When can I plant Banana in Zone 11a

One of the first steps we take when we are estimating 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.

In Zone 11a you can determine when it's a good idea to plant banana by referring to the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Banana

Frost tolerance for banana: Not tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: After all chance of frost has passed.

Banana do not do well in cold weather which means that you need to wait until it warms up after the last frost has passed before you can plant them.

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

The earliest that you can plant banana in Zone 11a 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 banana and expect a good harvest is probably November. You probably don't want to wait any later than that or else your banana may not have a chance to grow to maturity. If you are starting your banana indoors then you might be able to get away with starting them a little bit earlier.

Last Frost Date

In Zone 11a it never frosts. We can expect an average low temperature of 40°F in the coldest months of winter.

Since the USDA zone info for Zone 11a is not always accurate our actual date of last frost can change quite a bit from year to year. Since it never frosts in Zone 11a you do not have to be ready to protect your banana if we have a surprise late frost.

USDA Zone Info for Zone 11a

Here is the info for USDA Zone 11a.

Average Date of Last Frost (spring)Never
Average Date of First Frost (fall)Never
Lowest Expected Low40°F
Highest Expected Low45°F

This means that on a really cold year, the coldest it will get is 40°F. On most years you should be prepared to experience lows near 45°F.

Plants to Grow in Zone 11a

You may be interested in our other planting guides for Zone 11a.