When can I plant Flowering Kale in Zone 9a

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

It's a good idea to estimate when to plant flowering kale by looking at the USDA zone info for Zone 9a.


Planting Calendar for Flowering Kale

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

Flowering Kale are moderately cold tolerant which tells us that you can get them planted earlier than other frost tender plants.

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A good time to plant flowering kale
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant flowering kale
Probably not a good time to plant flowering kale

The earliest that you can plant flowering kale in Zone 9a 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 flowering kale and expect a good harvest is probably October. Any later than that and your flowering kale may not have a chance to grow to maturity. If you are starting your flowering kale indoors then you might be able to get away with starting them a little bit earlier.

Last Frost Date

The average date of last frost is February 15 in Zone 9a. It might get as low as 20°F during the coldest months of winter.

It's important to 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 9a and it is different every year. Half of the time in Zone 9a we get a frost after February 15 so just be sure to be ready to protect your flowering kale if we have one of those late frosts.

USDA Zone Info for Zone 9a

Here is the info for USDA Zone 9a.

Average Date of Last Frost (spring)February 15
Average Date of First Frost (fall)December 15
Lowest Expected Low20°F
Highest Expected Low25°F

This means that on a really cold year, the coldest it will get is 20°F. On most years you should be prepared to experience lows near 25°F.

Plants to Grow in Zone 9a

You may be interested in our other planting guides for Zone 9a.