How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Time to plant

Potatoes are warm-weather plants. They like sunshine and produce best when planted in a well-exposed area in the garden. The shoots of potato plants are sensitive to frost so they may need some protection in colder areas of the central valley. They can be planted 1 to 4 weeks before the last frost date, depending upon the soil temperature.

Planting Dates for Potatoes

CALIFORNIA Transplant or direct seed
North and North Coast
Monterey County north
Early: February
Late: April thorugh May

South Coast
San Luis Obispo County south



Interior Valleys
Sacramento, San Joaquin valleys
and August

Desert Valleys
Imperial and Coachella valleys

Early Dec.–Feb.

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