When can I plant Alyssum in Zone 12b

One of the best tools that we have as gardeners to help us figure out 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.

One way of getting a good idea when it's possible to plant alyssum is to consult the USDA zone info for Zone 12b.


Planting Calendar for Alyssum

Frost tolerance for alyssum: Very tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: Up to 7 weeks before last frost.

Alyssum can survive in cold weather which tells us that you can plant them a lot earlier in the year than other frost tender plants.

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

The earliest that you can plant alyssum in Zone 12b 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 alyssum and expect a good harvest is probably November. If you wait any later than that and your alyssum may not have a chance to grow to maturity. If you are starting your alyssum indoors then you might be able to get away with starting them a couple of weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

In Zone 12b it never frosts. We can expect an average low temperature of 55°F in the coldest months of winter.

Since the USDA zone info for Zone 12b is just an average our actual date of last frost is different every year. Since it never frosts in Zone 12b you do not have to be ready to cover your alyssum in the event of one of those late frosts.

USDA Zone Info for Zone 12b

Here is the info for USDA Zone 12b.

Average Date of Last Frost (spring)Never
Average Date of First Frost (fall)Never
Lowest Expected Low55°F
Highest Expected Low60°F

This means that on a really cold year, the coldest it will get is 55°F. On most years you should be prepared to experience lows near 60°F.

Plants to Grow in Zone 12b

You may be interested in our other planting guides for Zone 12b.