When can I plant Millet in Zone 9b

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.

By looking at the USDA zone info for Zone 9b you will be able to estimate when you can plant millet.


Planting Calendar for Millet

Frost tolerance for millet: Not tolerant of frost.
When you should plant them: After the last frost has passed.

It's a bad idea to plant millet until after the last frost because they require warm weather.

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

The earliest that you can plant millet in Zone 9b 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 millet and expect a good harvest is probably September. Any later than that and your millet may not have a chance to fully mature. Starting your millet indoors is a great way to get them started a couple of weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

On average the last frost when the weather gets warmer is on February 15 in Zone 9b. In the coldest months of winter we can expect an average low temperature of 25°F.

Keep in mind that our actual date of last frost is an average because it is based on the USDA zone info for Zone 9b and it will vary from year to year. Half of the time in Zone 9b we get a frost after February 15 so make sure that you are prepared to protect your millet in the event of a late frost.

USDA Zone Info for Zone 9b

Here is the info for USDA Zone 9b.

Average Date of Last Frost (spring)February 15
Average Date of First Frost (fall)December 15
Lowest Expected Low25°F
Highest Expected Low30°F

This means that on a really cold year, the coldest it will get is 25°F. On most years you should be prepared to experience lows near 30°F.

Plants to Grow in Zone 9b

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