When can I plant Four-o-clock flower in Zone 12a

One of the first steps we take when we are making a decision about 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.

The first chance to plant four-o-clock flower in Zone 12a can be figured out by reviewing the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Four-o-clock flower

Frost tolerance for four-o-clock flower: Not tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: After the last frost has passed.

It's not a good idea to plant four-o-clock flower until after all chance of frost has passed because they require warm weather.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
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A good time to plant four-o-clock flower
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant four-o-clock flower
Probably not a good time to plant four-o-clock flower

The earliest that you can plant four-o-clock flower 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 four-o-clock flower and expect a good harvest is probably November. Any later than that and your four-o-clock flower may not have a chance to really do well. If you are starting your four-o-clock flower indoors then you might be able to get away with starting them a little bit 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.

Since the USDA zone info for Zone 12a is just an average 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 protect your four-o-clock flower in the event of one of those late frosts.

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.