When can I plant Flowering Kale in Zone 12a

Before planting it is a good idea to find our USDA Zone info to determine our garden schedule. The zone info helps tell us things like average date of last frost and lowest expected temperature for our area.

The first opportunity to plant flowering kale in Zone 12a should be determined by checking out the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Flowering Kale

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

Since flowering kale are moderately cold tolerant you can plant them a little earlier in the year than plants that are more sensitive to the cold.

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A good time to plant flowering kale
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant flowering kale
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The earliest that you can plant flowering kale 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 flowering kale and expect a good harvest is probably November. If you wait any later than that and your flowering kale may not have a chance to really do well. You can get started a little bit earlier by starting your flowering kale indoors.

Last Frost Date

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

Keep in mind that USDA zone info for Zone 12a is just 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 flowering kale if we have a 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.