When can I plant Millet in Zone 12a

One of the first steps we take when we are determining 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.

In Zone 12a you can estimate when it's a good idea to plant millet by using the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Millet

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

Millet do not do well in cold weather which means that it is necessary to wait until it warms up after the last frost has passed before you can plant them.

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

The earliest that you can plant millet 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 millet and expect a good harvest is probably November. You probably don't want to wait any later than that or else your millet may not have a chance to grow to maturity. You can get started a couple of weeks earlier by starting your millet indoors.

Last Frost Date

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

Remember that our actual date of last frost is not always accurate because it is based on the USDA zone info for Zone 12a and it changes from year to year. Since it never frosts in Zone 12a you do not have to be ready to cover your millet if we have 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.