When can I plant Monkey Flower in Zone 9a

One of the best tools that we have as gardeners to help us estimate our gardening schedule is the USDA zone info. The zone info helps tell us things like average date of last frost and lowest expected temperature for our area.

The earliest that you can plant monkey flower in Zone 9a can be determined by using the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Monkey Flower

Frost tolerance for monkey flower: Not tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: After all chance of frost has passed.

Since monkey flower require warm weather you must wait until after the last frost when the weather gets warmer before you can plant them.

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

The earliest that you can plant monkey flower in Zone 9a is March. However, you really should wait until April if you don't want to take any chances.

The last month that you can plant monkey flower and expect a good harvest is probably September. If you wait any later than that and your monkey flower may not have a chance to fully mature. Starting your monkey flower indoors is a great way to get them started a little bit earlier.

Last Frost Date

In Zone 9a the average date of last frost happens on February 15. We can expect an average low temperature of 20°F in 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 changes from year to year. Since half of the time in Zone 9a we get surprised by a frost after February 15 be ready to cover your monkey flower in the event of a late frost.

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.