When can I plant Painted Tongues in Zone 12b

The USDA Zone info is a great tool for gardeners to help us figure out 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.

The first opportunity to plant painted tongues in Zone 12b should be figured out by using the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Painted Tongues

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

Painted Tongues are not cold tolerant which tells us that you have to wait until it warms up after the last frost has passed before you can plant them.

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

The earliest that you can plant painted tongues 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 painted tongues and expect a good harvest is probably November. If you wait any later than that and your painted tongues may not have a chance to really do well. You can get started a few weeks earlier by starting your painted tongues indoors.

Last Frost Date

In Zone 12b it never frosts. It might get as low as 55°F during the coldest months of winter.

Since the USDA zone info for Zone 12b is an average our actual date of last frost can change quite a bit from year to year. Since it never frosts in Zone 12b you do not have to be ready to cover your painted tongues 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.