When can I plant Mustard in Zone 12a

One of the best tools that we have as gardeners to help us estimate our gardening schedule is the USDA zone info. The zone info helps tell us things like average date of last frost and lowest expected temperature for our area.

The first chance to plant mustard in Zone 12a should be figured out by using the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Mustard

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

It's probably a bad idea to plant mustard until after the last frost because they are not cold tolerant.

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

The earliest that you can plant mustard 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 mustard and expect a good harvest is probably November. Any later than that and your mustard may not have a chance to fully mature. If you are starting your mustard 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 should expect an average low temperature of 50°F.

Always keep in mind that USDA zone info for Zone 12a is just an average and our actual date of last frost can change quite a bit from year to year. Since it never frosts in Zone 12a you do not have to be ready to protect your mustard 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.