When can I plant Black pepper in Zone 10a

Before planting it is a good idea to find our USDA Zone info to estimate our garden schedule. The most important data that the zone info tells us is average last frost and the lowest expected temperature for our area.

The USDA zone info for Zone 10a can be read to estimate when it's possible to plant black pepper.


Planting Calendar for Black pepper

Frost tolerance for black pepper: Not tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: After all chance of frost has passed.

Since black pepper require warm weather it is necessary to wait until after all chance of frost has passed before you can plant them.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
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A good time to plant black pepper
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant black pepper
Probably not a good time to plant black pepper

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

The last month that you can plant black pepper and expect a good harvest is probably September. If you wait any later than that and your black pepper may not have a chance to really do well. Starting your black pepper indoors is a great way to get them started a little bit earlier.

Last Frost Date

On average the last frost is on January 31 in Zone 10a. In the coldest months of winter we can expect an average low temperature of 30°F.

Since the USDA zone info for Zone 10a is just an average our actual date of last frost is different every year. Since half of the time in Zone 10a it frosts late in the year after January 31 be ready to protect your black pepper if we have 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.