When can I plant Beets in Zone 12b

The USDA Zone info is a great tool for gardeners to help us estimate our gardening schedule. The most important data that the zone info tells us is average last frost and the lowest expected temperature for our area.

A common way of figuring out when to plant beets is to use the USDA zone info for Zone 12b.


Planting Calendar for Beets

Frost tolerance for beets: Tolerant of some frost.
When you should plant them: Up to 5 weeks before last frost.

Since beets are moderately cold tolerant you can plant them a little earlier in the year than more sensitive plants.

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

The earliest that you can plant beets 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 beets and expect a good harvest is probably November. You probably don't want to wait any later than that or else your beets may not have a chance to fully mature. Starting your beets indoors is a great way to get them started a little bit 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.

Remember that our actual date of last frost may not be accurate from year to year because it is based on the USDA zone info for Zone 12b and it will vary from year to year. Since it never frosts in Zone 12b you do not have to be ready to protect your beets in the event of a late frost.

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.