Climate Chart for Root Cellar Produce
Don’t freeze your farm fresh veggies! Follow these optimal climate conditions for produce.
(Find out: What is a root cellar?)

by: Rachel Machacek

EnvironmentTemp. (F)Humidity           Crop

Cold/very moist
32-40 degrees 90–95%Carrots, beets, celery, Chinese cabbage, kohlrabi, Brussels sprouts, rutabagas, turnips, collards, leeks, broccoli and Jerusalem artichokes
cabbage head

Cold and moist
32-40 degrees 80–90%Potatoes, cabbage, cauliflower, apples, grapes, oranges, pears, endive and grapefruitgroup of potatoes

Cool/fairly moist
40-45 degrees 85–90%
Cucumbers, sweet peppers, cantaloupe, watermelon, eggplant, ripe tomatoes and cheesestem tomatoes

Cool and dry
35-40 degrees 60–70%Garlic, onions, beans, canned foods, grains nuts, smoked fish and meatvidalia onions

Fairly warm/dry
50-60 degrees 60–70%Dry hot peppers, pumpkins, winter squash, sweet potatoes and green tomatoesred hot peppers