Temperature Of Grund Before Planting - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by Herzogpiper
May 16, 2001
What temperature should the ground be before planting vegetables or seeds

Answer from NGA
May 16, 2001
The answer to your question depends on what you are planting. Most seeds have a fairly wide range of temperatures within which they will germinate sooner or later, but there is usually a narrower "optimum" range. For instance, tomatoes and peppers really prefer a warm soil near 80 degrees for quick germination. That is one of the reasons why they are usually set out as transplants. Other seeds may require a cooler soil. Usually, following the planting suggestions in relation to the average frost date such as a month before the last frost or ten days after the last frost allows for the soil to be within the acceptable range.

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