When can I plant Coral Bells in Zone 12b

One of the best tools that we have as gardeners to help us determine our gardening schedule is the 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.

It's possible to estimate when you can plant coral bells by looking at the USDA zone info for Zone 12b.


Planting Calendar for Coral Bells

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

Coral Bells can survive in mild cold which means that you can plant them a bit earlier in the year than plants that are more sensitive to the cold.

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

The earliest that you can plant coral bells 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 coral bells and expect a good harvest is probably November. If you wait any later than that and your coral bells may not have a chance to grow to maturity. You can get started a couple of weeks earlier by starting your coral bells indoors.

Last Frost Date

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

Since the USDA zone info for Zone 12b may not be accurate from year to year 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 protect your coral bells 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.