When can I plant Gaillardia in Zone 12b

The USDA Zone info is a great tool for gardeners to help us determine our gardening schedule. The zone info helps tell us things like average date of last frost and lowest expected temperature for our area.

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


Planting Calendar for Gaillardia

Frost tolerance for gaillardia: Tolerant of a very small amount of frost.
When you should plant them: Up to 3 weeks before last frost.

You can plant gaillardia just a tiny bit earlier in the year because they do ok in moderate cold.

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

The earliest that you can plant gaillardia 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 gaillardia and expect a good harvest is probably November. You probably don't want to wait any later than that or else your gaillardia may not have a chance to fully mature. If you are starting your gaillardia indoors then you might be able to get away with starting them a little bit earlier.

Last Frost Date

In Zone 12b it never frosts. We should 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 changes from year to year. Since it never frosts in Zone 12b you do not have to be ready to protect your gaillardia in the event of a surprise 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.