When can I plant Shallots 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.

A common way of getting a good idea when to plant shallots is to refer to the USDA zone info for Zone 11a.


Planting Calendar for Shallots

Frost tolerance for shallots: Tolerant of a very small amount of frost.
When you should plant them: Up to 3 weeks before last frost.

Shallots are barely cold tolerant which means that you can start planting them slightly earlier than other plants that might not handle the cold.

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

The earliest that you can plant shallots 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 shallots and expect a good harvest is probably November. Any later than that and your shallots may not have a chance to fully mature. If you are starting your shallots 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. It might get as low as 40°F during the coldest months of winter.

Remember that USDA zone info for Zone 11a is not always accurate 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 cover your shallots 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.