Planting Seeds: How Deep to Plant Seeds

Finding the Right Depth When Planting Seeds

If 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.

Use the table below to figure out how deep to plant seeds for different 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
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"
Tomatoes 1/2"
Watermelon 1/2"
Zucchini
1/2" to 1"

Did I miss any? Are there any planting depths you think I should add?

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