When can I plant Tropical Hibiscus in Zone 12a

Before planting it is a good idea to find our USDA Zone info to determine 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.

It's a good idea to estimate when it's possible to plant tropical hibiscus by referring to the USDA zone info for Zone 12a.


Planting Calendar for Tropical Hibiscus

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

It's not a good idea to plant tropical hibiscus until after all chance of frost has passed because they do not do well in cold weather.

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

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

Just be sure to remember 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 protect your tropical hibiscus 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.