
Moon Apr 15-22
N/ASep 5
SageFrost Feb 4-18
Moon Feb 9-18
Frost Apr 8-22
Moon Apr 8-22
N/AAug 15
SalsifyN/AN/AFrost Mar 3-18
Moon Mar 3-18
Jul 25
SpinachFrost Feb 18-Mar 3
Moon Feb 18-24
Frost Mar 11-18
Moon Mar 11-18
Frost Mar 3-11
Apr 15
Sweet CornN/AN/AFrost Apr 15-29
Moon Apr 15-23
Aug 15
Sweet PotatoesN/AN/AFrost Apr 15-29
Moon Apr 24-29
Jul 18
Swiss ChardFrost Feb 18-Mar 3
Moon Feb 18-24
Frost Mar 18-Apr 1
Moon Mar 18-25
Frost Mar 11-Apr 1
Moon Mar 11-25
Apr 15
ThymeFrost Jan 21-Feb 4
Moon Jan 21-25
Frost Apr 8-15
Moon Apr 8-15
N/AAug 8
TomatillosFrost Feb 18-Mar 3
Moon Feb 18-24
Frost Apr 15-29
Moon Apr 15-23
N/AAug 15
TomatoesFrost Feb 4-18
Moon Feb 9-18
Frost Apr 15-22
Moon Apr 15-22
N/AAug 1
TurnipsN/AN/AFrost Mar 3-11
Moon Mar 3-11
Oct 3
WatermelonsFrost Mar 11-25
Moon Mar 11-25
Frost Apr 15-22
Moon Apr 15-22
Frost Apr 8-15
Moon Apr 8-15
Aug 1
Winter SquashFrost Mar 11-18
Moon Mar 11-18
Frost Apr 8-22
Moon Apr 8-22
Frost Apr 15-22
Moon Apr 15-22
Jul 11
Zucchini (Summer Squash)Frost Mar 11-18
Moon Mar 11-18
Frost Apr 8-22
Moon Apr 8-22
Frost Apr 15-22
Moon Apr 15-22
Aug 29

Planting Dates for Fall

On average, your first fall frost occurs on October 31 (at SIKESTON PWR STN, MO climate station).
CropFrost Based on Frost Dates
Moon Based on Moon Dates
Start Seeds OutdoorsTransplantAverage Days to MaturityFrost Tolerance
ArugulaFrost Sep 12-Oct 17
Moon Sep 12-17, Oct 2-17
N/A40Frost-hardy
BeetsFrost Aug 8-Sep 5
Moon Aug 20-Sep 1
N/A50Frost-tolerant
Bok ChoyFrost Aug 22-Sep 12
Moon Sep 2-12
N/A50Frost-tolerant
BroccoliFrost Aug 1-8
Moon Aug 4-8
Frost Aug 22-Sep 5
Moon Sep 2-5
60Frost-tolerant
Brussels SproutsFrost Jul 11-25
Moon Jul 11-21
N/A100Frost-hardy
CabbageFrost Aug 1-8
Moon Aug 4-8
Frost Aug 22-29
90Frost-tolerant
CarrotsFrost Aug 15-22
Moon Aug 20-22
N/A70Frost-tolerant
CauliflowerFrost Jul 25-Aug 1
Frost Aug 8-15
Moon Aug 8-15
75Frost-tolerant
ChivesFrost Aug 8-Sep 5
Moon Aug 8-19, Sep 2-5
N/A70Frost-tolerant
FennelFrost Aug 1-15
Moon Aug 4-15
N/A80Tender
GarlicFrost Nov 13-27
Moon Nov 16-27
N/A120Frost-hardy
Green BeansFrost Aug 15-29
Moon Aug 15-19
N/A55Tender
KaleFrost Aug 22-Sep 5
Moon Sep 2-5
N/A60Frost-hardy
KohlrabiFrost Aug 29-Sep 19
Moon Sep 2-17
N/A45Frost-tolerant
LettuceFrost Aug 22-Sep 5
Moon Sep 2-5
N/A60Frost-tolerant
Mustard GreensFrost Aug 29-Sep 19
Moon Sep 2-17
N/A45Tender
PeasFrost Aug 22-Sep 5
Moon Sep 2-5
N/A55Tender
RadishesFrost Sep 19-Oct 3
Moon Sep 19-Oct 1
N/A25Frost-tolerant
SpinachFrost Sep 12-Oct 3
Moon Sep 12-17, Oct 2-3
N/A30Frost-hardy
Swiss ChardFrost Aug 22-Sep 5
Moon Sep 2-5
N/A60Frost-tolerant
TurnipsFrost Aug 29-Sep 12
Moon Aug 29-Sep 1
N/A50Frost-tolerant
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