When can I plant Impatiens in Zone 10a

The USDA Zone info is a great tool for gardeners to help us determine our gardening schedule. The most important data that the zone info tells us is average last frost and the lowest expected temperature for our area.

The first chance to plant impatiens in Zone 10a should be estimated by checking out the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Impatiens

Frost tolerance for impatiens: Not tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: After the last frost.

Impatiens are not cold tolerant which tells us that you have to wait until it warms up after the last frost when the weather gets warmer before you can plant them.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Legend 
A good time to plant impatiens
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant impatiens
Probably not a good time to plant impatiens

The earliest that you can plant impatiens 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 impatiens and expect a good harvest is probably September. Any later than that and your impatiens may not have a chance to grow to maturity. You can get started a few weeks earlier by starting your impatiens indoors.

Last Frost Date

The average date of last frost is January 31 in Zone 10a. We can expect an average low temperature of 30°F in the coldest months of winter.

Since the USDA zone info for Zone 10a is just an average our actual date of last frost will vary from year to year. Since half of the time in Zone 10a there is a last frost after January 31 be ready to protect your impatiens in the event of a 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.