When can I plant Garden Mums in Zone 11a

One of the first steps we take when we are estimating our gardening schedule is find our USDA Zone info. The zone info helps tell us things like average date of last frost and lowest expected temperature for our area.

You will be able to determine when it's the best time to plant garden mums by using the USDA zone info for Zone 11a.


Planting Calendar for Garden Mums

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

Garden Mums can survive in some cold which means that you can plant them just a bit earlier in the year than other plants that might not handle the cold.

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

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

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.

It's important to remember that USDA zone info for Zone 11a is an average and our actual date of last frost is different every year. Since it never frosts in Zone 11a you do not have to be ready to protect your garden mums in the event of 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.