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Planting Calendar for Indianapolis, IN

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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.

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're 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 also 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.

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 can 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. 

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 26 (at INDIANAPOLIS SE SIDE, IN climate station, elevation 846 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 29-Mar 15
Frost Apr 5-19
Moon Apr 8-19
Frost Mar 29-Apr 5
Sep 18
AsparagusN/AN/AFrost Apr 12-26
Moon Apr 24-26
Apr 26
BasilFrost Mar 15-29
Moon Mar 15-25
Frost May 10-24
Moon May 10-23
Frost May 10-24
Moon May 10-23
Sep 4
BeetsN/AFrost Apr 12-26
Moon Apr 24-26
Frost Mar 29-Apr 5
Moon Mar 29-Apr 5
May 10
Bell PeppersFrost Feb 15-29
Moon Feb 15-24
Frost May 10-17
Moon May 10-17
N/AJul 24
Bok ChoyFrost Mar 15-29
Moon Mar 15-25
Frost May 10-17
Moon May 10-17
Frost May 10-17
Moon May 10-17
Jun 7
BroccoliFrost Feb 29-Mar 15
Frost Apr 12-26
Moon Apr 12-23
Frost Mar 29-Apr 5
Aug 14
Brussels SproutsFrost Mar 15-29
Moon Mar 15-25
Frost Apr 12-26
Moon Apr 12-23
Frost Mar 29-Apr 5
Jul 10
CabbageFrost Feb 29-Mar 15
Frost Apr 12-26
Moon Apr 12-23
Frost Mar 29-Apr 5
Jul 3
CantaloupesFrost Apr 5-19
Moon Apr 8-19
Frost Apr 26-May 10
Moon May 7-10
Frost May 3-10
Moon May 7-10
Jul 10
CarrotsN/AN/AFrost Mar 29-Apr 12
Moon Mar 29-Apr 7
Aug 7
CauliflowerFrost Mar 15-29
Moon Mar 15-25
Frost Apr 19-May 3
Moon Apr 19-23
N/AAug 7
CeleryFrost Feb 1-15
Moon Feb 9-15
Frost May 3-17
Moon May 7-17
Frost Apr 26
Aug 7
ChivesFrost Feb 29-Mar 15
Frost Apr 5-12
Moon Apr 8-12
Frost Apr 5-12
Moon Apr 8-12
Aug 21
Cilantro (Coriander)N/AN/AFrost Apr 26-May 10
Moon May 7-10
May 17
CollardsFrost Mar 15-29
Moon Mar 15-25
Frost Apr 12-26
Moon Apr 12-23
Frost Apr 5-12
Moon Apr 8-12
Aug 7
CornN/AN/AFrost May 10-24
Moon May 10-23
Jul 31
CucumbersFrost Apr 5-12
Moon Apr 8-12
Frost May 3-17
Moon May 7-17
Frost May 10-17
Moon May 10-17
Aug 7
DillN/AN/AFrost Apr 19-May 10
Moon Apr 19-23, May 7-10
Aug 21
Dry BeansN/AN/AFrost May 10-17
Moon May 10-17
Jul 10
EggplantsFrost Feb 29-Mar 15
Frost May 10-17
Moon May 10-17
N/AAug 7
Fava Beans (Broad Beans)N/AN/AFrost Mar 29-Apr 5
May 10
FennelFrost Mar 15-29
Moon Mar 15-25
Frost May 3-10
Moon May 7-10
Frost Apr 26-May 10
Moon May 7-10
Jul 31
GarlicN/AN/AN/A
Green BeansN/AN/AFrost May 3-24
Moon May 7-23
Aug 7
Honeydew MelonsFrost Apr 5-12
Moon Apr 8-12
Frost May 10-17
Moon May 10-17
Frost May 10-17
Moon May 10-17
Jul 17
Jalapeño PeppersFrost Feb 15-29
Moon Feb 15-24
Frost May 10-17
Moon May 10-17
N/A
KaleFrost Feb 29-Mar 15
Frost Apr 12-26
Moon Apr 12-23
Frost Mar 29-Apr 5
May 10
KohlrabiFrost Mar 15-29
Moon Mar 15-25
Frost Apr 5-12
Moon Apr 8-12
Frost Mar 29-Apr 5
May 10
LeeksFrost Feb 15-29
Moon Feb 15-24
Frost Apr 5-19
Moon Apr 8-19
N/AJul 3
LettuceFrost Mar 15-29
Moon Mar 15-25
Frost Apr 5-12
Moon Apr 8-12
Frost Mar 29-Apr 5
May 10
Mustard GreensN/AN/AN/A
OkraFrost Mar 29-Apr 12
Moon Apr 8-12
Frost May 10-17
Moon May 10-17
Frost May 10-24
Moon May 10-23
Aug 7
Onion SetsN/AFrost Mar 29-Apr 12
Moon Mar 29-Apr 7
N/AJul 10
OreganoFrost Feb 15-Mar 15
Moon Feb 15-24
Frost May 3-17
Moon May 7-17
N/AAug 7
ParsleyFrost Feb 15-29
Moon Feb 15-24
Frost May 3-17
Moon May 7-17
Frost Mar 29-May 3
Moon Apr 8-23
Jul 31
ParsnipsN/AN/AFrost Mar 29-Apr 5
Moon Mar 29-Apr 5
Jul 10
PeasN/AN/AFrost Mar 29-Apr 5
May 10
PotatoesN/AN/AFrost Mar 29-Apr 12
Moon Mar 29-Apr 7
Aug 7
PumpkinsFrost Apr 5-19
Moon Apr 8-19
Frost May 10-17
Moon May 10-17
Frost May 10-17
Moon May 10-17
Jul 3
RadishesN/AN/AFrost Mar 29-Apr 5
Moon Mar 29-Apr 5
Aug 21
RosemaryFrost Feb 1-15
Moon Feb 9-15
Frost May 10-17
Moon May 10-17
N/AAug 21
SageFrost Feb 29-Mar 15
Frost May 3-17
Moon May 7-17
N/AJul 31
SalsifyN/AN/AFrost Mar 29-Apr 12
Moon Mar 29-Apr 7
Jul 10
SpinachFrost Mar 15-29
Moon Mar 15-25
Frost Apr 5-12
Moon Apr 8-12
Frost Mar 29-Apr 5
May 10
Sweet PotatoesN/AN/AFrost May 10-24
Moon May 24
Jul 3
Swiss ChardFrost Mar 15-29
Moon Mar 15-25
Frost Apr 12-26
Moon Apr 12-23
Frost Apr 5-26
Moon Apr 8-23
May 10
ThymeFrost Feb 15-29
Moon Feb 15-24
Frost May 3-10
Moon May 7-10
N/AJul 24
TomatillosFrost Mar 15-29
Moon Mar 15-25
Frost May 10-24
Moon May 10-23
N/AJul 31
TomatoesFrost Feb 29-Mar 15
Frost May 10-17
Moon May 10-17
N/AJul 17
TurnipsN/AN/AFrost Mar 29-Apr 5
Moon Mar 29-Apr 5
Sep 18
WatermelonsFrost Apr 5-19
Moon Apr 8-19
Frost May 10-17
Moon May 10-17
Frost May 3-10
Moon May 7-10
Jul 17
Winter SquashFrost Apr 5-12
Moon Apr 8-12
Frost May 3-17
Moon May 7-17
Frost May 10-17
Moon May 10-17
Jun 26
Zucchini and Summer SquashFrost Apr 5-12
Moon Apr 8-12
Frost May 3-17
Moon May 7-17
Frost May 10-17
Moon May 10-17
Aug 14

