February gardening guide


CULLMAN, Ala. – Gardening in Zone 7b during February can be a bit tricky. The average temperature hovers around 44 degrees Fahrenheit, with lows sometimes reaching as low as 19. Therefore, it is important to plant cold-tolerant crops such as kale, collards and spinach. Planting should be done between the last frost date and early March for these cool-season vegetables to ensure that they have enough time to mature before summer heat arrives.  


With some signs of new growth and perking up from winter slumber, fertilize your indoor plants in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions using a liquid or soluble fertilizer. 


Dormant trees and seedlings can be planted and dormant pruning can be done. Fertilize fruit trees. 


Plant dormant shrubs and spray existing shrubs with a fungicide before new growth begins to get a jump on combating obnoxious fungi in our humid climate.  

Prune fall blooming shrubs and remember to wait to prune spring bloomers so you don’t remove the flower buds. 


Cautiously plant hardy annuals. 


Plant collards, Swiss chard and other greens that need ample time to grow before the hot summer sun. 


Plant bareroot roses, which are available around town in garden centers. 

Lastly, our beloved local treasure – strawberries – can be started as we wait anxiously for the Strawberry Festival and the deliciousness that comes with it. 

In addition to planting edibles, ornamentals are also allowed this month in Zone 7b in February. Cold-resistant flowers such as pansies will yield beautiful blooms throughout winter and into springtime. Bulbs like daffodils or tulips can be planted for a colorful burst of life in the spring. Pruning woody plants such as shrubs and trees should also take place now to prepare them for the upcoming growing season. Keep an eye out for invasions by pesky insects and diseases that can compromise your garden’s health. Regular monitoring and immediate treatment are key to avoiding widespread damage.