When can I plant Gherkins in Zone 11a

The USDA Zone info is a great tool for gardeners to help us estimate our gardening 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 gherkins in Zone 11a by referring to the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Gherkins

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

It's probably a bad idea to plant gherkins until after the last frost because they are not cold tolerant.

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

The earliest that you can plant gherkins 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 gherkins and expect a good harvest is probably November. Any later than that and your gherkins may not have a chance to grow to maturity. Starting your gherkins indoors is a great way to get them started a couple of weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

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

Remember that our actual date of last frost may not be accurate from year to year because it is based on the USDA zone info for Zone 11a and it is different every year. Since it never frosts in Zone 11a you do not have to be ready to cover your gherkins in the event of one of those late frosts.

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.