When can I plant Cuphea in Zone 12a

Before planting it is a good idea to find our USDA Zone info to figure out our garden 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 the best time to plant cuphea by reviewing the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Cuphea

Frost tolerance for cuphea: Not tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: After the last frost when the weather gets warmer.

Cuphea do not do well in cold weather which means that you really should wait until it warms up after all chance of frost has passed before you can plant them.

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

The earliest that you can plant cuphea 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 cuphea and expect a good harvest is probably November. Any later than that and your cuphea may not have a chance to really do well. If you are starting your cuphea indoors then you might be able to get away with starting them a couple of weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

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

Always keep in mind that USDA zone info for Zone 12a may not be accurate from year to year and our actual date of last frost will vary from year to year. Since it never frosts in Zone 12a you do not have to be ready to cover your cuphea 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.