When can I plant Bunching Onions in Zone 12a

One of the first steps we take when we are figuring out our gardening schedule is find our USDA Zone info. The most important data that the zone info tells us is average last frost and the lowest expected temperature for our area.

It's a good idea to estimate when it's a good idea to plant bunching onions by checking out the USDA zone info for Zone 12a.


Planting Calendar for Bunching Onions

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

Bunching Onions tend to make it in mild cold which means that you can plant them just a tiny bit earlier in the year than plants that are more sensitive to the cold.

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

The earliest that you can plant bunching onions in Zone 12a 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 bunching onions and expect a good harvest is probably November. Any later than that and your bunching onions may not have a chance to really do well. Starting your bunching onions indoors is a great way to get them started a little bit earlier.

Last Frost Date

In Zone 12a it never frosts. It might get as low as 50°F during the coldest months of winter.

Keep in mind that USDA zone info for Zone 12a is an average and our actual date of last frost is different every year. Since it never frosts in Zone 12a you do not have to be ready to cover your bunching onions if we have a surprise late frost.

USDA Zone Info for Zone 12a

Here is the info for USDA Zone 12a.

Average Date of Last Frost (spring)Never
Average Date of First Frost (fall)Never
Lowest Expected Low50°F
Highest Expected Low55°F

This means that on a really cold year, the coldest it will get is 50°F. On most years you should be prepared to experience lows near 55°F.

Plants to Grow in Zone 12a

You may be interested in our other planting guides for Zone 12a.