When can I plant Decorative Kale in Zone 10b

The USDA Zone info is a great tool for gardeners to help us figure out our gardening schedule. The zone info helps tell us things like average date of last frost and lowest expected temperature for our area.

The first opportunity to plant decorative kale in Zone 10b should be estimated by looking at the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Decorative Kale

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

Decorative Kale are moderately cold tolerant which tells us that you can plant them earlier than more sensitive plants.

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

The earliest that you can plant decorative kale in Zone 10b 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 decorative kale and expect a good harvest is probably October. You probably don't want to wait any later than that or else your decorative kale may not have a chance to grow to maturity. Starting your decorative kale indoors is a great way to get them started a couple of weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

In Zone 10b the average date of last frost happens on January 31. In the coldest months of winter we should expect an average low temperature of 35°F.

Since the USDA zone info for Zone 10b may not be accurate from year to year our actual date of last frost changes from year to year. Since half of the time in Zone 10b there is a last frost after January 31 be ready to cover your decorative kale if we have a late frost.

USDA Zone Info for Zone 10b

Here is the info for USDA Zone 10b.

Average Date of Last Frost (spring)January 31
Average Date of First Frost (fall)December 15
Lowest Expected Low35°F
Highest Expected Low40°F

This means that on a really cold year, the coldest it will get is 35°F. On most years you should be prepared to experience lows near 40°F.

Plants to Grow in Zone 10b

You may be interested in our other planting guides for Zone 10b.