When can I plant Chinese chives in Zone 11b

The USDA Zone info is a great tool for gardeners to help us determine 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.

One way of getting a good idea when it's the best time to plant chinese chives is to consult the USDA zone info for Zone 11b.


Planting Calendar for Chinese chives

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

Chinese chives are moderately cold tolerant which means that you can plant them earlier than more sensitive plants.

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

The earliest that you can plant chinese chives in Zone 11b 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 chinese chives and expect a good harvest is probably November. You probably don't want to wait any later than that or else your chinese chives may not have a chance to really do well. You can get started a little bit earlier by starting your chinese chives indoors.

Last Frost Date

In Zone 11b it never frosts. In the coldest months of winter we can expect an average low temperature of 45°F.

Since the USDA zone info for Zone 11b is an average our actual date of last frost can change quite a bit from year to year. Since it never frosts in Zone 11b you do not have to be ready to cover your chinese chives if we have one of those late frosts.

USDA Zone Info for Zone 11b

Here is the info for USDA Zone 11b.

Average Date of Last Frost (spring)Never
Average Date of First Frost (fall)Never
Lowest Expected Low45°F
Highest Expected Low50°F

This means that on a really cold year, the coldest it will get is 45°F. On most years you should be prepared to experience lows near 50°F.

Plants to Grow in Zone 11b

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