When can I plant Gaillardia in Zone 11b

One of the best tools that we have as gardeners to help us estimate our gardening schedule is the USDA zone info. The zone info helps tell us things like average date of last frost and lowest expected temperature for our area.

You can figure out when to plant gaillardia in Zone 11b by using the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Gaillardia

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

Gaillardia do ok in moderate cold which means that you can start planting them slightly earlier than other plants that might not handle the cold.

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

The earliest that you can plant gaillardia 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 gaillardia and expect a good harvest is probably November. If you wait any later than that and your gaillardia may not have a chance to grow to maturity. If you are starting your gaillardia indoors then you might be able to get away with starting them a couple of weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

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

Always keep in mind that our actual date of last frost is just an average because it is based on the USDA zone info for Zone 11b and it 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 gaillardia in the event of a surprise late frost.

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.