When can I plant Beets in Zone 10a

The USDA Zone info is a great tool for gardeners to help us figure out our gardening schedule. The zone info helps tell us things like average date of last frost and lowest expected temperature for our area.

A common way of estimating when it's the best time to plant beets is to look at the USDA zone info for Zone 10a.


Planting Calendar for Beets

Frost tolerance for beets: Tolerant of some frost.
When you should plant them: Up to 5 weeks before last frost.

Beets are one of those plants that can tolerate a little bit of cold weather which tells us that you can get them planted earlier than other frost tender plants.

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A good time to plant beets
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant beets
Probably not a good time to plant beets

The earliest that you can plant beets in Zone 10a is January. However, you really should wait until February if you don't want to take any chances.

The last month that you can plant beets and expect a good harvest is probably October. Any later than that and your beets may not have a chance to grow to maturity. You can get started a little bit earlier by starting your beets indoors.

Last Frost Date

The average date of last frost is January 31 in Zone 10a. It might get as low as 30°F during the coldest months of winter.

Since the USDA zone info for Zone 10a is not always accurate our actual date of last frost will vary from year to year. Half of the time in Zone 10a it frosts late in the year after January 31 so always be ready to cover your beets in the event of a surprise late frost.

USDA Zone Info for Zone 10a

Here is the info for USDA Zone 10a.

Average Date of Last Frost (spring)January 31
Average Date of First Frost (fall)December 15
Lowest Expected Low30°F
Highest Expected Low35°F

This means that on a really cold year, the coldest it will get is 30°F. On most years you should be prepared to experience lows near 35°F.

Plants to Grow in Zone 10a

You may be interested in our other planting guides for Zone 10a.