When can I plant Common hollyhock in Zone 12a

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.

In Zone 12a you can figure out when it's a good idea to plant common hollyhock by reviewing the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Common hollyhock

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

Since common hollyhock do well in moderate cold you can plant them just a bit earlier in the year than plants that are more sensitive to the cold.

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

The earliest that you can plant common hollyhock 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 common hollyhock and expect a good harvest is probably November. You probably don't want to wait any later than that or else your common hollyhock may not have a chance to really do well. If you are starting your common hollyhock indoors then you might be able to get away with starting them a few weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

In Zone 12a it never frosts. We can expect an average low temperature of 50°F in the coldest months of winter.

Just be sure to remember that USDA zone info for Zone 12a is not always accurate and our actual date of last frost changes from year to year. Since it never frosts in Zone 12a you do not have to be ready to cover your common hollyhock in the event of 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.