Planting Dates for Fall

On average, your first fall frost occurs on October 16 (at INDIANAPOLIS SE SIDE, IN climate station).
CropFrost Based on Frost Dates
Moon Based on Moon Dates
Start Seeds OutdoorsTransplantAverage Days to MaturityFrost Tolerance
ArugulaFrost Aug 28-Oct 2
Moon Sep 2-17
N/A40Frost-hardy
BeetsFrost Jul 24-Aug 21
Moon Jul 24-Aug 3, Aug 20-21
N/A50Frost-tolerant
Bok ChoyFrost Aug 7-28
Moon Aug 7-19
N/A50Frost-tolerant
BroccoliFrost Jul 17-24
Moon Jul 17-21
Frost Aug 7-21
Moon Aug 7-19
60Frost-tolerant
Brussels SproutsFrost Jun 26-Jul 10
Moon Jul 5-10
N/A100Frost-hardy
CabbageFrost Jul 17-24
Moon Jul 17-21
Frost Aug 7-14
Moon Aug 7-14
90Frost-tolerant
CarrotsFrost Jul 31-Aug 7
Moon Jul 31-Aug 3
N/A70Frost-tolerant
CauliflowerFrost Jul 10-17
Moon Jul 10-17
Frost Jul 24-31
75Frost-tolerant
ChivesFrost Jul 24-Aug 21
Moon Aug 4-19
N/A70Frost-tolerant
FennelFrost Jul 17-31
Moon Jul 17-21
N/A80Tender
GarlicFrost Oct 30-Nov 12
Moon Oct 30-31
N/A120Frost-hardy
Green BeansFrost Jul 31-Aug 14
Moon Aug 4-14
N/A55Tender
KaleFrost Aug 7-21
Moon Aug 7-19
N/A60Frost-hardy
KohlrabiFrost Aug 14-Sep 4
Moon Aug 14-19, Sep 2- 4
N/A45Frost-tolerant
LettuceFrost Aug 7-21
Moon Aug 7-19
N/A60Frost-tolerant
Mustard GreensFrost Aug 14-Sep 4
Moon Aug 14-19, Sep 2- 4
N/A45Tender
PeasFrost Aug 7-21
Moon Aug 7-19
N/A55Tender
RadishesFrost Sep 4-18
Moon Sep 18
N/A25Frost-tolerant
SpinachFrost Aug 28-Sep 18
Moon Sep 2-17
N/A30Frost-hardy
Swiss ChardFrost Aug 7-21
Moon Aug 7-19
N/A60Frost-tolerant
TurnipsFrost Aug 14-28
Moon Aug 20-28
N/A50Frost-tolerant
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