When can I plant Pea in Zone 10a

One of the first steps we take when we are making a decision about our gardening schedule is find our USDA Zone info. 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 used to determine when you can plant pea.


Planting Calendar for Pea

Frost tolerance for pea: Very tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: Up to 7 weeks before last frost.

Since pea do well in cold you can plant them quite a bit earlier in the year than other frost tender plants.

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

The earliest that you can plant pea 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 pea and expect a good harvest is probably October. If you wait any later than that and your pea may not have a chance to really do well. If you are starting your pea indoors then you might be able to get away with starting them a little bit earlier.

Last Frost Date

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

It's important to remember that our actual date of last frost is just an average because it is based on the USDA zone info for Zone 10a and it changes from year to year. Half of the time in Zone 10a we get a frost after January 31 so make sure that you are prepared to protect your pea if we have one of those late frosts.

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.