When can I plant Spinach in Zone 10a

Before planting it is a good idea to find our USDA Zone info to determine our garden schedule. The zone info helps tell us things like average date of last frost and lowest expected temperature for our area.

The earliest that you can plant spinach in Zone 10a can be determined by reviewing the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Spinach

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

Spinach do well in moderate cold which means that you can plant them earlier than other frost tender plants.

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

The earliest that you can plant spinach 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 spinach and expect a good harvest is probably October. Any later than that and your spinach may not have a chance to grow to maturity. Starting your spinach indoors is a great way to get them started a little bit earlier.

Last Frost Date

In Zone 10a the average date of last frost happens on January 31. In the coldest months of winter we should expect an average low temperature of 30°F.

Just be sure to remember that USDA zone info for Zone 10a is not always accurate and our actual date of last frost can change quite a bit from year to year. Since half of the time in Zone 10a it frosts late in the year after January 31 be ready to protect your spinach 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.