Planting Seeds: How Deep to Plant Seeds

Seedlings Ready for PlantingIf you’re new to planting seeds it can get a little frustrating figuring out how deep to plant seeds for different vegetables and fruits. And, unfortunately, knowing how deep seeds need to be planted is kind of important: Plant seeds too shallow and they won’t have enough earth to firmly root themselves; plant seeds too deep and they’ll get buried under the dirt and not be able to break free.

How Deep Should You Plant Your Seeds?

Use the table below to figure out how deep you should plant your seeds for various garden vegetables. It lists commonly accepted planting depths for a slew of popular garden veggies.

Vegetable

How Deep to Plant Seeds

Beans 1″ to 1 1/2″
Beets 1/2″
Broccoli 1/2″ to 1″
Brussels sprouts
1/2″ to 1″
Cabbage
1/2″ to 1″
Carrots 1/2″
Cauliflower
1/2″ to 1″
Corn 1″ to 2″
Cucumbers 1″
Edamame (Soybeans)
1/2″ to 1″
Eggplant 1/4″ to 1/2″
Garlic 1″
Gourds 1 1/2″ to 2″
Kale
1/2″
Kohlrabi 1/2″ to 1″
Lettuce 1/4″
Okra 1/4″
Onions 1″ to 2″ (bulbs, not seeds)
Peanuts 1″ to 2″
Peas
2″
Peppers 1/4″
Potatoes 2″ to 3″ (eyes or chits)
Pumpkin 1 1/2″ to 2″
Radish 1/2″
Spinach 1/2″
Squash 1 1/2″ to 2″
Sunflower 1″
Sweet Potatoes 1″ to 2″ (slips still visible)
Tomatoes 1/2″
Watermelon 1/2″
Zucchini
1/2″ to 1″

Image thanks to D Sharon Pruitt!


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