When can I plant Strawberries in Zone 10a

Before planting it is a good idea to find our USDA Zone info to figure out 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.

You can estimate when it's the best time to plant strawberries in Zone 10a by checking out the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Strawberries

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

Strawberries are very cold tolerant which tells us that you can plant them a quite a bit earlier than plants that are more sensitive to the cold.

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

The earliest that you can plant strawberries 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 strawberries and expect a good harvest is probably October. You probably don't want to wait any later than that or else your strawberries may not have a chance to grow to maturity. You can get started a couple of weeks earlier by starting your strawberries indoors.

Last Frost Date

On average all chance of frost has passed is on January 31 in Zone 10a. We should expect an average low temperature of 30°F in the coldest months of winter.

Since the USDA zone info for Zone 10a is an average our actual date of last frost can change quite a bit from year to year. Since half of the time in Zone 10a there is a last frost after January 31 be ready to cover your strawberries 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.