Seed Catalog

What to Plant in January

January is a great time to start planning what vegetable varieties to be grown in the garden. Look through your catalogs and find the vegetable seeds for your garden. Some flower varieties should be started in January. In a warmer environment you can plant certain vegetables, but must be ready for a frost. Indoor herbs are always great to grow in a sunny windowsill.

Listed below are flower, vegetable and herb varieties that are great to start planting in January based on the Hardiness Zone that you live in. It’s still too early for many Northern states to start their transplants indoors, but some warmer Southern states are ready to get going!

Tomatoes, Peppers & Eggplants (Zones 8-10):
If you live in Zones 8-10, get a head start on the growing season by starting your tomato, pepper and eggplant seeds indoors. Most tomatoes and peppers will take 6-8 weeks to reach transplant size so plan according to your climate!
Learn More: How to Grow TomatoesHow to Grow PeppersHow to Grow Eggplant
Suggested tomato varieties: Brandywine, Cherokee Purple, Roma, Sweetie, Heirloom Blend
Suggested pepper varieties: California Wonder, Early Jalapeno, Sweet Banana, Super Chili
Suggested eggplant varieties: Black Beauty, Little Finger

B roccoli (Zones 8-10):
If you live in a warmer climate, like Zones 8-10, and can find a quick growing Broccoli variety, you can harvest until it bolts in the hot summer sun!
Learn More: How to Grow Broccoli
Suggested varieties: Calabrese, De Cicco

Onions (Zones 8-10):
Late January is a great time to start your onion seeds indoors if you live in Zones 8-10. For Zones 3-7 start your onion seeds in late February. Let the onions grow to 5-6 inches tall and cut tops off so they will be only 3 inches. Repeating this until they are transplanted helps strengthen the roots and health of the onions.
Learn More: How to Grow Onions
Suggested varieties: Sweet White Walla Walla, Candy Hybrid, Yellow Sweet Spanish, Nebuka Evergreen

Herbs (Zones 3-10):
Herbs are definitely the most popular indoor plant to grow throughout the winter months in any Zone. Try your hand at these 5 most popular herbs. Also check out the Urban Farmer Herb Kit
Learn More: How to Grow Herbs
Suggested varieties: Basil, Chives, Oregano, Parsley, Thyme

Flowers (Zones 8-10):
Now is a great time to get your spring flowers germinating and ready for spring! There are many different varieties of annuals and perennials with different grow times. Pay attention to grow times so that your flowers are ready to be planted after last frost. Below are some good varieties to start in January if you are in Zone 8-10 for a last frost in March and April!
Annuals: Zinnias, Marigolds, Geraniums
Perennials: Rudbeckias, Daisies, Poppies, Coneflowers